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News bites – the stories you may have missed (10 December 2021)

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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!

iPhone 14 Pro could remove the notch 

Apple’s iPhone design language has featured a prominent display notch since the iPhone X in 2017, but that could be all set to change in 2022. South Korean website The Elec claims that the forthcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will utilize a so-called hole-punch notch. This means a small circular opening for the selfie camera where the current notch is, much like many modern Android phones. The Face ID system would be installed under the display. Apparently, the non-Pro iPhone 14 models will stick with the Face ID notch for another year at least.

iPhone production stopped for several days

Apple hasn’t been immune to the global production woes that have blighted the tech industry, with numerous reports pointing to reduced shipments and constrained supply of its devices in recent months. According to a report from Nikkei, however, things got so bad that iPhone production stopped altogether for several days at the beginning of October, right when the factories should have been at their busiest. Apparently, supply chain constraints combined with power restrictions in China to make effective production an impossibility, leading to staff being given time off rather than overtime.

Razer makes a cooling fan for iPhone gamers

Gaming accessory maker Razer has made a cooling fan specifically for iPhone gamers. The Razer Cooler Chroma affixes to the back of iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 handsets via Apple’s own MagSafe standard. Once in place, it’ll draw heat away from your iPhone’s body using a heat sink and a seven-bladed cooling fan that spins at 6400rpm. If you’re someone who plays demanding games for prolonged periods of time, it could be a worthwhile purchase at $59.99 from the official Razer US website. It’ll even light up in 16.8 million colors thanks to built-in RGB lighting.

iPhone SE 3 coming early 2022

Apple will launch its third-generation iPhone SE in the first quarter of 2022, if a new internet report is to be believed. Analyst TrendForce claims that the iPhone SE 3 “is expected to be a major instrument in helping Apple establish a presence in the market segment for mid-range 5G smartphones”. Yes, the stand-out feature of Apple’s next affordable smartphone could well be 5G connectivity, which made its debut in the iPhone 12 series last year. We’ve previously reported on rumors that the iPhone SE 3 will be larger than before, and may even adopt Apple’s iconic Face ID notch. Which, as we’ve just discussed, could be on its way out at the top of the iPhone range.

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