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  1. We're all accustomed to tech companies taking a dig at each other and the most popular of all rivalries is the one between Samsung and Apple. Samsung has constantly mocked the Cupertino Giant ever since Apple decided to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. © Samsung Samsung introduced its latest smartphone i.e. the Galaxy A8s where it has an Infinity-O display, a near edge-to-edge display and a small hole for the front-facing camera. Samsung also quietly removed the headphone jack, directly contradicting the South Korean company's mocking stand over Apple. © Samsung At the Galaxy Note 7 launch, Samsung mocked Apple live at the event as Samsung executive Justin Denison pointed out "Want to know what else it comes with?" he asked. "An audio jack. I'm just saying," he answered, smirking as the audience laughed. Samsung also mocked Apple in its latest advertisements for the Galaxy S9/S9+ which you can see below: It seems like Samsung has gone the Apple way now with the Galaxy A8s, where users have to use a dongle to use their own wired headphones. Users will be forced to use a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter just like how one would on an iPhone X/XS/8 and 7. © Twitter Having said that, rumours say that the Galaxy S10 will still continue to sport a headphone jack and will probably be the last device by the company to do so. According to the Korean website ETNews, Samsung is considering removing the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10 and all other future phones. Other companies like Google and Huawei who have also poked fun at Apple for the same reasons, have now followed suit with the Pixel 2/2XL and Mate 20 Pro respectively. Oh well, it seems like Apple followed the trend way sooner than any of its competitors and it seems like more companies will be doing the same in the near future. *Main image for representation purposes only. Source: Macrumors
  2. Qualcomm and Apple are in the middle of a legal fight that concluded to an injunction against the Cupertino giant in court. The ruling prevents Apple from importing and selling multiple iPhone models in China. Qualcomm and Apple have been in a legal battle for a while and the Chinese courts' order specifically bars the company from selling the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The iPhone XS, XS Max and XR are still going to be sold in China. It is also worthy to note that this ban only applies to China as the Chinese courts have no jurisdiction in international markets. © Reuters “Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple said in a statement. “All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China. Qualcomm is asserting three patents they had never raised before, including one which has already been invalidated. We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.” Qualcomm claims that Apple is apparently infringing Qualcomm patents which include users to adjust the size and appearance of photos. Qualcomm also claims that Apple is also infringing another patent which includes the procedure of managing apps on a smartphone. “We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights,” Qualcomm said in a statement. The company is upset that, “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us.” © Twitter Apple has filed an appeal to overturn the court's decision and will fight the ban and are set to face off in court in April. Apple has been battling the San Diego based chipmaker since early 2017 and some companies in Apple's supply chain predict that the two companies will reach a settlement over Qualcomm's 5G tech. Source: CNBC
  3. Microsoft has overtaken Apple to become the most valuable company in the world and the two companies are still battling it out for the top spot. This has come after a gruelling week for tech companies, where the stock for major tech companies has been recovering. Microsoft reached a valuation of $814 billion as of Tuesday, while Apple's cap was slightly less at $805 billion. © Reuters The two companies are still battling it out and Microsoft's rise could be credited to its continued traction with cloud computing. The last time Microsoft secured a lead over Apple was back in 2010 whereas Apple became the first company in the world to achieve a $1 trillion market cap earlier this year. Amazon shortly followed while Microsoft is yet to achieve that milestone. © Microsoft Microsoft mainly caters to business which has attributed to the company's rising stock price, whereas investors have punished consumer-centric companies. Both Apple and Amazon are down 23 percent since the start of October. In the past, Microsoft fell behind Apple as computing needs moved from desktop computers to mobile devices such as the iPhone. This made Microsoft's dominance in the PC market null and resulted in a decline in stock price. Having said that, Microsoft now caters to businesses and even governments with its Azure cloud computing platform. According to Bloomberg “the rise of cloud computing changed Microsoft's fortunes about five years ago. Under Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, the company invested heavily in data centres and other infrastructure to run applications and store data for corporate customers.” Microsoft is now second behind Amazon Web Services in the cloud computing business, which has resulted in making the company one of the most valuable companies in the world. Source: Bloomberg
  4. Apple takes health extremely seriously and it's all reflected in the Apple Watch with new features that helps humans from fatal diseases. Apple Watch has already been credited for saving numerous lives by detecting discrepancies in heart rate that would, in turn, make diseases discoverable to users. It seems like Apple Watch now wants to prevent other types of diseases and even sunburns. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Overexposure to UV rays have been credited to cause some serious health complications such as skin cancer. Other types of damages to the skin such as elastic and collagen tissue, discolouration and severe sunburn are other cancers for sun-seekers. Apple is now looking at a way for the Apple Watch to discover if the user is outdoors and how much the user has been exposed to UV light. The new patent by Apple was granted last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is for "UV dosimetry and exposure alert.” It describes a system that will detect sunlight and track the exposure over time. The Apple Watch will then send users an alert about exposure levels and guide users on how to avoid excessive exposure. © U.S. Patent and Trademark Office The patent details that a future Apple Watt will have a number of UV light sensors which will aid the smartwatch to detect the user's location and outdoor conditions. It will also be able to determine the period of time spent outdoors by a user. The data from these sensors will then be fed into an analyser that will compute the total exposure time. Other sensors such as an ambient light sensor and an infrared light sensor can also be used to deliver more accurate data about the amount of light being exposed to the user. These sensors can also detect the type of light i.e. indoors or outdoors. © U.S. Patent and Trademark Office The Apple Watch could also use GPS to deliver "location-dependent UV index information” as levels change at different times of the day. Users could be warned in advance of high-risk UV exposure periods of the day. The inclusion of a UV monitor a user's UV intake would definitely set it apart from other smartwatches out there. This extension to Apple's already health and wellbeing features will make it the ultimate smartwatch to own that does way more than a regular fitness band. Having all said, this is a patent by Apple which was granted recently and it does not mean that the new feature will come in a future Apple product soon. Would you like this feature on a smartwatch? Let us know in the comments below. Source: Apple Insider
