Apple Loop: New iPhone 11 Pro Leaks, Launch Date Confirmed, Warning To 1 Billion Vulnerable iPhones

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a dangerous flaw in the iPhone, the nightmare of falling phone sales, the iPhone 11 Pro leak, the iPhone 11 launch date is confirmed, the iPad Pro gets a crazy camera update, Tim Cook keeping you safe from a third-party battery fix, and why you can’t swear on the new keyboard.

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).

Massive iOS Exploit Confirmed

“If you have an exploit in your operating system that requires an unauthorised app to gain entry, then you are safe because you have a closed app system.” That security principle of iOS met the real world this week, as a security flaw dating back to iOS 8 can be trigged by data in Apple’s own Contacts app. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has more:

…security firm Check Point has revealed it has found a way to hack every iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 right up to betas of iOS 13. This spread covers eight years of devices (iOS 8 supports the 2011 iPhone 4S) and, with Tim Cook stating there are 1.4BN active iOS devices around the world, this is worrying news for the owners of pretty much all of them.

…But the real shocker is why the Contacts app vulnerability exists in the first place: it capitalises on a known bug which Apple has failed to fix for four years.

Tim Cook participates in a panel discussion during the TIME 100 Summit 2019 on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TIME)

Tim Cook participates in a panel discussion during the TIME 100 Summit 2019 on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TIME)

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Tim Cook’s iPhone Nightmare Is Coming True

It has not been a great week for Apple. On top of the security issues, the latest leaked details of the iPhone 11 family reveal that there is very little to get excited about with this year’s update. No excitement means lower sales… and lower sales means there will be less revenue from the hardware side of Apple while the software and services side still lags significantly behind the golden goose that is the iPhone/ I discussed the issue earlier in the week:

The revenue from iPhone sales is falling, and has dropped below fifty percent for the first time since 2012, falling from $29.47 billion to $25.99 billion. Services did make up some of difference. bringing in a personal high of $11.46 billion in revenue, but overall revenue was down year on year.
And therein lies the first chapter of the nightmare.

Software and services needs a longer runway to build up its revenue (let alone the profit, I’m curious to see the respective margins between hardware sales and acting as a content reseller), and that runway is built on sales of the iPhone. If the sales of the iPhone continue to slow, then Apple has some hard truths to face up to

More here on Forbes.

Here Comes The iPhone 11 Pro

What else did we learn from the leak? It looks like Apple is bringing over the ‘Pro’ moniker from the iPad, Mac, and MacBook naming conventions to the iPhone. Sam Rutherford on the long expected branding move:

…based on a stock list from smartphone case maker ESR (discovered by iPhonesoft.fr), the general consensus is that the next products in the iPhone family will be called the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max.

While these aren’t exactly the most intriguing or eye-catching names, by simplifying its naming scheme, Apple could eliminate some consumer confusion now that the iPhone portfolio has expanded to three new phones every year instead just two.

More at Gizmodo.

Has The iPhone Launch Date Been Confirmed?

But when will we see these phones? Although Apple has not released a statement or sent out invites to the hand-picked audience of fans, the latest beta of iOS has a number of graphical assets that suggest a date has been picked… September 10th, says Chance Miller.

n asset within iOS 13 beta 7 shows an iOS screenshot with the date of Tuesday, September 10th. This asset is named “HoldForRelease.” This is the same date that [9to5Mac] predicted last month, and which follows the precedent set by Apple in years prior.

Apple is currently expected to unveil three new iPhone models, including the ‘iPhone 11 Pro‘ at its September event. An analyst earlier this week suggested that Apple is on track to release all three new iPhone models at the same time this year. As you may remember, the past two years of iPhone releases have been slightly staggered.

More at 9to5Mac.

CEO of Apple Tim Cook (C) speaks while unveiling new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York, United States (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

CEO of Apple Tim Cook (C) speaks while unveiling new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York, United States (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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The Worlds Most Awkward Camera Gets An Upgrade

As well as the tired update to the iPhone line, Apple watchers are also expecting to see some changes to the iPad and iPad Pro. The iOS powered tablets are expected to pick up some significant improvements to the camera. Mikey Campbell reports:

Citing a Chinese supply chain source, Mac Otakara on Saturday reports Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro could adopt a triple-lens camera array, while a 10.2-inch entry-level iPad might benefit from a dual-sensor solution similar to iPhone XS.

…Adopting multi-sensor rear-facing cameras in two new iPads would be an unprecedented move for Apple, as the company has yet to migrate dual-lens shooters to its tablet line despite first integrating the technology in 2016’s iPhone 7 Plus. The setup, which incorporates a wide-angle and “telephoto” lens, was later used in 2017’s iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, and last year’s iPhone XS and XS Max.

More at Apple Insider.

Apple Is Trying To Keep You Safe From Your Battery

Last week it was reported that iOS was refusing to acknowledge third-party battery repairs or offer ‘battery health’ on these replacements, even if consumers have a right to repair on their devices. Apple has finally sent a statement to iMore’s Rene Ritchie that sets out its public viewpoint:

We take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to make sure any battery replacement is done properly. There are now over 1,800 Apple authorized service providers across the US, so our customers have even more convenient access to quality repairs. Last year, we introduced a new feature to notify customers if we were unable to verify that a new, genuine battery was installed by a certified technician following Apple repair processes.

This information is there to help protect our customers from damaged, poor quality, or used batteries that can lead to safety or performance issues. This notification does not impact the customer’s ability to use the phone after an unauthorized repair.

The full statement is here (via 9to5Mac).

And Finally…

Apple’s swiping keyboard will autocorrect your typing to your intended word, but there are some restrictions, as Tom Warren found out while testing the beta:

Apple really doesn’t want you to swear with its iOS 13 swipe keyboard. You may only say ducked

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