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iPhone 14 Camera-gate, AirDrop and The Dynamic Island

Appleviews – 23rd September 2022

iPhone 14 Pro
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Camera Shakes

Since release day, iPhone 14 has not been out of the headlines. Met with mostly strong reactions, the one big negative, has been the camera shaking issue, that some users have come across. I first heard about it via a tweet from Luke Miani. It is all to do with the new stabilisation feature on iPhone 14, but strangely, it only seems to affect the Pro models.

In short, the camera module viciously vibrates when using some third party apps such as TikTok and Instagram. It was bad enough, that Apple refrained users from not using those apps until a fix was available.

Well, less than one week on, and a fix is on the way in the shape of 16.0.2. Not only will it address the shaky camera, but also the copy and paste prompts that have been regularly appearing, too.

It should be available, early next week.

Troubles for AirDrop

One other issue that Apple are keen to get on top of, is an issue with AirDrop. I don’t know about you, but I use AirDrop virtually every day, but generally, just between my devices.

Over the past week, judging by some forums, it appears that there may be an issue when trying to AirDrop to contacts, though. If you’ve experienced an attempted transfer being met with a long ‘waiting’ warning, you are not alone. It seems that many are finding that the transfer never completes.

For now, the only workaround would look to be setting your preferences to Everyone rather than just Contacts. Although not perfect from a privacy standpoint, it will work in the majority of scenarios. The only fail, is if you are trying to swap passwords. Sending a password to another person requires both participants to have each other’s contact information saved in the ‌iPhone‌.

Again, Apple are aware of the issue, and a fix is on the way, although maybe not in time for the 16.0.2 update.

Dynamic Island for all

I’ve had my iPhone 14 Pro for a week now, and, probably, the one underwhelming feature for me, has been Dynamic Island. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s bad at all, rather, it has not been my focus of attention.

I am in the minority I know, as it seems to have been pretty well received by most. The good news is, if you like the look of what it has to offer, the feature looks set to be available on all iPhone models next year.

Ross Young tweeted out this week, saying that with the information he has from the iPhone’s panel suppliers, Dynamic Island will be on all iPhone 15 models next year, not only the two Pro iPhones.

The good news stops there though…the Always On Display and ProMotion will remain solely for Pro iPhones when they are released next fall.

The Always On Display, has been met with mixed reviews. What’s your take? I have left mine on for now. I want to give myself time to get used to it. Currently, though, I keep thinking a notification has just arrived – old habits, eh!

Good early sales

Amid concerns that iPhone 14 sales may suffer this year, it would seem, that Apple, once again, have bucked the global trend.

Ming-Chi Kuo reported on a tweet thread this week that Apple has asked Hon Hai to switch production from iPhone 14 to iPhone 14 Pro models. With not all, that much new or exciting about the non-Pro models this year, the new features on iPhone 14 Pro, such as the 48MP camera & Dynamic Island, has proven a hit. Based on figures that Ming-Chi Kuo has seen, it equates to about a 10% bump in the production of the two Pro iPhone models.

Set-up issues

If you have just bought an iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max, have you had any issues on setting it up?

MacRumors this week have seen an internal memo, that would suggest Apple are aware of a problem. Some customers have complained of their iPhones ‘freezing’ after they’ve transferred data from their old phones.

Specifically, this issue seems to happen, once again, on the Pro models, when customers have restored data from an iCloud back-up. Until a proper fix is found, Apple are saying that if your iPhone remains unresponsive after 5 minutes, they should force a re-start.

I must have been ever so lucky, as I have not had any of these issues in the first week with my iPhone Pro. How about you?

AirPods updates

I am writing this blog post at home this morning, while I wait for UPS to arrive with my AirPods Pro 2nd generation. Although they are not even with me yet, it seems updates are on the way.

The reliable ShrimpApplePro reports that LE Audio (low efficiency) and LC3 (which will help with better call quality), are coming to AirPods and iPhone via a soon-to-be released software update. This release will see AirPods & iPhone replace the familiar AAC audio CODEC. Already in beta firmware testing, it seems the software update is not far away either. Still no word on the future of Lossless Audio for AirPods, sadly.

One update that has been released, though, is the 5A377 firmware update for these second gen AirPods Pro. Effectively, this will mean the AirPods will have a day one, firmware update. Apple has not confirmed what this firmware update addresses, however.

It’s frustrating, but you never know when the firmware update has gone, though. It remains an over-the-air update, while the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ are connected to an iOS device. Putting your ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ in their case, connecting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to a power source, and then pairing the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to an iPhone or an iPad should force the update after a short period of time.

AirPod silicon tips

As I said earlier, I am writing this, waiting for my AirPods Pro 2nd gen to arrive. For those reviewers that already have theirs, reports have come out this morning, that the silicon tips are not transferable.

If you own AirPods Pro, you’ll be aware, that part of the highly effective Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), is the in-ear fit given by the supplied silicon tips. In the past, you’ve been given three pairs to choose from. With the 2nd gen, you now get an extra-small pair as well.

I’d assumed, that these tips would work on either first, or second gen AirPods, but that would now seem not to be the case. They are not back-compatible, and Apple have explained why that is so.

In an updated support document, Apple said the original AirPods Pro ear tips have ‘noticeably denser mesh’ than the second-generation ear tips.

I’ll be writing about my thoughts on the new AirPods next week.

Meta in hot water

Meta and Apple once again find themselves at odds, and once again, the point of contention, is over our old friend, privacy.

With the release of ATT (App Tracking Transparency), the practice of developers following our online habits, was supposed to have stopped. It requires apps to ask for user consent before tracking them across apps and websites owned by other companies.

It seems that in violation of that development, though, Meta’s Facebook & Instagram apps have still been following us. Apple suggests that Meta can track all of a user’s key taps, keyboard inputs, and more, when using the in-app browser. It gets worse still, as it’s believed that Meta can also monitor your activities, text choices, and even passwords and private credit card details within that website.

The latest lawsuit, was filed in a San Francisco court on Wednesday. Meta, deny any wrongdoing, and issued the following statement;

“These allegations are without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously. We have designed our in-app browser to respect users’ privacy choices, including how data may be used for ads.”

Dark Skies

No, that is not my forecast, having just looked out of the window, rather a Public Service Announcement for you.

If you are one of the many fans of the wether app Dark Sky, Apple this week reminded users, that it will no longer be available as of 1st January 2023. The reason behind its demise, is that many of the app’s features, have been integrated in to the native weather app on iOS 16.

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