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iPad Pro 2020 with 5G Connectivity, Apple A14X Chipset May Launch Late This Year

Leaked images of Apple's upcoming iPad Pro with triple rear cameras.
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Leaked images of Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro with triple rear cameras.
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The iPad Pro 5G is also expected to overhaul the camera setup on Apple’s tablets, and the same may be launched by the end of 2020.

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  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 4:18 PM IST

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce 5G-capable iPad equipped with 5nm-based A14 chips – likely A14X in the second half of 2020. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem will support both mmWave and sub-6GHz technology, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently revealed that the iPhone maker is expected to release new iPad Pro models with rear 3D sensing.

Kuo in a research note with TF International Securities said the iPad Pro models will gain 3D sensing through the rear-facing camera system. As per the report, Apple is expected to use a time-of-flight system, which measures the time that it takes for light to bounce off of objects in a room to generate a 3D map. Additionally, Kuo also reiterated that Apple plans to release its low-cost iPhone “SE 2” in the first half of 2020 too.

The iPhone SE 2 will use a 10-layer Substrate-like PCB (SLP) for its motherboard, the same technology used by the iPhone 11 version. Kuo expects the device to look similar to the iPhone 8 and believes it will be a popular upgrade option for existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S owners.

It will be interesting to see if Apple actually pulls through with the iPad Pro launch, after the Coronavirus outbreak in China has led to multiple delays in production plans of smartphones. Apple is likely to lend more importance to its iPhones over its iPads, but on the other hand, the company will want to keep up with the trends of upgrading all its devices to include 5G connectivity.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Prices Slashed in India Ahead of Galaxy S20 Launch

Samsung Galaxy S10 Series

Samsung Galaxy S10 Series

Samsung has cut down prices of the Galaxy S10 series before it starts selling the Galaxy S20 in India.

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  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 2:41 PM IST

With the unveiling of the new Galaxy S20 series, Samsung has slashed the pricing of the entire S10 series in India. The official Samsung online store is now offering the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10+ at much lower prices compared to their launch.

Essentially, the Galaxy S10e is available for Rs 47,900 a discount of Rs 7,100. The Galaxy S10 is selling for a starting price of Rs 54,900 for the 128GB variant which is a discount of Rs 16,100, and Rs 59,900 for the 512GB variant. The Galaxy S10+ is now selling for a starting price of Rs 79,900 (512GB model) which is a discount of Rs 19,100 while the 1TB variant is selling at Rs 88,900.

The price cut does seem interesting as the S10 series still offers a premium experience. Having said that, Samsung also offers the Galaxy S10 Lite as well as the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, both priced under Rs 40,000. Sure, they might not be as premium as the original S10 series, but we recently reviewed the S10 Lite and found the handset to be quite good for its price. Specifically compared to the S10e, the new S10 Lite offers a bigger display, bigger battery and faster-charging speeds. The S10e, however, offers a better camera experience and also offers wireless charging,

The company has started teasing the arrival of its new Galaxy S20 series in India which was unveiled a few days back at its Unpacked Event. The new series includes three new models including the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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Coronavirus Delays Production of iPhone 12, But Will Not Affect Apple's Launch Cycle: Report

iPhone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

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iPhone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

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If the rumour mill is to be believed then the Apple iPhone 12 line up will include four models this year.

  • Trending Desk
  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 1:48 PM IST

Apple’s upcoming flagship range, the iPhone 12 series’ production is likely to get delayed but the same is not likely to affect the date of its scheduled launch in September this year. The delay in the production of the upcoming iPhone has occurred due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in China.

Unnamed sources have been quoted by Digi Times as stating that the iPhone 12’s production will not begin in June, however, even in that case, Apple’s launch of the iPhone 12 lineup in September is likely to get affected. Meanwhile, what must be taken into consideration is that Apple has stopped sending engineers to China to assist with the Engineering Validation Test of iPhone 12 development. It is also being said that there is a high demand for the new A14 chip as orders going up to 50-percent higher compared to the A13 chips. This is notably due to the fact Apple is going aggressive when it comes to rolling out 5G on its phones.

