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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Last week, Apple crossed the US$ 1 trillion mark in terms of market capitalization, becoming the first publicly traded American company to reach this milestone. While oil and natural minerals have always been the most-sought commodity since mankind's inception, none of these industries have ever recorded a trade this huge. Apple is immensely popular today, its mobile operating system, iOS, has a market share of almost 19 per cent worldwide. Unlike Google's Android, iOS only runs on iPhones, and Apple releases just a couple of them every year. While it may not be dominating the personal computer and laptop segment in terms of market share, it sure has a majority chunk of the premium sales. MacBooks have been the go-to choice for users around the globe, and just like iOS, officially, only MacBooks runs on MacOS. © Apple Post Apple recently has also taken over the smartwatch market by storm, making a huge dent in the sales of well-established brands like Fitbit and Jawbone. This company has a history of releasing very few products but selling an unimaginable quantity of it. But, did you know Apple was near bankruptcy in 1997? Its computers just weren't selling and had to take an investment from Microsoft to survive. © Reuters In 1997, Steve Jobs was brought back to Apple after the acquisition of Next Computers. Back then, the company had just 90 days of operational funds left and had cut a third of its workforce. Jobs immediately secured a US$ 150 million investment from Microsoft and got an assurance from Bill Gates that Microsoft would support its Office products for the Mac for five years. © Apple / Wikipedia In return, Apple dropped a major lawsuit against Microsoft alleging copy of user interface and experience of the MacOS for Windows. A year later in 1998, Apple launched the iMac G3, which was an all-in-one desktop computer that was designed for domestic consumption. It was a staggering hit, and Apple was back in business. The iMac was a hit because competing products from IBM, HP and others were too bulky and complicated to use. The iMac was just a single unit product, looked well designed and had a first of its kind OS. In the coming few years, Apple invested heavily in the mobile audio industry. The iPod was released in 2001, back then mobile audio players were very bulky, required a cassette or CD and the Walkman was still trending. Apple completely digitized the record industry by launching iTunes in 2003. Since the first generation iPod, the company continued releasing newer and improved variants like the Mini, Nano, Shuffle, and Touch. In 2007, Apple announced it had sold its one-hundred millionth iPod. In the same year, Apple announced the iPhone. Just like the iPod, the iPhone was revolutionary and made for the young audience. While competitors were making the chunky BlackBerry and Nokia, Apple was selling a sleek touch-enabled phone. © Apple Since 2007, iPhone sales have steadily increased worldwide and while competitors like BlackBerry, Nokia, and Motorola are nowhere to be seen today, Apple rules the premium smartphone industry. One thing that has always remained constant in all Apple products is compatibility. User experience and the ease of sync between every product line, has been the core reason why people have bought more and more Apple products. While many consider this to be a drawback, Apple's bubble ultimately provides more value to the user in the longer run. © Apple While Apple has majorly built its empire on B2C (business to consumer) selling, it has made sure that its offering is unmatchable by competition in terms of end value, quality, and experience.
  17. Apple has officially become the world's first trillion-dollar company as a rise in its share price made it all possible. Apple was able to beat its closest rival i.e. Amazon as Apple's share price reached $207.05. (c) Reuters The company sells everything - from the iPhone to services that was co-founded by the late Steve Jobs in 1976. The feat was accomplished a day after Apple published the company's financial results. Apple's share price has grown by 2,000% since Tim Cook replaced Jobs as the chief executive seven years ago. The company has been able to hit $1 trillion in total value 42 years after it was founded. The company managed to rake in profits of $11.5 billion in three months with a record sales of $53.3 billion in revenue. To put things into perspective, Apple generated less than $20 billion in sales before the first iPhone launched in 2006. (c) MensXP Apple could, however, lose its top position to other tech companies like Alphabet (Google) or Amazon if the company is unable to introduce a groundbreaking product or service this year. Companies don't necessarily have the same number of shares over time as they frequently buy back some of its own shares to boost up the stock price. This, in turn, reduces the number of outstanding shares which generally increases the value of each share. For now, Apple is the world's first publicly traded trillion dollar company and we can only wait to see if the company can maintain this momentum or get overtaken by one of its competitors.
