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Midweek news bites – the latest on all things Apple

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 week and summarized them for easy digestion. You’re welcome.

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!

Apple Glass patent suggests virtual touch interface

If you believe the hype, Apple’s AR smart glasses are coming sooner rather than later – but one detail nobody can agree on is precisely how users will interact with such a device. Physical taps and mid-air gestures are likely to be the primary method, but a recently unearthed Apple patent shows how any flat surface could potentially be turned into a makeshift touch interface. The secret? Advanced heat sensors to detect touch points even when the view is obscured. The future is now!

2022 iPhone may add a ‘periscope’ telephoto lens

Here’s another feature Apple has held patents on for a while but not yet acted on. Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is already eyeing up lens suppliers for iPhone 14, and that includes a new ‘Periscope’ system that uses mirrors and multiple lenses to achieve a true optical zoom in a very small space. Similar systems already offer 5x optical zoom in rival Android smartphones – could this be another case of Apple biding its time on a new technology before eventually emerging with the best implementation of it?

Apple promises true carbon neutrality by 2030

As part of its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, Apple says it plans to eradicate its carbon footprint over the next decade in an attempt to combat climate change. The company is already carbon neutral across its corporate operations, but this pledge would see carbon emissions hit net zero across its entire business by 2030. That takes into account its supply chain and the life cycle of all products. Tim Cook believes Apple can be “a ripple in the pond” that encourages positive change across the world. Apple has also made a lovely little promo video about the promise.