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News bites – the stories you may have missed (3 June 2022)

Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released every single day – but we know you’re busy, so we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve picked out some of the most important stories from the past week or so and summarized them for easy digestion. You’re welcome.

Let’s take a quickfire look at some of the most interesting recent headlines of late. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

Apple to launch search engine?

Apple has a mixed relationship with Google, but for a long time has used Google’s search engine as the default for iPhones (thanks to a huge yearly payment from the big G for the privilege.) But according to one analyst, Apple could be working on its own web search with a view to taking on Google at its own game. This is a rumor that’s been around for years, but not one we’ve heard for a while. Take it with a grain of salt.

$1.5 billion of App Store fraud prevented in 2021

The App Store has faced plenty of criticism over the past few years, from developers who believe Apple’s guidelines are unfair to those who believe it takes too big of a cut. To counter claims of a monopoly on app sales, Apple has released data showing what its stringent App Store rules do for consumers. Namely, prevent fraud. Apple says it prevented over 1.6 million “risky and untrustworthy apps and app updates” in 2021, amounting to nearly $1.5 billion in potential losses from customer’s pockets.

Upcoming A16 chip only for iPhone Pro models

We’ve now seen multiple rumors seemingly corroborating the report that only the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will feature Apple’s newest chip when the next-gen iPhones are released in September. That would leave the non-Pro models with an A15 chip instead. That chip is no slouch, but it might see the end of processor parity between Pro and regular models.

Apple announces ‘Beyond WWDC’ community events

WWDC is just a few days away, with Apple expected to unveil this year’s new software releases and potentially some new hardware too. The week-long developer event itself has plenty going on, but Apple has now announced a series of community-run events planned to coincide with the event. That includes “watch parties, group get-togethers, mentorship labs, community talks, a hackathon, an open space for collaboration, and more.”