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iPhone 12 May Feature Wireless Charging With Magnetic Attachment, Says New Report

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce iPhone 12 with magnetic positioning that will move the phone automatically to the optimal position on the charging pad. According to a report, the magnets may not only provide a “snap in” wireless charging system but might also be used for mounting purposes.

With this feature, iPhone 12 will provide modular upgrades fitted through magnetic connection, reports EverythingApplePro. The technology is also expected to work with the reverse charging feature for iPhone 12 that would certainly allow the upcoming iPhone to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20 series.

Apple is expected to launch four new iPhones under the iPhone 12 series which would include two premium variants, and presently it is not clear which model will come with this technology. iPhone 12 Pro will come in 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch sizes and may feature a high refresh-rate 120Hz ProMotion display, as presently seen on iPad Pro.

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, as famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously claimed.


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Apple iPhone 12 Series Unveiling Could Happen in Two Stages Due to Supply Chain Hurdles

While it is no longer a secret that Apple is going to defer the launch of the iPhone 12 series from its usual September time-frame due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, a new report has now claimed that the tech giant is reportedly planning to roll out its upcoming smartphones in two stages. The report points to the fact that it is the supply chain issues that have reportedly prompted Apple to take such a call. However, as always, there is no official word from the company itself.

As per a report by Digitimes, the roll-out of the new iPhone 12 series will see the 6.1-inch iPhone to be delivered first followed by the 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch devices. The report also states Apple suppliers have already begun shipping SLP (substrate-like PCB) mainboards for the 6.1-inch iPhone. Supplies, however, will start shipping the SLP for the other two models from later this month.

The latest report on the phased launch of the Apple iPhone 12 series smartphones is not the only to come out of the rumour mill so far. Previous reports have suggested that Apple will launch four smartphones in the iPhone 12 series family. For instance, the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones that will pack dual-lens and an affordable price tag. The higher-end models will consist of a 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch iPhones which will come with triple-lens cameras. All the iPhones will also reportedly use 5G technology as well.

Recently, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the iPhone 12 series models are not likely to come with wired EarPods and standard Type-C USB wall chargers inside the retail box. Kuo said that this could be a strategic move by the company to drive demand for the wireless AirPods and also sell the charger separately.


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Apple Officially Shuts Down Dark Sky App on Both Android and Wear OS

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According to reports, third-party weather apps using Dark Sky’s data on Android will have access until the end of 2021.

  • Last Updated: August 3, 2020, 10:48 AM IST

Popular weather app Dark Sky which Apple acquired in March this year has announced that Android users will no longer be able to access the app and subscribers who were previously active will receive a full refund. Following the purchase of Dark Sky by Apple, its official app for Android was originally scheduled to stop working on July 1.

Instead of shuttering the app on that date, the app’s developers announced that the discontinuation was delayed for a month, reports 9To5Google. Dark Sky’s Android app has been downloaded more than a million times. The app will also no longer work on Wear OS. Meanwhile, Dark Sky was originally planning to shut down weather forecasts, maps, and embeds are available on its website. Weather forecasts and maps on the Dark Sky website will remain active for the time being.

“Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy,” Dark Sky co-founder Adam Grossman had said earlier. According to the report, third-party weather apps using Dark Sky’s data will have access until the end of 2021. The application programming interface (API) continues to function for existing customers, but new sign-ups are no longer accepted.


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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 Q3 2020 Revenue Clocks Record $59.7 Billion Amid Covid-19 Crisis and Store Closures

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iPhone sales were $26.4 billion, iPad revenue was $6.6 billion while Mac revenue reached $7.1 billion, the tech giant said.

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  • Last Updated: July 31, 2020, 11:10 AM IST

Beating the pandemic blues, Apple has posted $59.7 billion in revenue for its fiscal 2020 third quarter ended June 27, an increase of 11 per cent from the year-ago quarter, as iPhone sales beat the Wall Street estimates. Apple’s board of directors approves a four-for-one stock split, effective from August 31. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Apple’s record June quarter was driven by double-digit growth in both Products and Services and growth in each of our geographic segments,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“In uncertain times, this performance is a testament to the important role our products play in our customers’ lives and to Apple’s relentless innovation,” he said in a statement. iPhone sales were $26.4 billion, iPad revenue was $6.6 billion while Mac revenue reached $7.1 billion. Apple posted revenue of $6.5 billion in the Wearables, Home and Accessories segment while its Services vertical (App Store, Apple Music and iCloud etc) reached $13.2 billion in sales. The solid results took Apple stock up to as much as 6.3 per cent in extended trading, pushing the stock above $400 for the first time.

