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  1. In addition to the second-generation AirPods, Apple also released a selection of new Apple Watch bands for spring, including Sport Bands, Sport Loops for Apple Watch, Nike+ and Hermès colours. (c) Apple The new bands, as you can see, are full of colours, celebrating the arrival of the Spring season in the US. Apple Watch's sport band is available in new vivid colours like Spearmint (green), Delft Blue, and Papaya (orange). The Nike+ Sport band has stylish new Black/Hyper Grape, Spruce Fog/Vintage Lichen, and Teal/Tropical Twist colourways. As for the leather loop band, it can now be picked up in Spruce Fog, Hyper Grape, Summit White, Teal Tint, and Black. (c) Apple The Hermes Double Tour and the regular leather bands are also updated, and you can check them out on Apple's website. Coming to the pricing, all the Sport bands, including the Nike+ Sport bands, will retail for INR 3,900. The modern buckle and the leather loop bands, on the other hand, will be available for INR 12,900. All the bands, as mentioned earlier, are now available to order from Apple's online store, and they will be available for purchase at select Apple Stores, Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers later this month.
  2. Apple announced the second generation of the very popular AirPods that was first launched in 2016. The new AirPods has a new H1 chip that has been developed exclusively for earphones and promises faster connect time, longer talk time and can now also launch Siri with a simple “Hey Siri” prompt. The new AirPods also comes with a Wireless Charging Case that will be available to order through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring. It can also be bought separately for older AirPods. (c) Apple “AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we've ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world's best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free 'Hey Siri' and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.” The new H1 chip is the star of the new AirPods that can basically let the AirPods switch between an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch seamlessly and twice as fast. It can also deliver 50 per cent more talk time compared to the previous generation. (c) Apple The charging case can hold an additional 24 hours of charge and the wireless charging case is compatible with any Qi-wireless charger. It has an LED light at the front of the case that basically shows the status of the battery charge. Pricing & Availability: AirPods with standard charging case will be available for INR 14,900 and will be available to order through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for INR 18,900 and will be available to order through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring. Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for INR 7,500 through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring.
  3. Apple launched the new lineup of iPad without much flair with the new iPad Air and iPad mini and have launched them right before its event next week. Usually, Apple announces new hardware at an event; however, the company probably wants to focus on other things at the event. © Apple The new iPad Air comes with a 10.5-inch display starting at Rs 44,900 (Wi-Fi) and Rs 55,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) while the iPad mini is now priced at 34,900 (Cellular) and Rs 45,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular). The new iPad mini will probably showcase at the event by Apple as an entertainment device which will be popular amongst college students and movie enthusiasts. © Apple The new iPads are powered by the same processor as the iPhone XS i.e. the A12 Bionic chipset and also has support for the older Apple Pencil. The new tablets have wider bezels than the iPad Pro variant and have a lightning port instead of USB-C. The iPad Air is lighter than the iPad Pro but has the same specifications as the iPad mini except for the display size. © Apple Both tablets are available for orders in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK, US as well as China (Wi-Fi models only), Macau (Wi-Fi models only) and Mexico with deliveries starting next week. The new iPads will launch in India in the next phase soon after. Apple probably didn't want to mix its software and hardware announcements and decided to launch it simply via a Tweet and press release. Last year, Apple announced the new iPad Pro at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  4. Apple has officially sent out invites for its first event of the year that is scheduled to take place on March 25th. There's been a lot of speculation as to what Apple may be launching, however, the tagline on the invite may give us some clues. The artwork has the tagline "It's show time" followed by a 1940s style countdown. So, here's what we think Apple may be launching based on previous rumours and speculations: 1. Streaming Service © Reuters According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is expected to announce a new video streaming service that will rival Netflix and other services. The report says that Apple will have a library of at least 25 original shows that will cover various genres such as docuseries, dramas, comedy and family entertainment. 2. News Service Apple is also expected to launch a premium subscription plan for its “News” app. The app will let readers access content from different publishers including some of the top publication like Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and others. There is no word whether this service will make its way to India, as the “News” app is currently not available to download via the Indian app store. 3. New iPads © Reuters Around the same time last year, Apple announced new iPads that were cheaper than the Pro model and had support for Apple Pencil. There's a good chance that Apple may announce new iPads to compliment the launch of its new streaming service. Previous leaks have suggested that Apple has already registered seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission and some were even mentioned in the public beta code of iOS 12.2. A new 10-inch iPad is said to replace last year's 9.7-inch model and a new iPad mini. The iPad mini has not been updated in the last four years and seems like a good opportunity for Apple to introduce a smaller iPad for its news service platform. 4. AirPods 2 It's highly unlikely that Apple will launch new AirPods at the March event but there is a good chance that Apple will launch a wireless charging case. Leaks have suggested that the wireless charging case is expected to launch in the first half of 2019 while AirPods 2 is expected to launch alongside new iPhones later this year. 5. AirPower © Apple AirPower has been expected to launch for a while and Apple's charging mat has reportedly gone into mass production earlier this year. There's a good chance that Apple may launch the charging mat along with the new wireless charging case for the AirPods.
