Apple Loop: New IPhone 8 Hardware Leaks, Fixing MacBook Pro Problems, IPad Pro's Secret Power
Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this weekâs Apple Loop includes new details of the iPhone 8 design and screen, Apple dropping Touch ID, the processing power inside the iPad Pro, problems with the latest iOS update, LG courting Apple to supply OLED screens, how to replace your own MacBook Pro battery, and lessons from two years of Beats 1.Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).Everything About The iPhone 8âs DesignThe latest news on the iPhone 8 tops Apple Loop once more. While Apple will continue with the idea that nobody knows what is coming, the latest leaks from case manufacturers and a dummy CNC-manufactuered shell unit answer many of the design questions of the 2017 flagship. Forbesâ Gordon Kelly reports: More here on Forbes.Screen Details Are Coming Out As WellWhile we might not have the final specifications for the screen, we do know the design and layout of the elements around it, thanks to the screen protectors that are appearing. With the curved glass, new notification area, and the shrunken bezels, expect the new iPhone to be âall screenâ in the marketing information:More on the screen protector and the implications for TouchID from myself here.Touch ID Replaced By Your Face?One curious discussion point raised this week is the aforementioned lack of Touch ID in the iPhone 8. Recently published patents show Appleâs work on facial recognition, which could be used by the flagship iPhone instead of the fingerprint reader. Ben Lovejoy investigateshow it would work on the Mac - no doubt the principles would be similar for a smartphone:More at 9to5Mac. It would be a very courageous Apple to rely on this completely, which leads me to think that the iPhone 8 will have some sort of fallback in the design:More on the potential backup Touch ID sensor here.The iPad Proâs Processing PowerAs Apple continues to push the idea of the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, a closer examination of the chips inside the tablet reveal the power available to take on the desk-bound generation. The A10X breaks new ground, as I found out earlier this week.More here on Forbes.No More Escaping The Updated iOS Battery BugAppleâs last update to iOS (v 10.3.2) featured a number of important security updates, but it also led some users to experience high battery drain. They were advised to re-install the older version of iOS. Apple has removed that option now as the older version is no longer digitally signed - and without that your iOS hardware will not install the code.Forbesâ Gordon Kelly looks at this latest issue:More details on iOS 10.3.2 here.Apple Ready To Pitch LG Against Samsung For New Displays It is believed that Samsung is the sole supplier of OLED screens for the iPhone 8. Beyond the iPhone 8, Apple is expected to switch all of its new models during 2018 and beyond to 2018, and LG is hoping to get a piece of the display action from its South Korean competitor.Mike Wutherlee has the details:More on the story at Apple Insider.Replacing Your MacBook Pro BatteryApple has not made it easy to replace the battery in your MacBook Pro Retina Display, with an abundance of glue, custom fasteners, and multiple cells. The team at DIY repair specialists iFixit appear to have taken this as a personal challengeâ¦ which they have now overcome. If youâre ready to replace the battery yourself, they have everything you need:More details on the battery kit on iFixit.And Finallyâ¦Two years after the launch of Beats 1, how is Appleâs plan to create its own international radio station? Jake Boyer sat down with lead DJ Zane Lowe and the team to find out:Read the full interview at Highsnobiety.Apple Loop brings you seven days worth of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Donât forget to follow me so you donât miss any coverage in the future. Last weekâs Apple Loop can be read here, or this weekâs edition of Loopâs sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.