“Our June quarter performance was strong evidence of Apple’s ability to innovate and execute during challenging times,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “The record business results drove our active installed base of devices to an all-time high in all of our geographic segments and all major product categories. We grew EPS by 18 per cent and generated operating cash flow of $16.3 billion during the quarter, a June quarter record for both metrics,” Maestri informed. Following last quarter’s lead, Apple didn’t provide guidance for the September quarter.


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Apple Allegedly Offered to Reduce App Store Fee to Get Amazon Prime Video on Devices

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Apple normally charges 30 percent fee for most in-app purchases, but in case of Amazon, it reportedly offered 15 percent fee on subscriptions that signed through Prime video app.

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  • Last Updated: July 30, 2020, 1:05 PM IST

The US House antitrust subcommittee has revealed that Apple offered a lower 15 per cent subscription fee to Amazon for bringing its Prime Video app on the Apple TV set-top box. Apple normally charges 30 per cent fee for most in-app purchases but in the case of Amazon, it allegedly offered 15 per cent fee on subscriptions that signed up through the Prime Video app, according to an email exchange released by the US Congress panel during the testimony on Wednesday.

The US Congressional hearing over anti-competition practices of the global tech giants was also attended via video conference by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. “Apple executive Eddy Cue emailed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2016 suggesting Apple would take a 15% fee on subscriptions that signed up through the app, which is lower than Apple’s customary 30% fee for most in-app purchases,” reports CNBC. The approach showed that “big players can negotiate for better business terms” on Apple’s App Store. Cook, however, testified on Wednesday that “We apply the rules to all developers evenly”. In 2017, Cook announced that Amazon’s Prime Video service would be launching on the Apple TV set-top box.

Apple generally takes 30 per cent of the initial purchase price, including 30 per cent from the first year of subscription services that customers buy through the app, then drops the fee to 15% in the second year of a subscription. Swedish music streaming service last year lodged an antitrust complaint with the EU regulators, saying iOS App Store rules are unfair. Spotify said that Apple requires it and other digital services to pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to a premium subscription. Apple slammed Spotify for wanting “all the benefits of a free app without being free”.



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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 Vows to be Completely Carbon Neutral Across Its Products and Supply Chains by 2030

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Apple’s most recent environmental report, which also covered fiscal 2018, put its carbon footprint at 25.2 million tons.

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  • Last Updated: July 21, 2020, 6:53 PM IST

Apple Inc said on Tuesday it plans to remove carbon emissions from its entire business, including its products and sprawling supply chain, over the next decade. The iPhone maker said its global corporate operations such as offices and data centres are already carbon neutral but that it will extend its effort to the thousands of suppliers that contribute to its products.

Apple said it aims to achieve 75% of the goal by reducing emissions, with the remaining 25% coming from carbon removal or offset projects such as planting trees and restoring habitats. For its supply chain, Apple aims to address what are termed “scope three” emissions, which come indirectly from a company’s value chain. In Apple’s case, this means contract manufacturers such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd’s Foxconn.

Apple said 74% of its overall carbon emissions are generated by product manufacturing. To address the scope three emissions from manufacturing, Apple said it will help set up a $100 million “U.S.-China Green Fund” to provide capital investments to suppliers for energy efficiency projects. The company has also been working with suppliers to reduce emissions by using recycled materials, saying its iPhones now use recycled rare earth elements in a component called the taptic engine.

Rare earth elements are energy-intensive to mine but are often used in amounts too small to make recycling economical. Apple said it has created a robot to recover the materials from some of its devices. Apple said its carbon removal or offset efforts will come via a fund to assist projects such as restoring mangrove ecosystems in Colombia and savannas in Kenya. The company did not disclose a dollar figure for the fund.

Apple’s nature-based carbon removal strategy contrasts with other companies such as Microsoft Corp, which earlier this year said it would invest $1 billion over the next four years in engineering-based carbon removal technologies. Apple’s most recent environmental report, covering fiscal 2018, put its carbon footprint at 25.2 million tons.


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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.