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Apple TV+ is Bringing Content For Your Kids to Keep Them Busy During Summer Vacations

Apple TV+ is Bringing Content For Your Kids to Keep Them Busy During Summer Vacations

The plan to bring contents for kids was revealed through a 30-second ad spod titled ‘The Next Generation’.

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  • Last Updated: May 25, 2020, 2:10 PM IST

Apple has released a 30-second ad on YouTube and other channels to promote child-friendly movies and shows on its Apple TV+ streaming service as summer vacation begins in most countries including in India. The 30-second ad spot titled ‘The Next Generation’ showcases content like ‘Ghost Writer,’ ‘Helpsters,’ ‘Snoopy in Space’ and ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,’ among others.

The video that was released on Sunday describes the streaming service as offering “original series and films to inspire the next generation of dreamers, explorers, and believers”. “Here We Are” is the latest show to become available within the group, landing on the service on April 17, reports Apple Insider.

The film is adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers and created by animation firm Studio AKA. Meanwhile, WarnerMedia has announced its new streaming service HBO Max will be available from May 27 on Apple devices, fully integrated with the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TVs. Customers who are billed through the App Store or through Apple TV Channels for HBO Now will be upgraded automatically to HBO Max at no additional charge.




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Apple Sold 3.9 Million iPhones in China in April as it Reopens All Retail Stores in the Country

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In April, overall smartphone shipments in China was up over 94 per cent in comparison to March and reached 40.8 million.

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  • Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 10:59 AM IST

Apple bounced back in April in China after a dull March owing to lockdowns, selling 3.9 million iPhones which is nearly 160 percent increase from the previous month. In April, overall smartphone shipments in China was up over 94 percent in comparison to March and reached 40.8 million, reports CNBC. Apple closed all its retail stores outside Greater China in March as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. All the Apple stores in Greater China are now open.

According to the IDC, Apple has always had a significant share of smartphones in use in China because iOS-based iPhones have a longer replacement cycle than Android phones. In 2019, Apple continued to have the largest user base among smartphone vendors in China, with iPhones in use accounting for 18.9 percent – representing a slightly lower percentage than in 2018 – of all smartphones in use in China.

The mid-range smartphone segment in which the new iPhone SE falls ($400-$600 exclusive of tax) experienced a contraction in China throughout 2019 as vendors gradually shifted away from the segment to the mainstream price range emphasizing performance to price and to the high end.

“The new iPhone SE has a clear target audience, i.e. users of older iPhone models. It is therefore not so much an attack as a defense amid increasingly intense competition for users in the domestic market as Apple attempts to keep existing iPhone users in the iOS fold,” according to Xi Wang, research manager at IDC China.

According to the latest report from Counterpoint Research, smartphone sales in China experienced the roughest March quarter in recent memory, dropping by 22 percent compared to Q1 2019 values. The iPhone 11 was the best-selling device for the January–February period, marking the seventh consecutive month it reigned supreme. Apple also managed to increase its market share. “Consumers continued to purchase iPhones from e-commerce platforms despite the shutdown of Apple stores across China during February,” said Ethan Qi, senior analyst at Counterpoint.




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Apple iPhone 12 Launch Likely Delayed Until October Due to COVID-19 Crisis

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The upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 may start from $649 while 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may come with a price tag of $749.

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  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 2:49 PM IST

Cupertino based tech giant Apple may push the September “iPhone 12” event into early October due to global coronavirus pandemic. Apple is considering pushing the announcement into October to avoid a gap between the event and handsets reaching store shelves and the iPhone maker will have more stores reopened by that point as well, according to Jon Prosser, a reliable Apple insider.

Prosser, who correctly reported the release date of the iPhone SE said that there is also the possibility that a later iPhone 12 launch event could allow more reporters and analysts to attend in person. According to Posser, 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will be available with 128GB or 256GB of storage and that 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro models will have 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options.

Prosser has claimed that the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 may start from $649 while 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may come with a price tag of $749. Like the 5.4-inch iPhone, the 6.1-inch device will sport 5G connectivity and a dual-camera setup at the rear. The only difference is that it would come with a bigger 6.1-inch OLED display, said Prosser. There will be two ‘pro’ iPhone 12 models as well.




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FBI Manages to Break Into a US Gunman's iPhone Without Apple's Assistance

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The iPhone belonged to Mohammed Aishamrani, the Saudi air force officer, prime accused in the Florida Naval Air Station shooting in December 2019.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:48 AM IST

The US government has accessed an iPhone of a terrorist involved in December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, without any help from Apple despite repeated requests. In a media briefing, US Attorney General William Barr said that Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi air force officer accused of killing three classmates and injuring eight others at Florida Naval Air Station on December 6 was affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Alshamrani shot one of his two iPhones, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wanted to examine but Apple refused once again, reports NBCNews. “Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable,” Barr said on Monday.

