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News bites – the stories you may have missed

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 patent paves the way for next-gen Touch ID

A new patent from Apple reveals that it’s seriously considering returning to Touch ID for future iPhones. Given the mask-wearing world we’re living in nowadays, going back to fingerprint authentication seems like a smart idea. This isn’t Touch ID as we know it, however. According to the patent application discovered by Patently Apple, this will be an “under-display fingerprint sensing based on off–axis angular light”. We’ve seen in-display fingerprint sensors in a number of Android phones, but Apple’s solution will apparently be more accurate and more compact.

Apple could win its first Oscar this year

Apple TV+ has received two Oscar nominations, marking the first time that the company has received such recognition from the film academy. The film Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks, has been put up for the “Best Sound” category, whilst the animated feature Wolfwalkers is up for “Best Animated Feature Film” award. Apple TV+ launched just over a year ago, but has already secured 81 awards wins and 329 nominations in that time. An Oscar (or two) would be the golden cherry on top of the cake.

AirPods and AirTags event set for April as Apple roots out leakers

Following numerous reports claiming that Apple was set to hold a launch event on March 23, a fresh report suggests that the actual date could fall in April instead. Reliable Apple tipster Jon Prosser tweeted the amendment, before going on to claim that the initial March 23 claim was a bit of misinformation aimed at rooting leakers out from within the company. Apparently, Apple will use the forthcoming event to launch its third generation AirPods, alongside the long–rumored AirTags.

Apple team actively purging counterfeit accessories

It has emerged that there exists within Apple a special team that’s dedicated to chasing down fake iPhone accessories. In response to an investigation into the subject from Bloomberg, Apple issued a statement claiming that it had “a dedicated team of experts constantly working with law enforcement, merchants, social media companies and e-commerce sites around the world to remove counterfeit products from the market.” According to Apple, this crack team has sought the removal of more than a million listings for fake Apple products from online marketplaces like Facebook and Instagram over the past year alone.

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