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Apple, in a new support document about the USB-C ports on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro:
USB-C is a universally accepted standard that enables charging, syncing data, and playing audio and video. iPhone 15 models have a USB-C connector, which allows you to charge and connect to a variety of devices, including Mac, iPad, AirPods Pro (2nd generation), external storage devices, and displays.
A lot of folks’ initial impressions of Apple’s new FineWoven iPhone cases have been pretty bad. The new fabric back doesn’t feel premium enough for the price Apple is charging, and is already failing to hold up to real-world use, as Federico Viticci has discovered.
I immediately discovered that the hole cut out in the bottom of the case isn’t big enough to accommodate any of my third-party USB-C cables. Upon closer inspection, I realized one reason why:
The cutout for the USB-C port on my $60 iPhone case isn’t centered. As you can see, the tiny screw to one side of the port is partially visible, while on the other side, it is completely covered. Likewise, the openings for the speakers and microphones are also misaligned.
It’s one thing for these cases to be a letdown in terms of material, but this is a level of sloppiness that genuinely surprises me from Apple. I know not every example out there is as bad as mine, but the vibes around this case aren’t good.
This week on Connected:
Federico’s iOS and iPadOS 17 review is out. The guys talk through it this week before Myke puts Stephen on blast for his Mac setup.
I was personally attacked on my podcast in my own studio by Michael Hurley.
With iOS 17 out, Apple has released its revised iCloud+ plans:
- 5 GB: Free
- 50 GB: $0.99/month
- 200 GB: $2.99/month
- 2 TB: $9.99/month
- 6 TB: $29.99/month
- 12 TB: $59.99/month
Of course, these prices are all in dollars, and earlier this year, Apple raised prices on plans in many parts of the world.
That free tier is still criminal, despite Apple temporarily giving folks space when transferring their data to a new phone.
Robert Leedham, writing at GQ:
“When you design an analogue watch with Snoopy, he’s a static character right?” says Paige Braddock, chief creative officer at Charles M Schulz Creative Associates. “So all you’re really focusing on is the hands and the arms. You wouldn’t believe the minutiae we go into to make them work at every angle, but going into this first meeting with Apple I was going I don’t even know if I’m smart enough to wear this watch.”
The lengths Apple went to make this work are wild.
To celebrate, there’s a lot of great stuff out there to read.
Federico’s iOS and iPadOS 17 review is out and it’s great. I read through it this weekend and learned a lot, even though I’ve been running the betas most of the summer. Grab your iPad, kick back and enjoy this one.
D. Griffin Jones has rounded up 50 of the best iOS 17 features for an article on Cult of Mac.
Over on Six Colors, Dan reviewed iOS 17 while Jason took a look at iPadOS 17. They’ve also published a piece looking at all the cross-platform features coming to Apple’s ecosystem with these updates.
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Jennifer Pattison Tuohy has run through all the possible reasons the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max come with a Thread radio. Like the U1 chip a few years ago, I assume Apple has a story to tell her in the coming year or two.