Massive iPhone 15 Pro Upgrade, Apple Watch X Surprise, Disturbing iPhone Launch Details

iPhone 15 Thunderbolt specifications updated August 19th; article originally posted August 18th.

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a new iPhone camera choice, a stunning iPhone Pro upgrade, Thunderbolt for iPhone, Apple Silicon M3 roadmap, iPhone SE details, Apple Watch X celebration, and Apple’s ESPN dream.

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 15 Production Cut Before Launch

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 15 family in September, Apple will be building up stock and deciding just how popular the new iOS smartphones will. News from the supply chain suggests that Apple is not as confident in 2023 as it was in previous years:

“Apple analyst Jeff Pu… states that Apple will now build 77 million iPhone 15 units by the end of the year, down from 83M, due to multiple ongoing manufacturing issues. These problems include yields for a new Sony-made primary camera module on all iPhone 15 models and the production of a new display (with super slim bezels) and titanium chassis for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.”


iPhone 15’s Thunderbolt Option

While the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are, broadly speaking, iterative updates, one massive change will be in the wired connectivity port. After many years of teasing and denying consumers their way, Apple is finally relenting and adding USB-C. But not just any USB-C:

“ChargerLab has seen further images of the parts and believes that they show an integrated circuit (IC) for Thunderbolt data transfer speeds. The IC, known as a retimer, rebuilds signals and mitigates jitter. It augments signal transmission stability for high-capacity data ports and extends transmission ranges. Such chips are seen in other Thunderbolt/USB 4 devices, and ChargerLab…