If the rumour mill is to be believed then the Apple iPhone 12 line up will include four models this year. All four are expected to feature 5G connectivity and will be available in four sizes, a 5.4-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone with dual-rear cameras, a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone with triple rear-cameras and the new 3D time-of-flight sensor, and a 6.7-inch OLED iPhone. Further, the report also adds that suppliers based in Taiwan are gearing up for the production of a lower-cost iPhone which is being rumored to be known as iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2.

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Foxconn Denies Reports on Resuming Production in China Amidst Coronavirus Scare

The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company's building in Taipei. (Photo: Reuters)

The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company’s building in Taipei. (Photo: Reuters)

Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii) has succeeded in its trial production of masks and is currently applying for product certification amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 1:23 PM IST

iPhone maker Foxconn has rejected reports that suggested it was mulling to reopen a significant portion of its Chinese production force this month even as China continues to reel under the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. Reacting to a report, Foxconn made the claims in a statement to the Taipei stock exchange, Apple Insider reported on Wednesday.

The contract manufacturer did not correct the publication, nor did it provide additional information on the current status of its production capabilities, the report added. Foxconn would keep its factories shut for at least another week in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in the country, the media reported in the first week of this month. This comes at a time when smartphone giants like Apple and Samsung have shut their offices and stores in the country following the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Meanwhile, Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii) has succeeded in its trial production of masks and is currently applying for product certification amid the coronavirus outbreak. Fii made an announcement last week that the masks will be first used to protect some 1 million Foxconn employees from infection before being provided to others outside the company, the Xinhua news agency had reported.

The company has built production lines to make masks in Shenzhen’s Hualong plant and expects to reach a daily capacity of 2 million by the end of February. It is pertinent to note that the sales of smartphones in China may decline 20 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, according to a report by Counterpoint Research.

While companies like Huawei, OPPO and Vivo could suffer the most due to this decline, the impact may be limited on smartphone makers like Xiaomi, OnePlus and Realme “as they are more online-centric and overseas-focused”. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in China’s Wuhan area in December 2019 has impacted social and production activities in the country. China’s National Health Commission said that it received reports of 5,090 new confirmed cases and 121 deaths on Thursday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, the Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

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Snapchat Testing New App Redesign for iOS and Android Users

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The redesigned Snapchat app rearranges multiple sections to make the usage experience more cohesive.

  • Trending Desk
  • Last Updated: February 13, 2020, 8:33 PM IST

Snapchat users may soon get to see a redesigned app for Android and iOS. The latest version of the app will also sport a breaking news section. The Verge reported that it has received screenshots from a tipster that showed that the latest developments are being tested and have been rolled out to some of its users. The redesigned app will have a new home for the Snap Map and video programming. In another expected update, one will be able to stay connected to the happenings around the world as the app is likely to provide headlines of breaking news.

In the redesigned multimedia messaging app, Snap Map, which with the help of an animated map displays a friend’s physical location. This can be seen on the left side of the chat. Till now, it was used by dragging down from the camera screen. Additionally, Snapchat’s Discover option in the latest version has been renamed as Community.

“This test’s UI offers more space to innovate and increases the opportunity to engage with and discover even more of what Snapchat has to offer,” The Verge quoted a Snapchat spokesperson as saying. The report added that the news briefs feature that is also in the testing phase is called “Happening Now”.

It includes the latest headlines from publishers like NowThis, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. It features one-sentence headlines, and once clicked, takes you to a full-screen news brief with a photo and relevant information.

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Apple Launches Swift Playgrounds App to Help Bridge macOS and iOS Software Gap

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Apple’s Swift Playgrounds does not require any prior coding experience and is aimed at students who are just starting out with coding.

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  • Last Updated: February 13, 2020, 3:36 PM IST
  • Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh

Apple has launched the Swift Playgrounds app for Mac as part of the company’s Catalyst app initiative, designed to help bridge the software gap between its macOS and iOS platforms. The app requires no coding knowledge to use and is ideal for students who are just starting out with coding.

“Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift, a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps,” the company said in a statement.

Swift Playgrounds is built around a collection of Apple-created lessons, using puzzles and an interactive 3D world. “Now you can make robots do incredible things with code you write yourself. Learn to program-connected devices like the Sphero SPRK+, Lego Mindstorms EV3, and drones by Parrot, and watch them come alive right before your eyes,” the company added.

