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Apple Reports 25% Growth in Smartphone Market With 45.1mn iPhone Sales Globally

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Compared to Apple’s growth, Samsung fell 30 percent, Huawei 5 percent, Xiaomi 10 percent, OPPO 16 percent, and others 23 percent in terms of smartphone shipments.

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  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 11:24 AM IST

As the global smartphone market plummeted 14 per cent in the June quarter, Apple was the only vendor to grow as it shipped 45.1 million iPhones globally, a growth of 25 per cent compared to the previous year, according to a new report. Samsung fell 30 per cent, Huawei 5 per cent, Xiaomi 10 per cent, OPPO 16 per cent and others 23 per cent in terms of shipments in the second quarter, reported market research firm Canalys.

“Apple defied expectations in Q2. Its new iPhone SE was critical in the quarter, accounting for around 28 per cent of its global volume, while iPhone 11 remained a strong best-seller at nearly 40 per cent,” analyst Vincent Thielke on Friday. According to him, iPhone SE will remain crucial to prop up the volume this year, amid delays to Apple’s next flagship release. “In China, it had blockbuster results, growing 35 per cent to reach 7.7 million units. It is unusual for Apple’s Q2 shipments to increase sequentially,” said Thielke. The smartphone market worldwide fell to 285 million units, a second consecutive quarter of freefall, as lockdown orders caused by the Covid-19 pandemic persisted through April and May.

Huawei toppled Samsung with shipping 55.8 million units, compared to Samsung’s 53.7 million in Q2 2020. Apple was third with 45.1 million units. Xiaomi came fourth, shipping 28.8 million units, which was down 10 per cent, and OPPO reclaimed fifth place from Vivo, shipping 25.8 million units with a 16 per cent decline. “As well as the new iPhone SE, Apple is also demonstrating skills in new user acquisition. It adapted quickly to the pandemic, doubling down on the digital customer experience as stay-at-home measures drive more customers to online channels,” said the report.


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Apple iPhone 12 Launch Delayed, Likely to Arrive in October Due to Covid-19 Impact

Apple is likely to defer its much-awaited September release of the iPhone 12 series smartphones until October as the Covid-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc across the world, a new report has claimed. According to Japan-based website Macotakara, the California-based tech giant is likely to release the LTE variants of the iPhone 12 series in the latter half of October this year while the 5G variants of the iPhone 12 series will not be launched until November.

It should be noted that Macotakara doesn’t have a perfect track record when it comes to giving information about Apple’s specific product launch, but if this prediction proves to be true, then it’s likely that the late announcement will give Apple more time to reopen its retail stores in different markets that are currently closed due to the global health crisis and lockdown. To recall, reliable Apple Insider Jon Prosser earlier claimed that there is a possibility that a later iPhone launch event could allow more people to attend in person.

According to reports, Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone models under the iPhone 12 series. The iPhone 12 is expected to sport a 5.4-inch screen display while the iPhone 12 Max will be a bigger version with a 6.1-inch screen. The iPhone 12 Pro version, on the other hand, will launch with a 6.1-inch screen size with 120Hz ProMotion display, presently seen on iPad Pro. The fourth device, The iPhone 12 Pro Max will pack a 6.7-inch screen which will be the biggest on any iPhone yet.


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iPhones to Reportedly Feature Periscopic Telephoto Cameras in 2022, Says New Report

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The report added that two strongest lens suppliers in Korea and China, Sunny Optical and Semco will join Apple’s lens supply chain later this year and at the beginning of next year respectively.

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  • Last Updated: July 22, 2020, 5:12 PM IST

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce periscope telephoto cameras into its iPhone lineup in 2022. A periscope lens offers optical zoom capabilities not otherwise possible in a smartphone camera, allowing for 5x or even 10x optical zoom. Periscope lenses have already seen their way into some smartphones including the OPPO Find X2 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

A new research note from Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the two strongest lens suppliers in Korea and China, Sunny Optical and Semco will join Apple’s lens supply chain later this year and at the beginning of next year respectively, reports The Verge. Kuo said that Semco will begin shipping iPhone lenses, including periscope motors, telephoto lenses in 2022 and a periscope telephoto lens, as well as a voice coil motor technology which will ship in 2022.

The iPhone maker is expected to launch four new iPhones under the iPhone 12 series in September this year which would include two premium variants. The iPhone 12 Pro will come in 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch sizes. The rear camera module on the device will house four sensors with a LiDAR scanner which was introduced in the recently launched Apple iPad Pro. All four iPhone models are expected to feature OLED displays and 5G support.


