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Midweek news bites – iPhone mockups, Google’s video breach, Disney+

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. You’re welcome.

Lots of news to deal with this week, so let’s take a quickfire look at some of the most interesting recent headlines. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

Alleged iPhone 12 mockups revealed

A Japanese blog has uncovered mockups claiming to be representative of the upcoming iPhone 12 designs. The models closely resemble last years’ iPhone 11 lineup, but interestingly enough don’t show the four distinct handsets we’ve come to expect based on other rumors. Take with a large pinch of salt.

Stunning iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 concept

Meanwhile, here’s a device preview we know to be fake – but this conceptual render looks great and could be pretty close to the budget iPhone Apple is expected to announce next month. Concept designer Mauro Battino even created a slick promo video to showcase the various features of the device, which mirrors the design language of the iPhone 8 while adding more recent internals for better performance.

Google accidentally shares personal videos with strangers

Google has admitted to a bug that plagued its Google Photos service for a few days last November, in which some videos were accidentally shared with random other users’ libraries. This is a pretty scary breach, but luckily one that hasn’t affected many people. The bug was part of the Google Takeout program that helps users back up their libraries, so if you’ve never used Takeout you’re safe. Google has since fixed the glitch is in the process of contacting those who were affected.

Disney+ gets 28m subscribers as Apple TV+ numbers remain a mystery

Apple hasn’t reported the number of subscribers it’s picked up for its TV+ service, but analysts suggest that even take-up of Apple’s generous free subscription offers has been pretty low. Meanwhile, rival service Disney+ has beaten expectations with a very strong start. Will Apple need to license existing popular content to compete, or will its small selection of exclusives eventually prove enough?

ProDisplay XDR put to the test

Remember when Apple released a $4,999 monitor alongside its Mac Pro last year? Though it’s certainly not for the everyman, a technical review from PCMag at least reveals just how impressive its color accuracy is. The display holds up to other high-end monitors and even set the records for a few tests – though the review notes that you’d expect as much for the price, and the $999 proprietary stand is still a joke.