  5. Google pays Apple more than $9 billion a year to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook defended Apple's position for accepting billions of dollars from Google saying, “it is the best search engine for iOS users” © Youtube Google has been accused of a number of privacy issues such as storing location data even when users opted out. Google also shut down Google+ last month as over 500,000 accounts were breached. When asked about it, Cook told HBO, "I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It's not a perfect thing. I'd be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.” According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall, the payment for Google to remain the default search engine on iOS devices could be increased to $12 billion in 2019. Cook has previously commented negatively on companies like Facebook and Google that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. © Apple “We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them," Cook said in his October 24 speech. "This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.” However, Apple has not stopped working with Google regardless of its strong stand about user privacy. Apple has added controls to Safari that keep Google from tracking user data. "Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in," Cook said. "We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day.” Source: CNBC
  6. According to a Twitter user, an iPhone X apparently got overheated and caught fire during the process of updating to iOS 12.1. The images of the aftermath were shared on social media and showed cracked glass and burn marks. The user claimed that this incident happened while he was charging his phone during the update process. He noticed that the phone started to overheat and removed the Lightning cable and the wall adapter. The phone soon emitted smoke and later exploded. The user as given information to Apple and the company is currently investigating as to what happened to this particular iPhone. © Twitter Smartphones generally explode due to faulty batteries or due to unlicensed cables that tend to overheat the battery and the motherboard of a smartphone. It is not clear whether the user was using an official Apple Lightning cable or a third-party cable or whether it was faulty or not. There are no details about the charging condition either i.e. whether it was being charged on a flat surface in a cool environment. Apple has asked the user to send the phone to them for further investigation. © Twitter Burnt images of the iPhone X was posted by Twitter user Rahel Mohamad who hails from Federal Way, Washington. The smartphone was bought 10-months ago in January. In a reply on Twitter to his original tweet, Apple Support said that this is definitely not expected behaviour and would wish to resolve it soon. @Apple iPhone X just got hot and exploded in the process of upgrading to 12.1 IOS. What's going on here??? pic.twitter.com/OhljIICJan — Rocky Mohamadali (@rocky_mohamad) November 14, 2018 Recently, a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and even Xiaomi's Mi A2 had exploded due to similar reasons. The Galaxy Note 9 exploded in a woman's handbag and as filed a case against Samsung.
  7. Apple Watch Series 4 was announced last month and it brings in a load of new health-centric features. Previously, the Apple Watch has been successful in detecting heart diseases, consistent high/low blood pressure, as well as abnormal heart behaviour. Now, the new watch features fall detection that uses a similar mechanism that tracks complex forms of motion like swimming. The new fall detection alerts emergency contacts saved in your iPhone, in case you meet with a hard fall. This has been achieved by incorporating more powerful and well-calibrated accelerometer and gyroscope. © CultOfMac According to Swedish publication Aftonbladet, 34-year old Gustavo Rodriguez, an Apple Watch Series 4 user is the first person to be saved by the wearable. The watch detected that he had a fall due to severe back pain. The watch offered to call up the Swedish emergency services, even when his phone was in the other room. The report states that Gustavo's wrist pounded and asked: “Do you want to call 112?”. “My Apple Watch had known the case and wondered if it would call an emergency call". The interesting thing here isn't just that the Watch recognized accurately what was going on and responded appropriately. © Aftonbladet Apple has gathered data from people wearing Apple Watches (running customized software) in a movement disorder clinic, assisted living facilities, and friends and family of Apple employees. More than 2,500 people and 250,000 days of data were analyzed to program the system for fall detection. “We learned that with falls, there's this repeatable motion pattern that happens,” Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, said during the company's keynote in September when announcing the feature. “For example, when you trip, your body will naturally pitch forward, and your arms will go out involuntarily to brace yourself. However, if you slip, there's a natural upward motion of the arms.” © Apple The new Apple Watch now features a 30 per cent larger display and it now runs to the edges rather than floats in a black bezel. It is powered by a new S4 chipset that Apple claims is two times faster. Apple has also added a new feature that can monitor your Electrocardiography Readings or generally called ECG. Unfortunately, the ECG feature required medical approval from local authorities and hence is available only in the USA right now. But the addition of these health features has turned the Apple Watch into a much more capable gadget that is always connected via LTE and acts as a personal health / medical device. Source: https://www.aftonbladet.se/a/MgGdjR
  8. It has been discussed for years how smartphone makers purposely slow down phones, so that you end up buying a new one. This has been frequently discussed for iOS updates on the iPhones and TouchWiz UI on Samsung phones. This year, the ugly truth finally came out when Apple accepted that it throttles the phone's performance based on battery wear. Italy's anti-trust watchdog has now found both companies guilty and ordered a fine of US$ 5.7 million each. The iPhone maker has been fined another US$ 5.7 million for not making iPhone battery replacement easy or transparent. © Reuters The investigation was launched in January following accusations worldwide, that both companies encourage system updates that slow down older phones. Apple had immediately given a statement last year when the issue came to light, admitting that software released over the year makes your iPhone operate slower to offset problems due to its raging lithium-ion battery. "The two companies have induced consumers to install software updates that are not adequately supported by their devices, without adequately informing them, nor providing them with an effective way to recover the full functionality of their devices," anti-trust authority AGCM said. © YouTube Apple justified the issue by saying that batteries tend to lose life as they get older and can face even worse problems if the charge is too low or the phone is in a cold environment. This would translate to your phone having trouble performing at the optimum speed. To quickly cover up the issue, the company apologized and announced price cuts on battery replacement for older iPhones. The price was reduced from US$ 79 to US$ 29 for a limited period of time. The battery replacement program was applicable to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus users. © Reuters On the other hand, Samsung has been in denial of the charge. In a statement to Mashable, the company said that it does not agree with the Italian agency's findings and shall take legal recourse to refute the charges. In a statement, the company said, “Samsung did not issue any software update that reduced the Galaxy Note 4's performance. In contrast, Samsung has always released software updates enabling our customers to have the best experience possible.” Source: Reuters
