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News bites – the stories you may have missed (19 September 2021)

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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!

Not every iPhone 13 Pro will get ProRes

We’ve already given you the full lowdown on the iPhone 13 line-up, but there’s always some small print with these things. One such asterisk relates to the forthcoming ProRes video feature that’s coming to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max by the end of the year. It turns out that the 128GB model of the iPhone 13 Pro won’t be able to shoot professional-grade ProRes footage at full 4K/30fps. It’ll have to make do with 1080p/30fps instead. Whether this is due to storage capacity or memory constraints remains to be seen.

First iPhone 13 benchmarks appear

Apple was even more coy than usual about the performance of its new A15 Bionic chip at its recent iPhone 13 launch event. It didn’t provide any performance bump statistics in relation to the A14 Bionic found in the iPhone 12 line. It didn’t take long for the first unofficial Geekbench 5 benchmarks to do the job for it, though. In CPU terms, we’re looking at a fairly modest 10% bump in single core performance, and a healthier 18% increase in multi-core performance. In GPU terms, the iPhone 13 is 15% faster than the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 13 Pro gets a huge 55% graphical boost over the iPhone 12 Pro. You can thank the Pro’s extra GPU core for that.

AppleCare+ theft and loss coverage expanded

Apple customers in the UK and Australia can now add theft and loss coverage to their AppleCare+ package. Up until this very recently, the extended provision has only been available to customers in the US, Germany, and Japan. It means that’ll more Apple customers can now choose to have their iPhones replaced in the event of a loss (rather than just damage) for a much reduced fee. In order for such theft and loss claims to be valid, customers must have Find My iPhone enabled on the device when it’s lost or stolen.

iPhone 13 mmWave 5G is US-only

Apple made quite a deal out of the iPhone 13’s expanded 5G capabilities at its recent ‘California streaming’ launch event, claiming that the new phone “works on 5G with the latest speeds and in more places”. However, that doesn’t mean that the company is offering mmWave connectivity to more regions. As with the iPhone 12 family, only US customers will receive a special model with an extra antenna for accessing super-fast mmWave 5G networks.

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