  5. Spotify's silent launch in India last week sent out waves around the music industry, and the streaming app has already added more than 1 million users in the country. It's a remarkable number, but there's no denying that the service already has stiff competition from the existing streaming platforms, especially Apple Music. As an Apple Music user myself, I was really excited about Spotify's India launch and I instantly pulled the trigger on Spotify. Having used Spotify as my primary music streaming app this past week, I have a few observations. So, just how good is Spotify when compared with Apple Music, one of its biggest competitors in the country? Here's a quick look at the points that matter: Pricing Pricing is honestly one of the first and most important factors while picking any service in general. In this case, I would say Spotify has an upper hand, mainly because of the varied subscription packages. Unlike other music streaming services, Spotify gives its users an option to opt for either the daily, weekly, half-yearly or yearly packages, in addition to the monthly subscription. Essentially, you can avail all the premium Spotify subscription for as low as Rs. 13/ day to see if you like the service and all the features that it offers. Apple Music, on the other hand, offers only one option, i.e. Rs. 120/ month. You'll effectively be shelling out Rs. 360 for three months, Rs.600 for six months and so on. So, Spotify is the clear winner here. You can just sign up for a single day and check out the app and all its features which we'll be discussing below. Music Selection & Beyond As soon as you start using Spotify in India, it won't be too long until you realize that a lot of your favourite music isn't there. Yes, it's really a bummer. It's like the Netflix debacle all over again, when a lot of binge-worthy shows like 'House of Cards' wasn't available at launch in India. Of course, things will get better over time (hopefully), but if you love your Iron Maiden or Led Zeppelin playlist, then Apple Music is a no brainer. © Spotify The native-language song selection, on the other hand, isn't bad on either service. Both Apple Music and Spotify will ask you for your preference in music to suggest similar kinds of tracks, artists, and more. If you are into local Indian music, however, I think you'd be better off using services like Gaana.com and JioSaavn. They have partnerships with better record companies under their belt and therefore you'll get to enjoy more comprehensive libraries. Again, Spotify may end up signing better labels, but for now, it is safe to say that they're barely scratching the surface with T-series. Both platforms also suggest curated playlist, but I found myself spending more time on Spotify's curated playlist than Apple Music. Apple has its own way of doing things, and the curated lists are based on the genres you select, as opposed to the songs you listen the most as Spotify does. It comes down to personal preference, but I found Spotify's 'Your Daily Mix 1' or 'Your Daily Mix 2' etc. to be more appealing than Apple Music's 'Friends Mix', and 'Chill Mix' playlists. Lastly, it is worth pointing out that Apple Music gives you a lot of options like podcasts, music videos, short films, etc., whereas Spotify only gives the option of listening to podcasts apart from songs. Music Sharing & Platform support Both platforms let you follow your friends and family members using the service. You can share, say, a playlist or keep a track of what others are listening to. The sharing features, however, are much better on Spotify. Besides connecting to your friends, you can also share your tracks via mediums like Instagram Stories, which is where most people are spending their time these days anyway. © Spotify Coming to platforms, both Spotify and Apple Music are available on Android, iOS, Windows and macOS. But if I was to switch back to Apple Music again, I'll definitely be missing the web player. It's effortless to pull up a web browser and switch over seamlessly from your phone, tablet, etc. Just a convenience that I am not ready to give up anytime soon. Final Thoughts Both streaming services in their current state have caveats of their own. While Spotify has better algorithms in place giving it an upper hand on the music discovery over the others, Apple Music has a strong music selection and has its own ecosystem with deep Siri integration. I personally won't be switching to Apple Music again, because I am not particularly bothered by lack of artists. I am also quite optimistic about Spotify's growth in India. If it's not a major a concern for you too, then I highly recommend checking out Spotify's premium subscribing at least for a day.