Swift Playgrounds for Mac is available from the Mac App Store and it is a free download.

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Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Confirmed for 2020 Launch: What We Know So Far

The Canon EOS R5 will reportedly come with a 45-megapixel full frame sensor, along with up to 20fps continuous shooting, 8K videography and more.

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Xbox Games on iPhones: Microsoft Project xCloud Game Streaming Beta Comes to iOS

Representative image of Microsoft's Project xCloud beta on iOS devices. (Image: Lawrence Hryb)

Representative image of Microsoft’s Project xCloud beta on iOS devices. (Image: Lawrence Hryb)

The Project xCloud beta service was so far only available on Android phones, and is now on iOS as beta.

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  • Last Updated: February 13, 2020, 2:31 PM IST

Microsoft has adopted a clever, steady strategy with its game streaming platform, Project xCloud. Now, the steady progress has brought xCloud to Apple devices, with the service hitting Apple’s TestFlight platform. Being a beta on iOS, Project xCloud will only have up to 10,000 people testing it out right now, and Microsoft has stated that only one game, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, will be available to play on the service, at least for now. This marks steady progress for Microsoft, which has taken Project xCloud from Android devices to iOS, looking to test it out on different platforms to steadily improve the service.

Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, who operates under his Xbox gamer tag Major Nelson, has updated in his official blog that Microsoft has already hit the initial target number of users that it required for its TestFlight programme. The preview was announced yesterday, and was made available only to users in USA, UK and Canada. However, Microsoft might look to expand its beta testing programme at a later point, and bring it to more countries, so we suggest that it is worth keeping an eye out for the next Project xCloud update.

While all eyes are on Microsoft for its next gaming console, the Xbox Series X, Project xCloud has been making steady progress ever since being introduced. Microsoft has stuck to basics with the service, attempting to iron out issues such as stability and consistency, in a bid to make the service universally playable. With the game streaming industry still at its very nascent, it remains to be seen how Sony, Microsoft’s big rival in the gaming space, reacts to the new sector. Fellow big tech rival Google has already joined the fray with Stadia, but its game streaming service has met with mixed reactions at best, so far.

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This Man's Epic Proposal Landed on Google Maps; World Can Relax, Marriage is in June

A google maps screen grab showing the coenfield that spells out 'Will You Marry Me' in German
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A google maps screen grab showing the coenfield that spells out ‘Will You Marry Me’ in German
(Image: Google Maps Screen Grab)

A 32-year-old part-time German farmer used a machine to plant a field of corn in such a way that the gaps spelt out the words ‘Do you want to marry me?’

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  • Last Updated: February 13, 2020, 1:58 PM IST
  • Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh

A German man’s marriage proposal got a bigger audience than he had planned after it showed up on an aerial picture used by Google Maps. The German news agency DPA reported that 32-year-old part-time farmer Steffen Schwarz used a machine to plant a field of corn in such a way that the gaps spelt out the words “Do you want to marry me?” Schwarz says he got his girlfriend to fly a drone over the field last May in Huettenberg, central Germany, revealing the romantic message. She said yes.

He told DPA he hadn’t intended or expected the image to appear on Google’s popular mapping service until an aunt in Canada pointed it out to him. Schwarz and his fiancee plan to marry in June.

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Instagram Gives You More Control With New Tools For Reviewing Reports And Bans

The Facebook-owned social media network Instagram has announced a bunch of new features to improve transparency and make the platform safer. Instagram says that one of the newly added features is called Support Requests, which show users the status of their submitted reports on other content and users, as well as the history of the same. It also allows the user to mute, block, restrict or unfollow the profiles whose content they have reported. In case a user is not satisfied by the kind of action the the social media platform has taken, they can call for a further “Request a Review” appeal for a second look at the issue.

The other big change is that Instagram will now allow users, whose accounts may have been disabled for some perceived policy and guideline violation, to appeal the ban. There have been instances where accounts have been banned but they didn’t really post anything against the guidelines or something that could be classified as offensive. Instagram confirms that an option will soon be available for these disabled accounts to appeal the ban from within the app. This is expected to be rolled out in the coming days. Users will be able to “Request a Review”, and hope they can access their Instagram account again.