Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a shock new feature for the iPhone 13, Apple backing down over third-party screen repairs, a warning over iPhone 13’s Christmas stock levels, the return of the MacBook, AirPods 3 review, App Store payment changes, macOS Monterey examined, and a rare Apple-1 goes on sale.
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).
Shock iPhone 14 Feature Leaks
Apple has avoided the technology for so long, that the adoption of an under-display Touch ID sensor would be a bit of a shock. It is, after all, something that remains one of the big selling points of Android. In a world that has discovered the protective power of facemarks, why is this taking so long?
“According to the leaker @LeaksApplePro on Twitter via iDrop News, a Q&A about the iPhone 14 predicts that Touch ID could be coming to the iPhone 14 Pro lineup under the display. However, the leaker is careful to say that the feature is still being tested and it’s “unclear” if we will end up seeing it.”
Apple Backs Down In Screen Repair Standoff
Following on from the discovery that Apple was digitally binding the iPhone 13 display to the iPhone; any repair that did not transfer over a small microcontroller using very delicate soldering would result in none of the biometric security in FaceID working. In essence this meant that repairing an iPhone by replacing the display was going to be nigh-on impossible for third-party repair centres. Apple has now performed a U-turn on this, confirming that the digital pairing will no longer be required:
“Apple’s decision to walk back this change is a win for consumers as it means greater choice and competition when looking for a screen repair. This is the fourth time Apple has walked back repair blocking issues in recent years, though this time it stopped short of claiming the current issue is a bug. Right to Repair activisits, however, are likely to see the U-turn as further evidence that formal legistation is…