  9. Apple Watch has now become the must-have wearable for every iPhone owner. The Apple Watch Series 4 is the latest iteration of Apple's smartwatch line and Apple has not only made it better, but the company has added a few more nifty features that make it the best smartwatch on the planet. The Apple Watch Series 4 has a bigger screen, a thinner case, more accurate sensors and a fresh new design. The AW Series 4 is probably the only smartwatch out there that fulfils everything you expect from a wearable and here's how it managed to impress us. Design & Display Apple Watch series 4 looks notably different from its previous iterations, as Apple has now provided a bigger screen with far fewer bezels. It looks even sexier than ever before and looks more in line with the current generation of iPhones. The near bezel-less display gives more screen real-estate as both models are 30% larger while maintaining the same case size. We got the 44mm model for review and it has a resolution of 448x368 versus the 340x272 display resolution of the AW Series 3. © Apple Thanks to the extra space, the icons for applications are larger, in turn, making it easy to access. Notifications are also easier to read due to the larger text. The brightness on the Apple Watch Series 4 remains unchanged but it still works like a charm even under direct sunlight. My new favourite watch face. https://t.co/NnXWoYrxPg">pic.twitter.com/NnXWoYrxPg — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) https://twitter.com/Bhallanator/status/1054587979207831553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 23, 2018 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Series 4 also has a set of exclusive watch faces that have been specifically designed for the larger screens. For example, there is a vapour watch face that has become our favourite out of the lot. The Infograph Modular watch face is also a nifty addition as it enables the user to see more information than ever before. For example, I've set up my Infograph Modular watch face with information such as Weather updates, Multiple time zone clocks, event tracking, activity rings, walkie-talkie, fast calling and Apple Music. You can fire up all of the apps right from the Series 4 without ever opening the Apps scroller. The cool bit is that another Infograph watch is capable of showing 8 complications and you can customise each complication to your liking. Features: Health & Other Cool Stuff Apple has been consistently improving the various health apps and has now added a bunch of other cool features to make Apple Watch a must-have device. The new Apple Watch now has an atrial fibrillation feature, which means it will alert you when you experience five or more irregular heartbeat rhythms. This feature is not exclusive to Apple Watch Series 4 but has rather come as an update via WatchOS 5. © Apple The new ECG app is available exclusively on the Apple Watch Series 4, however, it is currently not available to use due to pending approvals from various Governments. Just so you know, it works using electrodes on the back that is in the sapphire crystal-and-ceramic back and even the Digital Crown. Both the irregular heart rhythm detection feature and the ECG app will come via an update later this year. When it comes to fitness tracking, the Apple Watch has always been accurate in terms of keeping tabs on your steps, active heart rate and exercises. The new Apple Watch can now detect exercises automatically, a feature I've always wanted. For example, there have been times when I've started running on the treadmill and forgot to turn on the tracking and lost all my data about calories burnt and steps. Now, the Apple Watch will automatically detect me running on the treadmill and will even grant retro credit from before. As usual, everything gets collated in the Activity app on your phone, where it's laid out in an easy-to-understand interface. There are other new features such as challenging friends to activity competitions that last up to a week. It can track in metrics such as cadence and rolling miles. The workout app now has new modes that it can track such as Yoga and Hiking. GPS Or Cellular? © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We got the Cellular variant for review and we can confidently say that the reception has improved a lot when compared to its predecessor. The voice quality is crystal clear and since the AW Series 4 have been outfitted with louder and clearer speakers, it makes it easier to converse, even when you are in a crowded area. However, if you are the kind of person who always has his/her iPhone around you, we would recommend you buy the GPS version. The cellular variant costs Rs. 49,900 (40mm), while the Series 4 Cellular edition 44mm with aluminium case costs Rs. 52,900. The GPS model costs Rs 40,900 for the 40mm variant and Rs. 43,900 for the larger model which makes more sense, if you don't need the cellular feature. What We Didn't Like © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla As usual, the battery life remains unchanged on the new Apple Watch as it would not last longer than 19 hours for us. We used the AW Series 4 for tracking steps, swim workouts, checking emails and sending messages. We even used Siri to set up a few reminders and ask for directions while we were walking to finds a restaurant. It managed to survive the entire day and evening and finally gave up at around 11:00 PM. We would have loved to see some improvement in battery life but that remains to be seen. The Final Say The Apple Watch Series 4 is probably the only smartwatch out there that can do things effectively. It works as an effective activity tracker and can also end up saving your life one-day thanks to the various health features. It looks sexy and snug on the wrist and has an updated design that makes it stand out from the rest. If you are an iPhone user, this is a must-have wearable that will make your life easier in more than one way. It is and will remain the best smartwatch on the planet for the rest of the year.
  10. Skydio is a California-based drone maker that specializes in self-flying algorithms and has announced a new update today that will let its R1 drone launch, control, and even manually fly entirely from an Apple Watch. The Skydio R1 drone is now up for purchase and available at Apple Stores in the USA and Canda. The R1 is a lot different than the drones from DJI or GoPro, as it can basically fly itself. It's fully autonomous, which means that once you start it up via its corresponding smartphone application, the device and its 13 cameras will follow you wherever you choose to go or direct it to be. © Skydio DJI makes quadcopters that are manually controlled. R1, on the other hand, aims to be self-sufficient, also known as Artificial Intelligence in today's world. This week's update allows Apple Watch users to install the R1 app through the iOS Watch app. You can also manually pilot the R1 with a simplified set of the on-screen controls, including a rotate option that uses the digital crown. The R1 can automatically detect and avoid obstacles, hence you don't really have to worry about crashing it. © Skydio The watch app can't show you a live preview of what R1 is capturing and the phone still needs to be nearby, but the watch can present snapshots of people within its field of view for following. The drone uses a series of sensors and machine learning models to dodge trees, follow you or other subjects, and capture video or photos without a lot of manual fiddling. Internally, it is powered by a Nvidia Jetson and makes real-time decisions and soars through complex environments. © YouTube Skydio wants the R1 to be an "it just works" drone wherein people don't have to put in a lot of time in piloting the drone. It can automatically capture overhead zoom-out shots that can easily go viral on social media. The drone costs US$ 1,999 and is available at select Apple Stores in the USA and Canada. So, the next time you walk into an Apple Store, keep in mind it sells a lot more than just phones and laptops now.
