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News bites – the stories you may have missed (23 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!

Apple offers free 2-hour delivery windows this Christmas

Apple clearly wants you to have a very Merry Christmas this year. It’s offering free two-hour delivery slots on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch orders in select cities between December 22 and December 24. This service would normally cost $9 where available. Apple claims that this offer is available in “most metro areas”, provided your local Apple Store has the item in question in stock. Don’t go expecting to be able to specify a personal engraved message, though.

iPhone 14 Pro could pack a huge new camera

The iPhone 13 is still warm from its hot launch, but the internet’s attention is already turning to the iPhone 14. Such is the way of things. The spiciest rumor we’ve heard of late is that Apple will be changing things up on the megapixel count after several generations of 12MP camera sensors. Apparently, the iPhone 14 Pro will be the first to switch to a 48MP sensor – although we’ve seen conflicting rumors of up to a whopping 64MP! It’s claimed that the following year’s iPhone 15 range is in line to receive a periscope lens for extreme zoomed shots.

iOS 15.3 developer beta is out

Just as iOS 15.2 made its way to iPhones and iPads around the world, Apple seeded the first iOS 15.3 beta to developers. Which would be a lot more exciting if there was anything new to report. In its early iteration, however, iOS 15.3 is looking like a bug-squashing exercise, with literally no new features to speak of. Of course, Apple tends to add features as the beta versions come along, so don’t be surprised if the likes of digital ID cards or Universal Control for iPadOS make their way into subsequent betas.

iPhone SE 3 ready for production

Previously on these pages, we reported on the rumors that the iPhone SE 3 was coming to market in early 2022. Since then, further industry murmurings from ITHome have claimed that Apple is ready to conduct a trial production run for its next affordable phone. Which means it’s likely to be coming to market very soon. We also heard the suggestion from the same source that the phone will essentially be an iPhone SE 2, but with a bump up to the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, and with 5G connectivity added to the package.

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