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  1. Apple recently announced the AirPods Pro that comes with new features and capabilities which were not available on the original AirPods before. While the AirPods are still available to buy, the Pro version comes with unique features that are exclusive to them. Today, Apple has made the AirPods Pro officially available in India for Rs 24,900. © Apple Currently, the AirPods Pro are available via Apple Authorised Resellers across the country. It comes with noise-cancellation features that use special microphones which can detect external sound and cancel the noise appropriately. Apple says that the noise cancellation can be adjusted to 200 times per second. This new mode is called transparency mode and requires Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later. The ambient noise can be cancelled out by using the transparency mode which in turn is activated by “force sensor.” This sensor can be used to control music playback, fire up Siri and a host of other features that will be detailed in our review later this week. The AirPods Pro also come with “Adaptive EQ” that “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.” © Apple The AirPods Pro offers three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that provide a better seal to cancel ambient noise. Unlike the AirPods, the Pro model is sweat and water-resistant which comes in handy for gym enthusiasts. If you want to know more about the features on AirPods Pro, you can read about it here. View the full article
  2. The Apple Watch is now becoming an essential wearable to own and the smartwatch has been credited in the past for saving many lives. Apple introduced a fall detection feature with the Apple Watch Series 4 which has already saved a few lives. Last month, a hiker fell off a cliff and the same fall detection feature, that is unique to the Apple Watch, saved his life. © Apple In recent news, Police in England responded to yet another incident that involved a car accident. The man driving the car was unconscious after the car crash, his Apple Watch sent a call for help. The police have not made the survivor's details public but the official Twitter handle of Surrey Police tweeted about the incident. Last week we responded to an automated Apple Watch fall detection alert after a driver that was involved in a collision had been knocked unconscious. The alarm provided emergency responders with GPS data to quickly locate the scene. âï¸ð° > ððð@Apple @tim_cook pic.twitter.com/cmTW6K2na0 — RPU - Surrey Police (@SurreyRoadCops) November 4, 2019 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Apple Watch's fall detection feature works once a user falls down. The watch will then buzz and sound an alarm for the user. It will then ask if you are fine or need any assistance. If the user is unable to respond in 30 seconds, it will call emergency services automatically and also sound an alarm to notify people who are nearby. The Apple Watch will also send the location of the user to the emergency services so that it is easier for them to be located. View the full article
  3. In one of the most unlikely partnerships, a report by DigiTimes claims that Apple is working with one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. According to the report, Apple is working with game developer Valve to make an Augmented Reality (AR) headset which is expected to launch sometime next year. © iDropNews Valve has been one of the biggest gaming companies that has been responsible for games, hardware and Steam, a digital store for PC games. The report says, “Apple reportedly has partnered with US game developer Valve to develop AR head-mounted display devices, which may be released in the second half of 2020 at the earliest, with Taiwan's ODMs Quanta Computer and Pegatron said to handle the assembly job, according to industry sources.” © Valve Valve has worked on gaming hardware before and even made its own VR headset called the “Valve Index” that was launched in June 2019. The company has also worked with Apple in the past to bring native VR headset support for macOS High Sierra. It enabled the eGPU support for Valve's SteamVR software however, now it seems the two companies are parenting again to develop an AR headset. © iDropNews “Apple will cooperate with Valve on AR headsets rather than VR devices, as its CEO Tim Cook believes that AR can make digital content become part of the user's world and will be as popular as smartphones with consumers. This has also promoted Apple to step up the development of AR software by recruiting more engineers for graphic design, system interface and system architecture segments,” read the report. Apple has been investing in gaming with Apple Arcade and now it seems like the company wants to expand its horizons with AR. The new AR headset may have some gaming features but this partnership could also mean that Apple needed an experienced partner to develop an AR headset. View the full article
