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News bites – the stories you may have missed (23 September 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 15 Pro could go beyond USB-C

We’ve long been told that the iPhone 15 series will see Apple moving on from the home-brewed Lightning connection standard and adopting the superior and universal USB-C standard. However, a new claim from tipster LeaksApplePro claims that the iPhone 15 Pro series will adopt Thunderbolt 4. That’s the super-fast connection standard (fronted by a USB-C port) that can be found on current MacBooks and the iPad Pro. In the case of the iPhone 15 Pro, this would enable much speedier transfers for those chunky 4K video files.

iPhone 14 Crash Detection put through its paces

One of the key features of the new iPhone 14 range, Crash Detection, has been put through its paces by an enterprising YouTuber. TechRax hooked a car up to a remote control, taped an iPhone 14 Pro to the back of the driver’s seat, and drove it headfirst into a stack of old car wrecks. Twice. The good news here is that Crash Detection kicked in both times, starting a count down timer to automatically call the local emergency services.

App Store prices set to rise around the world

Apple has announced that App Store prices are set to rise for a number of countries around the world. While the US is not affected (thank the strong dollar for that one), EU pricing has been dragged up, alongside Chile, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, and Vietnam. As an example of the extent of this increase, the minimum price of €0.99 for an app in European markets will be bumped to €1.19. Expect these app prices to start rising from October 5.

iPhone 14 is a bigger redesign than you think

Early reviews of the iPhone 14 have all noted the same thing: that it’s pretty much the same phone as the iPhone 13. While its external design might appear to be extremely familiar, however, a well-known YouTuber has discovered that it’s more different than you’d think. iFixit has cracked the new phone open and found that it’s way more repairable than its predecessor, with a rejigged design making it relatively simple to open the phone up, and with an all new metal mid-frame.

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