The Super Bowl, Production Shifts and Bug Fixes for the iPhone 14 Line

Apple is ending the week strong, based on what we see from the viewing platform. This took Pepsi’s place as sponsor of the Super Bowl halftime show, and it’s forcing Foxconn to shift production to meet demand for the iPhone 14 Pro family. The Cupertino-based tech giant is also ironing out bugs big and small, and has even more in store for its Apple TV+ lineup.

Apple Music replaces Pepsi as Super Bowl halftime show sponsor

Are you ready for some football? Apple Music apparently is. Variety released a report Thursday saying the Cupertino music streaming service is taking Pepsi’s place as sponsor of the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show.

A big problem. Variety ties the news to Apple’s growing interest in sports programming, including streaming Major League Baseball games this year and signing a multi-year deal for Major League streaming rights Soccer. Even though Apple had no interest in sports, the Halftime Show is one of the biggest advertising platforms around. Variety says the show “attracts one of the biggest television audiences of the year”. In a prepared statement, Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats, said:

Music and sports hold a special place in our hearts, so we’re very excited to have Apple Music part of the biggest music and football scene… We look forward to even more epic performances next year and beyond with Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Report: Apple asks Foxconn to ‘dismantle’ five iPhone 14 production lines

Apparent support for a story I brought to you earlier this week. On Monday, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo caught on Twitter to say that Apple had asked Foxconn to move some of its line work from the consumer iPhone 14 to the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro. Now, “supply chain employees who spoke to It is the house” say it’s a thing that happens. MacRumors writes the story. According to this, Foxconn:

…has been tasked with dismantling at least five production lines that previously manufactured the ‌iPhone 14‌ in Zhengzhou, China.

Such a decision could help allay the fear of at least one Apple financial analyst. As wait times for iPhone 14 Pro models slip into November, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives expressed concern earlier this week that Apple may not have enough units to meet demand this holiday season.

Big little updates for little big things

Apple releases iOS 16.0.2 to fix shaky camera, copy/paste permissions, etc.

Another day of small updates for the latest hardware from Apple. The Mac Observer says Apple has released iOS 16.0.2, fixing a number of issues for a number of iPhone models.

For Apple’s latest phones, the update release notes indicate that iOS 16.0.2 fixes camera noise and buzz in some third-party apps. “Camera may vibrate and cause blurry photos when shooting with certain third-party apps on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max,” according to the notes. 16.0.2 will apparently fix this. Other issues have arisen, according to Apple:

  • This thing where iOS 16 asked for user permission all times they’ve tried to copy and paste between apps? It’s not okay this as much in 16.0.2
  • Display may appear completely black when setting up the device
  • VoiceOver may be unavailable after restart

And – for phones older than last week, Apple’s note says the update:

Fixes an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 screens after being repaired

The update is now available in Settings on supported iPhones.

A first update for Apple Watch Ultra

Just before the iPhone 14 units were released last week, Apple released an update for them. Now the company is doing it again for hardware due out today. AppleInsider says Apple on Thursday released watchOS 9.0.1 specifically for Apple Watch Ultra. “The update is unclear,” according to the report, “but if users want to avoid service issues or other configuration issues,” AppleInsider said, “that should be the first thing they do.”

All-new AirPods Pro get day-one firmware update

Apple Watch Ultra isn’t the only new hardware from Apple arriving today, nor the only new hardware with an update. Another post from AppleInsider says the second-generation AirPods Pro are also getting a day-one update. According to the report:

The firmware version is 5A377, from shipping version 5A374, and only applies to AirPods Pro 2. Earlier models will not receive the update.

If you’re wondering what the update does, Apple has yet to answer. As for how to get it, be patient. AppleInsider reminds (probably frustrated) readers:

There is no official method to update AirPods firmware manually. It installs automatically without any user intervention. This happens when your AirPods are connected to an iOS device and stored in the charging case with sufficient power.

Jerk Email crashes iOS 16 email app on some iPhones

Despite the flurry of updates, there is at least one thing left for Apple to fix. Jeff Butts at The Mac Observer writes a Mail bat that drives people buggy…or…a mail bug that drives people crazy. Apparently, the Mail app in iOS 16 is likely to crash if the “From” field contains certain “maliciously crafted” text. If the address in “From” contains such text, “iOS 16 Mail will crash every time it sees it”.

The article states that iPhone 14 models running iOS 16 and iOS 16.0.1 are vulnerable to the flaw. However, Jeff says it looks like a fix is ​​on the way in a beta he’s running on iOS 16.1.

Maybe not too useful if you’re currently stuck with a crashing messaging app. However, there is a fix for this. To get your Mail app working again, TMO said:

Access your mail from a device that’s not running iOS 16, like your Mac or a device on beta 16.1. Delete the [troublesome email]and it should go ahead.

The article says you can also “access iCloud Mail from a web browser, where you can delete the malicious email.”

Waiting for things to watch

Saoirse Ronan to direct Apple TV+ movie ‘Blitz’

We’ll end the day with some stories related to Apple TV+. To Variety we go, where we find a lead for Steve McQueen’s WWII movie Blitz. Saoirse (sersha) Ronan is set to star in the film, the play says:

…tells the stories of a group of Londoners during the aerial bombardment of the British capital during the war. McQueen is writing, directing and producing the film, which is set to begin filming later this year.

Roles Ronan is known for include parts in The French Dispatch, Joe in 2019 Little womanand the title role in 2017 Lady Bird.

As for the director of the film, McQueen has directed films such as those of 2011 Shame and 2013 12 years of slavery. He was nominated as best director for that one. Although he didn’t win, the film itself took the best picture.

Now word on when Blitz will come to Apple TV+.

Deadline: Apple TV + Nabs Untitled Vince Gilligan Series

And finally today – From “The X-Files” to “Breaking Bad” to “Better Call Saul,” TV creator Vince Gilligan is huge, and Apple TV+ is rumored to have his next series. Deadline says the untitled series is the “biggest TV project to hit the market in quite a while…” Little is known about the show now. According to the room:

  • “Better Call Saul’s” Rhea Seehorn Set to Star
  • Apple has already picked up two seasons of the show
  • Did I mention Vince Gilligan from “X-Files”, “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”?

As for what it’s all about, Deadlineheard clues. The show seems to be moving away from the gray and darker areas touched by Gilligan’s last two titles. “Compared to The twilight zone“, Deadline said:

…the new series is said to be set in our world while adjusting it, bending reality and focusing on people and exploring the human condition in unexpected and surprising ways. Thought-provoking but not a morality tale, the series should also carry Gilligan’s signature tone that imbues the drama with humor.

No word in the room on when the show might air.

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