  4. Buying an iPhone, especially in most countries outside the US, is an expensive affair. India is one of those countries where the iPhone costs a lot more than the price at which Apple announced them. Well, in order to make it easier for the customers to pay for their iPhone, Apple might actually launch a subscription-based model for iPhones. Yeah, Apple isn't going to lower the iPhone prices, so this is next best thing coming out of Cupertino. According to a report by CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently hinted that the company may replace the traditional sale model with a subscription-based model soon. There's no official confirmation yet, but the service may be called Apple Prime, according to sources. © Reuters Similar to how other subscriptions work, Apple will let you make monthly payments for your iPhone. In fact, the report says Apple will also bundle its other services like Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple Music, etc. with the monthly fee if you want all that. So basically, it'll be like making a monthly payment for all your Apple things. If this is true, it'll even be easier to upgrade your iPhone every year or two to the new model that's out. Sounds exciting, right? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla But is it any different from paying monthly EMI, you ask? Well, with EMI, you'll be paying interest to the bank unless you're opting for a no-cost EMI for a smaller period. However, with this monthly subscription model, you can avail a monthly payment model and not worry about the interest. This, obviously, sounds like Apple's way of keeping you locked into their walled garden, but think about it. It's merely giving a better and easier option for loyal customers. And if Apple bundles everything, then it'll be easier for the existing customers who are already paying for all the Apple services separately every month. It just makes everything easier. Just make a single payment for all Apple services. Again, there's no official confirmation on this just yet and this is a report at this point. But it makes complete sense to have a subscription-based model, so we don't see a reason to not make it official. Let's hope we'll learn more from them very soon and this will come to India as well. Source: CNBC View the full article
  5. Ever since Google broke the Fitbit acquisition news on Friday, there has been a lot of discussions about how Fitbit can help Google. This acquisition comes at a time when wearables, especially the fitness-centric wearables, are picking up once again in the market. While a lot of people are worried about their fitness and health-related data being used by Google to target them with ads, there's a positive side to this story. We think this acquisition can actually help Google build a good wearable. A perfect Apple Watch competitor for Android, if you will. (c) YouTube/ Fitbit Well, here are three ways in which Fitbit can help Google make the perfect Apple Watch competitor for Android. WearOS Needs Fitness-Centric Features WearOS, as a platform, lacked fitness-related features. Yes, it had Google Fit, but who uses Google Fit anyway? What Google needs right now is a smartwatch OS with a variety of fitness-centric features baked right into. Put all the features that are necessary to any given workout like the Apple Watch does and make it fun. Seriously, an Apple Watch can detect a fall and contact emergency service on its own. How cool is that? We need something like that, Google. YouTube/ Karl Konrad Heart Rate Tracking In case you don't know, Fitbit is popular for its PurePulse heart rate tracking technology. Fitbit's wearables are highly capable of keeping a proper track of your heart rate and making sure you have the data when you need it. We'll be bummed if Google doesn't use this technology. Heart rate tracking is really a big feature. Even a lot of basic fitness trackers can do that. But Fitbit's tech is both consistent and accurate, so we think it has the potential to rival Apple Watch's HR tracking capabilities. Heck, we'd love to see something like that. Sharing Is Caring YouTube/ Fitbit Working out and trying to be fit and healthy is usually a little less nerve-wracking when you do it with someone or even in a group. The Apple Watch does it exceptionally well. You can invite other Apple Watch users to compete with you while hitting your daily and weekly goals. That's the kind of social sharing features we want on a fitness-centric device. Fitbit already has a huge community of fitness-enthusiasts who are constantly using the app, and competing with others. We think Google can leverage such a strong community and make its platform better and more engaging. Look, the reason why Apple Watch is as popular as it is today is that it gives people a reason to buy. Convincing someone to spend upwards of Rs 20,000 for a smartphone companion is a tough nut to crack. But when you sell it as a product that can help you live a better and health-conscious life that also happens to be a smartphone companion makes it that much better. Well, that's exactly what Google needs right now and we think Fitbit can help them achieve that. View the full article
  6. Apple TV+ seeks stardom on streaming service stage. Photo: Jacaranda FMApple moves into new territory on Friday with a streaming television service that features a budding library of original shows starring big-name celebrities, aimed at winning...