  6. Apple's iPhone, as we all know, carry a hefty price tag in India, thanks to the import duty that gets slapped on them. Yes, Apple does manufacture the compact iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s in the country, but you still need to have deep pockets to afford one of the newer and the premium iPhone models in India. But it looks like that's about to change soon. Wistron's factory application for a new $1 billion factory in India was just approved by the country's IT ministry, which means Apple will soon have an additional manufacturing unit here in India. The new factory will be manufacturing Apple's iPhone 8, in addition to the iPhone SE, 6S, and AirPods. © Reuters Additionally, the Foxconn project is also in progress, which could be commissioned to assemble the rest of the iPhone line-up including the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. This new plant will truly help Apple circumvent the extremely high tax rate, thereby making the iPhones a lot more affordable. By participating in the "Make in India" initiative, Apple is not only helping the Indian economy, but also in improving its market share here. When asked about the benefits of manufacturing the iPhones in India, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Openness of India's democratic polity, where creativity is recognised and respected, adds its own incentive. We gave little incentive and you saw how many people came.” Source: PhoneArena
  7. Seems like Apple was able to save yet another life, thanks to its heart rate sensor as it was able to detect unusual activity in a man's pulse rate. The Apple Watch has been known to be able to save lives via features that are in-built in the smartwatch. In this particular case, the man was diagnosed with tachycardia. © YouTube The man was Science Friday radio host Ira Flatow's brother and the incident was tweeted by him saying “saved by his Apple Watch,” The Apple Watch alerted him to a rapid heartbeat and suggested that he should visit a hospital. My brother was saved by his Apple Watch. After he felt a rapid heart beat >200 bpm, his watch told him to “go to the hospital.” He did and his tachycardia was diagnosed. — Ira Flatow (@iraflatow) March 7, 2019 Tachycardia is a condition when the heart rate exceeds the normal resting rate. Generally, if the resting heart rate is above 10 beats per minute, the condition is considered "tachycardia". Flatlow continued to say that his brother commented on the accuracy of his Apple Watch “and BTW, during the 15 hours I was at the hospital hooked up to the monitors, my the monitors never disagreed with my watch's reading. I checked MANY times.” © MensXP It's not the first time where the Apple Watch was able to save someone's life. Recently, a Norwegian man was saved by his Apple Watch thanks to its fall detection feature. If you want to know other instances where the Apple Watch was able to save a life, you can read all about it here.
  8. Donald Trump and Tim Cook have been making headlines all day today for a hilarious reason. During a conference at the White House, the US President accidentally referred to Apple's CEO as 'Tim Apple', instead or Mr. Tim Cook. ... here's the president of the united states calling tim cook, ceo of apple, "tim apple." pic.twitter.com/RTc45RFm5e — fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) March 6, 2019 Goes without saying that it soon became a meme and social media is having a field day joking about it. Calling Tim Cook Tim Apple to his face is my version of the American dream. I want to look Bill Gates in the eye and call him Jim Microsoft. — Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) March 7, 2019 "Please, Tim Apple is my work name. Call me Mr. iPhone." https://t.co/8xcbH8p9cy — Travon Free (@Travon) March 7, 2019 Some people tried to illustrate it with cool pictures and graphic imagery and the result was...well. Tim Apple with President Orange ðð pic.twitter.com/1cI1QkA0an — suppelsa (@suppeIsa) March 7, 2019 Tim Apple on the streets... Red Delicious in the sheets. pic.twitter.com/KieaY1RuOa — Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 6, 2019 The legend of Timmy Apple Phone. #timapple pic.twitter.com/HvxpHwu12s — No Name (@ohheh) March 6, 2019 Low key, most people actually loved this new name! Ok but to be honest, #TimApple is probably how I would have saved his name in my phone. — Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) March 7, 2019 Someone changed Tim Cook's name to “Timothy Donald Apple” and these are the moments in which I love the internet. #TimApple pic.twitter.com/LtEsatpSyg — AndyLincoln's Finger (@Lincolns_Finger) March 7, 2019 Okay, we give full marks to Salman Bhai for this. Salman Khan did it before it was cool. #TimApple pic.twitter.com/KgtzQ9uvyf — MVelhal (@MVelhal) March 7, 2019 People were quick to make a full virtual team of all CEO's with their company name as their surname, which is hilarious. #timapple This should be a good predication for Trump aye? pic.twitter.com/UaI6oyDS0S — Krithiga Narayanan (@Krithiganarayan) March 7, 2019 New Trump-Name Generator: Your Trump-name is your first name + occupation / company. Go! #TimApple pic.twitter.com/CWGsWSwvsV — IG: @TheOriginalCult ð¥ (@OriginalCult_) March 7, 2019 Well, looks like he had too much of 'covfefe' this morning!
  9. As the CEO of Apple, it is safe to say that Tim Cook is a prominent name in the industry. It's hard to miss the guy in the glasses, even if you are not particularly tech-savvy. However, it looks like the US president, our very own Donald Trump, thinks Apple's CEO is.... 'Tim Apple'. © Reuters During an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting yesterday, the president referred to the CEO of Apple as 'Tim Apple' instead of Tim Cook. In his defence, names are hard. We get it. But we wonder if you can flub a name like Tim Cook, given his reputation in the industry and beyond. Here's what Trump said while addressing the media - "You've really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple." Better yet, here's a video clip in which you can see Trump unmistakenly referring to him as 'Tim Apple'. Also, watching Tim Cook politely nodding his head is just priceless. Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9 — Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019 It's hard to tell if Trump did this on purpose or he legitimately did a, what we like to call, an oopsie. In fact, this isn't the first time Trump has made a mistake while referring to someone. Last year, he referred to Lockheed Martin's CEO as "Marillyn Lockheed", instead of Marillyn Hewson. It's alright Mr Trump. Better luck next time.