  11. People have already started to queue up for the iPhone XS and we reported a story yesterday about how fans are even ready to spend the night waiting in line. However, Apple fans who were stationed outside the store were greeted with a surprise by another smartphone maker — Huawei. © Twitter In a brilliant yet snarky marketing gimmick, some people were spotted wearing Huawei shirts and handing out free power banks to hundreds of Apple fans in line. This was first reported by tech360 and here's what they posted: According to sources, approximately 200 power banks were handed out to people in the line. Here are some of the images shared by Huawei: © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter Each power bank came with a message that basically said “You'll need it”. We have to commend Huawei for this ingenious marketing campaign that basically targets the iPhone's battery life. The iPhone XS is outfitted with a 2,658mAh battery while Huawei's P20 Pro comes with a 4,00 mAh battery. Here's a video below that basically shows what Huawei was up to last night in Singapore.
  12. Google is a household name around the globe, everyone knows it, and uses it. The company is a lot more than just a search engine, everyone uses Android, Gmail, YouTube, and many more apps, all belonging to Google. In a similar way, Amazon too has expanded rapidly and made in-roads to many new markets. Unlike Google, Amazon is dependent on both online as well as offline business operations. While Google is the world's largest advertising company, Amazon is valued at almost US$ 1 trillion, right next to Apple. Now considering the Indian market, the two companies have made it large here locally. © Reuters Since its entry in the country in 2013, Amazon has quickly expanded its operations and holds 30 per cent e-commerce market share. The company has long surpassed the homegrown Flipkart, completely knocked out Snapdeal, and all other smaller players are either being acquired or going bust. Google being an Internet company does not depend on offline operations, but has managed to focus on the market by making practical products like Google Pay, Files Go, RailWire, and on a wider spectrum the Android Go platform. Advertising revenue from the country is booming, Google Cloud is expanding its data centres, and even the Pixel and Android One phones are selling like hot cakes. © IndianExpress Now, let's have a look at another American company that has been in the country for more than a decade and is currently the most valued in the world, Apple. Even Apple holds an enormous amount of brand recognition in India, but where are the sales? For years the behemoth has said it's serious about India and wants to play a bigger role, but year after year we see no change. In fact, Apple's market share is down to just 1 per cent in Q2 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. We can argue that India is a developing country and the majority of the sales are from the budget and midrange segments, but there is still a much bigger premium market than just 1 per cent. This becomes even more evident when we see OnePlus and Samsung selling their top-tier devices in huge quantities. © Samsung Now, the argument shifts. How can we compare a OnePlus or Samsung flagship with Apple? Globally, yes we can. But, not in India. The price difference is too big. To put this in perspective, the Note 9 costs Rs 67,900 while the iPhone Xs starts at INR 99,900. The two are supposed to be around the same price segment, but Apple has created a new bubble for itself, the ultra-premium segment. And this is where the problem lies. Apple's constant ignorance of the market. They say they care, but their actions say a different story. It's easy to blame India's 20 per cent import duty for the price difference, but after all these years, every company has found a solution, Make in India. Everyone does it, so does Apple, but only the iPhone SE and iPhone 6. I really doubt they'll make the flagships anytime soon, while on the other hand Samsung has a huge facility in Noida and is churning out phones that also get exported. © Twitter/Narendra Modi Google is being smarter as well, they don't have the scale to produce locally, but to stay relevant and rational, they take a hit on the pocket in terms of premium. That's what you'd expect a giant to do, especially in the beginning. Also, the Pixel is just one of many Google products, not the primary revenue source. Why is Apple not able to simply throw around money in India and expand rapidly? Because it always has run-ins with the government. Apple wants to directly operate stores in the country, meaning direct selling, not being dependent on the resellers. But the country's law says it needs to produce 30 per cent of its products in the country before it received approval to open retail stores. © 9to5Mac The company was stuck in a year-long disagreement with TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) over their reluctance to support the watchdog's do-not-disturb (DND) app. Apple had refused to carry TRAI's DND app on its App Store, saying it accesses a user's calls and message logs, which is against its privacy policy. According to an August report, the two have finally come to an agreement with the rollout of iOS 12. If these weren't enough, the company has also put Apple Pay on hold because the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has made data localisation compulsory for companies to set up a payment service in India. While this is a minor setback and even Amazon is affected, Apple is facing multiple issues on multiple fronts. Quite honestly, Apple has the capability to breach the market and establish itself rapidly just like Amazon and Google. But, the company already faces too many hurdles.