  7. Apple TV+ is now live in India on Apple devices and the service is available to subscribe for Rs 99 per month with a seven-day free trial. If you recently purchased a new iPhone, you will get the streaming service for free for an entire year. Subscribers of Apple TV+ can watch Apple original shows both online and offline. In order to use the service, you must update to iOS 12.3 or later, tvOS 12.3 or later and macOS Catalina. If you are a student with a valid Apple Music subscription, you will be able to use the AppleTV+ service at no additional cost. The Apple TV+ is integrated into the new Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV devices. The service will host a range of exclusive shows such as See, The Morning Show, Dickinson, For All Mankind, Helpsters, Snoopy in Space, Ghostwriter, The Elephant Queen, Oprah Winfrey. There are more shows planned to hit the service soon, across various genres of shows such as comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, fantasy amongst others. How Can I Watch Shows on AppleTV+ If you do not own an Apple device, you can still watch the shows on various other platforms. The Apple TV app is now available on the Amazon FireStick TV, select Smart Android TVs, Smart TVs by Sony, Samsung and LG. Or else, you can watch it on tv.apple.com © Unsplash Additionally, newer AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung, LG and VIZIO smart TVs can also be used to watch the shows on the big screen. Users can play or mirror the AppleTV+ app from the phone directly to their smart TVs. Sony TVs will be getting support for AirPlay 2 later this year. © Apple Apple also said at the launch that "Audiences worldwide can enjoy Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in nearly 40 languages, including subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) or closed captions. Apple TV+ series and movies will also be available with audio descriptions in eight languages.” We've been watching some of the shows and will give a detailed review of them and how the service performs on the Apple TV box, iPhone and iPad soon. If you want to know more about each show, have a look at the list and the description below: • See, an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive. • The Morning Show, a cut-throat drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, with Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning. • Dickinson, a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of a rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson. • For All Mankind, a new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America's hopes and dreams. • Helpsters, a new children's series from the makers of Sesame Street, stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to help solve problems. It all starts with a plan. • Snoopy in Space, a new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond. • Ghostwriter, a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighbourhood bookstore and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature. • The Elephant Queen, an acclaimed documentary film and a cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction, follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming. • Oprah Winfrey joins the world's most compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change. Other shows that are in the pipeline and will be added every month include: • Servant, a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. • Truth Be Told, a gripping new series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul, explores America's obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race. • Little America, inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, brings to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America. • The Banker, a feature film inspired by a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas with the cast including Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult. • Hala, a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing. View the full article
  8. New emojis includes punks, clowns and zombies. Photo: AppleApple has put out new gender neutral emojis of most of its people icons ? including punks, clowns and zombies ? as part of an update to its mobile operating system.The tech giant has...
  9. The Apple Watch is like the holy grail of smartwatches. It works extraordinarily well with an iPhone, without almost nothing to complain about. However, most people don't have an Apple Watch simply because either it's too expensive or they don't have an iPhone to use it with. Well, Xiaomi appears to be launching a new smartwatch and, it actually looks like an Apple Watch clone. Check it out - © Weibo Looks like an Apple Watch, right? Well, that image was pulled straight out of a Chinese social media platform where Xiaomi's CEO has been teasing these products before launch, for a while now. Xiaomi has even started teasing the launch of this watch in China. Here's a teaser image - © Weibo Obviously, there's a lot that we don't know about this watch like the display specs, internals, OS, and more. All we know is that the watch will be available in black and silver colors with matching bands. We can also see an Apple Watch-like digital crown on the side. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla In addition to the 'Mi Watch', Xiaomi is also said to launch the new Mi TV 5 series along with the new Mi Note 10. The event is scheduled to take place next week i.e. on November 5 and we just can't wait to get our hands on the Mi Watch. We're not sure if Xiaomi will bring the watch to India, but considering the fact that India is a key market for them, it should arrive here soon. View the full article
  10. The next set of AirPods have been long rumoured to launch and some sources speculate that it may launch sooner than expected. We've seen some leaked images before, but those images looked like they were shot using a potato. A new leak has finally surfaced that shows us a clearer picture of the charging case and what it will store inside. © Slashleaks Previous rumours have suggested that the new AirPods will have noise cancellation feature and will be called AirPods Pro. The new leak from Slashleaks shows the charging case that will come with the AirPods Pro. It is larger and wider than what you get with the AirPods that are currently on sale. The charging case is larger than before, probably because the new design of the AirPods Pro will require the additional space. The AirPods Pro case is also probably going to support wireless charging like the new case on the refreshed traditional AirPods. The case also comes with the markings “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China” that is also see on iPhones and other Apple products. © Slashleaks The launch of the new AirPods is imminent and some retailers have already started selling protective cases for the charging case. The new AirPods are probably going to be a little bit more expensive than the current generation due to the new noise cancellation feature. Will you be getting the new AirPods? Also, how important is noise cancellation for you and when will you use it the most? Let us know in the comments what you think about the AirPods Pro. Source: Slashleaks
  11. SRINAGAR: Two apple truck drivers were shot dead and their vehicles set on fire in Indian-occupied Kashmir, police said Friday, in the latest attack on the vital local fruit industry which has been pulled into the conflict between Kashmiri...
