Incredible iPhone 15 Specs, Dark Sky Goes Dark, Apple’s Expensive iPhone Repair

Throwing back another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes leaked iPhone 15 specs, expensive battery replacement, Apple slashed stock orders, support for wireless charging standards, Apple’s embarrassing Hybrid Reality headset, French App Store fine, and Dark Sky is finally getting dark.

The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions about Apple over the past seven days (And you can read our weekly roundup of Android news here on Forbes).

How will the iPhone 15 find its strength

One of the key decisions that will allow the iPhone 15 family to deliver greater performance and better battery life is becoming clear, thanks to TSMC’s discussion of its 3nm chip manufacturing and what that might mean for its key partners. Gordon Kelly of Forbes explains:

Quotes from TSMC Chairman Mark Liu May have just leaked key performance information about Apple’s next-generation A17 chipset, heading to iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max / Ultra. TSMC is Apple’s key partner, and Liu talked about the company’s product timelines, confirming that mass production of 3-nanometer chips has begun at its Tainan campus in southern Taiwan.”


Apple raises the cost of battery replacement

Apple will increase the cost of replacing your batter on a number of iPhone models later this quarter. Naturally, people using AppleCare+ have the option to replace their battery when the battery health meter drops below eighty percent:

Apple says the out-of-warranty battery replacement price for all iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 series models, as well as earlier iPhone models, starting March 1, 2023, will increase by $20. Currently, Apple charges $69 for battery replacements on most iPhone models. , according to the estimate calculator on the company’s website.

(an Apple via Mac rumors).

Apple cuts demand in the face of multiple factors

Apple is said to have chipped away at its order book for Chinese suppliers, primarily for its Apple Watch, MacBook and AirPods product lines. Details from the supply chain indicate that the impact of China’s severe CoVID lockdown restrictions has hampered manufacturing production and that demand for these products is slowing in key markets.

Sources in China say Apple has reduced orders from suppliers for nearly all of its products, and the news saw AAPL shares plunge. Shares in Apple soared after news that production at Foxconn’s main iPhone factory in Zhengzhou had returned to 90% capacity. A new report on orders for Apple parts saw the company drop 3.55% on the Nasdaq.

(Apple Insider).

The new Qi standard adds Apple support

As part of the Qi2 standard that will be launched later this year, the Wireless Power Consortium has confirmed that it will be built on Apple’s MagSafe technology:

“Qi2 includes a magnetic power profile, which means that future Qi2-based devices will use the same magnetic MagSafe technology available in MagSafe devices built for iPhone 12 and later.”

(Mac rumors).

Apple Mixed Reality Headset

Wayne Ma of the info section discussed several features and quirks about Apple’s unconfirmed but highly anticipated mixed reality headset. Expected to launch sometime during 2023, there are two big features that clearly feel Apple like the $3,000 price point and an external battery pack.

“Apple…has priced it at around $3,000 or more depending on its configuration, according to four people familiar with the conversations…As of last year, the headset used an external battery pack attached to a cable rather than a battery built into the headband. The design choice was teased. controversy among Apple engineers due to the company’s preference for cable-free designs”.

(the information).

App store fined by the French government

Apple has been fined by the French data protection agency CINL (National Commission for Informatics and Liberty) $8.5 million. The fine depends on Apple’s use of customer data to personalize the in-store ad experience:

“Following a complaint regarding the processing of personalization of advertising broadcasts on the App Store, CNIL conducted several checks in 2021 and 2022 to verify compliance with applicable regulations.

“CNIL Services found that under legacy iPhone OS version 14.6, when a user went to the App Store, the identifiers for several purposes, including purposes of personalizing advertising ads displayed on the App Store, were automatically read by default in the terminal without consent.”

(CNIL via 9to5Mac).


After being purchased by Apple in March 2020 and removed from the App Store in September 2022, the popular weather app Dark Sky has been shut down. Those who have the app will not receive any weather updates and are encouraged to switch to Apple’s built-in Weather app. Reddit users have been sharing their memories of the app n to compare it to Apple’s forced replacement:

“Dark Sky preferred the information to the pretty apple layout. Dark Sky looked boring but offered a lot more information in a consistent and easier user interface. Why does putting the weather forecast horizontal baffle me. All the nice looking gauges just tell me what’s happening now and without the forecast over time I can’t see what It will change in the next 6-12 hours which will be much more beneficial.”


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