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News bites – the stories you may have missed (14 January 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!

iPhone 14 Pro could have ‘hole + pill’ notch

Previous rumors had it that this year’s iPhone 14 Pro could switch to the kind of hole-punch notch that you see with many Android phones. However, a fresh report suggests that Apple is taking a different approach. Display analyst Ross Young reckons that Apple’s next flagship phone will incorporate a “hole + pill design”, or two distinct island elements sat side by side for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors. One thing seems sure: the notch as we know it is on borrowed time.

iPad with OLED display tipped for 2024

Apple may have gone with mini-LED display technology for the latest iPad Pro, but that doesn’t mean it’s given up on OLED altogether for its tablet range. According to Korean website The Elec, Apple will launch an OLED iPad in 2024. Apparently, Samsung has developed a new generation of OLED panel with two emission layers for the task, and is waiting for Apple place a sufficiently large order to make production financially viable.

Google wants Apple to stop the green bubble bullying

A report from the Wall Street Journal claims that there’s a culture of peer pressure among US youths with regard to which phones they use, with considerable friction caused by the way that iMessage divides between blue message bubbles (from iOS devices) and green message bubbles (from Android devices). Google has responded by calling on Apple to adopt the RCS messaging standard as a fallback in place of the archaic SMS, which lacks many of the advanced features of Apple’s own messaging standard.

Apple AR headset to run off MacBook Pro charger

Apple’s heavily-tipped AR headset is likely to be a formidable piece of kit from a power perspective. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the mixed reality headset will run off the same 96W power lead as the current MacBook Pro. This in turn would support claims that the headset is to run on the very same M1 processor that powers Apple’s top laptop. If true, this would make the Apple AR/VR headset many times more powerful than mobile chip-powered VR rivals like the Oculus Quest 2.

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