Top Stories: MagSafe Battery Pack Update, iPhone 14 Rumors, and More
This week saw a good mix of Apple news and rumors, including an update for Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack that will let you charge your iPhone more quickly while on the go and some fresh iPhone 14 lineup rumors.
Other topics included Samsung’s new M8 display as a competitor to Apple’s Studio Display, a fresh round of operating system betas, and more, so read on below for all of the details!
MagSafe Battery Pack Now Able to Charge at Faster 7.5W Speed After Firmware Update
Apple this week released a firmware update for the MagSafe Battery Pack that allows the battery pack to wirelessly charge an iPhone at up to 7.5W speeds, up from the previous 5W limit.
We’ve shared step-by-step instructions on how to update the MagSafe Battery Pack’s firmware. The firmware version can be checked on an iPhone in the Settings app under General > About > MagSafe Battery Pack.
Kuo: iPhone 14 Models Likely to Feature Upgraded Front Camera With Autofocus
All four iPhone 14 models that are expected to launch later this year will likely feature an upgraded front camera with autofocus and a wider ƒ/1.9 aperture, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo said these camera upgrades could result in an improved depth-of-field effect for Portrait mode photos and videos, while autofocus can enhance focus during video calls in apps like FaceTime and Zoom.
In other iPhone 14 rumors, we caught our first sight of case manufacturer molds for the lineup, giving us a better real-world idea of how the lineup will look as it transitions to two Max-sized models and no mini-sized model.
Samsung’s New 32-Inch ‘M8’ Display vs. Apple’s Studio Display
Samsung recently introduced the M8, a new 32-inch 4K display that’s priced at $700, making it less than half as expensive as the Studio Display from Apple.
For one of our latest YouTube videos, we decided to compare the M8 to Apple’s Studio Display to see how it performs and whether you can save some money by going with a cheaper option.
Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5
Apple this week seeded the second betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to developers and public beta testers. So far, these updates have only minor changes, such as tweaks to Apple Pay Cash.
The MacRumors Show: Jon Rettinger Talks WWDC 2022 Expectations, iOS 16 Wishlist, and More
Jon Rettinger, a YouTuber and founder of tech website TechnoBuffalo, joined us on The MacRumors Show podcast this week to take a deep dive into WWDC expectations and what we would like to see from Apple’s forthcoming software updates.
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Netflix Loses Subscribers for the First Time in 10 Years, Blames Account Sharing
Netflix this week announced that it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, marking the streaming service’s first quarter-over-quarter decline in subscribers in a decade.
In a letter to shareholders, Netflix said that its revenue growth has “slowed considerably,” with the company faulting “a large number of households sharing accounts” and “competition” as reasons for the drop off.
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we’ve covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.