Increasing demand for Apple devices and slowing down on Android devices, announcing Apple’s third-quarter earnings today, discounts on Apple products in China, iPhone 14 will contain 6GB of advanced memory, a new closure in China due to Corona, and the iPhone X14 Pro Max imitated iPhone And other exciting news on the sidelines...

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11

Add a message editing history and reduce the time to delete it to two minutes

Due to security concerns, Apple tweaked the unsend and message editing features in the fourth beta version released yesterday of the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 update with new time limits and new tweaks.

To address these concerns, Apple changed the time limit for deleting a message from 15 minutes to just two minutes. You'll see a message that the message has been deleted, but nothing that was previously sent will appear, even if the recipient reads the message before deleting.

The editing feature has also been changed to alleviate these concerns. Now, messages will display a history of edits when clicked, and up to five edits can be made to a message within a 15-minute window.

The advantage before the good edit was that the message could be edited at any time within a 15-minute window. The edited message will be annotated with 'Edited', but nothing else indicating what has changed.

Possibility to create activities directly on the iOS 16 lock screen with the launch of ActivityKit Beta

Alongside the fourth beta of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple introduced the beta version of ActivityKit, which will allow app developers to start building apps that are able to take advantage of the Live Activities feature introduced in ‌iOS 16‌, which are constantly updated interactive notifications, allowing you to keep an eye on things. that happen in real time right from the lock screen. For example, if you're watching a sports game, you can see the updated score on the lock screen, or if you're waiting for an Uber ride, you can monitor the approach of your driver.

iPhone 14 faces quality standards issues

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is facing quality problems in the rear camera lens of the iPhone 14, which is the presence of a crack in the coating for some lenses, this problem led to the assignment to a different supplier, and the report also states that there are negotiations with the Taiwanese company Largan about the purchase of 10 Millions of lenses. Apple may have taken this measure to avoid potential device shipment delays, as it may take at least two months to address the paint cracking issue.

iCloud lets Windows users create two-factor authentication codes

Apple has released a new update that brings a much-anticipated feature to the iCloud app on Windows, allowing users to create two-factor authentication codes. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, acts as an additional layer of security for online accounts, by requiring a code generated by a password manager when the account owner logs in.

Apple includes support for generating 2FA tokens in ‌Keychain in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, thus avoiding the need for a third-party two-factor authentication app. It now appears that Apple has brought parity to the password manager built into the Windows ‌iCloud‌ utility by including a 2FA token generator, Redditors report.

Phone X14 Pro Max imitates the design of the iPhone

The X14 Pro Max has been unveiled by LeBest, a phone that publicly mimics many of the iPhone's design features. Android brands and other smartphone makers are often criticized for allegedly copying Apple devices.

At only $150, the X14 Pro Max is the latest device that looks to capitalize on the success of the iPhone by emulating many of its design features, beginning with the name “X14 Pro Max,” in a clear reference to the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The phone featured a rear camera array arranged just like the iPhone 12 Pro and 13 Pro, a flash above the right lens and an aperture designed to look like a LiDAR scanner. The device has a polished stainless steel frame and a glass back, almost the same colors. But the phone comes in the cheap price category, and its specifications are much lower than the specifications of the iPhone.

It comes with a front camera hole, support for 40W fast charging, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 6.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 60 Hz, and an 8-megapixel front camera. The device is designed to use Huawei Mobile Services as an alternative to Google.

China shuts down iPhone factory for seven days

Chinese authorities have forced an iPhone production factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen to shut down a "closed-loop" system for seven days, along with 100 other companies in a bid to curb COVID-19 infections.

The "closed-loop" system would only mean that employees living on the site would be able to work, blocking anyone from outside and preventing anyone from leaving the factory.

A Foxconn spokesperson said that despite the new shutdown, operations at the plant were still "normal". But the new shutdown is adding pressure to an already struggling supply chain.

The timing of the shutdown also comes at a critical time and is causing great concern as Foxconn is expected to begin mass production of the upcoming iPhone 14 series within several weeks, before the launch in September.

iPhone 14 Pro will have 6 GB of memory

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will contain 6 GB of memory and a newer and faster type of LPDDR5, which is faster and more efficient compared to the current LPDDR4X, and it is expected that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will come with the same type The current RAM, but with a capacity of 6 GB.

iPhone 14: 6GB (LPDDR4X)
iPhone 14 Max: 6GB (LPDDR4X)
iPhone 14 Pro: 6GB (LPDDR5)
iPhone 14 Pro Max: 6GB (LPDDR5)

Apple launches a package of discounts on its devices in China

Apple is preparing to launch a rare bundle of discounts on iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE in China next week, along with accessories such as AirPods and low-cost Apple Watch. The offer will run from July 29 until August 1, and will apply not only to iPhone models but also to the XNUMXrd generation AirPods, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch SE.

Apple states that only Chinese buyers who use certain payment methods will be eligible for the promotion, and Apple also limits customers to only two purchases per product category.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple releases iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura updates to developers.

◉ As is common with most credit cards, the Apple Card interest rate on overdue balances is rising steadily as the Federal Reserve continues to raise its benchmark interest rate overnight in an effort to slow inflation in the United States.

◉ Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that promises to improve browsing performance on 120Hz screens and higher refresh rates, targeting 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with ProMotion displays, supporting adaptive refresh rates ranging from 24Hz to 120 Hz.

◉ Google rolls out some new Maps features for its iOS and Android apps, including new location sharing options, improved cycling directions, and realistic aerial views of famous city landmarks.

◉ Meta has announced that it is raising the price of its Meta Quest 2 VR glasses by $100, making the 128GB version $400 and the 256GB version $500. The price change is scheduled to take effect on August 1.

◉ Apple will announce its earnings results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 today, July 28, and we will provide you with a detailed report.

◉ Meta, the parent company of Instagram, is pushing the app further into video content in order to compete with TikTok, but many users were not happy with the continued focus on video. The CEO confirmed that we will engage with the video anyway and will continue to support the images.

◉ Journalist Mark Gorman revealed that Apple has had a Mac Pro with an M1 silicon chip ready to ship and release to customers “for months”, but Apple decided to wait for the Mac Pro with a “M2 Extreme” chip, later this year.

◉ Apple has shared a preview of its new Brompton Road store in London, which opens to the public this Thursday, July 28 at 4pm.

◉ In the M2 MacBook Air, Apple replaced an Intel-made component responsible for controlling USB and Thunderbolt ports, which means that Intel no longer has anything to say about Macs.

◉ Apple has settled a patent infringement lawsuit related to AirPods with audio device manufacturer Cass, but there are no details about the settlement at this time, and that "all contentious matters" have been resolved.

◉ Prior to the launch of the iPhone 14 lineup in September, it was reported that Apple increased component orders from suppliers, and that Apple sales are stable and demand continues, and reports indicate an increase in initial iPhone 14 sales will be higher than the iPhone 13, and this comes in stark contrast With Android companies, still facing a slowdown in sales, chip orders are reduced by up to 30%.

This is not all the news that is on the sidelines, but we have brought you the most important of them, and it is not necessary for the non-specialist to occupy himself with all the incoming and outgoing. And help you with it, and if it robbed you of your life and got busy with it, there is no need for it.


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