Announcing the results of the second fiscal quarter of 2024 on May 2, Microsoft challenges the MacBook Air with its new device, an agreement between Jony Ive and Sam Altman to invent a new artificial intelligence device, Google launches the Find My Device feature, and an increase in the battery capacities of the iPhone 16, except for this model. And other exciting news on the sidelines...

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11

Apple proposes a solution to the “ghost touch” problem on Apple Watch 7 and later

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Apple confirmed in a note to authorized service providers that the ghost touch issue that was affecting the Apple Watch 9 and Ultra 2 is also affecting the Apple Watch 7, 8, and Ultra 1, and told them not to replace watches affected by this issue. Instead, customers should fix the issue by resetting the issue. Forced start of the clock.

This issue started last February, which caused subtle touches on the screen without user interaction. A fix for this issue has been added in watchOS 10.4, which should address the issue on all affected models. If not, the wording of Apple's memo suggests the possibility of another fix in the near future.

iOS 18 may feature an all-new Safari browsing assistant

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The iOS 18 update is expected to feature a new feature, which is the “browsing assistant” in the Safari browser, according to the backend codes on Apple’s servers. It appears that this assistant will use the iCloud Private Relay technology architecture to send relevant data to Apple in a privacy-focused manner. This feature may require an iCloud+ subscription.

This could be one of many new AI features set to be added to iOS 18 this year. The codes also revealed the “encrypted visual search” feature, but no details are known about it yet. It is potentially a more secure version of the existing Visual Search feature.

Apple now assembles 14% of iPhones in India

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Apple now produces as much as 14% of its iPhones in India, indicating its accelerating efforts to diversify away from China. This number represents $14 billion worth of iPhones assembled in India, or about 1 in every 7 of the company's flagship phones, a double-digit increase in production compared to the last fiscal year. The models assembled in India include the iPhone 12 up to the latest version of the iPhone 15, with the exception of the Pro and Pro Max models.

Apple has been setting up iPhone manufacturing centers in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi began promoting the “Make in India” initiative that requires 30% of products sold to be manufactured internally. According to the Indian government, growth in manufacturing has created 150 direct jobs at Apple suppliers.

Foxconn assembled about 67% and Pegatron 17% of the iPhones in India in the fiscal year ending March 2024, while the rest of the devices were manufactured by Wistron.

Although China remains Apple's largest iPhone assembly base and its largest overseas market, Apple's revenues there are collapsing due to the rise of local companies such as Huawei and the government's ban on iPhone use in government workplaces.

Apple's diversification away from China signals its growing awareness of geopolitical tensions and the need for supply chain resilience in the face of potential risks. The shift towards India also takes into account the rapidly developing smartphone market there.

Apple Glass owners complain of headaches, neck problems, and black eyes

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According to a report from Market Watch, some Apple Vision Pro owners are facing health issues related to wearing them. The site spoke with Apple Glass owners who suffer from headaches, neck pain, and other problems. Emily Ullman of Hopscotch reported that she had “very dark black eyes” after wearing glasses for the first time, perhaps due to their weight on the cheeks. Ian Becraft, president of consulting firm Signal, also reported that he suffered from pain in his lower head and upper back.

There have also been complaints on Reddit from users suffering from constant headaches, eye strain, and pain from the weight of the glasses. Some users were able to achieve pain relief with modified straps and third-party products, while others had no issues with the glasses and default strap options.

Apple declined to comment on customer complaints, referring some to its user guidelines. Apple recommends taking a break every 20-30 minutes during the adjustment period, and discontinuing use of the glasses if discomfort occurs. It is also not recommended to continue using glasses if you feel eye strain, headache, or pain.

A cross-sectional scan shows the internal differences between the Vision Pro and Meta Quest glasses

A Lumafield scan reveals the unique interior design of Apple Vision Pro compared to its direct competitors.

Lumafield used a Neptune industrial scanner and Voyager analysis software to perform virtual disassembly and assembly of the Apple Vision Pro, Meta Quest Pro, and Meta Quest 3. The study focused on the interior design and noted Vision Pro's focus on efficient use of interior space in contrast to the Meta Eyeglasses, which use a traditional approach of stacking key elements on One level.

The sensor comparison demonstrated Vision Pro's advanced use of eye and hand tracking technologies for user interface purposes, through different types of sensors such as lidar and infrared cameras. While the Meta glasses include hand controllers and a beta version for hand tracking.

Heat management strategies also vary between glasses. The Quest Pro uses a combination of active and passive cooling, while the Vision Pro features small fans. The design and placement of the battery also differ, as Vision Pro uses an external battery to improve performance, while Meta glasses integrate the battery internally for user convenience.

