Good news (maybe) about iPhone availability, Apple Maps can help you find a parking spot, and when snow falls, false crash detections increase.
JP Morgan notes continued improvement in iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max availability
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are even easier to get than a few weeks ago. That’s saying something, since they were quite easy to get back then. Just before the new year, I told you about a note from JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee. In that note he said:
…a majority of SKUs can now be picked up in all geographies, including China for the first time since product launch. Lead times for the Pro models are now tracking in line with lead times observed prior to the COVID outbreak in Zhengzhou, China, suggesting that supply is improving and slowly moving towards parity with demand…
That was in the last week of December and availability has only gotten better since then. Apple 3.0 was part of a note he wrote on Monday that was not the same. However, it was similar to the one two weeks ago. According to the analyst:
- Waiting for phones at the Pro end of the iPhone 14 line to take less than a week in China, UK and US
- Lead times are shorter than late September/early October for COVID-related disruptions around Foxconn’s “iPhone City” factory in Zhengzhou, China
- In-store availability is better than a week ago, with “almost all SKUs of the Pro and Pro Max models (…) now available for same-day pick-up,” the analyst said.
Good news, right? Yeah right? Chatterjee says he and his husband attribute the shorter waiting times to two factors. One is “improving production at Foxconn’s main iPhone factory,” which is likely seen as good news. The other is “seasonal demand moderation,” which raises one big question: were the missed December sales postponed, or were sales lost? It will probably be a while before there are numbers to take back. Meanwhile, Mr. Chatterjee an ‘Overweight’ rating for Apple stock. He has set JP Morgan’s price target on the stock at $190.
Apple releases second RSR update for macOS Ventura Beta 13.2
One wonders if Apple’s Rapid Security Response will become comparable to something like “the boy who howled wolf.” Again, maybe that’s the point. Rapid Security Response is a feature introduced in iOS 16, (I assume) iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. In short, when someone logs in, Apple can implement security fixes without the user having to update or reboot their machine.
A piece of MacRumors says Apple released its second Rapid Security Response update for the macOS 13.2 beta on Monday. The piece says the first one didn’t seem to do anything, leading viewers to think it was just a test. Equally little is known about Monday’s RSR activation, though the piece says its size (13.4MB) makes retesting likely.
iOS 16 and its various betas have also seen several RSR updates – most, if not all, were supposed to be tests, and you’re starting to see what I mean. With test after test after test, will anyone believe when an RSR implementation is real? On the other hand – it’s meant to be a set-it-and-forget-it feature. It doesn’t really matter whether such an implementation is a test or an actual solution, as long as the system works.
And maybe that’s the point.
Apple Maps integrates SpotHero parking reservations in the US and Canada
Apple Maps has made it easier to find parking in the US and Canada, although the spots come at a price. Cult of Mac says Apple’s mapping service has integrated SpotHero into Maps. The piece says it aligns with “parking options for more than 8,000 locations in North America.” According to the report, SpotHero calls itself “North America’s leading digital parking reservation app,” with locations near airports and event centers all over the map.
The Sect says the service went live in Apple Maps on Monday. Type a location into Maps to try it out. When the information page for that location appears, press the “More” button. That leads to a popup that should show “Parking” as one of the options. Tap it and the phone opens the SpotHero app or website, with parking options near the location. Those can be filtered by a number of options, depending on the piece. Prices are clearly displayed Cult of Mac. Find a spot you want and the report says you can “reserve it through a secure payment system.”
As winter sports increase, false crash detection reports become more frequent
With an increase in winter sports, there has apparently been an increase in false alarms from Crash Detection on Apple devices – and that has put emergency responders at odds with emergency responders. The Minnesota Public Radio News website outlines the issues facing emergency communication centers in places where skiing and snowmobiling are on the rise. Previous reports pointed to a rise in calls triggered by Crash Detection and similar features in apps and from Android devices related to activities such as snowmobiling, skiing and – humorously – riding rollercoasters. However, those with wilderness activities should be taken seriously. And they can lead to trouble, especially when no one is really in trouble.
Jon Lentz, patrol captain with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota, says his office has received seven crash detection calls in recent weeks. The good news: none of them involved actual crashes. The bad news: It took time (sometimes minutes, sometimes hours) and manpower to track them down.
Minnesota Public Radio says some officers are asking users to turn off Crash Detection while skiing or snowmobiling, though not every officer agrees.
Dana Wahlberg, director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s emergency communications network division, would like people to learn more about the technology they strap to their bodies. Wahlberg says:
This is a really good opportunity to educate people to help them understand that [they’ve] bought a product that has a lot of technology available for it… And with that comes the responsibility of really embracing that technology.
Report: Apple to restructure services as VP Stern leaves company
And finally today, something of a shake up within Apple’s Services division. MacRumors highlights a Business Insider piece stating that Peter Stern is leaving the Cupertino company. Never heard of him? He’s the man behind the man. Or, behind many guys. Responding to Apple Senior VP of Services Eddy “the Butler” Cue, Stern is said to oversee Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+, Apple One, Apple TV+, Books, iCloud, and Sports as VP of Services. That’s a position he will apparently hold until the end of the month.
Once seen as a possible successor to Cue, Stern in the piece “tells colleagues he’s leaving to spend more time on the East Coast…” no one comes to mind. “Apple will restructure its services business,” the report said, “splitting Stern’s services unit and responsibilities into three divisions.”
Today on The Mac Observer’s daily observation podcast
TMO Editor-in-chief Jeff Butts and I talk about the meeting of supply and demand on the iPhone 14 Pro line. Plus – the problem with false positive crash detections? We try to solve it! Can we do it? Find out in the Daily Observations Podcast from The Mac Observer.