  10. MWC saw quite a few interesting and weird smartphones, however, the show was stolen by all the foldable smartphones that were announced. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event, followed by a more practical foldable smartphone by Huawei called the 'Mate X'. As of now, foldable smartphones have been teased by various companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, LG, Motorola and others. Apple has considered making a foldable smartphone in the past and has also filed a patent that covers “Flexible Display Devices”, however, we have not seen anything from the Cupertino giant as of now. Even though Apple may just be the only manufacturer that has not flirted with a foldable prototype, it didn't stop Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak from wanting one. © LetsGoDigital Speaking to Bloomberg, Wozniak said that he really wants to get his hands on a foldable iPhone and wants Apple to be a leader in this segment of smartphones. “Apple has been a leader for quite a long time in a few areas such as Touch ID, (Face ID) and easy payment with the phone,” Wozniak said during the Bloomberg interview. “They're not the leader in areas like the folding phone, and that worries me because I really want a folding phone.” Apple is known to have surprises up its sleeve and we cannot be sure whether the company is already working on a foldable smartphone. Even though the Mate X and Galaxy Fold have been announced, the two smartphones are not yet ready for consumers. It's still quite expensive and is in the initial stage of development. Apple, on the other hand, is known to launch devices that just work and it may be too soon for the company to unveil its own foldable device. © LetsGoDigital Even if Apple does make a foldable iPhone, there's a good chance it may look like the image above. It's a render based on the patent filed by Apple and developed by LetsGoDigital. Do you want a foldable iPhone in the near future? Let us know in the comments. Source: Bloomberg
  11. The Apple Watch has been dominating the wearables market ever since it was announced and is now considered the best smartwatch there is. The Apple Watch has added many useful features over the years, however, it lacked one feature that has been absent for a while. © Pillow The Cupertino giant is rumoured to be testing sleep tracking securely and according to insiders who spoke to Bloomberg and detailed Apple's plans. The Apple Watch is expected to launch the sleep tracking feature in 2020 and will essentially also kill third-party apps that are currently offering the same feature on the Apple Watch. Currently, apps like Pillow and Sleep++ offer a similar feature where it tracks a user's sleeping patterns and habits. Smartwatches that tend to have a sleep tracking feature usually last for days due to a larger battery. This will be a major hurdle for Apple to overcome, as the Apple Watch can last only for a day on a full charge. Apple may have to outfit the 2020 Apple Watch with a bigger battery or add a low power setting for speed mode. © Beddit Apple recently bought Beddit, a company that makes sleep tracking devices as well as apps for iOS and the Apple Watch. The company also launched a sensor strip that can be placed underneath a bed seat to track sleeping patterns and snoring habits. Sleep-tracking has been one of the most requested features by Apple Watch users, however, Apple will have to either increase the battery capacity or come up with a different solution in order to run this feature. We can only be sure when the new Apple Watch will be announced this year and its capabilities and see if it hints at the upcoming feature with a larger battery or a new power saving mode.
  12. Apple is gearing up to launch its rumoured streaming service as soon as early April or May and is one of the many subscription services Tim Cook has already confirmed. The streaming service will feature shows Fromm HBO and other channels, however, will not feature existing services like Netflix. © YouTube The streaming service will essentially bundle different streaming platforms into one subscription that Apple customers can buy. Apple device owners will be able to buy and watch in a dedicated TV app on iOS. Apple already boasts more than 50 million subscribers for its music service and it is possible that we could see a similar number for the video service thanks to the sheer number of Apple devices out there. Apple is believed to be investing at least US$1 billion in content and has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. © Apple Having said that, Apple's new video service will compete directly with Netflix for streaming eyeballs. When Netflix first started streaming its content, it already has a plethora of content lined up to keep everyone busy. Apple may struggle to achieve the same in the beginning as it would pack only a handful of shows at first. It would be interesting to see how Apple will populate its streaming service for users. Apple's new subscriptions service will be somewhat similar to Amazon Prime. The Cupertino giant is expected to offer a subscription plan that will include music, video and news. Whether it would be enough to sway customers towards the service; only time will tell.