  12. Apple Watch has now become one of the most essential gadgets to own, thanks to its various health tracking features. It has been responsible for saving lives in the past too and recently, a feature that was introduced on the Apple Watch Series 4 saved a man's life this time around. Apple introduced the “fall detection” feature that alerts emergency services if a user takes a hard fall and does not get up after a minute. © Apple After the first minute, the watch will buzz and sound an alarm. It will then ask if you are fine or need any assistance. If the user is unable to respond in 30 seconds, it will call emergency services automatically and also sound an alarm to notify people who are nearby. The Apple Watch will also send the location of the user to the emergency services so that it is easier for them to be located. This feature has been responsible in the past for saving a man's life after he fell during a biking accident. Now the same feature has saved a man's life who's from New Jersey and had suffered a fall from a cliff while out for a hike. © Pinterest(For representation purposes only) News12 New Jersey reported that the man was hiking in Hartshorne Woods Park. While hiking, he fell from a very steep cliff but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. The report said, “Prudenciano fell into the river and landed on a rock. He suffered three fractures in his back, scratches and thorns that are still lodged in his foot.” “I was screaming that I'm going to die because I really felt I was going to die,” Prudenciano said. “There was no way out of this for me. I literally said my last goodbyes.” He was miraculously saved, thanks to his Apple Watch as it detected the hard fall and called 911. This feature only works on the Lte variant of the Apple Watch but does not require a carrier plan to dial emergency services. Source: News12 New Jersey
  13. Apple has been known for adding tools that benefit a user's health ever since the company launched the Health App with iOS 8. The company has doubled down on the same ethos with the introduction of the Apple Watch. The smartwatch has some nifty features that have been responsible for saving countless lives in the past. Now with iOS 13, Apple is introducing a new feature in the health app that lets users track the headphone volume. It works with Bluetooth headsets (MFi) and the health app will let users know if the volume of the music is too high. © Pexels This feature was not showcased at WWDC 2019 however we got a small preview of the upcoming feature. The health app on iOS devices will now be able to track volume levels and suggest users if the volume is too high and might damage their ears. Apple will use the prescribed WHO levels to determine if the volume levels are loud or not. According to WHO, sounds above the level of 85db is harmful to the ear which is also the same parameter set by Apple in the 'Health' app. Any volume levels lower than 85db is usually ok however previous research has suggested that prolonged exposure to sound levels below 85db can also be harmful to the human ear. What Can Be Improved? © MensXP From what we saw from the demo, the new feature doesn't entirely work as expected. Even though you can track your volume levels from a previous listening session in the Health app, there is no provision for listeners when they are actually listening to audio at high volume levels. The 'Health' app as of now does not notify users about potential ear damage when they are listening to loud music. You will have to manually check levels each time by going into the 'Health' app which can be a bit tedious if you really care about protecting your ears. © Apple It would have been useful if the 'Health' app would notify you if you are listening to music louder than the recommenced volume level when you're actually doing it rather than later. For example, if a user is listening to music louder than 85db for more than 30 minutes, the Health app could simply notify users with a warning. Of course, many audiophiles would find this notification annoying if it keeps coming up every 15 or 30 minutes, which is why Apple should also provide the option of turning this specific notification off or give the ability to mute it for an hour. Personally, I would like to get a warning while I'm listening to loud music, not after the damage is already done.