  18. Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has surpassed American giant Apple to become the world's second-largest smartphone seller behind the Korean behemoth Samsung in the second quarter. According to figures released by International Data Corporation, Samsung retained the top spot after shipping 71.5 million devices, Huawei took the second position by shipping 54.2 million devices, followed by Apple shipping 41.3 million iPhones. © IDC Huawei is the largest smartphone maker in China and has been rapidly expanding to other markets. In India, the company has been selling devices via Huawei branding as well as a new sub-brand, Honor. In 2018 itself, the company has launched a new device every couple of months and has been giving tough competition to Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo. Honor's share of overall Huawei smartphone shipments increased to 36 percent this quarter. Over 4 million Honor-branded smartphones were shipped outside China. © Bhallanator / Twitter In the last few years, Huawei has been slowly launching its flagship products in Europe as well. In terms of sales, the phones have been doing much better than expected and the company's refreshed focus on innovative phones like the P20 Pro has paid off to establish a trustable brand image. “The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” said Ryan Reith, programme vice president of IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker. © BCCL While Apple will be able to bounce back a little in the coming quarter thanks to the launch of new iPhones, Huawei has managed to establish itself as a premium player with a long-term outlook. Many reviewers have rated the P20 Pro higher than Samsung's S9, and the tri-camera setup on the rear is one of its kind. Apple, Huawei, and Samsung are the main contenders when it comes to competition for high-end smartphones priced at US$ 700 or more. © Nikkei Asian Review Huawei has been barred from selling devices in the U.S.A after concerns over Chinese government extracting user data via the smartphone maker. While Huawei has strongly denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain that no user data is fetched back to China, the company has been forcefully dragged into the ongoing American - Chinese trade war. Source: IDC
  19. Apple has been performing extremely well in terms of sales and revenues and the company just released the company's third-quarter results. The earnings are indicative of the fact, that Apple has been earning most of its money from services and hardware sales. Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones during the third quarter of the fiscal year. The sales figures were only marginally lower than what was expected by Wall Street, however, Apple made up for it with an increased average selling price. The average selling price of the iPhone stood at $724, thanks to the higher priced iPhone X that retails starting at $999. © MensXP/Naasir Jamaal “We're thrilled to report Apple's best June quarter ever, and our fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth,” said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. “Our Q3 results were driven by continued strong sales of iPhone, Services, and Wearables, and we are very excited about the products and services in our pipeline.” © MensXP “Our strong business performance drove revenue growth in each of our geographic segments, net income of $11.5 billion, and operating cash flow of $14.5 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO. “We returned almost $25 billion to investors through our capital return program during the quarter, including $20 billion in share repurchases.” © Apple In terms of revenue from services, Apple says the company earned $9.54 billion in revenue in the last quarter, a 31 percent year-over-year growth. Apple earns the majority of its revenue in services from the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Care, Apple Pay, Cloud services and other business solutions. Apple recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store and said the company has paid $100 billion to developers. Apple earned $29.9 billion in revenue from iPhone sales, which is a 20 percent increase from the same period last year. Even though the iPhone sales declined considerably, thanks to increased competition in premium smartphone space. Apple is now looking to launch new iPhone models later this year that will have a similar design to the iPhone X.
