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News bites – the stories you may have missed (15 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!

iPhone 15 Pro to miss out on one big feature

While previous reports have claimed that the iPhone 15 Pro will receive a so-called periscope lens – essentially a telephoto camera that can zoom in way further than normal – a fresh report from Apple supply chain analyst Ming Chi-Kuo suggests otherwise. The feature is still coming to an iPhone near you in 2023, according to Kuo, but only to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The smaller Pro line will only get this periscope lens in the following year’s model, which will presumably be called the iPhone 16 Pro.

iPhone 14 Max might be tough to find at launch

Perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves discussing Apple’s 2023 plans. It seems to be having enough trouble with this year’s new addition if reports from the supply chain are to be believed. Display analyst Ross Young claims that shipments of display components for the all-new iPhone 14 Max are falling “way behind” where they should be. While the iPhone 14 Max will have the same-sized display as the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it won’t have the same ProMotion technology, and it’s that newness that’s causing difficulties in an already strained supply chain.

Apple and Jony Ive are parting ways

It’s been several years since Jony Ive left his position at Apple. However, Ive has kept in touch with his old company by offering the services of his design company, LoveFrom, to Apple on a preferential basis. Now that initial multi-year deal is said to be coming to an end, and reports suggest that neither side is keen to renew. According to the New York Times, Ive is fed up of Apple’s veto over his company’s potential clients, while Apple executives are balking at the $100 million bill for Ive’s services, as well as the ongoing brain drain from Apple to LoveFrom.

New iPhone rival comes from Nothing

There’s been a fair amount of hype in recent weeks about a bold new iPhone rival from a London-based start-up company called Nothing. The Nothing Phone (1) looks an awful lot like the iPhone 13, but with a semi-transparent rear cover that houses an eye-catching LED lighting array. Underneath all that we have what appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill Android phone, albeit one with an appealingly iPhone SE-level price tag. Time will tell if it can truly make a dent in the saturated smartphone market, but fresh competition is always healthy.

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