  13. Apple is currently working on a perfect solution for people who keep damaging their smartphones. A new patent suggests that the Cupertino giant is trying to make their future products completely scratch-proof and even bend-proof. © Twitter The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's new patent that details ways Apple could create “abrasion-resistant surface finishes on metal enclosures.” The patent was spotted by BGR and described as a potential “indestructible,” iPhone. Apple already made claims that the iPhone XS and XS Max has the most durable front and back glass. It has a higher level of scratch resistance than its predecessor and offers better water resistance. © Reuters BGR also adds that Apple is looking to prevent abrasive scratches that occur on iPhones when it comes in contact with hard and rough materials or even other gadgets. The company is also looking to protect its future devices from accidental drop damage. The iPhone 6 Plus was infamous for having a weak chassis and could bend when intense pressure would be applied. The new patent indicates that the company is working on a new coating that would prevent its devices from bending or other forms of deforming. © MensXP As it goes with patents, there's no way to tell if the new features could be translated to upcoming iPhones anytime soon. However, it is worthy to point out that the company is thinking towards the right direction, as customers have complained about scratches on their iPhones for a long time. Would you like Apple to implement the new patent to their smartphones sometime soon? Let us know in the comments below. Source: BGR
  14. The Apple Watch is already the world's best smartwatch that's also giving the Swiss watch market a run for its money. The smartwatch has an array of features, making it the complete wearable that everyone wants. The new Apple Watch Series 4 is the amalgamation of that same ethos with updated and some neat new features. Apple managed to cram features into something you can wear on your wrist. Here are some reasons why the Apple Watch Series 4 is going to be the ultimate smartwatch this year: It Looks Sexy © Apple Apple gave the Apple Watch Series 4 a new look that was much-needed, thanks to three previous models looking exactly the same. Even though it has a refreshed design, the Apple Watch Series 4 still has a very distinctive look that can be easily recognised anywhere in the world. Having said that, the new Apple Watch is sleeker, appears thinner and has a more refined look. As mentioned before, the AW Series 4 does look thinner, but in reality, it is as thick as the first Apple Watch. More Screen Space © YouTube Apple has managed to include a larger screen to make it easier for users to spot notifications and have more room to play with. This will make it easier to navigate, reply to text messages and control third-party apps. The new Infograph Modular watch face can display information in real-time. Information such as Activity Rings, Heart Rate, weather, breathe app statistics and more. It's More Precise Than Ever © Apple The Apple Watch Series 3 is already very accurate when it comes to distance measuring and tracking your daily steps. It's my go-to smartwatch when I step out for outdoor walks and runs. The Apple Watch Series 4 is expected to have even more accurate GPS and activity tracking. The new smartwatch also has a new accelerometer and gyroscope which can sample eight times faster and will allow users to measure runs even more accurately. It Will Last Longer © Apple The Apple Watch notable had a short battery life and Apple has taken measures to improve the issues. Apple promises that the new Apple Watch Series 4 can now last up to six hours while tracking workouts and will last even more than its predecessors, when not tracking an activity. It Is A Life Saver © Apple Previously, the Apple Watch has been found to save lives and the AW Series 4 will not be an exception either. The new Apple smartwatch has an ECG app that can monitor your heart's rhythm to spot any sign of atrial fibrillation. By no means, it will substitute a doctor's visit, however, it will be a useful app to detect possible heart problems. The app will be able to report heart palpitations and generate a PDF report that can be shared with your doctor. It will have your entire history for your doctor to analyse and could possibly be a life-saving feature. It Supports Older Straps © Apple If you're like me and you've invested in countless straps for your Apple Watch, you need not worry. Even though the design of the Apple Watch Series 4 may have changed, it is still compatible with your older straps. I recently bought the Hermes Apple Watch strap that cost me almost Rs 50,000 and I was probably the most relieved customer on the planet.
  15. Along with the new iPhones, Apple also announced the next-generation of its Apple Watch lineup. Dubbed Apple Watch Series 4, it is a serious upgrade that brings in a bigger display, thinner design, faster processor, and above all, a ton of new features. The new watch face can display a humongous amount of data and is the first thing that will catch your attention at first sight. The Series 4 now comes in two new sizes--40mm and 44mm; the latter is available as an LTE (cellular) variant as well. Apple Watch now features a 30 percent larger display and it now runs to the edges rather than floats in a black bezel. It is powered by a new S4 chipset that Apple claims is two times faster. © Apple The speaker has been redesigned and is now 50 percent louder compared to the previous generation. The microphone has been shifted to the other side, away from the speaker, to reduce echo. Since its launch in 2015, all the variants of Apple Watch have sported a heart rate sensor, it can notify users about escalated resting heart rate and has already saved many lives. Apple is now taking health monitoring to another level by the adding the ability to take Electrocardiography readings (ECG). The results of the ECG can be easily shared via a PDF with your doctor and will also be saved in the Health app. © Apple Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, explains, "We've added electrodes to the back of the Watch, and the digital crown allows you to take an electrocardiogram. Now you can take an ECG anytime, anywhere. You open the app and put finger on the digital crown. Built-in electrodes on the back and crown detect electrical impulses from your heartbeat and it will send them to S4 chip. Takes 30 seconds, and then you get a heart rate analysis." What's even more exciting is the watch has an improved gyroscope and accelerometer that can now predict if the person wearing it is falling. In case a fall is detected and no movement is recorded on the watch for one minute, it will automatically send out an SOS message. © Apple The Apple Watch Series 4 runs on watchOS 5 out of the box, this brings in a new modular face, three minimal faces, and watch faces based on fire, water, and vapor effects. Obviously, the update will be available to the previous generation of Apple Watch's as well. The Apple Watch is available in three colors for its aluminum finish, in silver, gold and space grey. The retail price starts at US$ 399 (Rs 28,700) for the GPS-only, non-cellular variant, and US$ 499 (Rs 36,000) for one with both GPS and cellular. It will be available for pre-order starting September 14 in the USA.
