Apple to launch iPhone 12 series on October 13

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October 7, 2020

Ending a long wait, Apple will lift off the curtains from its highly-anticipated and delayed iPhone 12 series during a digital event on October 13. In a virtual invite ‘Hi Speed' sent to select media on Tuesday, the Cupertino-based tech giant said the next big event is on October 13 that starts at 10 a.m. PDT (10.30 p.m. India time).

Apple is expected to release four models of the iPhone 12 -- the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Recently, it was revealed that the upcoming iPhone 12 could cost somewhere between $699 to $749 while the iPhone 12 Max could be priced around $799-849.

The Pro and Pro Max models are expected to be priced between $1,100 to $1,200.

The iPhone 12 Pro may feature a high refresh-rate 120Hz ProMotion display, as seen on iPad Pro.

All four iPhone models are expected to feature OLED displays and 5G support, according to foreign analysts.

The entry-level iPhone 12 may come with 64GB storage in a total of six colours including black, white, blue, red, yellow as well as coral.

Foreign tech reviewers earlier predicted that the iPhone 12 could be unveiled on October 13 and go on sale on October 23 in select markets.

The company last month unveiled iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6 and a cheaper Watch SE.

Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) starts at Rs 40,900 while Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) begins from Rs 49,900.

Apple Watch Series 6 comes with a Blood Oxygen feature, which represents the percentage of oxygen being carried by red blood cells from the lungs to the rest of the body, and indicates how well this oxygenated blood is being delivered throughout the body.

Apple Watch Series 6 houses a faster S6 System in Package (SiP) and next-generation always-on altimeter, along with its most colourful lineup yet, featuring a beautiful palette of new case finishes and bands.

Apple Watch SE (GPS) starts at Rs 29,900 and Apple Watch SE (GPS+ Cellular) begins from Rs 33,900. It features a stunning Retina display, with thin borders and curved corners, that is 30 per cent larger than Series 3.

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October 14,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 14: The new Apple 5G lineup of iPhone 12 series will start its India journey from October 30 (excluding iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max) and industry analysts on Wednesday projected the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 5.4-inch 12 Mini to lead the pack in India this festive quarter.

The top versions -- iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max -- will be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models in graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue, starting at Rs 119,900 and Rs 129,900, respectively.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in blue, green, black, white and red colours, starting at Rs 79,900 and Rs 69,900, respectively.

While two iPhone 12 models will be available for pre-order starting October 16, iPhone 12 Mini will be available for pre-order beginning November 6 and in stores beginning November 13 while iPhone 12 Pro Max is expected to be available in India around November 13, just before Diwali celebrations.

According to Navkendar Singh, Research Director, IDC India and South Asia, this festive season and next few months in India, "iPhone 11 would still do best, followed by iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Mini, in that order".

"The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 is a good size for most Apple fans. It is very handy yet big enough to perform all tasks," Singh told IANS.

"Keeping the price of iPhone 12 Mini just $100 below iPhone 12 is a clever move by Apple. This means 12 Mini will appeal to those who really want a smaller phone and hence, will not cannibalise iPhone 12 which will still be the best seller," he added.

"Importantly, pricing iPhone 12 Mini any lower than this would have hampered iPhone SE 2020," Singh informed.

Pushing the limits of machine learning (ML), A14 Bionic in iPhone 12 models features a 16-core Neural Engine -- for an 80 per cent increase in performance — that is capable of completing 11 trillion operations per second, enabling improved performance on even the most intense ML models.

iPhone 12 models also feature Smart Data mode, which extends battery life by intelligently assessing 5G needs and balancing data usage, speed, and power in real time.

Apple's iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max feature a new lidar sensor on the back -- a technology first introduced on the iPad Pro in March.

The iPhone 12 models feature expansive edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR displays for a brighter, more immersive viewing experience, and a new Ceramic Shield front cover, providing the biggest jump in durability ever on iPhone.

iPhone 12 models also introduce MagSafe, offering high-powered wireless charging and an all-new ecosystem of accessories that easily attach to iPhone.

According to Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research, iPhone 12 mini is likely to be a very successful model in India.

