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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 hiring for 6G network

Apple joined the 5G hype train a little later than its smartphone rivals, but the next generation mobile network formed the core of its iPhone 12 launch event. Despite this fact, a recent report suggests that the company is already looking at what comes next. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman points out that the company has posted job adverts for wireless system research engineers, with a view to current and next-generation networks. “In this role you will be at the center of a cutting-edge research group responsible for creating next generation disruptive radio access technologies over the next decade,” reads the post.

iPhone 12 Pro Max named most popular 5G phone

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has been named the most popular 5G phone in the US by PCMag, which came to the conclusion after consulting Speedtest app data from Ookla and sales data from M Science. Between these two sources, it was determined that Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max was the most popular 5G-ready phone in a remarkable 49 of 50 US states. In the remaining state of Vermont, as well as in Washington DC, the iPhone 12 Pro came out on top. America is still very much an iPhone country, it seems.

iOS 14.5 beta hints at new MagSafe accessory

The current iOS 14.5 beta contains an intriguing morsel of information that could hint at a new MagSafe accessory from Apple. As discovered by writer and iOS developer Steve Moser, contained within the code of the early access OS is a new “Mobile Charge Mode”, which contains a mysterious reference to a “battery pack”. While there’s no mention of the new magnetic attachment standard, this could well relate to an as yet unannounced MagSafe accessory. Presumably a MagSafe battery pack would simply snap over your existing case. Also interesting is the the point that this ‘battery pack’ keeps your iPhone charged to 90% for battery efficiency.

Apple asks LG to make foldable iPhone screen

Apple has commissioned LG to help develop a flexible screen for a forthcoming foldable iPhone, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes. This would appear to be a strict development brief rather than a production order, so even if this report proves to be accurate, it doesn’t mean that a foldable iPhone is necessarily imminent. However, there have been repeated rumours concerning such a foldable iPhone over the years. It seems highly likely that Apple is looking into the technology, which has already manifested in final products from rival companies such as Samsung and Huawei.

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