Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes new battery problems for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the limited stock of the iPhone X, why Apple has lost its design edge, the arrogance of the iPhone X notch, the iPhone 7 vs the new handsets, iOS 11 update issues, Qualcomm and Apple’s legal fight, and Facebook Messenger’s Apple Music extension.
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 8 Battery Problems
Apple has confirmed that it is investigating issues with ‘swelling batteries’ on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus handsets. A very small number of incidents have been reported where batteries have buckled the outer chassis and frames of the new smartphones. Gordon Kelly reports:
iPhone X Supply Shortage
With upwards of fifty million pre-orders expected, the iPhone X could be Apple’s fastest selling iPhone when it goes on sale in November… but it’s not clear that Apple has the capability to fulfil the volume of pre-orders before the New Year. Ming-Chi Kuo’s analysis has been reported on by many, including Business Insider’s Kif Leswing:
Other reports paint a bleaker picture, but the clear message is this. Apple’s wonder-phone is going to be in short supply for the rest of 2017, and the chances are the situation won’t improve during the early months of 2018.
Apple Has Lost Its Design Edge
Apple’s legendary reputation for design is just that, argues Joshua Topolsky. A legend. The latest hardware and software releases have steadily been weakening Apple’s trump card of being masters of design. Topolsky suggests that the turning point was iOS 7, but the biggest visual sign of this loss of mojo is the sensor ‘notch’ in the iPhone X display:
Or Is The Notch Apple’s Arrogance?
The other angle to this view is that Apple has designed the notch the way that it wants, but the decision was made to put the branding and visual identity of the iPhone ahead of user interaction and a clean look to the handset’s interface. I argued this point earlier in the week: