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News bites – the stories you may have missed (2 December 2022)

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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!

iPhone 14 Emergency SOS expands to Europe

Apple has been working hard to expand some of its latest services outside of its US homeland of late. Following the expansion of its self-service repair program, it’s the turn of the Emergency SOS system to make its way across the pond. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro users in the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany can now send out a call for help to local emergency services via satellite when there’s no cellular or Wi-Fi signal.

Apple tipped to permit third-party app stores

Apple is said to be considering giving in to EU pressure and allowing its iPhone users to access third-party app stores. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims that Apple will ease its stringent App Store restrictions in time for EU legislation coming into effect in 2024. There’s a chance this ‘side loading’ will only be permitted in European countries, and there’s also every chance that Apple will still find a way to take its cut of app revenue. Just how popular these relatively insecure app stores will be with users, meanwhile, remains to be seen.

Apple Music finally comes to Tesla

Elon Musk and Apple have been through numerous rocky patches over the years, but it seems that the two parties have buried the hatchet of late. Perhaps it’s no coincidence, then, to see that Apple Music is now supported on Tesla cars after a lengthy omission. The 2022.44.25 Tesla software update enables Tesla owners to access Apple Music by tapping the Apple Music icon in the Application Launcher on the car’s display. As part of this ‘Holiday Update’, Tesla has also added support for the Steam games library.

Tim Cook pays tribute to Sony

Apple isn’t always forthcoming with credit to rival companies, even when they’re supplying key components (see Samsung for the most notorious example). However, Tim Cook offered a rare shout to Sony during a recent visit to the company’s camera development facility in Kumamoto, Japan. The Japanese tech giant has been supplying Apple with high-quality camera sensors for its iPhones for more than a decade, which is a fact that the Apple’s CEO seemed keen to publicize. Perhaps because Sony’s rumored to be providing sensors for a next-gen iPhone camera?

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