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Apple iPhone 2021 Models Will Reportedly be Equipped With Touch-Integrated OLED Displays

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The OLED display panels will reportedly come with inbuilt touch sensors instead of touch sensor films, according to reports.

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  • Last Updated: July 21, 2020, 4:44 PM IST

Apple is reportedly working to equip its 2021 iPhone series models with touch-integrated OLED displays, as per a report. According to South Korea-based ETNews, the Cupertino-based tech giant has already placed orders for the new OLED display panels that will come with inbuilt touch sensors instead of touch sensor films. This will reportedly make the panels thinner than the traditional OLED displays that have a touch-receptive layer attached to them. The report also says that the touch-integrated OLED displays will be supplied by Samsung Display.

“According to the industry on the 19th, Apple ordered a touch-integrated OLED as the display standard for the iPhone in 2021. Apple next year demanded that all panels to be used in the new iPhone be touch-integrated,” the report by ETNews said. Apple, so far, has been traditional displays that have touch film attached to them but this could change soon with the launch of the iPhone 12 series later this year. The new feature means cost-cuts and also Samsung roping in a major customer like Apple will also boost the tech giant’s immense popularity as well.

The report also further states that the iPhone 12 series will come with display screens of different sizes including 5.4-inch, 6.2-inch, and 6.7-inch. Apple is set to launch four variants of the iPhone 12 models that are expected to feature OLED displays and 5G support, as previously reported by renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The four variants of the upcoming iPhone 12 series will also include 6.1-inch iPhone Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max. The rear camera on the Pro models will also sport four sensors with a LiDAR scanner that the company introduced in the recently launched iPad Pro.


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Apple is Reportedly Working on a Two-Way Wireless Qi Charging Cases Without Lightning Connector

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Apple already has a Smart Battery Case for iPhones but it has a Lightning connector that needs to be attached to the phone for charging.

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  • Last Updated: July 17, 2020, 5:42 PM IST

Apple is reportedly working on two-coil wireless charging technology for an iPhone battery case without using the Lightning connector. In a patent that was filed in May 2019 and was awarded to Apple recently, the company describes a smart battery case that could use two coils for bidirectional wireless charging, AppleInsider reported.

“A battery case has first and second coils on opposing sides of a battery and has switching circuitry that is coupled between the first and second coils,” the patent read. According to the patent, the next-generation Smart Battery Case would charge the device when it is attached to Qi wireless charging and the battery case will be able to transfer power directly to an iPhone in a “pass-through” without charging its own battery.

However, Apple already has a Smart Battery Case for iPhones, which, when attached to the smartphone, starts charging the device, but it has a Lightning connector that needs to be attached to the phone for the charging.

Recently, Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable source related to developments of Apple, had claimed that the Cupertino-giant could ditch the Lightning port for a completely wireless iPhone by 2021.


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Apple Previews Upcoming Emojis Coming to iPhone, iPad and Mac Later This Year

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Apple generally releases the new emoji characters in an update to iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

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  • Last Updated: July 17, 2020, 11:24 AM IST

Apple on Friday said it is previewing a selection of new emoji that will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Celebrating the World Emoji Day, the iPhone maker revealed the newest emoji designs including bubble tea, pinched fingers, boomerang, transgender symbol, dodo, beaver, nesting dolls, coin, anatomical heart, lungs, ninja, and tamale.

Apple typically adds new emoji just after the release of the new operating systems in the fall. It means one would probably look for them in iOS and iPadOS 14.1 or 14.2 and in macOS Big Sur version 11.1 or 11.2. With new Memoji, users will have new ways to express themselves, like new hairstyles. There are 11 new hairstyles, including man bun, top knot, simple side part, waves, and enhancements to fades. One can customise Memoji with new face coverings, including the colour, to match look.

The users can show off style, hobby or profession with 19 new headwear styles, including a durag, tichel, cyclist helmet, nurse cap, or swim cap. Three new Memoji stickers let users send fist bump, blush, or even a hug to friends. In iOS 14, there are more ways to create your look with Memoji, where you can customisation options let you express yourself with over a trillion possible combinations.


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Apple iPhone Batterygate Victims in US Can Now Claim a $25 Settlement: Here's How

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the payouts from Apple will cover the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE devices that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later or iOS 11.2 or later.