  13. Revenue from services was a major contributing factor in Apple's revenue growth even though iPhone sales have plateaued in various countries. However, according to the latest estimates by Goldman Sachs, Apple received a lot of money from the search engine giant to remain the default search engine of Apple's Safari browser. An analyst for Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors: “Apple will need to add mid to high single digits growth back to Services revenues through successful launch of the 'Apple Prime' bundle including original video that we expect to be rolled out this Spring/Summer.” Estimates tell us that Google paid Apple anywhere near $9 and $10 billion which is a lot of money to spend to remain as a default search engine. Having said that, Apple is probably one of the biggest source of traffic for Google and in order to maintain those numbers, Google has to pay Apple a substantial amount every year. To put things into perspective, Apple accounts for roughly half of all mobile revenue and traffic. The payment basically ensures that Google remains as the default search engine on every iOS device. Apple is in a very good position where the company can demand more money over the years. Apple can obviously approach other search engine websites like Bing if Google choses not to pay the price in the future. This payment ensures Google will continue as the default search provider on iOS devices rather than a rival search engine. The downside to the agreement is that Apple can continue to push prices up each year and, if Google ever refuses to pay the amount, the Cupertino firm can simply approach a rival such as Microsoft and make Bing the default search engine. This is pure profit for Apple as the company's install base is increasing to grow even though sales of iPhones may have staggered.
  14. A teenager was able to discover an exploit that can basically reveal passwords on macOS; however, he does not plan on sharing any details with Apple. The reason why the researcher will not share how the bug was discovered is because it has to do with Apple's bug bounty policies. Currently, Apple only offers bounties for bugs found on iOS and not on macOS. Apple paid a bounty to the teenager who discovered the FaceTime bug that would let users listen when adding a new member on an ongoing FaceTime call. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla This bug on the macOS, however, grabs the password from login and system keychains without requiring any administrator privileges. Linus Henze posted a demo video for the KeySteal exploit that basically shows how it takes advantage of the bug. It's worthy to note that this bug only works on the latest version of macOS Mojave. However, it does not affect iCloud's keychain. Henze told Forbes about Apple's bug bounty policies that "It's like they don't really care about macOS," he told Forbes. "Finding vulnerabilities like this one takes time, and I just think that paying researchers is the right thing to do because we're helping Apple make their product more secure.” © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It isn't the first time a bug was discovered by a user as recently a FaceTime bug was causing people to panic. You can read about how the teenager discovered the FaceTime bug here Source: Forbes
  15. A man took a serious tumble in the middle of the night and his life may have been saved thanks to the Apple Watch. Toralv Østvang, a 67-year-old Norwegian man got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and fainted. The Apple Watch detected his fall and alerted emergency services. © Apple The Apple Watch series 4 has been known to save lives in the past thanks to numerous features such as heart rate monitoring, the new ECG app that can detect heart diseases and now the fall detect feature has been credited. The fall detecting feature works when a user falls and is unresponsive for 1 minute. The smartwatch will then automatically alert emergency services so that the user can be rescued. The police found Østvang bleeding on the bathroom floor with three fractures to his face. © Apple His daughter gives credit to the Apple Watch for saving his life, telling NRK: : "It could have gone so much worse. All morning we asked 'What had happened if he hadn't worn a smart watch?' He didn't bring his mobile phone in the bathroom. It's amazing that he got so quick help from the alarm, until the police found him. It was a serious fall..." © MensXP - Akshay Bhalla This is not the first time the Apple Watch has managed to save a life and there have been numerous instances in the past. You can read about different instances where the Apple Watch has saved lives by detecting diseases and even car crashes. You can read about 5 times the Apple Watch saved someone's life here.
  16. Apple is known for releasing iOS updates like clockwork every year and the company is gearing up to unveil the new operating system later this year. Each year at WWDC, Apple announces a new and improved OS for the iPhone, iPad followed by a Beta testing period before its eventual launch. Apple keeps new operating system features a big secret however there are already rumours about the upcoming operating system. iOS is probably the most used operating system in the world and a new report by Bloomberg points towards some key changes that help the large install base in using the operating system. Some of these features have been long awaited by fans that will finally see the light of day if these rumours come true. Dark Mode © Twitter It's probably the most requested feature by Apple fans and it seems like the feature will finally come to iPhones and iPads. The rumoured dark mode will work similar to what we have already seen on macOS with darker accents and dark backgrounds. The feature will make looking at the screen for long periods of time less tiring. It will also be less disruptive to a user's natural sleep cycle. The dark mode will also help in improving battery life as iPhones now use OLED screens. Darker colours and themes tend to use less battery on a smartphone which will significantly increase the iPhone's battery life. Better iPad Features © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla iPad users will also get new features with the iOS 12 update as it will incorporate a new home screen and have the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app. For example, if you have Safari open with many tabs, you will be able to browse pages with more ease. iOS 13 is also said to bring a better file management system, something the iPad needs to make it a proper replacement of a daily laptop. The new iPad Pro is already more powerful than many Windows laptops and a new file management system can change the game entirely. Improved CarPlay Functionality © Apple iOS 13 is also said to bring “improvements to CarPlay” according to the Bloomberg feature. CarPlay was already due for an update and a better interface with iOS 12 however it was pushed back by a year. As of now, there is no word on what the improvements might be however it seems like Apple will add more extensive developer tools making it more accessible for third-party apps. Source: Bloomberg
