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This week in Apple: Intel purchase, 120Hz iPhone displays, and Apple Car news

The big Apple news this week was the Intel purchase, but there are a few other notable happenings, too. Check them out here!

Published onJuly 26, 2019

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The big Apple news this week happened yesterday when the company revealed it had paid $1 billion to buy the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Elsewhere, we heard some interesting news that could relate to the long-gestating Apple Car as well as some new information regarding potential features of the 2019 and 2020 iPhones.

See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest!

The top Apple news stories of the past week:

  • Apple buys Intel smartphone modem business: Yesterday, Apple announced it had paid about $1 billion for the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. This interesting new development could mean iPhones of the future will have smartphone modems made by Apple rather than Intel or Qualcomm.
  • Cool new camera tricks for 2019 iPhones?: According to a new rumor, the 2019 iPhones — set to launch in September, most likely — will feature slow-motion video recording with the front-facing camera. Neat!
  • 120Hz refresh rate displays on 2020 iPhones?: Another new rumor suggests we could see 120Hz display refresh rates on the 2020 iPhones. According to the leak, users would be able to switch between the 120Hz refresh rate and the regular 60Hz refresh rate.
  • iPhone XR accounts for nearly half of all iPhone sales: According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the iPhone XR — the cheapest of the newest batch of iPhones — accounted for 48 percent of all iPhone sales in the third quarter of 2019. It’s almost like people like less-expensive phones…
  • Apple hires a former Tesla engineer, but why?: According to Bloomberg, Apple has hired Steve MacManus, a former engineering executive in charge of car exteriors and interiors at Tesla. Why would Apple need someone like that on staff? Could it be there actually will be a day when we’ll see an Apple Car?

Thinking about making the switch?

If you are currently an Apple user thinking about making the switch to Android, we have multiple articles and guides that can help you with that process. Despite how it might seem, moving from iOS to Android is easier than ever, and many of the services and systems on iOS have similar or even the same counterparts on Android.

How to switch from iPhone to Android: Sync your contacts, photos, and more!
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The best place to start would be our guide on how to switch from iPhone to Android, which goes over all the basics. We also have more specific guides, such as how to transfer your calendar from iPhone to Android. We also have app guides that will give you the best alternatives to iOS staples, such as our list of best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.

If you’re looking for a great Android device to replace your iPhone, consult our list of the best Android smartphones available now.

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