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News bites – the stories you may have missed (25 March 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!

Apple might stick with A15 for iPhone 14

Several reports in recent weeks have suggested that Apple will stick with the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic chip for this year’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. Instead, it will be the iPhone 14 Pro models that get the true next-gen processor treatment. In fact, one report even claims that Apple will rebrand the A15 as the A16, and that the truly new chip in the iPhone 14 Pro will be called the A16 Pro.

iPhone 15 could have under-display Face ID

Apple is gradually working to reduce and ultimately remove the display notch on its iPhone line. Starting with the 20% smaller notch on the iPhone 13, the company is expected to move to a significantly remodelled dual-hole system for the iPhone 14 Pro. But a recent report from The Elec suggests that the iPhone 15 will go one step further. Apparently, Apple and Samsung are working on an under-display Face ID system for 2023, which would leave just a small hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera.

Shazam gets concert recommendations

Shazam, the Apple-owned music recognition app, has gained a very useful new feature. Now when it listens to a piece of music, it won’t just tell you what the track is and who the artist is. It will also give you details on upcoming live events featuring that artist in your area, as well as the facility to book tickets for said event. Shazam uses data from the event recommendation platform Bandsintown to get this info.

Apple Card could be set to go international

Apple may be preparing to take its Apple Card outside US borders, with the news that the company has acquired UK-based credit scoring startup Credit Kudos for a rumored $150 million. It’s been three years since Apple set out to “change the entire credit card experience” with Apple Card’s quick, jargon-free application process. Credit Kudos has established a speedy way to assess the credit worthiness of a credit card applicant, so it appears perfectly aligned with Apple’s goals.

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