Apple Loop: Surprise iPhone SE Leaks, Powerful M2 iPad Pro Revealed, iPhone 14 Pro Fights More Problems
Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a surprising new iPhone, iPhone 14 Plus production woes, iPhone 14 Pro SIM card problems, brand new iPads, iPad Pros, and Apple TVs, the missing MacBook Pro launch, macOS and iPadOS updates, iPad Mini price rises, and the return of Russian social media to the App Store.
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 SE 4 Suddenly Appears
The iPhone 15 may not be the only new iPhone to launch in 2023. The iPhone SE, which appeared to have settled into a two-year update cycle, is being prepared not only for an early Q2 release but a makeover that will see it move towards the current iPhone design ethos with a full frontal display:
“…we can expect the iPhone SE 4 to feature a 6.1-inch display WITH a notch and come in three colors: Midnight, Starlight and Product RED. If you have eyes, you may have also noticed that the new iPhone SE looks eerily similar to the iPhone XR… yes, that’s the point. Apple tends to cop previous generation’s iPhone design for their SE refreshes and that’s exactly the case here.”
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iPhone 14 Plus Production Halted
Apple dropped the idea of an iPhone 14 Mini, instead moving in the other direction and returning to the iPhone Plus design of a larger-screened model. It looks good on paper, but the sales are not there… so much so that production is reportedly being halted, and more effort placed on the ‘only slightly more expensive’ iPhone 14 Pro:
“Possible factors at play here include the rising cost of everyday living due to inflation and a weaker than average global economy for a number of factors. Apple has also positioned the iPhone 14 Plus at a logical but tough price point; iPhone 14 costs $799, and has a fairly large display. iPhone 14 Plus for $899 has an even larger display, but no other differences. That compares to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, priced at $999 and $1099 respectively, which feature more advanced camera systems and a redesigned sensor layout.”
New iPhone 14 Owners Have Massive SIM Card Issues
Users of the new iPhone 14 family of handsets are reporting issues around their SIM cards, which are suddenly being reported as ‘Not Supported’; although hard resets are fixing the problem, this isn’t an approach being recommended. One potential cause of this may be the move to support eSIM-only iPhones, but as yet, all we know is that Apple is aware of the issue, but there’s no indication of a timescale for the fix:
“In a memo sent to authorized retailers, first seen by MacRumors and which I have subsequently seen and verified via an Apple partner, Apple has acknowledged a widely reported bug with SIMs. Affected iPhone 14 models display a “SIM Not Supported” error message, then the phones freeze, rendering them unusable until they are hard reset.”