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News bites – the stories you may have missed (24 February 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 Pro goes into trial production

You may only just be getting used to your iPhone 13 Pro, but Apple is already onto the next thing. According to the Taiwan Economic Time, Apple’s largest supplier, Foxconn, has commenced trial production of the iPhone 14 Pro. If accurate, this means that Apple has essentially finalised its design for the forthcoming flagship. Earlier rumors have suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a thicker body, flattening out the camera module into the process. It’s also claimed that’ll the new Pro will do away with the iconic display notch in favour of a hole-punch cut out reminiscent of many Android phones.

Kanye West turns down $100 million from Apple

Kanye West claims to have turned down a $100 million deal from Apple, presumably related to the launch of his new album. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the eccentric rap superstar claimed that “No one can pay me to be disrespected,” and condemned Apple Music, alongside Spotify and other streaming services, for only paying artists 12%. West will not be launching his new album, Donda 2, on any streaming services, but will instead bundle it onto a bespoke music player, called the Stem Player, at a cost of $200. “It’s time to free music from this oppressive system,” said West. Hmm.

Mixed news for foldable phone fans

It’s mixed news for those looking forward to the first Apple foldable device. According to DSCC analyst Ross Young, Apple has postponed its planned foldable iPhone until 2025, which is a year or two later than expected. It seems Apple isn’t yet 100% sold on the whole foldable phone concept. In more positive news, Young claims that Apple is looking into making an all-screen MacBook, which orient itself with a virtual keyboard on one section, or open out to a 20-inch display and connect to an external keyboard.

Apple Support will now give you repair estimates

Apple has updated the Apple Support app with a new feature that will show some customers in certain regions an estimated repair cost for their device. Just tap on a device that you own in the My Devices list, and the Repairs & Physical Damage section may just show you some quotes for common repairs, alongside the option to book said repair with an authorised Apple repair outlet. Got a cracked screen or a dodgy battery? You might be able to get a quote through the app.

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