Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Design Leaks, Cook Confirms Apple Car Plans, iPad Pro Defeats MacBook Pro – Forbes

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes new details of the iPhone 8, reviews of the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro from WWDC, the surprising benchmarking results, thoughts on Apple’s ‘Planet Of The Apps,’ the scam subscriptions in the App Store, Apple’s plans for automotive industry, and thoughts on the new headquarters.

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).

iPhone 8 Design Is ‘Confirmed’

The latest leaks around Apple’s flagship smartphone for 2017 once more show the new design for the iPhone.  The almost bezel-free OLED screen, the tiny cutout for sensors, the vertical dual-lens camera, all the points are here. Forbes’s Gordon Kelly reports:

Citing “a friend in the industry”, Reddit user kamikasky has shared razor sharp photos of the iPhone 8’s front and back panels. The shots tie in perfectly with previous leaks, showing an almost bezel-less design.

I say “almost” as the fascia has a small cutout at the top for the front facing camera and sensors. In addition to this there is also a vertically aligned rear camera which would aid the augmented reality ambitions revealed earlier this month in iOS 11.

More details here on Forbes.

Reviewing The iPad Pro Reviews

Apple’s latest version of the iPad Pro was announced at WWDC and is now available for purchase. The first wave of reviews have been published, and while they are all positive about the hardware there are questions over the cost of the full solution:

One key feature of the 2017 iPad Pro machines is that these machines are not complete. They feel designed for iOS 11, which is not going to be available to the public until September (although earlier beta versions will be widely available). That means the iPad Pro is “a hot rod sitting at the starting line, gunning its engines, waiting for permission to hit the gas” according to Dieter Bohn at The Verge.

Read the review round-up here on Forbes.

Macbook, March 2015 (image: Apple PR)

Apple PR

Macbook, March 2015 (image: Apple PR)

Reviewing The New MacBook Pro

Also released at WWDC was the Kaby Lake update to the MacBook and MacBook Pro machines, bringing Apple’s laptop range into alignment with the various Windows 10-powered laptops using Intel’s seventh generation technology. Is that the only change, and how well does the new thirteen-inch MacBook Pro perform? Cliff Joseph reviews the 2017 intake:

The Kaby Lake update provides a welcome speed-bump for the various MacBook Pro models, and this 13-inch model is impressively slim and light for a laptop that packs a heavy-duty processor and a high-quality Retina Display. However, it remains extremely expensive, and we can’t help thinking that many users would happily swap the Touch Bar’s eye-candy for a discrete GPU that would turn the 13-inch MacBook Pro into a truly portable graphics workstation.

Read the full review at ZDNet.

Let’s Go Harry Hill On The iPad Pro v MacBook Pro

The new iPad Pro… The new MacBook Pro? Which is better? Chance Miller looks over the results of various benchmarking tools to decide which machine has the edge in terms of performance. As the cliché goes, the results may surprise you:

When it came to single-core CPU performance, the MacBook Pro reigned supreme, with the 2016 and 2017 models beating out all other iPad Pro models. As for iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch 2017 model came in at the top, followed closely by the 2017 12.9-inch model.

For multi-core CPU performance, the 2017 MacBook Pro came in at the top with a score of 10,261. In second place, however, was the 10.5-inch iPad Pro followed by the 2017 12.9-inch model. The 2017 iPad Pros both beat out the 2016 MacBook Pro – a notable feat considering the power and price associated with the MacBook Pro.

More details at 9to5 Mac, and I’ve noted down some of my thoughts as well.


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