Sir Apfelot newsreel week 37, 2023

What a week, right? Apple introduced the new iPhone and Watch models, equipped the AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) charging case with USB-C and also provided a lot of information about the sustainability of the products and the company. But that's not the only thing that happened this week. And that's why there's another Sir Apfelot newsreel today. This time I'll show you which Apple and tech news caught my eye in calendar week 37. These topics are included: everything important about Apple's September keynote 2023, RAM sizes of the iPhone 15 series, standard for Thunderbolt 5 presented, cyber bunker judgments are valid, and more!

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In the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 37 of 2023 you will find, among other things, these reports: everything about the Apple September keynote 2023, A17 Pro benchmark and RAM sizes of the iPhone 15 series, standard for Thunderbolt 5 announced, Cyberbunker Judgments are valid, and more!
In the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 37 of 2023 you will find, among other things, these reports: everything about the Apple September keynote 2023, A17 Pro benchmark and RAM sizes of the iPhone 15 series, standard for Thunderbolt 5 announced, Cyberbunker Judgments are valid, and more!

Contributions to the Apple September Keynote 2023

As is almost always the case after an Apple presentation with new systems and/or devices, the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau is the first to provide an overview of the articles that have been published. This means that the individual information does not have to be prepared again and put into individual paragraphs - and you have a direct overview of the important topics that arose from the respective event. So before we continue with further reports on relevant topics from Monday, you can get up to speed with this:

Technical details: A17 Pro benchmark and RAM sizes of the iPhone 15 series

The new iPhone models aren't even on the market yet, and you can already find all sorts of data about them on the internet. Anyone who gets their hands on the devices before they go on sale to the public will probably test them for certain criteria - and then publish the results. And the code of individual Apple applications can also reveal details that are not officially communicated.

Both now provide information about the new A17 Pro chip, which is used in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. In the Geekbench test, this performs better than the M1 chip in the single-core test. In the multi-core test, it comes closer to the Mac chip than the A16 Bionic chip. You can find the exact data in the following table. First of all, the RAM note: The iPhone 15 (Plus) has 6 GB of RAM; the iPhone 15 Pro (Max) has 8 GB of RAM.

Single Core Multi Core
A15 Bionic 2183 5144
A16 Bionic 2519 6367
Pro A17 2914 7199
M1 2223 7960

(Sources: 1, 2)

No more iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 15 as the only Pro version

Even if the focus is currently on the new iPhone models of the 15 series, it is still worth taking a look back at the previous generations. If you look at the official Apple Store on after the presentation of the latest models, you will see that only the Standard and Plus models of the 13 and 14 series are available for purchase. You'll look in vain for Pro and mini. If you want to buy a Pro model from Apple, you have to take the 15. If you want a small iPhone, you have to go for the SE.

Apple highlights its 2030 goal and the goals it has already achieved

In the contributions to the Apple September keynote 2023, I also addressed information here and there about sustainability, CO2 neutrality of individual products and so on. However, due to time constraints, I was unable to address these topics in detail. But if you are interested in more than the articles linked above, you can find out more about them directly from Apple. For example, there is one as a starting point extensive press release with numerous data, facts and pictures. There is more about “Apple 2030” here, where you can also download the 114-page “Report 2023” as a PDF, even in German.

macOS 14 Sonoma: Network problems in the latest beta version

As you can see in the list of posts above, there are now official release dates for the Apple operating systems presented at WWDC23. This also includes the new macOS 14 Sonoma, which was announced for September 26, 2023. Before that, Apple released one last beta, the so-called release candidate. 

As several sources report with reference to certain app and service providers, it still has a few problems. These should primarily affect network communication and thus Internet, VPN and firewall use. So if these are critical issues for your Mac usage, you may want to check to see if the errors have been fixed before upgrading to Sonoma. (Which)

Standard for Thunderbolt 5 including USB 4 v2.0 and DisplayPort 2.1 has been determined

It's always nice to familiarize yourself with technical standards and their versions, isn't it? Well, more or less. In any case, the standard for Thunderbolt 5 has now been announced by Intel. This Thunderbolt version also uses USB-C as the physical connection. 

USB 4 version 2.0 is used as the basis for details on data transfer and charging performance. Or in short: data transfer of up to 120 Gbit/s and charging with up to 240 watts. In addition, there is an obligation that Thunderbolt 5 also supports DisplayPort 2.1 and thus the series connection of two 6K displays. This is optional with USB 4 v2.0. (Sources: 1, 2)

Electricity and water consumption: MeterStats 1.1 with Shortcuts and Siri integration

In mid-May you were able to read something about MeterStats here in the blog for the first time: MeterStats – keep an eye on energy and water consumption on the iPhone. Since then, programmer Alexander Käßner has continued to work on the app, which can now also be used in German. How iOS 17, version 1.1 of MeterStats will be released on September 18th. It will have Shortcuts and Siri integration so that it can be used via the iPhone 15 Pro (Max)'s action button, among other things. Further details can be found in the official press report, you can find the app in the App Store.

Cyber ​​bunker in Traben-Trarbach: Judgments are declared valid

Since 2019, the blog has been about the so-called “Cyberbunker”, a (former) server location in Traben-Trarbach, whose operators openly made their services available for questionable and illegal purposes. After a major police operation and court proceedings in the case, there were already verdicts - these were submitted to the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) for review a few weeks ago (Report from week 34, 2023).

As heise online reported again on the subject, the case was not reopened, but the previous verdicts and punishments were confirmed. “It was only specified that the convicts were guilty of participating in a criminal organization that committed particularly serious crimes", is it [called. The BGH has issued a press release confirming the prison sentences between one year and five years and nine months as well as the fines including a minor adjustment. (Sources: 1, 2)

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