"We won't be surprised if it ends up being the most popular iPhone in India ever in terms of its lifetime sales. With the same design language and most of the features, it will be not just attracting the existing iPhone users but also users in the ultra-premium in the Android camp," Pathak told IANS.

He said that with the launch of new iPhones, there is a surge in sales in older generation iPhones as well.

"So expect iPhone 11 to still go strong for the coming year and a half," he added.

"This might be the strongest lineup for Apple ever. The iPhone 12 family sell-in is expected to be larger than the iPhone 11 opening year sell-in despite launching a month later this time," Pathak added.

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October 24,2020

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California, Oct 24: Multinational tech company Apple got rid of the 'Stadium' browser app that let users run Google Stadia on iOS devices. The company also shared details about the reason they decided to remove the app.

Mashable quoted a report by 9to5google in which Apple explained that Stadium makes use of "public APIs in a way that Apple does not intend". It stated that Stadium extends WebKit that exposes native APIs and allows websites access to Bluetooth,
Apple also referred to App Store Review Guideline section 2.5.1 and the Apple Developer Program License Agreement 3.31that requires apps to use public APIs only "for their intended" purposes.

The announcement around Apple removing 'Stadium' was made by developers on Twitter. He stated that Apple sent him a notice that they will be removing his app from the Store since the app was 'extending WebKit' beyond Apple's terms.

"I was "extending WebKit" by hooking it into the native GameController framework and thus Bluetooth controllers, which they didn't like," stated the developer on Twitter.

As per Mashable, the Stadium app was created by a Reddit user 'u/zmknox' who took the time to create a custom browser that not only works in full support of the App Store but allows users to run Google Stadia easily. It could be directly downloaded from the app store and users could use it with the help of a custom user agent that tricks the game streaming app.

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October 22,2020

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Mumbai, Oct 22: The world's largest tractor manufacturer by volumes foresees a sustained growth in tractor off-take on the back of festive season along with recently introduced farm bill.

Accordingly, auto major M&M's Farm Equipment Sector President Hemant Sikka predicts the farm bill to usher in higher income for farmers, thereby, allowing greater farm mechanisation levels.

"These reforms are positive, and we await on-ground execution of various elements of this bill to better realise its effectiveness," he told IANS.

"Higher productivity and better farm incomes being a paramount objective of this bill will improve the farmers ability to purchase a better class of equipment, ensuring optimal utilisation of resources, along with better management of crop lands," said Sikka.

According to Sikka, farm mechanisation has seen a secular growth this year. "In certain states, where there was a huge dependence on migrant labourers, the Covid-related exodus resulted in acute spike in mechanisation," he said.

"In other states, where the dependence on migrant labourers were not as much, the demand for farm machinery was still there but not as acute."

For instance, some state governments are incentivising farmers to go in for greater farm mechanisation, so as to maintain the agriculture sector's growth rate during the Covid era.

Besides, Sikka noted that demand for higher HP tractors continues to grow.

"The overall industry has grown by around 12% in H1 FY21, whereas the over 40HP segment industry has witnessed much higher growth at 27.4%," explained Sikka.

"The contribution of over 40 HP segment in the industry has increased from 54.2% to 61.7%."

Furthermore, he expects rural sentiments to remain positive and translate into robust demand for tractors as "we move into the festive period".

"Concurrence of Kharif harvesting season and auspicious days of Navratri, Dussehra, Dhanteras and Diwali in October and November will support the demand trend."

He pointed out that the MSP measure, bountiful monsoon along with healthy water reservoirs' levels has led to an accelerated pick-up in tractor sales, so much so, that the company is barely managing to meet the demand.

"Starting with single-digit growth in May followed by double-digit growth in all subsequent months, we witnessed healthy demand during the Kharif harvesting season," he said adding: "We are operating at the lowest inventory levels ever."

Consequently, the demand supply mismatch has led to lower than usual inventory levels at the dealerships.

"We are trying to restore dealer inventory so that our channel partners are well equipped to cater to the festive demand," he said.

"Our factories continue to operate at peak or near peak capacity."

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