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News bites – the stories you may have missed (26 August 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!

iPadOS 16 officially delayed

While iOS 16 is still on track for release around the time of the iPhone 14 launch event on September 7, iPadOS 16 won’t be ready. Apple has released the latest iPadOS beta, and it’s tellingly labelled iPadOS 16.1. Apple accompanied this release with the following statement (via TechCrunch): “This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.” We’d expect to see it some time in October.

iOS 16.1 may let you delete Apple Wallet

Its seems Apple is set to expand the number of native apps that can be deleted with iOS 16.1, this time with Apple Wallet. 9to5Mac has discovered the presence of the option to delete Apple Wallet in the aforementioned iPadOS 16.1 beta, which is essentially the first glimpse we’ve had at iOS 16.1 proper. This might indicate that Apple is looking to fend off a flurry of antitrust cases from disgruntled national regulators and financial institutions, who don’t much care for Apple’s insistence on funnelling all NFC payments through its own platform.

Jetpack Joyride 2 hits Apple Arcade

If you’re an avid iOS gamer, you’ll likely have noticed this already, but Jetpack Joyride 2 is out now on Apple Arcade. The original Jetpack Joyride is a bone fide class from the golden early years of smartphone gaming. At a time when endless runners were a dime a dozen, Jetpack Joyride stood out for its slick side-scrolling gameplay, cute art style, and surprisingly varied gameplay. The sequel returns with similar gameplay mechanics, but with a more fleshed out structure and much improved visuals.

Twitter whistleblower makes explosive claims

Former Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko has provided an 84-page complaint to US legislators alleging that the social network has major security problems, and that the higher ups within Twitter have actively sought to cover them up. It’s also claimed that the company has underreported and generally overlooked the extent of its spam account problem, which will be music to the ears of a certain Mr Musk. Zatko also claims that at least one Twitter employee could be a spy working for a foreign intelligence agency.

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