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  • Last Updated: July 14, 2020, 11:02 AM IST

Apple has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit against ‘Batterygate by paying affected US customers $25 each for slowing down their older iPhone models without notice. The proposed settlement will see Apple provide a cash payment of approximately $25 to each eligible iPhone owner who submits a claim, which adds up to a total payout of between $310 million and $500 million, reports GSMArena.

The exact amount each person will receive may slightly vary based on the number of claims received. According to the settlement, the payouts from Apple will cover the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE devices that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later or iOS 11.2 or later. The phones will also need to have been purchased and used before Dec. 21, 2017, the day after Apple admitted to the speed-throttling practice.

There is a specific website for users to submit a claim, which must be done online or by mail. All claims must be submitted online or received by letter mail by October 6, 2020, or else payment is forfeited, said the report. Apple admitted in 2017 that the software update slowed down certain iPhone models with degraded batteries. The iPhone maker said that the update was necessary to prevent unexpected shutdowns and preserve the life of the devices.

However, the Cupertino-based tech giant also apologised for not communicating to users properly and offered affected customers cut-price iPhone battery replacements. France’s consumer fraud group imposed a 25 million euros fine on Apple for deliberately slowing down certain older iPhone models.


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Apple Survey Hints About the Exclusion of Charger in iPhone 12 Retail Box: All Details Here

Apple is reportedly surveying its users regarding the chargers bundled with its iPhones. The development comes at a time when rumours are abuzz that Apple might exclude the charger and headphones from its iPhone 12 retail box when it launches the smartphone later this year. The survey hints that Apple is asking existing iPhone users what they have done with the chargers that came in their retail box.

In fact, iPhone users in Brazil took to Twitter and posted about the survey which includes questionnaires about how they are using the charger. One of the many who took the survey revealed that he was asked by Apple on the fate of the charger that he got when he purchased the iPhone XR.

Interestingly, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that the iPhone 12 series will not get shipped with the standard wall chargers inside the retail box. Kuo, in fact, in one of his previous reports also mentioned that the exclusion of both the charger and earpods could be a strategic move by Apple to push the sales of the charger and also its wireless AirPods, separately. This means that users may well have to spend more money in case they don’t have a USB Type-C charger. In fact, it should be noted that a previous report also hinted that Apple is working on a new 20W charger to sell them separately. Therefore, going forward, it would be truly interesting to see if Apple decides to include the charger inside the retail box or ends up selling it separately for the very first time.


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Apple Likely to Slash iPhone 12 5G Shipments in 2020, May Sell Only 15 to 20 Million Units

Apple is reportedly planning to ship 15-20 million units of 5G iPhone 12 this year. Supply chain estimates previously tipped Apple’s 5G iPhone, likely to be called iPhone 12, to ship between 30-40 million units. This estimate has now been revised massively, “with expectations now reportedly only set at between 15 and 20 million units, a 50 per cent reduction,” reports DigiTimes.

The main reason for the lower shipments than the previous estimation is vague at the moment. It could be possibly due to the pandemic as the world economy has tanked in recent months. The “iPhone 12” range is expected to consist of four models, all with 5G connectivity.

Meanwhile, Apple is also likely to delay the launch of new iPhone 12 series by at least two months which may take place in November instead of the usual mid-September time-frame. According to a report by investment bank Cowen, Apple’s second-quarter production is expected to be 35 million units, down 5 per cent from the first quarter and down 13 per cent from the same period last year.


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iPhone Users, Here is How to Hide Yourself on WhatsApp if You Are on iOS 13

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While there’s no official tool to hide when you’re online, there’s a sneaky workaround for the iPhone users. Read more here.

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  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 2:17 PM IST

If you do not want your friends or colleagues to find out when you last checked WhatsApp, there is a trick for Apple users who are using the latest update iOS 13. While there’s no official tool to hide when you’re online, there’s a sneaky workaround for the iPhone users.

Wait for a message to arrive on your iPhone so a notification appears in your lock screen. Press down on the notification, and the full text will appear and you can scroll down to see the message in full. While you will have read the message, it won’t trigger the blue ticks or show that you were online, reports Mirror.co.uk.

Currently, WhatsApp’s default settings mean your contacts automatically know if you have read their messages and when you were last active on the app. In privacy settings, you can tap ‘Last Seen’ and then Nobody to avoid this, and you can also turn off Read Receipts by pressing the toggle. At the moment, the only official way not to appear ‘online’ or ‘typing’ is to activate Airplane Mode. This WhatsApp trick works on any device that can upgrade to iOS 13.