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News bites – the stories you may have missed (17 June 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!

iPad 2022 details rumoured

Apple may be working on a new base model of iPad for a late 2022 launch. According to 9to5Mac, the new affordable tablet could see a shift from a Lightning connector to USB-C, just like the rest of the iPad family. It could also adopt 5G network connectivity, and will. be powered by the same A14 Bionic chip that powered the iPhone 12. With a display resolution that’s said to be the same as the current iPad Air’s, we could be looking at an increased 10.5-inch screen size.

Apple VR headset delayed

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that there was no mention of Apple’s much-vaunted AR headset during its WWDC 2022 keynote. According to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that’s because Apple has postponed the release of the fancy new headset to the second quarter of 2023. Apparently, the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown issues in Shanghai are to blame for this. The analyst now expects there to be a launch event for the AR headset in January of next year.

More iOS 16 tidbits emerge

Some more things that iOS 16 can do have emerged since its debut at WWDC. For example, it’s been established that the new mobile operating system now supports the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers in their various configurations, as well as the superb Pro Controller. We’ve also learned that iOS 16 will allow Face ID to work on more recent iPhones in landscape view, not just portrait. That’s one that we’ve been wanting ever since Face ID first arrived on the iPhone X.

M2 chip benchmarked

Apple also announced a new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro at its WWDC keynote, but the most interesting thing about this was the introduction of a new M2 chip that will inevitably find its way into iPads in the near future. The first CPU benchmark tests for this M2 chip are now in, showing it to be roughly 12% faster than the M1 in the single-core stakes, and around 19% faster on the multi-core front. One thing’s for sure, the next iPad Pro is going to be a genuine laptop killer.

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