Apple highlights how companies use Apple Glass

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Apple highlighted use cases for Apple Vision Pro in business, such as customizable workplaces, collaborating on 365D designs, offering specialized training programs for employees, and guiding remote work. It demonstrates how the glasses can enhance companies' productivity through integration with commonly used applications such as SAP Analytics Cloud and Microsoft XNUMX in the context of spatial computing. Its high-resolution displays and processing capabilities allow the creation and processing of detailed digital models of products, facilities and processes with high accuracy, which has major implications in sectors such as automotive engineering. In addition to enabling them to provide realistic and immersive training experiences without expensive physical models. To encourage application development and adoption of Glasses in its business, Apple has launched developer resources and collaboration projects with leading companies such as Deloitte and Porsche.

An increase in the battery capacities of the iPhone 16, except for this model

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The iPhone 16 series is expected to come with larger battery capacities compared to the previous generation models, with the exception of the iPhone 16 Plus, which will come with a smaller battery than its predecessor. The details of the iPhone 16 battery capacities that were leaked from the Chinese source known as “OvO Baby Sauce OvO” match previous leaks from another source known as “Majin Bu.”

The reason for this decrease is not clear, but one possibility is that Apple may try to widen the gap between the iPhone 16 Plus and the iPhone 16 Pro Max in an attempt to push customers towards the features and prices of the upper category.

Apple launched the iPhone 14 Plus as an alternative to the iPhone 13 Mini with a larger 6.7-inch screen at a lower price than the Pro Max, and it also features a larger battery capacity. But with the iPhone 15 series, Apple increased the Pro Max battery capacity to become the largest.

According to another rumor, the iPhone 16 Pro Max will offer over 30 hours of battery life, in addition to slightly larger screens for the Pro models. If Apple reduces the Plus battery capacity, the gap between the two categories will widen, as we mentioned.

Google launches the “Find My Device” feature

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Google has launched the “Find My Device” feature for Android-based products, and it works in the same way as the “Find My” feature to track Apple devices.

Like Apple, Android's Find My Device feature is used by millions of Android devices, version 9 and above, to find lost or stolen products. A lost Android phone can connect to nearby devices via Bluetooth and send its location to its owner. The network works even without a connection to phone networks or Wi-Fi, as it relies on Bluetooth. Some devices, like the Pixel 8, will be trackable even when they are turned off or their battery is dead, just like Apple's feature.

Starting in May, the feature will also work with Bluetooth trackers from companies like Chipolo and Beetle, allowing users to attach it to objects to track them, much like Apple's AirTags do.

To protect iPhone users from being tracked without their knowledge through this new feature, Google has collaborated with Apple to create industry specifications that allow both systems to alert users to the presence of nearby tracking devices from unknown sources.

Google didn't release its feature until Apple implemented support for third-party tracker alerts in iOS 17.5. This release appears to expand the scope of “An object was found moving with you” alerts to include tracking equipment from other companies.

Google benefited from the criticism Apple faced after launching AirTags, due to its use of illicit tracking. Which forced Apple to make many changes to combat this.

Jony Ive and Sam Altman are looking for funding for a personal artificial intelligence device

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Sam Altman, president of OpenAI, and former Apple designer Jony Ive have officially joined forces to design a personal device powered by artificial intelligence, and are looking for funding for the project, according to The Information website.

Not many details are known about this device at the moment, but it is certain that it will not be in the form of a smartphone. It is believed that Altman may create a product similar to the screenless “Humane AI” device in which he has invested heavily.

Now the two companies are raising money from major investors, with Ave aiming to raise up to $1 billion.

Ive left his position as head of the design department at Apple in 2019, and while he continued to work as an advisor to Apple for several years after that through his company “LoveFrom,” Ive and Apple completely stopped cooperating in 2022.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple has released the VisionOS 1.1.2 update with bug fixes and a revised beta version of VisionOS 1.2.

◉ Microsoft is challenging the Apple MacBook Air with upcoming Windows laptops powered by the Snapdragon X Elite processor. It claims the new chip will outperform the M3 in CPU tasks, AI, and even application simulation, according to leaked documents.

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◉ Tim Cook sold $33.2 million worth of company stock this week. The shares were a performance-based award and Cook still owns approximately 3.3 million shares after the sale.

◉ Apple announced that its conference to announce the results of the second fiscal quarter of 2024 will be held next Thursday, May 2, where Tim Cook and Luca Mastri will discuss the company’s results for the quarter that witnessed the launch of the Vision Pro glasses and the new M3 processors, while analysts expected revenues of an average of $90.6 billion.

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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