  17. Yesterday, a FaceTime bug that would let users eavesdrop on call recipients went viral for all the wrong reasons and since then the company has disabled the feature for the time being. What people don't know is how the bug was discovered in the first place. Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don't answerð¤#Apple explain this.. pic.twitter.com/gr8llRKZxJ — Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) January 28, 2019 A teenager discovered the bug when he was trying to organise his friends to play the popular battle royale game 'Fortnite'. Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student managed to discover the bug accidentally and has now become the hot topic of discussion. After already being in a call with his friend, Thompson tried to add another friend to the same call and discovered that he could hear his friend even though the phone call was unanswered. © Apple “We were pretty shocked at first because it was still ringing on his phone,” he told NBC News on Tuesday. “After that, we tested it for about half an hour to see if it worked every time.” My teen found a major security flaw in Apple's new iOS. He can listen in to your iPhone/iPad without your approval. I have video. Submitted bug report to @AppleSupport...waiting to hear back to provide details. Scary stuff! #apple #bugreport @foxnews — MGT7 (@MGT7500) January 21, 2019 Since the discovery, the teenager and his mother tried to alert Apple of the problem but did not get noticed by the company. The mother even tried to use a law firm's letterhead in a letter to get Apple's attention. When those efforts were met with no response, they then turned to the Apple bounty program where users are paid to find bugs in iOS. However, that didn't work out either as it required them to be registered as a developer and have the technical knowledge to file the bug report. Finally, they made a YouTube video which was later picked up by media outlets and went viral. Source: NBC News
  18. Apple has already flirted with the idea of providing a gaming experience on your TV via Apple TV. However, a new report suggests that the Cupertino giant is now looking to make a new product that will work on a subscription model. It will work similar to Xbox' Game Pass and plans are still in the early stages, the report said. Another idea was suggested that Apple may also play the role of a publisher with a few development studios. In the gaming world, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all offer a subscription service for their respective consoles. It provides gamers access to a large catalogue of games for a monthly subscription fee. Xbox Game pass already offers access to Xbox 360, Xbox Exclusives and other games for $9.99. The Microsoft-owned gaming company also plans to launch a streaming service called xCloud next year. Sony also provides gamers with the ability to stream games via PlayStation Now which includes titles from platforms like PS4, PS3 and PS2. Even though Apple is not known for providing hardware gaming titles on iOS devices, the App Store is home to millions of casual games and players alike. In fact, mobile gaming revenue is expected to reach $106 billion in two years because of titles like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Pokemon GO and others. © Youtube Apple has also co-designed a gaming controller with SteelSeries that works with Apple TV. Apple as already patented other input methods and is planning increase in graphical capabilities. For example, the latest iPad Pro is capable of delivering similar graphics performance as the Xbox One S. That's because The A-series CPUs and GPUs found in iPads and iPhones can rival the current generation of gaming consoles. © Youtube/CultofMac Services are a big source of revenue for Apple and since hardware sales have plateaued, a gaming subscription could potentially ad a new source of revenue for Apple. In fact, if Apple provides AAA games with more serious titles rather than casual games, it may just turn the tide in the gaming industry. With the rise of games like Fortnite, PUBG and Clash of Clans, gaming is about to become bigger than ever before and Apple's new subscription could be the game changer for the industry. However, it remains to be seen whether Apple will host AAA games or continue to provide casual games on their platform.
  19. If you're completely relying on a particular ecosystem of products, you'd expect them to have easy connectivity options, at least among each other. While Apple has among the best in-sync mechanisms on the software end using iCloud and AirDrop, the company has some serious issues with hardware. Anand Mahindra, CEO of Mahindra Group, bought himself an iPad Pro and realised a normal iPhone lightning connector no longer works with it. To charge the new tablet, a USB-C connection has been provided and you need to carry a separate connector for the device. This fact annoyed the Indian billionaire and he expressed his disappointment on Twitter. © BCCL In a tweet, Mahindra said that he will have to buy a new charger as well as earphone which will add to the list of accessories he needs to carry while travelling. The business tycoon added that this is why most people are sticking to the existing model of their device. When Apple released the lightning connector in 2012, it was supposed to be the de facto option for devices like mobiles and tablets. Don't get us wrong, USB-C is equally advanced and in many cases even better thanks to compatibility with non-Apple devices. But, Apple has been pushing the new port very selectively, coercing users to carry two cables at a given point, one for the iPhone and one for the iPad. Got a new iPad & found that the lightning connector's been https://t.co/UmJpsLysGo need a new charger which doesn't work with my iPhone&new earphones too.More junk when I travel. Great strategy to boost accessory sales, but not surprised more folks are sticking to existing models — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 18, 2019 If Apple is serious about pushing USB-C in all its devices, it should also upgrade the port on iPhone's. Over the years, Apple has been as frustrating as it is innovative, especially when it comes to changing chargers on its devices. Apple also removed the MagSafe port from the Mac line-up and added a USB-C instead. This led to even more problems for the end user since the laptop completely eliminated USB-A, forcing users to depend on multiple dongles for SD cards, HDMI, and more. © iMore Buying a new cable for an Apple device is also significantly expensive, leaving users with no option but to spend or perish. He also expressed unhappiness over the matter that the accessories like earphone for iPhone is also not compatible with iPad Pro. When Apple removed the headphone jack from iPhones, it provided small lightning to 3.5mm dongle in the box. With the latest iPhones, even the dongle isn't available out of the box. © The Verge The point is, Apple is a premium brand should stop ignoring basic user requirements. While these actions are getting them some more cash in the short term, pissing off buyers is never a good idea in the longer run.
