iPhone 13 Upgrades Confirmed, Mysterious MacOS Malware Reported, Massive MacBook Pro Problems

 Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes confirmed iPhone 13 details, Apple’s older 5G model, malware in the new M1 Macs, multiple MacBook Pro issues, Apple’s win against Epic, latest AirPods leak, and a very expensive sign.

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 Upgrades Confirmed

There are some significant changes coming to the iPhone 13 family this year; a new design for the back that is ‘more grippy’, the long awaited 120 Hz always on display, and a new ultra-wide camera lens. The changes to the back are particularly interesting:

“Weinbach tells Koroy that Apple will “refine” the matte back of the iPhone 13 Pro models with a “more grippy textured back that will be slightly more comfortable [to hold]”. He also understands that it will be akin to the finish on Google’s Pixel series. That said, he warns that the chassis design “will not be changing so overall the same look at the iPhone 12 lineup.””


iPhone 13 Will Use Older 5G Modem

The iPhone 13 family is set to use Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem. This is a step up from the current X55 in use, but when September comes the X65 should be coming online. I presume Apple prefers having the extra time to optimise the currently under production chip rather than going for something on the bleeding edge:

“Do note that Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon X65 5G modem but it seems that Apple won’t be using the latest modem, maybe to keep the cost low. Given that the X60 5G modem is…