Apple Breakfast: All the news, rumors, and tips you missed this week
Strong-arm tactics, a second-hand warning, and our in-depth preview of the coming year.
By David Price, Editor, MacworldJAN 1, 2022 5:15 am PST
Welcome to the new home for Apple Breakfast! If you’re a reader of Macworld’s UK site, you’ll recognize this column that will now appear on Macworld.com every Saturday. If you’re new, this to our weekly collection of all the Apple news you missed this week, in a handy bite-sized roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a weekend cup of coffee or tea, but feel free to check it out during lunch or dinner hours too.
The trend is nigh: Predictions for 2022
While 2021 was a strange and difficult year for many of us, the world’s favorite fruit-themed technology company seems to be doing okay. Sure, it had a few setbacks – concessions to app developers, allegations of employee mistreatment, and a climbdown in its war against the right to repair – but the hits keep coming and the tills keep ringing. Indeed the Macalope reckons it was a year of miracles, all told.
With the company standing at a crossroads – facing a battle for its soul, as we’ve discussed in a previous Apple Breakfast–it’s fascinating to speculate about the direction it will take from here on out. And Macworld writers have taken up the challenge of exploring Apple’s likely trends in 2022.
Dan Moren kicks things off by looking ahead to a year of untrammeled possibility and simmering excitement, from mixed reality to smart home tech.
In 2021 Apple confounded the leakers with a smartwatch launch full of surprises. Halyna Kubiv wonders if the Apple Watch Series 8 will prove to be a tick or a tock, and runs down the changes and new features we can expect from the Apple Watch this year.
In a troubling turn of events for one of the premier password managers on the net, multiple LastPass users reported phantom login attempts from foreign countries. LastPass has investigated what it believes to be “attempted ‘credential stuffing’ activity” and says it “will continue to take steps designed to ensure that LastPass, its users, and their data remain protected and secure”. The company also said some of the logon messages were sent in error and assures users that no passwords were compromised.
The iPhone’s SIM card may be the next legacy feature to bite the dust, as we move one step closer to a completely sealed iPhone. But there is reason to believe that the iPhone 14’s camera will still suck at zooming.