  14. Gaming as an industry is one of the fastest growing markets and it seems like big tech giants like Apple are also part of the phenomenon. Gaming companies like Sony and Microsoft have generally been known as the two giants in gaming, thanks to their consoles and exclusive games. However, Apple is also now amongst the top five publicly traded gaming entities. © Epic Games According to a report by Newzoo, Apple is amongst the top five companies that contribute to the gaming industry. Apple may not cater to hardcore gamers like Sony and Microsoft, however, the company has amassed a firm position thanks to casual gamers on iPhones. Apple is just behind Tencent, Sony, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The report adds that the top 35 public gaming companies have generated almost $114 billion in 2018 as the top five have generated 43% of the collective revenue. © YouTube Apple has managed to rake in $2.09 billion just from gaming in the first quarter of 2018 and the number is expected to rise this year thanks to its upcoming Apple Arcade service. Newzoo estimates Apple earned $9.453 billion from games during 2018. Previously, Apple has relied on microtransactions from games to generate a high income; however the company is now moving forward with a subscription service that will offer exclusive games in order to depend less on the microtransactions business model. © Pexels The report also said that mobile gaming is the largest segment in the mobile industry and expects more PC gamers to switch in 2019. Source: Newzoo
  15. Apple is bringing major changes to the iPad as the Cupertino giant unveiled iPadOS last night at WWDC. Some of these features were highly requested by iPad users for better usability, functionality and adaptability. Apple announced the new iPadOS with new features that brings the iPad closer to laptops. Here are the features announced by Apple for iPadOS: 1. Mouse Support iPad users have requested mouse support for a while especially since the new iPad Pro is powerful enough to take on most laptops. For now, Apple has implemented mouse support as an AssistiveTouch feature which we feel is just the starting point. This feature at the moment simulates the touch action and can be done using a mouse instead. Currently, the feature is compatible with Apple's Magic Trackpad, and wireless Bluetooth mice. USB mice are reportedly supported but we can only be sure once it rolls out. Hello mouse support on iOS 13! It's an AssistiveTouch feature, and works with USB mice. @viticci nailed this pic.twitter.com/nj6xGAKSg0 — Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 3, 2019 2. USB File Transfers © Apple In order to come closer to a laptop's functionality, Apple's Files app needed additional support for better files management. Most users wanted support for USB drives and Apple is finally bringing support on the iPadOS. The new operating system will allow users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server. There's also support for importing photos directly from a camera into Lightroom. 3. Second Screen © Apple If you own a Macbook and want additional screen space, the iPad will now be able to fill that void. iPadOS brings the added feature of using your iPad as a secondary display. You can even use the iPad to edit images on your MacBook in real time. 4. Better Multitasking © Apple iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to Split View, or can quickly view and switch between multiple apps in Slide Over. For example, customers can compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe. The iPad OS will be available for beta users later this month and is available now for Apple Developer Program members.
  16. Last night, Apple announced a bunch of new features for the upcoming iOS 13 update and it will be available for users by this fall. Some features bring stability and performance improvements. While there are general improvements, Apple has also added new features and a brand new dark mode. If you've been wondering what all Apple announced last night, here's our comprehensive list for the smartphone. A Faster FaceID Apple announced that the facial recognition process from the TrueDepth camera will be 30% faster than what we are used to right now. The faster unlocking will help users get into their smartphones without having to wait for FaceID to recognise your face. The process is already fast enough but with the 30% improvement, it could really change the way we would unlock iPhones. Dark Mode © Apple A dark mode for iPhone is one the most sought after features and Apple finally made it a reality last night. The iPhone's interface will change into darker tones and will also translate to system-wide apps and third-party apps who enable the feature. The new dark mode comes with added benefits such as better battery life and the fact that it would put less strain on your eyes. Sign In With Apple © Apple Apple has made it easier for customers to now protect themselves with a new “Sign in with Apple” feature. You will no longer have to use Facebook or Google sign in which can be later used to track your activity. Apple wants to protect users by providing a developer with a random unique ID. Users will also have the option to keep their identities a secret and share relevant information with the application. Apple has also integrated FaceID and Touch ID for this feature as an additional layer of security. More Photo Editing Tools © Apple Apple is now going to make it easier to manage and edit images on iOS 13 thanks to machine learning. The Photos app will be able to highlight the best images, automatically remove duplicate images or screenshots and will intelligently organise your library. It will be even easier to discover and browse your images. Photo editing tools have now been expanded with more Portrait Lighting adjustments, more editing tools, new effects and a better interface. Apple has also introduced a new High-Key Mono effect that creates a monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos. Additional Features - Messages can automatically share a user's name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji -With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit™-enabled messaging app - Two AirPods can listen to content from a single iPhone as Apple introduced a new audio sharing feature. - Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. - Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives. - Reminders app has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders.