  20. Apple is inviting its users and iPhone photographers alike from around the world, to submit some of their best shots for its next “Shot on iPhone” campaign. Apple first started the “Shot on iPhone: campaign in 2015 when the Cupertino giant launched the iPhone 6. Apple mined Twitter and Instagram for pictures with the hashtag “#ShotOniPhone” that went on banners, billboards and magazine ads. The campaign was extremely successful as iPhone sales shot through the roof. © BCCL In fact, some of the best ads from Apple have come from user-generated content; especially from people who don't consider themselves photographers. Entering the contest is quite simple as you just need to upload your best pictures on Instagram or Twitter with the “ShotOniPhone” hashtag by February 7th. Weibo users can participate as well using #ShotOniPhone#. In the image caption, note which model was used. Alternatively, you can also submit the photo in its highest resolution to shotoniphone@apple.com with the file format 'firstname_lastname_iphonemodel.' © Adweek The pictures will be judged by a panel of judges and will select 10 photos that will be featured on billboards in select cities, retail outlets and an online store. The images will be judged by Pete Souza, the official photographer for President Barack Obama, Luísa Dörr who rose to fame after she photographed TIME's Firsts issue exclusively on iPhone and Austin Mann amongst others. If you are serious about submitting your images, you can find additional information here
  21. The previously rumoured smart battery case by Apple is now officially a reality and Apple launched it quietly on its website today. The Smart Battery Case works only with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR and can extend the battery life to as much as 39 hours of talk time on the XR with 21 hours of internet use. The cool thing about the new smart case is that it supports wireless charging as well which you don't need to plug it in with the charging cable. © MensXP The new Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi-certified chargers, enabling users to wirelessly charge iPhone and the battery case separately or simultaneously, and can also charge via Lightning cable or fast charge with USB-PD compatible chargers. The Smart battery case is also integrated with iOS meaning you will be able to see the case's battery status on the lock screen and even in the notification center. The case is available in two colours i,e, black and white and will cost $129. As of now, it's not certain how much it will cost in India however we should soon see it at official Apple retailers. © Apple Apple has not sold a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone since the company introduced iPhone 7 and it probably had to do with wireless charging on future iPhones. The new smart case follows the same design as previous battery cases that have the noticeable hump at the back. Even though it looks visually appealing, personally we would have preferred a design that would be uniform and would use the entire length of the case.
