This week’s Apple Loop features new iPhone features, a warning for iPhone users, and Apple scanning iCloud data. Snowdon on Apple. High-end MacBook Pro details. Mac mini cancellation. How much should Safari be Safari’s default search?
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.
Future iPhone Features
Mark Gurman confirmed that the iPhone 13 would not have TouchID. However, he noted that the next iPhone (the presumed iPhone 14 in 2022) would add the technology with an under-screen fingerprint reader. It’s all about FaceID and getting rid of the notch as soon as possible.
Gurman says that Apple had already tested Touch ID in-screen for its next iPhones, but it will not be included this year. It is believed that Face ID will be returning alongside it, as there has been a lot of speculation about this in the past year. This is because Face ID was plagued by masking problems during the pandemic.
Shocking iPhone vulnerability revealed
New zero-click hacks for the iPhone have been discovered. Citizen Lab, located at the University of Toronto, discovered the hack. It is based upon the Pegasus exploits that were reported earlier in the summer. This was fixed by iOS 14.7.1, but the new attack is not.
Apple released a fix to the original Pegasus attack in July, with iOS 14.7.1. This is Apple’s latest iOS 14 update. Citizen Lab says this attack is different. TechCrunch spoke to Apple, who said that it “unambiguously condemns cyberattacks” but declined to comment on whether iOS 14.7.1 could combat the new threat.
More Image Scanning in The iCloud
Apple continues to debate whether it’s on-device scanning of CSAM materials is legal. Apple servers could be scanned, as with most cloud storage providers. Ben Lovejoy has additional information:
Apple confirmed that it had been scanning outgoing and incoming iCloud Mails for CSAM attachments from 2019 onwards. Apple cannot scan attachments in email because they are not encrypted. Apple indicated that it was scanning some other data but did not reveal what it was. Apple did inform me that “other data” does NOT include iCloud backups.
Snowdon on Apple
You might have wondered what Edward Snowdon thought about Apple’s plans for scanning your phone for materials on a “verboten” list.
“I cannot think of any other company who has so proudly and publicly distributed spyware to its devices. And I don’t see any threat to product security more serious than the mischief of its maker.” There are no technological limits to the extent that Apple can push the precedent it is setting. This means that Apple’s all-too-flexible policy is the only thing holding it back, which governments know all too well.
MacBook Pro will go high and low.
Apple has made a clear distinction between the M1 MacBook Pro low-end and the M1X MacBook Pro upcoming. Apple isn’t taking any shortcuts in ensuring the largest chip to the largest screen. The M1X laptops will have the same chip configuration. This means that the 14-inch model will come with some sticker shock compared to the Intel MacBook Pro.
According to Dylandkt, a leaker and iOS developer, this won’t hold for the new 14-inch MacBook Pros. They claim that Pros of both sizes will have the same chip and the same performance. In a follow-up tweet, they clarified that Pros 16 and 14 inches would both have the same M1X [chip]”.
The New Mac mini: Hello!
Apple is preparing to update the Mac mini to the next Apple Silicon System on Chip (the aforementioned M1X) and push the updated specs further by canceling the M1 Mac mini last year rather than keeping two SKUs.
The Mac mini would be easy to justify, as would keeping two Mac mini options in your portfolio. Last year, Apple will continue to launch the M1-powered MacBook Pro laptops, even as it launches new MacBook Pro laptops, the 14-inch and 16-inch models with an upgraded M1X processor, miniLED screen, and new design. With the two processor options and the physical choices, you can create a low- or high-end MacBook Pro.
Apple Watch’s 9-digit Success
Apple Watch is still the most popular smartwatch globally, with 100 million users in a year that saw the market grow by 27 percent.
Apple remained the No. 1 company in terms of shipments. “Apple maintained its solid No. 1 position in terms of shipments, but its market share decreased slightly due to increased competition from Chinese and Indian brands. The remarkable shipment growth of Samsung and Garmin, two of the top five smartwatch OEMs worldwide, was 43% and 62%, respectively.
What would it cost to become Apple’s default search engine, and how much would that cost? Toni Saccharidonaghi, Bernstein analyst, suggests that Google would be happy to pay $15 Billion for the current financial years.
We see two possible risks to GOOG’s payments to AAPL. (1) There is a regulatory risk that we believe to be real, but it will likely take years; we see a potential 4-5% effect on Apple’s gross profit from an adverse ruling; (2) If Google decides to stop paying Apple for its default search engine, or renegotiate terms to pay less, we can see a significant impact on Apple’s gross profit. In our prior research, we have found that GOOG likely pays Microsoft to outbid it.