Apple confirms iPhone 14 Pro problems, iOS 16 breaks FaceTime, Secret iPhone 14 Upgrade

Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple’s FaceTime problems, broken iPhone 14 Pro camera, severe power issues with the touch keyboard, Apple’s secret upgrade to repair iPhone, and Apple Maps celebrating its 10th anniversary, Apple’s Supporting the App Association, the ongoing saga of the foldable iPhone is taking a new turn.

The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (You can read the weekly summary of Android news here on Forbes).

Apple confirms FaceTime issues

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners who bought the new phones are having problems with FaceTime and iMessage. Even with the iOS 16.0.1 update, the apps are not working. So far there is no news of a complete solution, but Apple has confirmed the problem:

… the company confirmed additional issues with iMessage and FaceTime. In a new support document, Apple also acknowledged that “iMessage and FaceTime may not complete activation on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro” and acknowledges that problems may still occur, even after updating to iOS 16.0.1.”

(Forbes).

Audible grind on iPhone 14 Pro camera

This is not the only issue. Some users have reported that the phone beeps and vibrates when they try to take photos using third-party apps like SnapChat and TikTok, severely distorting camera images and, in some cases, damaging camera hardware. The problem doesn’t appear to be universal, but MacRumors has collected complaints from users across its multiple social media sites and forums, as has The Guardian. Some YouTubers have also documented this phenomenon:

The distortion and shake is most likely due to the camera’s optical image stabilization gyroscope, which when operating normally corrects shake and hand movement so the camera can capture more light without taking blurry photos (although iPhone cameras normally operate with a kind of ‘optical’ zoom , achieved using different physical lenses rather than using a single lens with mechanical parts that can actually zoom in and out).

(Ars Technica).

Apple has confirmed that an additional software fix is ​​on the way to address the camera shake issue. Until then, Apple’s own apps don’t cause any audible issues.

(Bloomberg).

Battery effect on the touch keyboard

Problems of course always come three times, so this week’s third iPhone issue is here, and it has to do with the touch keyboard. iOS 16’s improvements to keyboard feedback could have a negative impact on battery life, Apple confirms:

in the support document, Apple explains how the new keyboard touch feature changes your iPhone: “The iPhone keyboard can make a sound or vibrate as you type.” As we explained in the past, you can enable this feature in the Settings app under the “Keyboard Feedback” option in the “Sounds & Haptics” menu.

However, at the bottom of the support document, Apple has a small warning for users who enable keyboard touches: “Turning on keyboard touches may affect the battery life of your iPhone. “

(9to5Mac).

Fix the secrets inside the new iPhone

The team at iFixit conducted their annual takedown of new iPhone models to see how they were built, what components and technologies were used, and perhaps most importantly, how easy third-party fixes are.

The iPhone 14 may look quite similar to the iPhone 13 on the outside, but there has been a major redesign of the interior. The phone is now designed so that both the front and back of the phone can be opened for repairs. It is fair to say The team likes:

“The back glass is simply secured with two screws and one connector… And as a bonus, removing the exact same screws as the back glass gives you access to the screen. Only two screws are accessible, and both the screen and back glass are instantly accessible. Incredible. That’s it Dramatic rethinking of the phone, and the new approach affects most aspects of the design. The addition of an all-new opening surface presents a world of engineering challenges. There’s a watertight perimeter weakness, plenty of radio frequency complications, and a whole world of changing parts.”

Unfortunately, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are a different story … because the device tells the same story as the past few years of difficult, anti-repair interiors:

“This is the same familiar process as the 13 – and the last five years of iPhones, for that matter – and very different from the completely new procedure we discovered in the iPhone 14. Apple left its innovative new design out of its flagship phone entirely… The problem with that is the ridiculous difficulty For a back glass repair. The price for Apple to repair the back glass on the 14 Pro Max is $549, which sounds ridiculous but actually reflects the difficult process.”

(iFixit).

Apple Maps is 10 years old

Launched in a state that felt robbed at best, Apple Maps always caught up with the competition. Ten years after its launch, it has been left behind by a launch disaster as Apple works to improve the app. Is it at the level of Google Maps? Mostly, if you ask the US market, but it has a way of going elsewhere in the world:

“I am also fortunate to use Apple Maps while living in a major metropolitan area of ​​the United States. One of my colleagues in Europe is not happy that Apple still does not provide bike directions in Amsterdam, the cycling capital of the world. And Apple’s redesigned Maps is only available in a few from countries outside the US, including the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, although Apple first started talking about new Maps in 2018.

(the edge).

Apple and the App Association

Bloomberg’s Emily Birnbaum reports allegations that Apple contributes to the App Association (ACT) that represents small business app developers. Since the Apple App Store is one of the main avenues for marketing, this support is noteworthy:

“The group, known as ACT, says it is not beholden to Apple, but has confirmed that it gets more than half of its funding from the company. And former employees say the actual percentage is much higher.

“…ACT executives defended the company’s role. Morgan Reed, president of ACT, said in an interview that he “did not pass the laugh test” to say the association is a front for Apple. “Our job is to make sure we pay attention to how we can That the government has an impact, unintended or otherwise, on all those little companies that make great software products.”

(Bloomberg).

Finally…

Apple’s latest patent filing is intriguing. Yes, it continues Apple’s R&D efforts around the foldable iPhone, but it also discusses a new protective screen cover that has been flagged as “self-healing”:

Apple suggests that while the screen can span the entire device, it can consist of three components. Two will be regular and firm, while the third will be an elastic part that connects them … Apple suggests that this elastic layer may “include a layer of elastomer”, that is, a self-healing element. The elastomer is stretchable, but it can be made back to its original shape — the measure being memory foam on certain mattresses. This ability to roll back into shape is usually caused by heat, such as body heat from someone sleeping on a mattress.

(MSN).

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