  16. Every year the same joke comes back, with a few modifications of course, when Apple releases any new product and this time obviously wasn't any different. In case you have been living under a rock, Apple has released three new iPhones – iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr. From so much confusion about the pronunciation of the names to making our favourite kidney jokes, people on Twitter did not disappoint. Since almost all of us can't afford to upgrade every time there's a new model, we can just upgrade our jokes and make everyone laugh and all of us can unite in being poor by Apple's standards. Coming back to the pronunciation, honestly is it “excess” or “tennis”? I don't think any of the options is the better one, tbh. So much confusion. Customer: I would like to buy an iPhone tens max. Max: How many iPhones tens do you want? C: No, I want a ten s max. Max: We don't sell tennis equipment here, you'll need to go to the Sports Authority. C: No, I don't want tennis I want a TEN S MAX! Max: Third base. — Michael Moore (@Kiey) September 12, 2018 It's a match to see who can actually afford it. The new iPhone tennis match — jennananahhh (@thebadjenn) September 12, 2018 It is, tho. this iPhone Tennis thing sounds like a racket — Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) September 12, 2018 That's a good joke. Forget about iPhone Tennis - if the new iPhone came with a stylus it would have been called iPhone PenS.#AppleEvent — Ivica MilariÄ (@filmzadanas) September 12, 2018 All of our feelings about the price. Fixed it. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/6Y1cHkcrzY — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 Kidney jokes are back! A dual sim iPhone wohaaaaa!!!! I do have a spare sim but I don't have a spare kidney ð #AppleEvent — Prerna (@miss_cherished) September 13, 2018 They should've used this graph only. Haters will say iPhone is getting costly. pic.twitter.com/oCibXVPWVw — Ivan Mehta (@IndianIdle) September 12, 2018 Bohot slow hai. Tim cook: iPhone now has dual sim feature Samsung: Tim tera sabun slow hai kya? #AppleEvent — Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) September 12, 2018 This iconic scene tho, I mean iConic. Android be like : Launch wo kar rahein hain par features humaare hain.#AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/v24iRk4tst — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) September 12, 2018 All Apple fanboys right now. IPhone fans right now #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/nuQgOyaMWt — Mask ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) September 12, 2018 Not the same, tho. Reality check. #AppleEvent #iphoneXs pic.twitter.com/tC6wBYFqAc — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 12, 2018 Gaffar is always first. Tim cook when he came to know that new iPhone is already launched in Gaffar Market, Karol bagh #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/N0cep3l6KF — Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) September 12, 2018 SOMEONE FIX THE DAMN CABLE. Me: Please make durable charging cables Apple: Here take a phone similar to the last one Me: But cable Apple: Okay take a new watch too Me: what about the cable tho Apple: #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/GxZk0rYdLA — ⪠Veer ⪠(@ClawedHumor) September 13, 2018 They're using Internet Explorer. We're all living in 2018 while Apple is living in 2012 #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/hJnyfbGgbK — 9GAG (@9GAG) September 13, 2018 The only constant feature. iPhone's best feature is that I still cannot afford it. #AppleEvent — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 Apple just released the dual sim to stop all the jokes. Samsung fans watching #AppleEvent and realising they can't even taunt you about dual sim anymore. pic.twitter.com/Ka2nksuv15 — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 It's honestly like never before View this post on Instagram "Never like before" - Every year A post shared by All India Bakchod (@allindiabakchod) on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:44am PDT Again, FIX THE DAMN CABLE. Presenter: “New iPhone has a strong glass that doesn't break easily” Charging cable: “ROFL”#AppleEvent — GRV (@MildlyClassic) September 12, 2018 ] This is meme is so versatile. Me after every #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/IE3oW5k3sL — Rahul Sharma (@badmanrahul) September 13, 2018 Apple, please listen to us. The only upgrade I care about. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/lqOOlNnanF — ternak oppa (@desnoviaasr) September 12, 2018 Just Indian things. #AppleEvent foreigners : what's the price of bew iPhone? indians : purane iphone ke rate gire kya? — Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) September 12, 2018 Stay hydrated, fam. Remind a friend to drink water. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/oYZDYoNrXq — East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) September 13, 2018 Nahi dekha jaa raha. Me and my broke friends checking the price of the new iPhone. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/88a1yUyeDm — Bade Chote (@badechote) September 12, 2018 Oops. Me : #iPhoneXs chahiye bday pe. Dad : theek hai *After seeing Price* Dad : pic.twitter.com/PKnyLzn8Dw — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) September 12, 2018 Quick, do it! Apple watch Series 4 can detect a fall? ð± Someone make the rupee wear it! #AppleEvent — ð¨ (@pranavsapra) September 12, 2018 Exactly how it happened. Apple user learning to manage dual sim from samsung users. #AppleEvents pic.twitter.com/Tg6J7AntAa — Shash (@pokershash) September 13, 2018
  17. The day we've all been waiting for is here. Apple has launched the new iPhones that shall be the flag bearer of what mobile computers are capable of, for the next one year. Apple's iPhone has been the best selling product of 2017, and we see no end to this trend. In a special event, Apple not only unveiled the new iPhones but also gave us a deeper insight into iOS and Apple Watch. Coming back to the new iPhone, Apple has launched the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max today. The new series will also mark Apple's 2 billionth iPhone since inception. With the new line-up, Apple is now making last year's X-design language a default, this includes the notch, edge-to-edge display, and Face ID. Not only do they look futuristic and elegant, but also get a huge bump in terms of performance thanks to the new A12 processor. Apple Let's take a deeper look at each one of them! The iPhone Xs and the Xs Max are the successors of the iPhone X, though there isn't any major change in its design. The iPhone Xs has a 5.8-inch display while the Xs Max has a 6.5-inch display. Both the panels are OLED and Apple says it has used the toughest glass available out there on a phone. Apple is calling the display "Super Retina" and refreshes at 120hz, the company has also emphasized on its capability of a wide colour gamut and DolbyVision HDR10. The two phones are now IP68 rated, meaning you can easily take them for a swim and shoot underwater videos. Apple The two phones are powered by Apple's new A12 Bionic chipset (the name has been carried forward from last year), it is made on a 7nm process, has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an 8-core NPU. The NPU (Neural Processing Unit) is responsible for quick data processing of Face ID facial recognition and the company says its technology is the most secure facial recognition system on phones. With the bump in specifications, Apple has also stressed on the phone's capability to run extremely complicated games like Bethesda, even Blades is coming to iOS this fall. Apple Coming to the camera, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max sport a dual camera setup on the rear that consists of a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The front has a 7-megapixel sensor along with a special infrared blaster that senses depth and optimises the picture accordingly. Apple has also improved facial and scene recognition by using the A12's NPU along with an advanced Image Signal Processing system. The phone also has AI-assisted "Smart HDR" that automatically senses the scene and adds up HDR. The iPhone Xs Max has the biggest battery Apple has ever used. It comes with eSIM technology for dual-SIM support, this is the same technology that is being used on the cellular iPad and Apple Watch. The China variant will be having a separate SIM slot for dual standby. Apple Lastly, Apple has launched a new iPhone Xr that is supposed to be a slightly cheaper version for this year. From the front, it looks very similar to the Xs, but the back is similar to that of the iPhone 8. It sports a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls "Liquid Retina Display". The notch has the same Face ID array we see on the other two siblings along with haptic feedback for shortcuts. It has a 12-megapixel single wide angle lens on the rear while the front has a 7-megapixel sensor. It runs the same A12 Bionic chipset and brings in all the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence features. The battery life has been increased by an hour and a half when compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple The iPhone Xs and Xs Max are available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB variant along with three colour options, starting at Rs 72,000 and Rs 79,000 respectively. The Xr, on the other hand, comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variant along with six colour options, starting at Rs 54,000. The iPhone 7 has been reduced to Rs 32,000, and the iPhone 8 starts at Rs 39,500.
