Apple Loop: Stunning iPhone 13 Camera, Disappointing iPhone 12 Sales, Apple’s Hidden Disney Trick

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes iPhone 13 camera details, TouchID under the screen, iPhone 12 production cut, native Photoshop for macOS, problems with Developer Transition Kit, Parler is not coming back, successful study from Apple’s Research App, and Disney hides in your Apple Wallet.

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).

iPhone 13 Camera Details Leak

With camera technology continuing to be at the forefront of smartphone, the iPhone 13 is expected to build on the existing iPhone technology. One area where it looks like it will fall short of Android devices is in folding ‘periscope’ lenses. This week reports suggest their introduction will be delayed until 2023:

“A periscopic or “folded” lens squeezes powerful zoom capabilities into the restricted dimensions of a smartphone by redirecting light sideways through the smartphone’s body via a sequence of lenses and mirrors or prisms.”

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Bringing Back The Fingerprint

One area where the iPhone 13 looks ready to catch up is with TouchID. Barclays research has highlighted the upcoming installation of a fingerprint sensor under the iPhone screen, presumably being tested for this year’s iPhone family:

“iPhone 13 models slated for release later this year will “likely” feature a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display for authentication, in addition to Face ID, according to Barclays analyst Andrew Gardiner and three of his colleagues.”

MacRumors.

iPhone 12 Production Cut

Production of the iPhone 12 Mini is being tweaked, with reports of Apple lowering production of the smallest iOS smartphone. As a whole the iPhone 12 family is expected to see a twenty percent drop in orders for the first half of the year. Given the continuing changing circumstances in a COVID-19 world, the potential for a ‘5G boost’ to sales has not materialised, and the steady 75 million handset sales looks to be continuing:

“The U.S. tech giant is cutting orders for all iPhones by around 20% compared to its plans in December, according to sources familiar with the matter, with the majority coming from the mini, its cheapest 5G-enabled phone.”

Nikkei Asia.

Photoshop Goes Native

MacOS may have Rosetta 2 allowing x86 Intel apps to run on the ARM-based Apple Silicon, but Apple would really like developers to move over to gain the most benefit from the new hardware. Well, here comes a key mover; Adobe’s Photoshop is now running native code on the M1 Macs:

“Photoshop for Apple Silicon was previously in beta, but now it’s being widely rolled out to Creative Cloud customers with an M1 Mac: those include the MacBook Air, entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini“These great performance improvements are just the beginning, and we will continue to work together with Apple to further optimize performance over time,” Adobe’s Pam Clark wrote”

The Verge.

Issues With Developer Transition Kits

Many macOS developers took advantage of Apple’s Developer Transition Kit to prepare Apple Silicon apps for the M1 launch. Apple recently recalled the loaner devices, but all is not going well. Developers are reporting a number of issues with the courier collections, and many worry that they do not have proof of postage if Apple asks where the kits are in a few weeks time:

“Repeatedly, developers are saying that if their DTK was collected, they have no proof that it was. And, many add that Apple’s instructions may include a collection date, but mostly suggest it will be sometime in the next couple of weeks versus a specific day and time.”

Apple Insider.

Parler Denied App Store Listing

Controversial messaging app Parler was removed from the App Store following the Capitol riots in the US. Following close examination of the latest submission of the app, Apple has rejected it from the Store, writing that “There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store.”:

“When it initially removed Parler from the App Store in January, Apple asked the social network to change its moderation practices. Apple said that Parler’s new community guidelines, released when the service came back online Feb. 15, were insufficient to comply with the App Store rules.”

Bloomberg.

Health Study Success For Research App

Apple’s Women’s Health Study team based at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have released preliminary results on its women and their menstrual symptoms study. The data has been gathered from 10,000 participants in the study. The study uses Apple’s Research App, which allows for the remote collection of health data through Apple devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watch:

” The landmark study allows for collection of a comprehensive set of cycle tracking and other health data, strengthened through participant surveys, from individuals across various stages of their life, varying races, and throughout all US states and territories. “

Apple Press

And Finally…

Disney has long used contactless technology in the MagicBand to allow easy access to rides and services in its theme parks. Now the iPhone can join in, with the addition of a MagicMobile pass for the digital wallet:

“Guests may choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand – pick whichever option works best for you during your visit. You can even use both and alternate between the two for added flexibility.”

Disney.

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