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News bites – the stories you may have missed (15 October 2021)

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!

AirPods 3 could be coming October 18

Apple has announced a launch event for October 18, during which the next generation MacBook Pro is almost certain to be announced. But there could be even more to this ‘Unleashed’ event, if you believe the words of leaker PandaIsBald, who has taken to Chinese social network Weibo to claim that the third generation AirPods will also make a showing. The next iteration of Apple’s AirPods are expected to take a leaf out of the AirPods Pro book in terms of design, and could sport superior battery life.

Apple runs into iPhone 13 production troubles

The reviews are in for the iPhone 13 line-up, and they’re overwhelmingly positive. But the four-strong family could still struggle to hit its sales targets, thanks to alleged production difficulties. According to Bloomberg, Apple is being forced to cut its iPhone 13 production targets by 10 million units, which will cut a sizeable chunk out of the company’s initial 90 million projections. Apparently, suppliers Broadcom and Texas Instruments are struggling to come up with sufficient components, which is leading to long wait times on iPhone 13 deliveries.

iOS 15.1 to add ProRes and Auto Macro

The latest beta version of iOS 15.1 suggests that some major camera features are coming to iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Most notably, ProRes support has made an appearance, suggesting that the professional video codec showcased at the iPhone 13 launch event will finally make its way to iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max soon. There should also be a fix for the annoying Auto Macro feature, which switches to the ultra-wide whenever you get close to a subject. The latest beta lets you toggle that off.

Apple TV+ has some way to go in streaming race

Apple’s share of the video streaming pie is unlikely to be significant over the next five years, according to claims made by Digital TV Research. Its investigation suggests that Disney+ will overtake Netflix by 2026 with 284.2 million subscribers, leaving Netflix in second place with 270.7 million subscribers, and Amazon Prime Video in third with 243.4 million users. However Apple TV+ will apparently lag way behind all three with a mere 36 million subscribers. Which begs the question, just how sustainable is Apple’s current media push?

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