Top Stories: MagSafe Battery Pack Update, iPhone 14 Rumors & More

There was a good mix of Apple news and rumors this week, including an update to Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack that allows you to charge your iPhone faster while on the go, and new rumors about the iPhone 14 lineup.

Other topics included Samsung’s new M8 display as a competitor to Apple’s Studio Display, another round of operating system betas and more, so read on below for all the details!

MagSafe battery pack can now be charged at a faster speed of 7.5W after firmware update

Apple this week released a firmware update to the MagSafe battery pack that allows the battery pack to wirelessly charge an iPhone at speeds of up to 7.5W, up from the previous 5W limit.

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We have shared step-by-step instructions on how to update the MagSafe Battery Pack 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 have an improved front camera with autofocus

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all four iPhone 14 models expected to launch later this year are likely to have an improved front-facing camera with autofocus and a wider aperture of ƒ/1.9.

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Kuo said these camera upgrades can result in an improved depth of field effect for photos and videos in portrait mode, while autofocus can improve focus during video calls in apps like FaceTime and Zoom.

In other iPhone 14 rumors, we first saw molds from case manufacturers for the lineup, giving us a more realistic idea of ​​what the lineup will look like when it transitions to two Max models and no mini 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 costs $700, making it less than half the price of Apple’s Studio Display.

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For one of our latest YouTube videos, we decided to compare the M8 to Apple’s Studio Display to see how it performs and if you can save some money by going for a cheaper option.

Apple Seeds second beta of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5

Apple sent the second beta version of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to developers and public beta testers this week. So far, these updates have only undergone minor changes, such as adjustments to Apple Pay Cash.

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iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 will likely be the last notable updates before iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are announced. Apple has also seeded the second beta of macOS Monterey 12.4, watchOS 8.6, and tvOS 15.5.

The MacRumors Show: Jon Rettinger Talks WWDC 2022 Expectations, iOS 16 Wishlist, and More

Jon Rettinger, a YouTuber and founder of a tech website TechnoBuffalojoined us The MacRumors show podcast this week to take a deep dive into WWDC expectations and what we’d like to see from Apple’s upcoming software updates.

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Netflix loses subscribers for the first time in 10 years, blames account sharing

Netflix announced this week that it was losing 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, marking its first quarter-over-quarter decline in subscribers in a decade.

In a letter to shareholders, Netflix said its revenue growth “has slowed significantly,” blaming “a large number of households that share accounts” and “competition” as reasons for the slump.

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