  20. There have been rumours in the past that future iPhones may come with dual-sim support and it may come as early as this year. The feature is said to come to the larger 'Plus' model while also having dual-SIM support for specific regions. © MensXP This is probably the first time we've seen some form of concrete evidence about the iPhone getting dual-sim support. As usual, please take this with a grain of salt, as we never know what Apple does with the final product that will launch in September later this year. Now that iOS 12 developer Beta 5 is out, 9to5Mac discovered a code that specifically hints towards dual sim support. In the image below, one can clearly notice in the code “simTrayStatus” and “ secondsimTrayStatus” that is clearly marked. This suggests that Apple may be testing a device that has support for two Sim Cards on a single device. What's great is that the code was spotted in the iOS 12 developer beta, so we can at least assume that Apple has thought about implementing the much-wanted feature. © 9to5Mac Dual-Sim services are popular in countries like India and China and other regions such as Nigeria, Brazil, and Egypt. Apple's move to introduce a dual-sim variant would be a strategic and crucial move in order to capture the Asian market in terms of sales and market shares. Dual-Sim smartphones have always been popular in the two biggest markets for smartphone and it seems like Apple may finally launch a device that will be hugely popular in India. © Akshay Bhalla Indian users tend to have more than two SIM cards, thanks to new mobile operators such as Jio, who offer extremely competitive data plans. This will allow users to use two different sim cards with different plans without having to swap out SIM cards. The feature would also be important for travellers, who like to use a local SIM card while visiting. This would be a welcome move, only if Apple actually goes through with it, however, keep in mind that this speculation is not confirmed at the moment. We can only know for sure once Apple announces the new iPhone later this year. Source: 9to5Mac
  21. The Apple Watch Series 3 has been selling like hotcakes and the wearable market only seems to be growing. Companies like Samsung, Fitbit and other smartwatch makers are rapidly expanding their presence in India. However, Apple Watch Series 3 remains to be the most successful. Apple is also rumoured to be working on a new Apple Watch that may have a larger screen and better battery life. Apple has managed to sell 3.5 million Apple Watches in the last quarter (Q2 2018), which is a 30% increase when compared to last year in the same period. According to the report “Apple Watch shipments to Asia (excluding China) surpassed 250,000 units, with the LTE version accounting for about 60%. The cellular-connected Apple Watch Series 3 was the best-shipping smartwatch in Asia.” © Canalys Apple performed well, thanks to network partnerships with operators in India i.e. Airtel and Reliance Jjo. Canalys research analyst Jason Low also pointed out that “Apple's decision to expand internationally with operators has quickly reaped rewards in the Asia Pacific,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Jason Low. Since the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has formed partnerships with operators in Australia, Japan and Singapore, with Thailand, India and South Korea added in the last quarter. “Operators in these markets are willing to resell connected devices other than smartphones that can help them generate extra revenue from data services. India is a surprising addition to the list of countries. But this is a good strategy by Airtel and Reliance Jio to retain their high-value customers in a bid to minimize churn in a cut-throat market.” © YouTube If one looks at then wearable market as a whole, around 10 million units were shipped in the second quarter of 2018 where companies like Fitbit and Garmin are amongst the few successes. Apple may, however, face intense competition as companies like Samsung and Google are preparing to launch their own smartwatch devices later this year. "Amid further competition from Samsung and Google, rumored to be launching Galaxy and Pixel watches respectively, Apple needs to work out how to drive refreshes in markets such as the US, where its penetration into the existing iPhone installed base has started to level off," Canalys Research Analyst Vincent Thielke said in a statement. Source: Canalys
  22. Apple has the ultra-premium brand image not only in India, but everywhere around the world. The brand is known for its simplistic marketing and has managed to create a fan base like no other. The iPhone makes up 8 out of the 10 best-selling smartphones in Q2 2018 and the company has 38.7 percent share in the US smartphone market. While Apple has been performing positively in the USA, Europe, and other south-east Asian markets, the brand hasn't been able to make a mark in India. According to Counterpoint Research, iPhone's market share in India has come down to just 1 percent in Q2 2018. Keep in mind, India is the world's second largest smartphone market and companies like Samsung, Xiaomi and OnePlus have been posting double-digit growth in the country. Why Is Apple Unable To Perform In India? © Reuters It's the price. India is a very price sensitive market; the budget and the midrange segment account for a majority of the sales. Xiaomi and Samsung have massively expanded their portfolio in the country. Even smaller players like OPPO's Realme and ASUS have been shipping lakhs of units. Anything above Rs 30,000 is considered premium in India. OnePlus has established itself as a pocket-friendly premium vendor. Samsung sits at the top with its flagships and Google's Pixel is trying to make a dent in this segment as well. Apple, on the other hand, sits at the peak of this pyramid. While Samsung's S9 costs Rs 60,000, the iPhone X starts at Rs 89,000. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus try to compete with the S9, Note8 and Pixel 2, but often fail. Even the iPhone 6S (32GB) that was launched way back in 2015 costs Rs 35,000. Will you buy the latest OnePlus 6 for that price or the iPhone 6S? © BCCL A few years ago, it made sense to invest in an older iPhone because of iOS and its long-term stability. But, Android has come a long way now and you are assured that a Rs 30,000+ phone will receive software updates at least for the next two years. Apple had been piggybacking on the iPhone SE for quite some time, but the phone simply cannot take the load now. It's old and far inferior to its Android counterparts. Why Is Apple Not Able To Maintain Competitive Pricing? © Reuters This is where things get interesting. A few years ago, smartphones in India were super expensive when their price was compared to other markets. This international price gap has reduced drastically and now we often see prices in India being cheaper than other markets. Vendors or OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) started taking the country seriously and established local manufacturing plants to avoid import duty. Majority of the smartphones that are now sold in India are assembled locally. Spare parts often get imported, but the duty on spares is still lower than on finished mobile phones. Samsung recently opened the largest manufacturing facility in Noida, Xiaomi has set up three factories and Vivo and OPPO have sourcing units as well. © Twitter/MEAIndia Currently, the government imposes 20 percent import duty on mobile phones. In the last one year, the government has increased the rate from 10 percent to 20 percent and this is killing Apple. Apple via its contractor Wistron is currently assembling the iPhone SE in India while the 6S is being made in smaller batches. All other models are being imported. The company has been trying to expand its facilities and production units in the country, but hardly anything has materialized. © BCCL The company is currently undergoing strategy turnaround and restructuring in the country. Reports have also emerged that Wistron would invest close to Rs 3,000 crore in two phases to set up a greenfield smartphone manufacturing plant in Karnataka. The company is expected to make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus here, depending on Apple's requirements. There has been no word on sourcing the flagships devices right now.
  23. Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a six-core Intel Core i9 processor that is blazing fast. The MacBook line-up had been needing a processor update for quite some time now, and this was a welcome move. But according to YouTuber Dave Lee, the performance of Apple's new Core i9 MacBook Pro isn't actually that great and in some cases performs worse than last year's Core i7 MacBook Pro. The i9 variant costs US$ 3,099 while the last year's i7 variant cost US$ 2,800. © Apple The i9 processor has a clock speed of 2.9GHz and supports Turbo Boost (over-clocking) up to 4.8Ghz. But according to testing carried out, the processor can't even maintain the base frequency of 2.9GHz, forget over-clocking. Every processor has a marked TDP (Thermal Design Point) that regulates how much heat can be handled at the base frequency. In the i9's case, the TDP is 45 watts, which is the same as the last year's i7. This means the laptop casing can handle the heat theoretically. But things change when we start considering Turbo Boost. © iFixit Turbo Boost will generate an enormous amount of heat, that is unable to exit the casing, this, in turn, reduces the performance of the processor. A cool processor can perform faster, hence all laptops and computers concentrate equally on heat dissipation. To further prove that heat is the prime reason why the i9 processor is being throttled, Dave put his laptop in the freezer and the video rendering time dropped from 40 minutes to 27 minutes. The conclusion being, the MacBook's chassis, and the cooling system aren't actually able to keep up with the heat being generated by the i9. © iFixit On Apple's website, the specifications page mentions the i9 processor to have a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a boost of 4.8GHz. This definitely opens up doors for a lot of criticism as the system is practically not able to keep up with that level of performance. There is a possibility that Dave's MacBook Pro could actually be faulty, as there are multiple ways to cool down a portable machine like a laptop. Fans are just one part of the equation, metal casing, location of the processor, thermal paste, heat sinks and heat flow pipes also massively contribute here. Apple hasn't released a statement on the issue yet.