The FBI director Chris Wray credited technical skill of the agency in accessing the iPhone “We received effectively no help from Apple,” said Wray. According to Forbes, the FBI has spent $72,150 on GrayKey technology in April that can break through Apple encryption and get data. The agency has spent over $1 million on the technology that costs $15,000-$30,000 for a license.

Apple earlier defended its stance on hardware encryption, as the FBI asked the Cupertino-based giant to unlock two iPhones owned by the Florida shooter. “Building back doors into encryption is not the way we are going to solve those issues,” Jane Horvath, Apple’s Senior Director of Global Privacy, said in January this year. Apple also denied FBI access to an iPhone belonging to the shooter in San Bernardino terror attack in 2016. The FBI had to pay professional hackers to break into the device.




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Apple Suggests Key Covid-19 Protections for its Supply Chain Partners

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Apple said it is working with its suppliers around the world on a range of protections suited to the circumstances in each country.

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  • Last Updated: May 16, 2020, 3:10 PM IST

Health screenings, limiting density, and ensuring strict adherence to social distancing are some of the measures that Apple said it has taken in its global supply chain to address COVID-19’s challenges and to ensure people are able to return to work safely. Apple said it is working with its suppliers around the world on a range of protections suited to the circumstances in each country.

These details were revealed in Apple’s annual “Supplier Responsibility Progress Report” released on Thursday which also included a letter from Sabih Khan, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations.

“We put people first in everything we do — and require everyone we work with to do the same — because we want to uphold the highest standards,” Khan said in the letter. “We’re requiring the use of personal protective equipment — both during work and in all common areas — and have worked together to implement enhanced deep cleaning protocols and deploy masks and sanitizers,” he added.

Apple said it has partnered with suppliers to redesign and reconfigure factory floorplans where needed and to implement flexible working hours — including staggered work shifts — to maximise interpersonal space. “We continue to work closely with leading medical and privacy experts to develop advanced health and safety protocols,” Khan said. The ‘Supplier Responsibility Progress Report’ which is a look back at the progress it made last year said that 19.4 million supplier employees were trained on workplace rights since 2008.

Apple said its health and wellness education training programme expanded to Vietnam, joining China and India. Over one million supplier employees have received training through the programme, it added. As part of its “Responsible Sourcing” programme, the “Salmon Gold” project developed new mining methods while achieving habitat restoration. Apple said it is pioneering the use of blockchain technology to trace Salmon Gold from the mine to its supply chain.




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Latest iPhone 12 Leak Suggests Base Model to be Priced at $649 With 128GB Storage

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Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 12 lineup in September, although, there is no official word yet.

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  • Last Updated: May 12, 2020, 8:09 PM IST

Apple is expected to launch four new iPhones under the iPhone 12 series and now a new report has claimed that the upcoming lineup will start with 128GB of storage. This would be twice as much base storage as the 64GB that iPhone maker has offered for the last three years, according to Jon Prosser, a reliable Apple insider.

Apple has increased the base storage capacity of its newest iPhones over the years, going from 16GB to 32GB with the iPhone 7 and from 32GB to 64GB with the iPhone 8 lineup, and iPhone X. Prosser, who correctly reported the release date of the iPhone SE said that 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will be available with 128GB or 256GB of storage and that 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro models will have 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options.

Prosser has claimed that the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 may start from $649 while 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may come with a price tag of $749. Like the 5.4-inch iPhone, the 6.1-inch device will sport 5G connectivity and a dual-camera setup at the rear. The only difference is that it would come with a bigger 6.1-inch OLED display, said Prosser. There will be two ‘pro’ iPhone 12 models as well.




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Apple iPhone SE 2020 Available for Just Rs 38,900: Here's How You Can Buy It

Interested customers can get the offer on the iPhone SE by using their HDFC Bank Debit or Credit cards.

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Apple to Reopen Some Retail Stores in US Next Week While Enforcing Social Distancing Protocol

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The company will be opening only six retail stores out of 271 that it operates in the US.

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  • Last Updated: May 9, 2020, 11:44 AM IST

Apple is set to reopen some retail stores in the US next week, with additional safety procedures including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings in place to ensure customers and employees continue to stay healthy. Apple’s US retail stores have been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to begin reopening stores in the US next week, starting with some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, and Alaska,” an Apple representative told CNBC. “Our new social distance protocol allows for a limited number of visitors in the store at one time so there may be a delay for walk-in customers. We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pickup,” said the company.

There are, however, only six retail stores in those US states where Apple is reopening. Apple operates 271 stores in the US and over 500 globally. “More than 70 stores in Asia, Europe, and Australia are now open after being closed to help combat the novel coronavirus outbreak,” reports The Verge. Apple said that its teams are constantly monitoring local health data and government guidance. “We’ve missed our customers and look forward to offering our support. With many working and learning from home, our primary focus will be providing service and support at the Genius Bar,” said the company.