New Ugly iPhone Leaks, Tim Prepare dinner Quietly Fights Qualcomm, Apple Loses ‘One Extra Factor’


Having a look again at one other week of stories and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop consists of the ugly iPhone design leaks, Tim Prepare dinner pushing again in opposition to Qualcomm’s 5G modems, the AIrPods three revealed, a recall for Apple’s AC adaptors, rushing up MacBook keyboard repairs, and the lack of ‘One Extra Factor.’

Apple Loop is right here to remind you of some of the very many discussions which have occurred round Apple over the past seven days (and you’ll learn my weekly digest of Android information right here on Forbes).

Apple’s Ugly Design Leaks

Apple has supplied third-party case producers with ‘moulds’ of the 2019 iPhones (the presumptively named iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max) to permit them to get to work on designing peripherals. This additionally just about ‘locks in’ the exterior design and in case you are in any respect style aware, greatest look away now. Gordon Kelly studies:

The moulds present each new iPhone fashions have an enormous, protruding, digicam module for the brand new triple lens array whereas the more and more outdated massive entrance notch is not any smaller, regardless of Face ID elements extensively understood to be launching within the vary. With notch-free designs now common and triple (and even quadruple) digicam designs extra subtly built-in by rivals. This isn’t a great search for 2019.

Extra on the ugly design right here on Forbes.

Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner attends the Financial Summit held for the China Growth Discussion board in Beijing on March 23, 2019. (Picture by Ng Han Guan/AFP/Getty Photos)


Tim Prepare dinner Strains Up Samsung v Qualcomm Provide Chain Combat

In the meantime Apple is wanting to make use of Samsung’s 5G modems in an upcoming iPhone. Given the lately signed cope with Qualcomm, it seems like Tim Prepare dinner is already making an attempt to get some leverage to decrease the value for he 5G modems for Apple’s 2020 {hardware}. Joe Rossignol studies:

2020 iPhones will assist 5G networks, with chipmaker Qualcomm prone to be one in all two 5G modem suppliers for the gadgets after settling its high-profile authorized battle with Apple final week, in line with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Curiously, Kuo expects Samsung to be the opposite provider in choose markets. Apple steadily goals to diversify its provide chain in an effort to cut back threat and have improved bargaining energy, doubtlessly decreasing its prices as a number of suppliers interact in a worth conflict to safe the profitable orders.

Extra at MacRumors.

AirPods To Choose Up One other Replace Throughout 2019

Following the replace to the AirPods in March, Apple is ready to replace the wi-fi earbuds with a substantive launch of the AirPods three later this 12 months, this time including noise cancellation. Benjamin Mayo studies:

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg beforehand reported that new AirPods would spotlight noise cancellation and water resistance options. In a tweet, he stated he ‘imagined’ that this revision has been pushed again to the 2020 timeframe.

It’s nonetheless not clear how Apple will engineer a small earbud-sized product with noise cancellation capabilities, because it has excessive constraints on bodily design and battery capability.

Extra at 9to5Mac.

Apple’s AC Recall

Though solely six incidents have been reported, Apple has issued a voluntary recall of a variety of ‘three-pin’ AC wall plugs shipped between 2003 and 2010. Mike Wuerthele studies:

…the affected Apple three-prong wall plug adapters might break and create a threat {of electrical} shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and sure iOS gadgets between 2003 and 2010 and have been additionally included within the Apple World Journey Adapter Package.

An affected three-prong plug adapter is white, with no letters on the within slot the place it attaches to the primary Apple energy adapter. Apple notes that clients who consider that they’ve the adapters, the most recent of which is 9 years previous at this level, ought to go to the assist web page for the recall.

Extra at Apple Insider.

Element of a 2018 Apple MacBook Air laptop computer pc with a Gold end, taken on November 19, 2018. (Picture by Neil Godwin/Future Publishing by way of Getty Photos)


Apple Speeds Up MacBook Keyboard Repairs 

Citing entry to an inside memo, the group at MacRumors are reporting that Apple has (lastly) priorized repairs of defective butterfly keyboards on the MacBook vary, with the repair to be utilized in retailer quite than delivery the unit off-site. Joe Rossignol follows up on the memo:

Apple didn’t present a cause for this transformation, however the firm is thought for buyer satisfaction, so it might be making an attempt to hurry up the method a bit to alleviate frustration.

The turnaround time for MacBook and MacBook Professional repairs shipped to Apple’s off-site amenities has sometimes ranged between three to 5 enterprise days, and generally longer, so next-day turnaround could be rather more handy for patrons if Genius Bars can truly fulfill that bold timeframe.

Extra at Macrumors.

And Lastly…

“One Extra Factor?” It could be related to Apple however ought to it solely be related to Apple? The Australian courts have been contemplating the difficulty as Apple had challenged Swatch’s trademarking of the phrase. Anthony Colangelo studies:

[Patent Office Adrian Richards]… agreed with Swatch that Apple had by no means used the phrase in reference to any “specific” items or providers and solely in displays. “These phrases, used as soon as earlier than introducing a specific new services or products of the opponent [Apple], are then by no means used once more in relation to that services or products,” the judgment learn.

Patchy and momentary use doesn’t have the character of indication of a commerce supply. Additionally weighing closely in opposition to the opponent on this situation is that this extraordinary which means that the phrase carries — merely that the speaker is about to say one thing else. Once more, in every of the opponent’s examples.”

Extra on the Sydney Morning Herald, (and a hat tip to Likelihood Miller)

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