  18. In August, Apple passed the US$ 1 trillion mark in terms of stock market value. And today, after just thirty-three days, Amazon has accomplished the same feat. Amazon's shares rose as much as 1.9 per cent, sprinting past the milestone. Jeff Bezos started Amazon in 1994 as a book-selling platform and since then, the company has transformed itself into an e-commerce mammoth that literally sells everything in multiple markets. The company's success has made Bezos the wealthiest person on this planet with a net worth of almost US$ 150 billion. © Reuters Amazon currently has more than 5,75,000 employees and rakes in more than US$ 200 billion in annual sales. When compared to other huge companies, the e-commerce company is fairly young and has managed to successfully diversify its business. Bezos launched a new cloud-computing business division in 2006 called Amazon Web Services (AWS), the business has been an astounding success and further proved how long-term the vision is. Having its own computing infrastructure also gave Amazon a lot of room to experiment with its own services. In the recent years, the company has gotten into the streaming business as well and bundled the same with its Prime membership offering. © YouTube While the stock market-based valuation is very dynamic and at the end of the trading day, the company's valuation slipped to $988.8 billion, it is still a remarkable statement of how quickly the 24-year-old company has grown. The constant rise in share prices also means investors are confident about its prospects Apple and Amazon aren't the first companies to join the trillion-dollar club though, as energy company PetroChina Co. briefly crossed that valuation in late 2007 but slipped back due to reducing oil prices and the oncoming 2008 financial crisis. © BCCL Technology stocks have been on a constant rise this year though, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix have been seen a consistent rise in their share price and analysts are bullish about them paying off in the longer run. Morgan Stanley has recently raised its target price for Amazon's share to US$ 2,500, valuing the company at US$ 1.2 trillion. The stock closed at US$ 2,039 on September 4. Source: Bloomberg
  19. The next big Apple launch event is next month and we can expect new iPhones and iPads to be announced by the Cupertino giant. However, alongside the iPhones, one of the most successful products by Apple is also expected to launch — the Apple Watch. The new Apple Watch has been shrouded in mystery; however, we've been getting a fair idea about its features and design, thanks to Apple and leakers. Here are five things we feel that will define the next Apple smartwatch. Brand New Design © Twitter According to various leaks, the Apple Watch is expected to have larger displays than its predecessors. The new smartwatch is expected to have a 15% larger display and will have thinner bezels. This essentially means the smartwatch will not increase in size rather have more space for information to be displayed. The screen size Is expected to be a 1.57-inch or 1.780inch for the two different sized models. It Will Track Your Sleep Apple recently acquired Beddit, a sleep tracking company and it has been long expected for the feature to hit the Apple Watch. It is fair to say that we may see this feature included in the new line up and will probably be integrated with Apple's own Health App. Push To Talk © BCCL The new WatchOS will have our favourite feature i.e. push-to-talk or better known as the walkie-talkie feature. This will enable users from sending real-time voice messages to other Apple Watch users. It will probably be our favourite feature on the new operating system and most used as well. It is essentially a FaceTime Audio call between two Apple Watch devices rather than an audio recording. Always on Siri © Apple The new feature is expected to roll out on WatchOS 5 where Siri will always be accessible on the Apple Watch. This means a user will not have to press the side button or hold up one's wrist to activate Siri. This essentially will make it easier for users to set reminders, alarms and get updates without ever worrying about raising their wrists. Having said that, we expect the Apple Watch to have better battery life so that it can last longer than the current generation. WatchOS 5 © Apple Along with the Walkie-Talkie feature, WatchOS 5 is expected to bring improved health-tracking, the much demanded Podcast App and some other feature Apple may surprise us with.
  20. Google has announced it will donate US$ 1 million (Rs 7 crores) to the relief and restoration efforts in Kerala. The state is battling one of the worst natural calamities it has ever faced. Nearly 500 people have been killed, over 800,000 people have been displaced, and nearly 8,000 houses have been washed away in the floods in the state so far. Help is pouring in the state from all parts of the globe, people have open-heartedly contributed to the CM's Distress Relief Fund and everyone is trying to help in the best way possible. © Reuters "Google.org and Googlers will contribute $1 million to the relief work in Kerala," Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Southeast Asia, and India, said at the Google for India event. The search giant had launched a special 'Person Finder' page specifically for Kerala. It's a tool that tracks all missing persons in a tragedy and helps reunite them with loved ones. The tool was first launched during Japan's massive earthquake in 2011. According to Anandan, the tool has helped fetch 22,000 records. © Twitter/NidhiSingal Google reached out and asked users to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their location and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them. A plus code includes 6 or 7 letters and numbers, and a town or city. Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS. Plus codes work just like street addresses. Google's Geo platform also used a mix of news and crowdsourced data, and Google Developers Experts issued warnings of closed roads across the most affected districts. © Twitter/Tech2eets Last week even Apple announced it till we contributing US$ 1 million via Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. Apple has also added a banner on the App Store and iTunes Store, urging users to donate as much as they can. Tech companies, whether local or global, have come together in the time of crisis and reaching out to their users and employees to contribute towards the relief efforts. Amazon is supporting non-profits Habitat for Humanity India, World Vision India, and Goonj, and encouraging customers to donate relief goods to them through its platform.