  17. Apple has finally turned to the dark side as the Cupertino giant made the new feature official for iOS 13. The announcement came at Apple's annual WWDC event and the company showed off some applications running in dark mode. Some of these apps include Music, Calendar, Notes, Maps and Messages. (c) Apple The new dark mode will finally be available for iOS devices later this year when iOS 13 rolls out. Google announced its own dark mode feature at I/O last month and is already available to use in the beta version of Android Q. Dark Mode takes inspiration from macOS's Mojave operating system where there isn't a huge difference on the Home screen. Things, however, change after unlocking the iPhone where apps like Music, Maps and other applications that have a darker interface. There are also differences in the interface in other Apple applications like messages, emojis, keyboard and photos. (c) Apple The dark mode is not only easy on your eyes, but it can also help in saving battery life by a margin. If you own an iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, there will be less power consumption, thanks to the OLED display. Dark Mode has been a very popular requested feature as it not only conserves battery life and puts less strain on your eyes, but also looks better to look at. The new dark mode feature also extends to widgets and notifications. The dark mode is not exclusive to system-wide apps as third-party applications will also be to take advantage of this feature, apps like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Medium, Reddit, Wikipedia, Instapaper, IMDb and many more.
  18. iTunes is regarded as one of the most iconic music applications, that has been a part of Apple's ecosystem for 18 years. It was initially used to manage music for Apple's iPod and iPhone products and later became a comprehensive store for selling music, movies and TV shows, that was later expanded to devices such as the iPad and Apple TV. However, reports are now suggesting that the Cupertino giant is now going to bid goodbye to the iconic application and replace it with existing applications that support subscription services. © Apple Bloomberg reports that Apple is expected to announce three separate apps for music, TV and podcasts that will basically replace the iTunes store. The move is said to come to streamline content on separate platforms. Apple has already announced a new Apple TV+ service and it seems like it may be the reason for the shutting down of iTunes. The move is expected to be announced tonight at Apple's annual WWDC event. Currently, the iTunes application is only available on MacBooks and iMacs as iPhones and iPads already offer separate applications for TV, Music and Podcast. By streamlining these apps, Apple will become a multifaceted service provider as well. © Apple Due to this report, Apple users have already responded with concerns on Twitter. However, Apple has assured that music, movies and TV shows that have already been purchased by users from iTunes will still be available on the Music app with an Apple Music subscription. Users who have redeemed iTunes gift cards will also be credited to the Apple ID balance. This balance can be later used on the App Store, upgrade iCloud storage or for buying one of the subscription services from Apple. Source: Bloomberg
  19. Apple today finally introduced the new iPod touch with subtle enhancements such as the inclusion of Apple's A10 Fusion chip. The chip will bring improved performance in games, and for the first time augmented reality (AR) features and Group FaceTime. © Apple “We're making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing. “The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.” © Apple The iPod touch will come in different storage options i.e. 32GB, 128GB and 256GB options. Users will be able to listen to music both offline and online via Apple Music and iTunes Store, including radio shows like Beats 1 Radio. © Apple The iPod touch will also be able to take advantage of ARkit enabled games and apps for gaming, education and web browsing purposes. The iPod touch will also be able to pair up with AirPods just like it can with other iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. The new iPod touch starts at Rs 18,900 for the 32GB model, Rs 28,900 for the 128GB model and Rs 38,900 for the 256GB model and is available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers. India availability dates are yet to confirmed but we expect them to hit store shelves soon.
