Apple Confirms iPhone 14 Pro Issues, iOS 16 Breaks FaceTime, iPhone 14 Secret Update
September 23, 2022
Looking back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple FaceTime issues, broken iPhone 14 Pro camera, severe power issues with tactile keyboard, Apple’s secret iPhone repair update, Apple Maps turns ten years old , Apple App Association support, and the ongoing foldable iPhone saga is taking a new turn.
The Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news digest here on Forbes).
Apple confirms issues with FaceTime
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners who have purchased new phones are experiencing issues with FaceTime and iMessage. Even with the update to iOS 16.0.1, the apps don’t work. There is no news of a full fix yet, but Apple has confirmed the issue:
“…the company has confirmed additional issues with iMessage and FaceTime. In a new support document, Apple also acknowledged that “iMessage and FaceTime may not complete activation on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro” and acknowledges that issues can still occur even after updating to iOS 16.0.1.
iPhone 14 Pro camera sound rattle
This is not the only problem. Some users have reported that the phone makes grinding noises and vibrates when they try to take photos using third-party apps such as SnapChat and TikTok, which greatly distorts camera images and, in some cases, damages the camera hardware. The issue doesn’t seem universal, but MacRumors has collected complaints from users on several social media sites and its own forums, as has The Guardian. Some YouTubers have also documented this phenomenon:
“Distortion and vibration are most likely caused by the camera’s optical image stabilization gyroscope, which, when operating normally, corrects for shake and hand movements so that the camera can capture a bit more light without producing blurry images (although iPhone cameras do have a sort of “optical” zoom feature). , it is achieved with different physical lenses rather than a single lens with mechanical parts that can physically zoom in and out).”
Apple has confirmed that an additional software fix is being prepared to address the camera shake issue. Until then, Apple’s own apps don’t cause any sound problems.
Battery impact on tactile keyboard
Issues always come in threes, of course, so the third iPhone issue this week is here, and it’s related to the tactile keyboard. Apple confirms that keyboard feedback improvements in iOS 16 may have a negative impact on battery life:
“An Apple support document describes how the new tactile keyboard feature changes your iPhone: “Your iPhone keyboard may make a sound or vibrate when you type.” As we explained earlier, you can enable this feature in the Settings app under Keyboard Response in the Sounds and Feels menu.
“However, at the bottom of the support document, Apple has a small warning for users who enable keyboard haptics: “Enabling keyboard haptics may impact your iPhone’s battery life.”
(from 9 to 5Mac).
Repair Secrets Inside the New iPhone
The iFixit team conducted an annual teardown of new iPhone models to find out how they are built, what components and techniques were used, and, perhaps most importantly, how easy third-party repairs would be.
The iPhone 14 may look exactly like the iPhone 13 on the outside, but the inside has undergone significant changes. The phone is now designed so that the front and back of the phone can be opened for repairs. It’s fair to say the team is impressed:
“The back glass is simply attached with two screws and one connector… And as a bonus, by unscrewing the same screws as on the back glass, you get access to the screen. With just two screws, the screen and rear glass are immediately accessible. Incredible. This is a radical reimagining of the phone, and the new approach touches on most aspects of the design. The addition of an entirely new opening surface creates a whole world of engineering challenges. Twice the perimeter for water protection, a lot of complexities with radio frequencies, and a whole world of details changes.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are a different story…because the hardware tells the same story as the last few years of clunky, repair-hostile interior design:
“It’s the same familiar process as in the iPhone 13 — and the iPhone of the last five years, for that matter — and it’s completely different from the brand new procedure we found in the iPhone 14. Apple has completely abandoned its groundbreaking new design in your flagship phone. …the problem with this is the borderline-ridiculous difficulty of repairing the rear window. Apple’s price for the 14 Pro Max’s rear window repair is $549, a price that seems absurd but actually reflects a complex process.”
(I fix it).
Apple Maps is 10 years old
Launched in a state that seemed sloppy at best, Apple Maps has always outperformed the competition. Ten years after its launch, the launch disaster is behind us as Apple works to improve the app. Is it at the level of Google Maps? Basically, if you ask the American market, but it has a path to other countries in the world:
“I’m also lucky to use Apple Maps while living in a major US metropolitan area. One of my colleagues in Europe is unhappy that Apple still doesn’t offer bike routes in Amsterdam, the bike capital of the world. the redesigned maps are only available in a few countries outside the US, including the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, although Apple first talked about the new maps in 2018.”
Apple and the App Association
Bloomberg’s Emily Birnbaum reports on allegations that Apple is contributing to the Apps Association (ACT), which represents small business app developers. Given that the Apple App Store is one of the key routes to market, it’s worth noting this support:
The group known as ACT says it is not beholden to Apple, but has confirmed that it receives more than half of its funding from the company. Former employees say the real percentage is much higher.
“… ACT leaders defended the company’s role. ACT president Morgan Reid said in an interview that the claim that the association is pro-Apple “doesn’t pass the laugh test.” “Our job is to make sure we pay attention to how the government can influence, unintentionally or otherwise, all these small businesses that make great software products,” Reed said.
Apple’s latest patent application is curious. Yes, this is a continuation of Apple’s R&D effort on the foldable iPhone, but there’s also a new screen protector under discussion that’s labeled “self-healing”:
Apple suggests that while the display can stretch across the entire device, it could be made up of three elements. Two of these will be regular fixed shields, and the third will be the flexible part that connects them together… Apple suggests that this flexible layer itself could “include an elastomer layer”, which is a self-healing element. The elastomer stretches, but can be made to return to its original shape – an analogy would be the memory foam in some mattresses. Typically, this ability to return to its previous shape is caused by heat, such as the body heat of a person sleeping on a mattress.
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