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Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released each week – but we know you’re busy, so we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve picked out some of the most notable things you should know from the past few days and summarized them for easy digestion. Not just straightforward Apple news, but interesting iPhone-adjacent tidbits, too. You’re welcome.
So please dig into this week’s Apple news bites, freshly sourced from all around the web. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!
If you’re one of the few still using an iPhone 5, be warned: a “GPS time rollover issue” discovered earlier this year could cause important online features to stop working. That includes basics like iCloud and the App Store as well as essentials like email and web browsing. The fourth-gen iPad is affected too, but will only lose GPS capabilities if left untouched – not internet access. Luckily, the fix is simple – update to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3.
The latest rumors about next year’s iPhone claims Apple’s flagship will see some serious improvements to its display technology. It’s not as if the current generation is lacking in that respect, but a jump to the fancy ProMotion screens seen in recent iPad Pro models would surely confirm the iPhone as best-in-class. The 120Hz refresh rate may sound like mumbo-jumbo, but that’s double the rate in current iPhones and would result in incredibly smooth animations and response times. Plus, video playback would no longer need to be artificially ‘interpolated’ – and it could even be a signifier that the Apple Pencil is coming to iPhone.
We wrote earlier this month about the idea that Apple is planning a comeback for its budget iPhone SE, and it looks as though we’re zeroing in on a release date. Credible analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes production will start up in January in preparation for a launch a couple months later. This iteration of the iPhone SE is expected to look like the iPhone 8 and retail for just $399.
One of the biggest differentiators between the iOS and Android ecosystems is Apple’s devotion to user privacy, and it’s back to remind us of that fact with a slick video advert. “We believe your privacy should never be something you have to question,” say Apple. “It should be simple, straightforward, and understood.” Check out the video here.
Apple is reportedly in talks with United Airlines to upgrade San Francisco International Airport. It seems like an odd venture for the technology giant to undertake until you realize that Apple is United’s biggest customer. United says the partnership is something they’re keen to develop, though talks are still in the preliminary stages at this point. It would be very interesting to see what Apple would bring to the table in terms of architectural and technological design. Could it improve on the often stressful flying experience?