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News bites – the stories you may have missed (8 April 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 will now fix iPhone X Face ID

Apple has extended its Face ID repair initiative to the iPhone X. Prior to this, any fault with the Face ID system would necessitate the complete replacement of the iPhone X handset. Apple launched the initiative to repair faulty iPhone Face ID systems last month, but the iPhone X was initially omitted from the scheme. The iPhone X, of course, was the very first Apple device to feature Face ID, which uses that now-famous screen notch to securely scan and recognise your face.

Twitter working on edit button as Musk joins ranks

Elon Musk all but forced his way onto the Twitter board this week, having become the social network’s largest shareholder by scooping up 9.2% of its shares. The Tesla chief swiftly went to work, issuing a poll to his 81 million Twitter followers asking whether they wanted such an edit function. Not long after, Twitter confirmed that it was testing out an edit button function, though it insisted that it had been working on the feature long before Musk got involved. Given the company’s long-standing reticence over the matter, however, we have to wonder.

iPhone 14 Pro could have 20% smaller bezels

Alleged CAD drawings of the forthcoming iPhone 14 Pro suggest that Apple’s next flagship phone could have 20% smaller bezels compared to the iPhone 13 Pro. The tip comes, as ever these days, from a Twitter leaker, but they appear to be in line with other recent reports. Once again, the claim is that the iPhone 14 Pro will feature a hole-punch selfie camera and a pill-shaped Face ID system as Apple gradually scales back its famous display notch.

Apple testing 9-inch foldable iPhone

We’ve been hearing about Apple’s tentative plans for a foldable device of late. The latest claims come from reliable Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that Apple is “actively testing” a 9-inch foldable iPhone. However, Kuo claims that the device is unlikely to ship before 2025, which represents a slight slippage from the analyst’s previous 2024 prediction. It seems this test is to “verify key technologies”, and as such it “may not be the final product spec”. With a possible three years to go until launch, we should hope not.

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