Stunning iPhone 14 Leaks, Controversial iPad Decision, Surprising MacBook Pro Performance

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest iPhone 14 leaks, benchmarks of the new M2, macOS Ventura new features, a larger MacBook Air, a smaller MacBook Pro, the latest iPad controversy, future of the Apple Watch, and an important anniversary.

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 14 Selfie Camera Details

New details on the upcoming iPhone 14 family have come to light this week, and it’s all about the forward-facing selfie camera. Details on the options come from long-term Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with autofocus and an improved portrait mode on the cards:

“The front camera of four new iPhone 14 models in 2H22 would likely upgrade to AF (autofocus) & about f/1.9 aperture (vs. iPhone 13’s FF (fixed-focus) and f/2.2). AF support and a lower f-number can provide a better shallow depth-of-field effect for selfie/portrait mode. In addition, AF can also enhance the focus effect for FaceTime/video call/live streaming.”


How Much More Does Two Give Over One?

The ever-reliable Geekbench has spotted some early benchmarking of Apple’s new M2 chipset, with a potential 20 per cent increase in raw power compared to the M1. Do note that this is only the original M1… the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra are all outperforming the M2:

“The ‌M2‌, which runs at 3.49GHz compared to 3.2GHz for the ‌M1‌, earned a single-core score of 1919, which is roughly 12 percent faster than the 1707 single-core score of the ‌M1‌ 13-inch MacBook Pro. The ‌M2‌ earned a multi-core score of 8928, up about 20 percent from the 7419 score of the ‌M1‌ model.”

(Geekbench via MacRumors).

A Closer Look At macOS Ventura

With the beta release of macOS Ventura, Apple is pulling the codebase further away from the older Intel-based Macs in favour of its own Apple Silicon. It’s also notable that – much like Continuity…