  20. Apple I was the first computer hand-built by Steve Wozniak way back in 1976 originally for $666 (Rs 47,000) where it came with a board that could be hooked to a TV and keyboard. The original computer never came with a casing which is why this particular version was sold in a briefcase. © Wikipedia Commons Today, the same computer was sold at an auction for $471,000 (Rs 3.3 Crore) and came with a built-in keyboard, original manuals, a handful of magazines with articles about the Apple I. The auctioned piece also came with compatible hardware such as an SWTPC PR-40 dot matrix printer, extremely rare photocopies of the original Apple founding paperwork and other items. © YouTube Nobody knows the exact number of Apple I computers that were made; however, some estimate only a total of around 200 devices were made. As of today, only 68 such computers exist in the world according to the Apple-I Registry run by enthusiasts. This particular Apple I computer that was auctioned off has been listed as number 10. The Apple I plays a significant role in Apple's history as it was the first product that helped in financing the creation of the company. Production of the Apple I was discontinued on September 30th, 1977 and was felled by its successor in the same year. © Wikipedia Commons According to the Apple I Registry “Both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have stated that Apple did not assign serial numbers to the Apple l. Several boards have been found with numbered stickers affixed to them, which appear to be inspection stickers from the PCB manufacturer/assembler. “ Source: TechCrunch, Christies
  21. In probably the weirdest way, a teenager tried to land a job at Apple in the most unconventional manner as if it worked as it does in movies. Normally, if you want to work at a tech giant like Apple, you would first educate yourself, get the required degree and apply for a job. However, this teenager from Australia had something else in mind. © Unsplash A teenager pleaded guilty to hacking Apple and admitted that he had hoped to land a job at Apple. The Cupertino Giant had heard that the company hired somebody from Europe who had done something similar and assumed that a job would be offered when he was discovered. Instead, he got arrested for his actions. © Reuters The teenager won't be going to prison for his action instead he is on a $500 AUD bond for nine months. The culprit was 13 when he started the hacks and hopes to study criminology and digital security at university. “He is clearly someone who is a gifted individual when it comes to information technology,” the judge said, according to ABC, “that being said, those who have this advantage of being gifted doesn't give them the right to abuse that gift.” © Flickr/TwitterBrian Klug Apple has not commented on the incident as of now and instead stressed that its staff should "vigilantly protect” internal networks and content the hacks. Luckily, no personal data was stolen or exposed due to this hack and it seems like the teenager will now have to work hard and earn a job just like everybody else. Source: ABC
  22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again secured the nation's throne with a thumping victory, as BJP single-handedly won more than 300 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. World leaders like US President Donald Trump conveyed his wishes over the phone and tweeted, “India is lucky to have him”. While some people are ecstatic about Modi's victory and are celebrating it the right way, some of his supporters are demanding that tech companies to immediately make the 'Lotus' emoji. Wow! © Reuters Yes, BJP supporters have decided to raise their voice on social media and are asking big names like Google, Apple, WhatsApp, and even Twitter to release a 'Lotus' emoji, which they can use to celebrate the party's historic victory and show their support. Dear @Apple & @WhatsApp We Indians want to see “lotus” symbol in emojis please - as soon as possible - its symbol of purity and today @BJP4India with its lotus symbol has purified #India from dynastic rule of @INCIndia (Like & RT to support please ðð») #ModiPhirSe — The Ordinary Indian (@i_m_tomorrow) May 23, 2019 This isn't the only tweet asking for a Lotus emoji, There are a ton of other users who are going crazy across different platforms demanding a 'Lotus' emoji. While we agree that there's no 'Lotus' emoji on Android or iOS at the moment, and we understand the enthusiasm, it's worth pointing out that it's not that easy to make and release an emoji. There's a huge procedure that needs to be followed for getting an emoji released for public use. It has to go through the Unicode Consortium, which approves reviews and approves only about 50-100 new emojis every year. Well, let's just wait and see if these companies can make it happen and how.