  24. Whether you want to accept it or not, Apple's App Store is more successful than any other digital store that sells applications and games. The platform has managed to outsell its rivals such as the Google Play store and Steam. According to a report by Sensor Tower, Apple's App Store managed to rake in $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app revenue, while the Google Play Store earned $11.8 billion. What's interesting to note is that Apple managed to generate double the revenue with half the number of downloads. © Sensor Tower Apple's iOS store has been consistently generating more revenue than its competition. In fact, when one compares numbers, historically Android users spend less on apps than iOS users. There could be a number of reasons for this, such as other Android app stores like the Samsung Store, the Amazon App Store, and others. It's obvious knowledge that there are significantly more Android smartphones in the world, but Google's Play store still managed to remain behind Apple's offering. However, one should also note that Google's Play Store is not available in China, the world's largest market for smartphones. © BCCL Last year, Apple earned $38.5 billion from the App Store while Google Play could only manage to earn $20.1 billion. Sensor Tower estimates that consumer spending has increased in 2018 by 26.8 percent on iOS, whereas it's up by 29.7 percent on Google Play. This growth in spending may have many reasons, but it can be attributed to players like Tencent Video, Netflix, and other services. App revenues have seen a huge rise thanks to subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. In fact, Netflix was 2017's top non-game app by revenue. © PUBG Game spending is considered to have a huge chunk of the revenue, thanks to popular games such as PUBG, Fortnite, and others. Apple's App Store earned $16.3 billion from games alone, while Google Play earned $10.3 billion in 2017. © Sensor Tower It could be argued that Apple's platform earns more due to its presence in China, however, Sensor Tower reports that even if China is removed from the equation, the App Store would have earned a 30 percent gross revenue than Google's Play store. If you're interested to know more about Apps and its revenues, you can read the original report by Sensor Tower here (https://sensortower.com/blog/app-revenue-and-downloads-1h-2018). Source: Sensor Tower
  25. Smartphone companies have always been battling amongst each other to innovate or create a product that may sway customers towards them. Some companies rely on offering competitive prices while others try to innovate. Innovation as a word is thrown around by presenters and company representatives, however, only a few are able to achieve that. Apple innovated with the introduction of Face ID while other companies simply copied the concept. © BCCL Having said that, there's a new player in town that is making waves more than any other smartphone company in the world. It could be argued whether this company is innovative or not, however, there is one thing for certain — creative. BBK electronics, the holding company behind companies like Oppo, VIVO, and OnePlus have been selling smartphones like hot cakes in India and China. The company shipped 39 million devices in 2016 alone, and is now looking to disrupt the smartphone market with clever features and creativity. How the in-display sensor works on the #vivox21. Been playing with the phone for a week and I'm surprised to see this new technology already in mass production. The phone is the first of its kind and will be available to buy from 29th May #vivox21 #smartphones #gadgets A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 29, 2018 at 1:39am PDT BBK electronics has managed to launch an under the display fingerprint sensor on its VIVO branded smartphones while being creative to solve common smartphone problems. In the age of full view displays, smartphones companies have found it very difficult to launch a product that is truly bezel-less. Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch while others simply copied the concept. © BCCL Oppo and Vivo managed to creatively tackle this issue with a creative idea. Smartphones were unable to achieve a truly bezel-less display, simply because companies could not figure out where to stick the selfie camera. Some tried to place it at the bottom while others just adopted the notch. Both Oppo and Vivo managed to hide the selfie camera in a very creative manner. The concept isn't new, but BBK electronics managed to hide the selfie camera by using mechanical moving parts. © YouTube Both companies i.e. VIVO and OPPO have showcased the 'NEX' and 'Find X' where both smartphones were able to achieve a full view display without any bezels. This was possible because of the selfie camera that would pop-out whenever needed. The Vivo NEX and Oppo 'Find X' both have Full View displays, no visible selfie camera, no notch and a near-non-existent top bezel. That's more than what Samsung and Apple can say about their products. What's impressive is that BBK electronics has managed to mass produce these concepts in no time and is already making its way to the Indian smartphone market. Sure it can be argued that Apple's Face ID is nearly perfect and doesn't require a feature like this on iPhones, however, we can confidently say that the competition is being damn creative.
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