Sales figures, new betas and bugs, and new teardowns seen from the observation deck

In today’s analysis from the viewing platform, we can see that the iPhone 14 Pro is still doing well despite our not so good times. However, the base iPhone 14 models may not be selling as well as expected. We also caught a glimpse of new betas, more bugs, and news about how easily the new Apple Watch Ultra could be repaired. Speaking of things you probably shouldn’t do at home, we have a challenge for you in today’s daily observations, so listen up and let us know what you think.

WSJ: iPhone 14 Pro looks good in not-so-good times

If you follow Apple news – iPhone news in particular, there was nothing in Tuesday’s analysis article from the Wall Street JournalI that you haven’t heard. It’s still worth noting for several reasons. First, Dan Gallagher’s article did a great job of listing a number of positives for Apple’s latest phones at this point. These include:

  • Demand/wait time out of chart for iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max
  • The differentiation between the consumer line and the Pro line apparently pushes sales to the higher end
  • Better carrier subsidies and incentives consumers haven’t seen in a while

This list is one thing that makes the Log notable piece. The other is feeling. Apple’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 ended this weekend. While the iPhone is not everything Apple’s going, Gallagher thinks Apple’s latest communicator likely sent the September quarter off on a high.

Not that the piece is “excellent party”. Noting the strength of the more expensive iPhone 14 Pros relative to the consumer side, Gallagher says analysts expect the actual number of iPhone units sold to be the same this year compared to last year. Headed to this and a global economic slowdown, consensus estimates still show iPhone revenue growing about 4% in the September and December quarters.

Bloomberg says Apple has reduced orders for the iPhone 14 lineup

Am I wrong that we all thought the iPhone unit numbers for line 14 were going to be in line with the iPhone 13? I seem to remember hearing that often. I know we heard it just a minute ago in the Wall Street Journal. And yet, a story hit last night that is likely to give a few people a stir. It came from Bloomberg (via Yahoo News Canada) under the headline “Apple drops iPhone production boost after demand falters.”

Again, all I remember hearing Apple was targeting about the same number of iPhones this year as last year, which seemed pretty good with the looming economic uncertainty. “…analysts expect the actual number of iPhone units sold to be the same this year compared to last year”, is what the the wall street journal said early Tuesday, before Bloomberg sounded whatever alarm it sounded. Speaking of which, the Bloomberg report says Apple:

… told vendors to pull back from efforts to increase assembly of the iPhone 14 product family to up to 6 million units in the second half of this year, the people said, asking not to be named because the plans are not public. Instead, the company will aim to produce 90 million handsets for the period, around the same level as the previous year and in line with Apple’s initial forecast this summer, the sources said.

It’s times like these that I remember what my grandmother used to say: Where’s my bourbon?

Here’s the thing: The Bloomberg The article (written by Debby Wu and Takashi Mochizuki) sees the same kind of data that everyone has seen since the start of iPhone 14 pre-orders. This includes stronger demand for the Pro side of the line than for the consumer side. It also includes a call from Apple for at least one vendor to move production from the cheaper iPhone 14 to the more expensive Pro phones.

So the only thing that has changed, according to Bloombergis something that Bloomberg seems to have known.

Have a good Wednesday.

Apple hits developers with slew of OS betas

The ever longer parade of OS betas continues. AppleInsider released a report on Tuesday announcing the third developer betas of iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1 and tvOS 16.1. That same piece also noted the fourth developer beta of iPadOS 16.1, while a piece of MacRumors noted the availability of the ninth developer beta of macOS 13 Ventura.

What’s new in the latest betas?

Clean and new in the iOS beta – a piece of 9to5Mac says the nascent iPhone update includes a satellite connection demo for iPhone 14. Apple announced Emergency SOS via Satellite at this month’s “Far Out” media event. As Apple describes it, the feature allows users to:

…contact the emergency services in exceptional circumstances when no other means of reaching the emergency services is available. If you call or text emergency services and can’t connect because you’re out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, your iPhone tries to connect you via satellite using which you you need.

The more cautious among us might want to know how it’s going to go before a real emergency. For this, there is the satellite connection demo. “With this feature,” says 9to5Mac:

…users will be able to see how Emergency SOS works via satellite without having to travel to a remote area with no Wi-Fi or cellular signal. Code seen by 9to5Mac suggests that the demo function will work much the same as Emergency SOS via Satellite, so it can also show users how to use it in a real situation.

