Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Leak, Apple Denies New iPhone 7 Design, Surface Book Fights MacBook Pro – Forbes

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a new material for the iPhone 8 and its wireless advantage, the new iPads for 2017, the MacBook Pro versus the Surface Book, the conclusion to the Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery issue, hacking the iPhone on its tenth anniversary, Apple’s falling sales and revenue, and a classic stand for the Apple Watch.

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 our weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

The Forged Steel iPhone

Apple was already expected to move to an ‘all-glass look’ for the new iPhone which means redesigning the chassis. The latest leak not only confirms that but also suggests that Apple will move away from using aluminium to forged steel:

Of course Apple has been here before. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S used stainless steel to a similar effect, but major differences are expected between them and the 2017 iPhone.

The key change is a switch from ‘billet milling’ to ‘metal forging’. Milling essentially cuts the chassis from a piece of aluminium, while forging essentially squeezes the metal alloy into the mould using extreme pressure. The benefit of this latter method is the metal is much stronger.

More details on the switch of materials here. There’s also a nice knock-on effect – by removing the metal on the back of the machine the new iPhone 8 would be able to support wireless charging. Will Apple make that decision?

Although there are a number of standards around wireless charging… the physical principles are the same. Current is passed through a coil of wires in the charging base and through electromagnetic induction a current will be created in any coil of wire close enough to the charging base. That current can then be used to charge a battery (you can read more on how wireless charging works here on Forbes).

Metal back plates inhibit electromagnetic induction. Glass backs do not. While it is not a massive tell that Apple will include wireless charging in the next iPhone, it offers the opportunity to do so. It also ties in with previous rumors and leaks around the inclusion of wireless charging in the handset that is expected to be revealed in September.

More on the wireless potential here on Forbes.

Beats by Dre posted this photo of a ‘white’ iPhone to its Instagram account. Image credit: Instagram

Beats by Dre posted this photo of a ‘white’ iPhone to its Instagram account. Image credit: Instagram

No Shiny White iPhone 7

Last week saw many people start dreaming of a shiny white iPhone thanks to an image posted by the Beats Instagram account. Given the shiny ‘jet black’ iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it felt like an obvious next step for a mid-cycle refresh. Alas, it is not to be. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly looks at destroyed dream of a shiny white iPhone:

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are almost mid cycle and releasing a glossy white colour option during the traditional post-Christmas slowdown to accompany the (bizarrely) popular Jet Black edition appears a smart move. Besides Apple is long associated with white products and, what seals the deal: Apple teasing it via its own headphone brand

But not so fast. Closer inspection revealed the new colour was merely the result of an Instragram filter in combination with the Tilt-shift feature. Furthermore you will spot from the rear camera that this is not an iPhone 7. Beats subsequently confirmed this, commenting: “The phone pictured is a silver iPhone 6.”

More on the disappointing choice here on Forbes.

Three New iPads for 2017

It might not capture as many sales in the year as the iPhone, but Apple’s iPad range had a great christmas. Now the plans for 2017 have been leaked, and Apple is looking to maintain its advantage over its tablet rivals with three new iPad models.

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple has three new iOS-powered tablets lined up for release in 2017; an update to the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, a price-conscious 9.7 inch model, and the previously rumored educational model with a screen of just over ten inches on the diagonal.

The 12.9 inch model will be an update to the larger screened iPad Pro originally launched in November 2015. That model brought with it Apple’s first stylus and targeted graphical designers and creatives. The larger form factor coupled with Apple’s detachable keyboard offered many people the option of a lightweight laptop-like tablet system.

More on the new tablets here.

Microsoft Surface Book (image: Microsoft PR)

Microsoft Surface Book (image: Microsoft PR)

MacBook Pro Vs Surface Book

Can you replace your MacBook Pro with a Surface Book? The Guardian’s Alex Hern puts aside years of habits and knee-jerk reactions to look at the competition. Is the time right to replace your MacBook with a Windows 10 machine?

Memories of blue screens of death, of driver conflicts, of cleaning out my registry and restoring the system after a malware infection, are hard to shake, as is the general hangover from my youth of Microsoft as the Great Satan of the tech world. As Zuckerberg is to the 2010s, Gates was to the 1990s: ever-present, professionally amoral, and incredibly, unflappably, successful.

But Gates is gone, as is Ballmer. This is Satya Nadella’s company now, and the Microsoft of this generation is everything the Microsoft of the 90s – or the Facebook of today – isn’t: humble, quiet, content with success where it can win and partnerships where it can’t, and as proud of working with competitors as Gates was of crushing them. In short, it’s a Microsoft that I could consider being friends with. It couldn’t be that bad.

The full comparison can be read at The Guardian.


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