More MacBook Air questions: Stunning iPhone 14 Pro Details, the Apple Watch’s hidden camera

More MacBook Air questions: Stunning iPhone 14 Pro Details, the Apple Watch's hidden camera

Tech Highlights:

  • In response to supply chain issues around Shanghai, Apple is moving some of its iPad production away from China to Vietnam as well as asking supply chain partners to work on building up stock inventory to weather any future issues: “The iPad will become the second major line of Apple products made in the Southeast Asian country, following the AirPods earbud series. The move highlights not only Apple’s continuous efforts to diversify its supply chain but also the growing importance of Vietnam to the company. Apple shipped 58 million iPads last year, with the vast majority of the device’s suppliers

  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro have been seen. Details on the presumptively-named M2 chipset imply that it may not be as stunning in the performance sector as many would hope ahead of a possible debut of the next generation of Apple Silicon at WWDC later this month. The cutting-edge technology will not be ready until next year, according to TSMC: “Apple’s planned upgrade to its silicon portfolio, especially the A16 for the new iPhone range and the rumored-to-be-named M2 chipset, which many believe to debut in the next MacBook Air, may not live up to the lofty expectations many have set.” TSMC, a chip provider, is bringing new manufacturing facilities online that will offer its N3 N4P fabrication technology, although they will not be ready for mass production.

With WWDC starting up next week, not only are developers looking forward to details on the newer version of all of Apple’s OS platforms (and looking for release dates on the developer beta versions), the question of when Apple is going to announce the next MacBook Air continues to dominate the consumer channels: “Apart from all the operating systems being previewed, Apple could also launch the 2022 MacBook Air during WWDC 2022. According to the latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Gurman says “if there’s any hardware at WWDC, it will likely be on the Mac side. The company has been aiming to launch the next MacBook Air with M2 chips at the conference.” If that’s the case, expect a redesigned MacBook Air with the next-generation M chips”

A fun detail from Apple’s latest round of patents this week, with another twist on how to place a camera onto your wrist via an Apple Watch. This time, rather than shooting through the face of the watch, the idea is to use a camera in the digital crown, as the patent explains:”A lens can be integrated within the aperture and/or behind the aperture of the dial to focus an image of a scene,” it continues. “An image sensor disposed behind the aperture can further be configured to detect movement of a marking on the dial to allow the image sensor to function both as a camera for capturing pictures of a scene, and as a sensor that detects rotation of the dial for sensing rotational inputs.””

The major changes are, of course, going to in the operating systems and Apple’s annual update to each platform. More importantly than the individual changes is the overall direction Apple will be taking to bring the platforms closer together and to keep people tightly tied to Apple’s cloud-based services. Jessica Bursztynsky takes a look at what iOS updates we can expect: “The changes to the iPhone include updates to notifications, messages and the Health app, according to Bloomberg. Apple introduced new notification changes last year, too, including the option to bundle them together into a summary at a certain time of the day, and a new Focus mode that limits the notifications you see during specific times.”

In my role as Managing Partner at New Profit, I have extensive experience innovating and investing in an equitable future of work. I’ve also had a front-row view into how the pandemic transformed our workforce—from the shift to remote work to the war for talent and the Great Resignation. While it remains to be seen which of these shifts will become permanent, there are several workforce and education trends that corporate leaders, human resource professionals, frontline managers, educators, and policymakers should prioritize and plan for in 2022.

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