Skip to content

News bites – the stories you may have missed (21 October 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!

MacOS tipped for iPad Pro M2

Apple is reportedly testing a version of MacOS  for the new iPad Pro M2. Leaker Majin Bu has claimed that Apple is in the process of testing out a “smaller” tablet-focused take on its desktop operating system, code-named Mendocino, which will launch as macOS 14 in 2023. Apparently, Apple is scaling up the UI by 25% to make it easier to use on touchscreen, though apps run on this new hybrid OS would still be the dedicated tablet versions. Is Apple’s actually planning on a cross-platform MacOS launch, or is it just tinkering to see what’s technically possible?

Next Apple TV could be even cheaper

Apple launched a new Apple TV 4K this week, and the most notable thing about it is that it combines a spec bump with a $20/£20 lower price tag than the previous model. According to well known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Kuo believes that Apple will be actively looking to restore the Apple TV line to the pricing “sweet spot” of less than $100. “I expect the next-gen will be more affordable,” he said. Given that the company is no longer selling a cheaper (non-4K) Apple TV, that might be a smart idea.

Continuity Camera Belkin mount now available

One of the coolest announcements back at WWDC 2022 was Continuity Camera, a feature that essentially turns your iPhone into an awesome webcam for your MacBook. Now, the Belkin clip that enables this pairing process is available to buy for $29.95/£29.95. Fit your iPhone to your MacBook with this accessory, and you’ll have bolstered video call quality, Centre Stage subject-tracking, and the amazing Desk View. The latter uses your iPhone’s ultra-wide camera to present a top-down view of the area in front of your Mac.

Zuckerberg criticises iMessage

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has joined Google in sticking the boot into Apple’s iMessage service. Referencing a WhatsApp ad highlighting WhatsApp’s cross-platform security, Zuckerberg claimed that “WhatsApp is far more private and secure than iMessage, with end-to-end encryption that works across both iPhones and Android, including group chats.” He also mentioned a couple of features that iMessage still lacks, including the ability to set all new chats to disappear with the tap of a button and end-to-end encrypted backups.

  Share Article