  23. It has been long rumoured that Apple will be bringing one of its most beloved features on iPhones, but it will be different from what we are used to. There have been previous rumours suggesting that Apple will include an on-screen fingerprint scanner on the next iPhone and the company's latest patent confirms the plans. It may not come as soon as this year's iPhone, however, it is expected to come sooner or later. (c) Pexels According to the latest patent spotted by Patently Apple, the company wants to embed a pinhole camera being the display of the smartphone. This camera will be able to create a 3D map of your fingerprint regardless of where you place your finger. The new feature will be an additional form of biometric unlocking and the company will not be replacing FaceID anytime soon. The two methods will make the iPhone even more secure as current iPhones only supports FaceID. (c) Pexels The more exciting bit about this patent is that Apple has shown pictures of a prototype, which means that the company is already done with the development process. The new unlocking method is expected to go into mass production by 2020 and will be a feature on 2020 iPhones. The new unlocking method is not the first time we're something like this as Xiaomi has also developed a version which works similar to Apple's patent. Source: Patently Apple
  24. Even though Google had revoked Huawei's access to an Android license, Chinese smartphone users are firmly rallying behind Huawei and some are even switching from their iPhones. The US Government added Huawei to its Entity List which basically forbids American companies to do business with blacklisted Chinese companies. Many US-based companies like Qualcomm, Intel, amongst many other key suppliers, have suspended business with the Chinese tech giant. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo , Chinese customers are posting videos/images in support of Huawei by either keep continuing to use their Huawei devices or purchase their next device from the Chinese company. Key hashtags such as “Huawei Doesn't Need to Rely on America for its Microchips” (#å为è¯çå¯ä»¥ä¸ä¾èµç¾å½ä¾åºé¾#) and “Huawei's Self-Developed Operating System Hong Meng” (#å为èªç æä½ç³»ç»é¸¿è#) were trending on Chinese social website Weibo. Many of these social media users are often very patriotic about Chinese tech companies and some of these hashtags have garnered over 50 million views. Please note, some of these translations may be inaccurate as it has been translated using Google Translate. © MensXP “I've also decided to buy a Huawei Phone, and I will change my plan from buying an Apple Watch into a Huawei product, taking action to support Huawei,” one Weibo user said in a Mandarin post. “It had been bullied by the U.S. so poorly recently.” © MensXP “Even though my stock investment account is facing a loss continuously, I'm still preparing to switch my other phone into Huawei, to show support with action,” another user said. Huawei does rely on components from American companies, however, the Chinese company has already been stockpiling key components in order to sustain itself for the time being. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo, “Both on Weibo and Douyin, people express that Huawei is more than a brand to them, saying it is “national pride.” The slogan “Go China! Go Huawei!” (“å æ²¹ä¸­å½ å æ²¹å为”) is ubiquitous on social media.” For now, Huawei will get access to the Android license for a period of 90 days in order to support existing devices. These devices will still get updates provided by Google, however, the future for Huawei remains uncertain for now. Source: What's On Weibo , CNBC
  25. Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro laptops with new and powerful Intel core processors, which means you'll now get better performance out of these MacBooks. In fact, Apple says these are the fastest MacBook Pro laptops it has ever made. That's cool, but the most important change here is the new keyboard. Apple has been receiving a lot of flak for making poor keyboards for a long time now, so we hope these new ones are better. The company didn't provide any details, but we do know that they've changed the material used in its butterfly switch keyboards to avoid the problem of producing double keystrokes. © Apple As for the spec bump, here's how powerful the new MacBook Pro models are: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bat now comes with faster 8th gen processors. The base model packs a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.1GHz, and you can configure the notebook with a beefier 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU if you're willing to shell out more cash. The non-Touch Bar model sadly hasn't received a spec bump, so the new base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now 2.3x faster than the fastest dual-core non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that's available. As for the 15-inch MacBook Pros, well these are show stoppers. Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with 9th gen Intel core processors. The base model here comes with a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.5GHz. Meanwhile, the top end variant comes fitted with a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. © Apple There's also a variant with a 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5GHz. That, of course, will cost you a lot of money, but it's the fastest MacBook Pro laptop that Apple has ever made to date. All the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro 555x and 560x discrete graphics, depending on the model you're picking. Let's hope these new ones won't have any heating issues. Pricing & Availability The new MacBook Pro lineup starts at Rs. 1,59,900 for the 13-inch with Touch Bar model, whereas the 15-inch model will come at a starting price of Rs 1,99,900. These updated MacBook Pro laptops will be available in India starting this week and you'll be able to pick one up from Apple Authorised resellers across the country.
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