Apple iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 with mask unlock, new emoji released
Apple has started rolling out iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 for compatible models. This new update includes several minor changes, along with a major update to Face ID. The iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 updates can be downloaded for free. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
iPhone 14 may still use A15 chip, Pro models move to A16
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 series in or around September and now a new report suggests that only the iPhone 14 Pro models will have the "A16" chip, while the standard iPhone 14 models will retain the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13.
Apple supplier BOE reportedly facing iPhone display production issues
According to The Elec, the shortage will impact production "this month and next month". BOE gets its display driver ICs for Apple's iPhone display panels from LX Semicon. LX Semicon is apparently supplying display driver ICs to LG Display before BOE. As a result, BOE is expected to drop its OLED panel production volume from three million units to two million units next month. Apple is expected to have ordered up to 10 million units of OLED panels for iPhones to BOE for the first half of 2022.
Google One VPN is now available on iPhones
While a Google-run VPN has been available on the platform for months via the Google Fi cell service, the latest update means that anyone who pays for 2TB or more of Google One storage should now also get a VPN for their phone, reports The Verge. VPN is available to people in 18 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, and Mexico. iPhone users may be familiar with the idea of an upgraded storage plan that also comes with a way to keep your IP and Internet traffic private.
Apple reverses verification requirement for educational discounts in US
According to 9To5Mac, the tech giant is no longer requiring verification of eligibility, but stricter purchasing quantity limits remain. Similar to verification for Apple Music student plans, Apple started using UNiDAYS for verification through the Apple Education Store on Wednesday. This meant that shoppers had to verify their eligibility using UNiDAYS in order to lock in the 10 per cent discount on iPads, Macs and accessories, the report said.
Apple returns as top global smartphone player in Q4 2021
Apple is back at the top of the smartphone market after three quarters, driven by a stellar performance from the iPhone 13, reports market research firm Canalys. Samsung took second place, down from the top spot in Q3 2021, with a market share of 20 percent.
Apple starts rolling out new firmware version for AirPods 3
The new firmware update rolling out brings AirPods 3 to version 4C170, and it represents the third update that Apple has released since AirPods 3 debuted, reports 9To5Google.