  22. The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with an ECG function that was recently released in the U.S. Since it became available for about a month, the feature is already proving to be a useful one. It was able to detect atrial fibrillation with the new feature and saved a man's life in Nashua, New Hampshire. Barry Maden originally bought the Apple Watch to “keep a closer eye on his health after suffering a brain injury.” He bought the Apple Watch for it's Fall Detection feature. “He originally got it because they have a new fall risk app where, if he were to fall and I'm not nearby, the fall sensor will sense that he fell and call 911,” said his wife, Tara Maden. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla He originally thought he was suffering from anxiety due to travelling for the holidays. However, his Apple Watch alerted him that his heart appeared to be in A-fib. It isn't clear if Maden used the ECG app right away to detect the A-fib. However, it was enough for him to double check if he was suffering from something serious. He soon thereafter took himself to the emergency room. © Apple At the hospital, doctors performed their own tests using a more advanced ECG device to verify the Apple Watch's discovery. It was soon discovered that Maden's “heart was essentially stopped and restarted by doctors.” The Apple Watch has been found to save lives previously and recently saved a woman from drowning in water as her car flipped over. You can read about all other instances where Apple Watch has been found detecting heart diseases here. Source: WMUR
  23. iMessage is Apple's proprietary instant messaging service that comes embedded in the "Messages" app. If you are sending an SMS to someone, and the recipient has an iPhone, you can send the same message over Apple's iMessage service instead of carrier-based SMS. This way, you do not incur carrier charges and the overall capabilities increase widely. To use iMessage, you need to have the recipients Apple ID -- it can be your mobile number or email. iMessage is for Apple devices only and a core part of the ecosystem. While the service isn't widely used in countries like India, it has been a massive success in the U.S.A because of the high availability of iPhone users. © Mashable On the other hand, Google is also working on a similar solution called Rich Communication Services, or RCS. It is a new protocol that lets you send a lot more than just 160 characters of text. We've already explained the new protocol in depth here. Basically, RCS is capable of being a full-fledged WhatsApp like IM, that can universally send across messages to other phones and app clients. In other words, if you have an RCS supported handset, you can get WhatsApp and iMessage-like features without having to install any app or going through any sort of setup. The new protocol is being backed by a number of carriers globally, Microsoft, and Google. © Skype This protocol is being governed by GSMA, an industry trade association that represents mobile-network operators around the world. It's also the body that would help to get RCS off the ground and make the new standard a more powerful force in messaging. According to a new leaked slide on Reddit, Apple has shown interest in RCS. The slide alleges the company wants to improve the experience of sending text messages to non-Apple devices. It also wants to stay updated to meet network operator requirements in countries like U.S.A and Canada. © Reddit / Flicter22 Again, it's unclear whether or not Apple's discussions with the GSMA have led to anything of magnitude. While the event took place on October 24th, the contents of the slide haven't been widely reported on thus far. Honestly, I'd love to see iMessage support RCS. We have a number of universally adopted protocols for day-to-day usage on the internet, a similar set of process for instant messaging is a need of the hour. Especially when even giants like Google are so confused about their chat apps. Source: Reddit
  24. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's largest tradeshow for everything electronics and will be starting this week in Las Vegas. All the latest products and technologies are unveiled at the event, and due to the exponentially huge number of companies trying to make a mark, we often see them take a dig at one another. This year, Apple has a strong message for Google, Amazon and a plethora of other companies who utilize user data for advertisements. “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone,” says a billboard facing the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is right outside CES 2019, and while Google and other companies actively participate at the tradeshow, Apple has always kept a distance. © Twitter / Chris Velazco Apple has also mentioned the link to its privacy website where users can better understand the data policies of iPhones. Even though the company has no official affiliation with the industry event, it sure wants to send across a strong message. The timing is even more interesting because Apple has revised its revenue forecast due to lower than expected sales of the iPhone. The statement is similar to the popular statement, "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Also, while Google's ads are filled with colours, Apple has opted for a black and white only palette, indirectly meaning it's damn serious. © Twitter / LVMonorail As far as technicalities are concerned, Apple isn't wrong with the ad. Even though iPhone's have suffered some really embarrassing bugs in the last few years, privacy is one point that always remains unhindered. iOS is crystal clear about these privacy norms and doesn't let any app or service access your data without explicit permission. Even if we ignore third-party services, Apple never "processes" your usage data to target ads. On the other hand, Google is definitively an "advertising" company and relies on metadata to feed your phone with relevant ads. Amazon too had a number of dubious moments last year with the latest case being-- Amazon sharing 1,700 Alexa recordings of a man with a stranger. © Reuters After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, even the end user is more aware of data privacy and the industry has undergone drastic changes. Companies have been trying their best to convince people their data is safe. Apple's CEO Tim Cook has also been very vocal about user privacy in recent times. He also called on tech companies to essentially to “deidentify customer data or not to collect it in the first place.” While the Apple vs Google fight will go on indefinitely, these snarky ads are surely very entertaining for us.
  25. There have been numerous instances in the past where the Apple Watch saved lives, thanks to features on board that facilitates emergency services. There have been instances where users were warned of an impending heart attack, indicating heart diseases due to abnormal heart rates and even car crashes. You can read all previous cases of Apple Watch's capability to save lives here. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Now according to a report from Spectrum Bay News 9, another incident resulted in the Apple Watch saving its user's life. However, this time a woman was saved due to a car crash that flipped several times before it landed in a ditch filled with mud and water. © YouTube (for representation purposes only) During the crash, Amanda Antonio, 20, had lost her phone but managed to locate it using a feature on the Apple Watch that pings the smartphone. She then called 911 and according to the transcript this is what she said “Hi, I've been in a car accident. My car is flipped and I can't see anything and there's water getting in the car. I can't get out. The water level was apparently rising at a fast pace and had reached Antonio's chin level. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The feature on the Apple Watch lets users ping their paired iPhone that makes a sound to let the user know where it is. It's a nifty feature that not only lets you find your iPhone, but apparently can also end up saving lives. To know more about Apple's latest smartwatch, you can read our review here. Source: Spectrum Bay News 9
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