  21. Just like the rest of the world, Apple donated Rs 7 crore towards the relief work in Kerala. Apple fulfilled its duty of humanitarian efforts by adding support banners to its homepage and by adding a donation button on the iTunes Store and App Store. The new donation button enabled Apple and its users to donate a total sum of Rs 7 crore to the Mercy Corps. © Twitter "We're heartbroken by the catastrophic flooding in Kerala. Apple is donating Rs 7 crore to support the life-saving work Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund are undertaking to support survivors, help those who have been displaced and rebuild homes and schools," the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said in a statement. © BCCL "We have also activated a donation button on iTunes and the App Store so customers who wish to donate to Mercy Corps' efforts can do so easily," Apple said. The donation button lets Apple users donate different amounts of money. Customers are able to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to the Mercy Corps using credit and debit cards. Indian tech companies such as Zomato, Paytm and many others followed a similar method to enable people to help with the relief efforts. The Kerala floods resulted in costing 417 lives and the floods have left at least 8.7 lakh people homeless. This is not the first time Apple has made a donation towards natural disaster relief efforts and we can expect more to pour in with further contributions. © Reuters If you would like to donate to the Mercy Corps easily via Apple, you can do so by clicking here
  22. In today's world, having a college degree is of utmost importance. It has become a bare minimum requirement in every industry, as many jobs demand a college degree even if they are not relevant. A degree has always been considered to be a milestone for a person, as it officially proves that you are educated and have a particular skill set. But Glassdoor recently released a list of 15 top employers that no longer require applicants to have a college degree. Companies like Google, Apple, IBM, and EY are all in this group. Companies are now inclined towards hiring candidates whose experience and skills best suit them for the job. © Google Google had acknowledged several years ago that college degrees are slowly becoming irrelevant and what matters most are skills. It is widely seen in India that a person, who has done an Engineering course, is ultimately working in the core banking sector, or is into business development or even marketing. This proves, that even though you have learned a particular subject very well and have a degree to prove the same, your skill sets may be pointing in the other direction. © Reuters Google's former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock as quoted in the report said, "When you look at people who don't go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people." The list of the 15 companies where you can apply and get selected without a college degree are- Google, Bank of America, Chipotle, Lowe's, IBM, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Apple, Publix, Hilton, Whole Foods, Costco Wholesale, Penguin Random House, Ernst and Young (EY), and Google. © Reuters Hold your horses though, this in no way means college degrees are worthless or a waste of time. For many people, a university is a place where they acquire skills employers value. And the people who do make it through without a degree are in very small numbers. What this ultimately means is, you need to have a proper skill set along with a degree to get past with ease. What's the use of having a degree if you can't survive in the real world?
  23. According to a report, Apple will finally revive its Mac Mini desktop computer, and will also release a redesigned version of its MacBook Air later this year. The new Mac Mini will be a professional-focused upgrade while the new MacBook Air is said to get cheaper. Starting with the MacBook Air, the design will remain the same as the current one but will feature thinner bezels around the screen. The 13-inch display will now have higher-resolution, in line with Apple's Retina display technology. The new display panel will have better brightness, a wide color gamut, and an extremely high contrast ratio. © BCCL "The new MacBook Air will be geared toward consumers looking for a cheaper Apple computer, but also schools that often buy laptops in bulk," say Bloomberg reporters Mark Gurman and Debby Wu. The current MacBook Air lineup starts at US$ 999, the newer version along with the Retina display is expected to cost around US$ 1200. Way back in 2015, Apple launched a 12-inch MacBook which was expected to be a successor but came in with a hefty starting price of US$ 1300. The newer variant is expected to fill the gap and will be targeted towards students and educational institutes. © BCCL The Mac Mini, on the other hand, will be receiving an upgrade after almost four years. The desktop computer costs a lot lesser at US$ 500, but does not include peripherals like the display monitor, keyboard, and mouse. According to the report the new Mac Mini will be targeted towards professional users and hence will receive upgraded storage, newer processor options, and maybe some new ports. Apple usually releases new Macs in October, after the iPhone launch. The Mac has been a consistent performer for the company and accounts for 11 percent of all Apple sales. In the recent years, we've seen Apple launching new products that are specifically targeted for students, accompanied by slightly lesser marked prices. © Apple Google's Chromebook has managed to grab a considerable amount of market share and in response, Apple has been ramping up its iPad lineup. Considering the current report, the new additions and price tag may not be able to put a dent in Google's ecosystem, but will definitely stand up against Microsoft's Surface series. Source: Bloomberg
  24. An iPad exploded at the Apple Store in Amsterdam yesterday which happened due to overheating or a leaked battery. The incident was reported by Dutch website AT5, and thankfully nobody was injured in the store. There were around three people in the store and were treated for respiratory problems after the incident occurred. © Twitter As of now, there is no certainty as to why the explosion happened. However, soon after the incident occurred, Apple staff were able to quickly place the device in a container filled with sand. The iPad was supposedly emitting 'irritating' vapours which affected three people. Drie mensen onwel door geëxplodeerde iPad in Apple Store https://t.co/Jn3EkAtE6Y pic.twitter.com/35L7FE1Yi6 — AT5 (@AT5) August 19, 2018 The city's fire brigade was called and arrived on the scene. The firefighters evacuated everybody at the Leidseplein store and resumed business by 3 PM. Apple products aren't necessarily known for exploding due to battery issues; however, Apple is not an exception to the incident either. An iPhone battery overheated and caused the handset to explode at a showroom in Zurich recently. The explosion caused a repair worker minor burns. © BCCL Apple, like any other manufacture, uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery in their devices. The batteries in question are prone to explosions when the internal polypropylene layer that protects the electrodes from each other is damaged. Explosions can also be caused if the flammable electrolyte inside gets too hot. Source: AT5
  25. There have been numerous instances where the Apple Watch was able to save a life, however, this time the Apple Watch was able to detect something entirely different. The smartwatch was able to discover a hole in a man's heart and the man wouldn't have been able to discover it, if it weren't for the Apple Watch. © BCCL The heart rate monitor on the device was able to detect his erratic heartbeat, as it was far too fast while he was asleep. The abnormality caused him to take notice and seek medical attention immediately. "My sleeping heart rate was averaging about 130-140 beats per minute. So that was while I was resting about six hours at night,” Adam Love told the local Australian news website 9News. It was found, that one of his lungs was sending blood into the wrong part of his heart. That meant the blood was sent from the lung to the heart and was being circulated right back — not around to the rest of the body. This was a cause for concern and it was later discovered that this anomaly was happening because of a hole in the heart. © BCCL The 24-year-old man went through surgery and was discharged later but still had weeks of recovery left. Because of this incident, his faith in the Apple Watch increased exponentially and he is now a fan of the smartwatch. "I don't think I'd live without one now. I love it for the convenience but also the fact it just picked up something medically that I had no idea about and it potentially saved my life.” Just back in May, the Apple Watch saved a woman's life in India and countless others in the past few months. In fact, here's a list of people whose lives were saved thanks to the Apple Watch, in the recent past.