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News bites – the stories you may have missed (1 July 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!

Happy 15th birthday, iPhone

The iPhone celebrated its 15th birthday recently. Like all mopey 15-year-olds, it seems the iPhone (or rather Apple) hasn’t wanted to make a big fuss, with not so much as an official press release to acknowledge the milestone. Let’s hear it, then, for the very first iPhone that hit US shops on June 29, 2007. It might not have had access to the App Store, and it lacked 3G connectivity, but it would arguably prove to be the defining piece of technology of our era. Imagine where we’d be without it.

Apple exec opens old wounds with Samsung

As part of those low-key birthday celebrations, The Wall Street Journal issued a documentary on 15 years of the iPhone. Apple marketing boss Greg Joswiak has risked opening old wounds during his own interview for the piece. The executive labeled Apple’s longtime rival “annoying” because “they ripped off our technology”. Joswiak added that Samsung had taken Apple’s innovations and “created a poor copy of it”, with the company’s sole contribution being to add a bigger screen. Ouch.

iPhone 14 battery upgrade (and one downgrade) rumored

If recent internet rumors are to be believed, then two out of the three upcoming iPhone 14 upgrade models are set to receive a minor battery upgrade. According to one tipster, the iPhone 14 Pro will pack a 3200 mAh battery, which will be 100 mAh more capacious than the iPhone 13 Pro before it. The iPhone 14 will feature a 3279 mAh cell, which is fractionally larger than the 3240 mAh iPhone 13. It’s not all good news, however, as the iPhone 14 Pro Max will apparently feature an ever so slightly smaller battery (4323 mAh) than its predecessor.

iPhone survives 10 months at bottom of river

If you’ve ever wondered just how hardy your iPhone really is, consider this case from the UK. Owain Davies of Cinderford, Gloucestershire, dropped his iPhone into the River Wye whilst canoeing in August 2021. In early June of this year, another canoeist discovered the phone, took it home, and dried it out. After discovering that it still powered on, and posting images of the Lock Screen images online, the phone was eventually reunited with its grateful owner.

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