Apple Stock News: 5G Modem, Apple’s Port, OneDrive, Supporting Ukraine

Apple Stock News: Qualcomm has Unveiled New 5G Snapdragon X70 Modem

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Apple Stock News: After Qualcomm unveiled its new 5G Snapdragon X70 modem, which is likely to be the last Qualcomm modem Apple will use in its iPhone, Apple plans to shift to in-house custom-designed chips to wean itself off Qualcomm. Apple will have its own custom-designed 5G modem for the 2023 iPhone models.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon X70 can achieve downlink speeds of up to 10Gbps and peak upload speeds of up to 3.5Gbps, it is up to 60% more energy-efficient thanks to its 5G PowerSave Gen 3 technology. The modem also includes support for global 5G multi-SIM and Dual-SIM Dual Active. The Snapdragon X70 modem is expected to launch in 5G devices by the end of this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be in the iPhone 14 or any future iPhone.

Apple’s Lightning Port is Nearing Expiration Date

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When the Lightning connector was introduced at the iPhone 5 which launched in September 2012, it’s already passed by 10 years since then, the smartphone industry has made a transition to USB-C, with the vast majority of phones on the market equipped with a more versatile port. Apple did not follow the industry trend in adopting USB-C, and it seems that Apple is sticking with Lightning for iPhones.

 Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple believes USB-C adoption will have a negative impact on its Made for ‌‌iPhone‌‌ (MFi) programs and notes that Apple is concerned about lower standards of water resistance for USB-C compared to Lightning. Given both, Kuo said the iPhone will continue with Lightning for the “foreseeable future.

Microsoft OneDrive Gains Native Support for Apple Silicon Macs


Microsoft announced that OneDrive for macOS will now run natively on Apple chips. This means OneDrive will take full advantage of Apple’s chip performance improvements, the new features are generally available starting with Build 22.022. With official support for M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, OneDrive applications will run faster and more efficiently on the latest Macs, as Rosetta 2 translation software is no longer required.

Apple Halts All Sales From Online Store in Russia

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Last week, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhailo Fedorov wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook demanding that Apple stop selling its products in Russia and block access to the App Store there. In response, Cook said in a letter to employees that Apple had suspended all product sales in Russia. Apple Pay and other services are limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia.

For the security and precaution of Ukrainian citizens, Apple limited traffic and live events in Apple Maps for Ukraine. At the same time, Apple is donating money and providing assistance to the ongoing refugee crisis. According to MacRumors, as of now, access to the App Store in Russia has not been canceled, but Apple Pay is restricted and major Russian banks cannot use the service.

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