Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Details Leak, Monument Valley 2 Secrets, Disappointing MacBook Pro Update
this week’s Apple Loop includes new details of the iPhone 8, Apple giving up on older iPhones, what the new MacBook Pro machines are missing, keeping the iPad Pro up to date, thoughts on the HomePod, the surprising sequel in the App Store, Apple’s AR ambitions, and the parody that was WWDC.
Goodbye To Older Apps In iOS 11
Of course the big news this week is Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Let’s start with the changes to iOS. The eleventh version of the mobile operating system packs in a dark theme (suitable for the expected OLED screen on 2017’s new iPhone), new multi-tasking views for the iPad and iPad Pro to give them a more ‘desktop’ feel, and the addition of a File Manager. But there’s also some stings in the tail for Apple fans with iOS 11, including the loss of legacy 32-bit apps:
Apple pins the end of iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad 4th gen support on the fact all three have 32-bit processors (the Apple A6 chip) and 64-bit is the future (it is). Well iOS 11 will also apply this logic to all 32-bit apps in the App Store.
Not only are 32-bit apps being canned, Apple won’t even allow users of newer iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch to use them when restoring devices. So if your iPhone 7 still uses a beloved legacy 32-bit app then know if you ever restore or replace/upgrade your iPhone in future the app will be missing. This is the price of progress and, if you are affected, you should blame lazy app developers not Apple.
New MacBook Pro’s Missing Hardware
As expected Apple updated the MacBook Pro and MacBook machines with Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake chipset. That offers parity with Windows 10, but the range is still lacking in terms of cutting edge hardware. Joe Osborne looks at what is missing in the portable Macs:
That’s making it increasingly hard not to scoff at the term “Retina display” when looking at the MacBook Pro’s 2,560 x 1,600 and 2,880 x 1,800 pixel counts on the 13 and 15-inch models, respectively.
For instance, both the gorgeous Razer Blade and Dell XPS 15 of this year can be configured with sharper displays than either MacBook Pro. That means both of these laptops are better suited to creating and editing 4K – an ever-growing standard in the media world – media files than the MacBook Pro.
You can’t expect to work with 4K files on a screen that’s far below that in pixel count to begin with, at least with much confidence. And, to tell those customers to just pick up a 4K monitor isn’t a solution.
For the MacBook Pro to continue to keep pushing its Retina display moniker, it needs to go 4K in 2018.
Keeping The iPad Pro Up To Date
Apple also announced a number of new iPad Pro machines at WWDC, with updates to the 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch Pro models. Forbes; Gordon Kelly looks over the two new machines, to find out what has changed in the hardware, and what are the differences between the two new Pro machines, starting with the screens:
The most obvious starting point is size. Following 2017’s smartphone trend, Apple has made both its new iPad Pros more compact. The scene stealer is the enlarged 10.5-inch iPad Pro which fits into virtually the same footprint as its 9.7-inch predecessor, despite a 20% increase in display size.
…Later this year the iPhone 8 is expected to move from LCD to OLED. The new iPad Pros haven’t made the same move, but they have upped the bar for what we can expect from LCD.