Although spotted in the code, the site is not sure that the demo will be Actually rollout in iOS 16.1. This update is due in October, although Emergency SOS via Satellite won’t be active in the iPhone 14 lineup until November.

Tuesday’s iPadOS 16.1 developer beta delivered a pretty big surprise. According to a piece of Engadget, Stage Manager is working on older iPad Pro models than expected. Stage Manager is Apple’s new stab at multitasking for the tablet. While it was expected on iPad Pros powered by the M1 processor and later, the report says the feature will be “be available on 2018 and 2020 models that use the A12X and A12Z chips rather than just the M1.”

That said, it’s not the full Managerial experience. The piece says:

…for older iPad Pro models — Stage Manager will only work on the iPad [built-in] display. You will not be able to extend your display to an external monitor.

New feature: “It’s not just you!”

Of course, we also see a handful of new bugs popping up. Some of them are related to video editing after updating to iOS 16, while others are connection issues with iPhone 14. There are also microphone issues on the latest Apple Watch models and more Again.

Lights! Camera! Crap.

Having a problem with Cinematic videos in iMovie and Final Cut Pro after updating to iOS 16? It’s not just you! A piece of 9to5Mac says people on Apple support forums and Reddit are also reporting this. It appears that people using these editors “can no longer open recorded cinematic videos with an iPhone running iOS 16”. Hoping Apple fixes it.

Mic Check Failed on Latest Apple Watches

Having a problem with the microphone on your Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch Ultra? It’s not just you! A piece of MacRumors quote it MacRumors forums and Apple support community forums saying:

A growing number of user reports online suggest that the microphone in some new Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra models may persistently become unresponsive after an indefinite amount of time, causing apps that depend on the mic to generate errors and stop working.

To throw up? Ewwww… You really I hope Apple has a fix for this.

“Big Red” loses contact with the iPhone 14 Pro

Are you a Verizon user, iPhone 14 Pro with cellular connectivity issues? It’s not just you! Another piece of MacRumors cites several Reddit threads (1,2,3) and his own MacRumors forum saying:

…Verizon network customers in the US are reporting issues with slow, unreliable 5G cellular connections and randomly dropping calls.

As noted, complaints focus on the Pro end of the iPhone 14 lineup More precisely. I don’t know who has to fix this. Pray to the deity of your choice.

And the rest…

Do you always feel buggy and feel like all your energy is drained? Isn’t that just the way these days? Sorry – It’s not just you! Two weeks and two days in the life of iOS 16, yet another piece of MacRumors says insects always fly fast and furious. Among some, the site has seen:

“Walk, walk, With hope in your heart…” It’s not just you.

iFixit: the Ultra model puts the Apple Watch on the road to repairability

Apple Watch Ultra may be easier to fix than previously thought. Like – even easier than we thought yesterday. I told you about an iFixit teardown video of Apple’s laptop on Tuesday. That one had the guy doing the teardown – a guy who knows what he was doing – accidentally breaking the screen.

The exposed screws on the device might have thought self-repair would be easy. iFixit’s breakup almost immediately made people think otherwise. But nowa full teardown from iFixit gives the outfit hope of repairability.

CNET wrote the message of the people of the struggle for the right to repair. That’s why iFixit says the device “will be better suited for repairs” than other Apple Watch models. Much like the mainstream iPhone 14, the Apple Watch Ultra relies less on glue and more on screws. The four pentalobe screws on the device “mean that the sensor can be replaced relatively quickly and easily”, according to the editorial staff. The battery, on the other hand, “is protected by a metal casing secured with four screws – rather than with adhesive – which greatly facilitates battery replacement”.

The display is a bear, though, so heads up.

I said it was a complete teardown. iFixit still seems to be holding onto a 1-10 repairability rating. Still, the organization seems impressed with the direction Apple Watch Ultra is taking. Quoting iFixit:

While Apple has done a lot of features like a long-awaited action button, a massive screen and dive computer capabilities, it has once again buried what might be the biggest leap in the design of the show. Just as it failed to mention with its radically rebuilt iPhone 14, Apple has taken a potential giant leap in making the watch more repairable.

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