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India Shipped 152mn Phones in 2019, Registers 8% Growth as Apple Leads Premium Segment

Representative image of the rise of digital technology usage in India. (Photo: Telenor)

Representative image of the rise of digital technology usage in India. (Photo: Telenor)

According to IDC’s annual data from the Indian smartphone industry, Vivo led the sub-premium category, and OnePlus played a key role too.

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  • Last Updated: February 7, 2020, 3:55 PM IST

India is among the few smartphone markets that are still registering growth, as most developed markets are seeing a slowdown in smartphone shipments due to saturation. According to IDC’s annual data of 2019, India saw a total of 152.5 million phones being shipped through the year, which marks an 8 percent annual growth over what was shipped in 2018. While India no longer remains in double digit growth phase, industry watchers and companies will still take note of the key growth areas that are still contributing to smartphone shipments growing in the country.

IDC’s data further states that the share of online smartphone shipments are steadily on the rise in India. Upasana Joshi, associate research manager at IDC India states on this matter, “The online growth momentum continued through the year with a record share of 41.7% in 2019, growing by 18.4% YoY annually due to deep discounts, cashback offers, buyback/exchange schemes, and complete protection offers clubbed with attractive financing schemes like No Cost EMIs across major model line ups and brands.” In contrast, the offline smartphone market grew only 1.6 percent in India, through the year.

In terms of price distribution in India, IDC states that the sub-$200 (~sub-Rs 15,000) smartphone market in India accounted for 79 percent of the market. The mid-range market, which roughly stands for between Rs 15,000 and Rs 35,000, captured 19.3 percent of the market, while the remaining sliver of 1.7 percent was captured by premium devices. In the latter, IDC notes that Apple crossed Samsung to capture 47.4 percent of the premium smartphone market in India, thanks to the iPhone XR and a lower priced launch of the iPhone 11.

In the premium end of the mid-range phones, IDC states that Vivo led the charts with 28 percent market share, largely thanks to the Vivo V15 Pro. Vivo was closely followed by OnePlus in this segment, thanks to the OnePlus 7. With 5G on the horizon and more interesting form factor smartphones on the way, it remains to be seen how the Indian market fares through 2020 and beyond.

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Apple Might Soon Let You Unlock Your Car Using an iPhone

The first beta version of Apple’s iOS 13.4 update has been released. With this version, users will be able to use their iPhone or Apple Watch as their car keys that can lock, unlock and even start their car. As per a report published by 9to5 Mac, the latest iOS 13.4 beta update contains references to a ‘CarKey’ application programming interface (API). It is with this interface that a user will be able to use their Apple device like the iPhone or Apple Watch as the key of their car.

Further, the report mentions that according to the system’s internal file, a user will only be able to use this feature if the car is NFC (Near Field communication) compatible since a user will need to hold their Apple device near the car to use it as its key. In order to pair a car with the device, users will have to go to the Wallet app and follow the procedure, after which he/she will have to go to the car manufacturer’s app to complete the process. Once the setup is done, users will have to keep their iPhone on top of the NFC reader for the initial process. After the process is done, the car key will be available in the Wallet app and then can be used through the iPhone or even an Apple Watch. Moreover, the feature can be shared with multiple people after the main user invites them through the Wallet app.

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Consumers Purchased More Apple Watches Than Traditional Swiss Watches in 2019

Apple Watch. (Image: Vishal Mathur/ News18.com)

Apple Watch. (Image: Vishal Mathur/ News18.com)

Swiss watchmakers, like Swatch and Tissot, are losing the smartwatch wars.

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  • Last Updated: February 6, 2020, 4:54 PM IST

Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry by a huge margin in 2019. Apple Watch shipped 31 million units worldwide in 2019, compared with 21 million for all Swiss watch brands combined. According to Strategy Analytics a global, independent research and consulting firm, traditional Swiss watchmakers, like Swatch and Tissot, are losing the smartwatch wars. Apple Watch is delivering a better product through deeper retail channels and appealing to younger consumers who increasingly want digital wristwear.

“We estimate Apple Watch shipped 30.7 million units worldwide in 2019, growing a healthy 36 percent from 22.5 million in 2018. A blend of attractive design, user-friendly tech, and sticky apps makes the Apple Watch wildly popular in North America, Western Europe and Asia, Steven Waltzer, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. The latest smartwatch from the Cupertino-based tech giant Apple Watch Series 5 is powered by watchOS 6 and comes with a new ‘Always On’ display feature. The latest smartwatch from Apple features top-of-the-line ECG and fall detection features, among other health benefits.

For added personal safety while traveling, users with cellular models of Apple Watch Series 5 can now complete international calls to emergency services, regardless of where the device was originally purchased or if the cellular plan has been activated. New location features, from a built-in compass to current elevation, help users better navigate their day. Apple Watch Series 5 is available in a wider range of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, ceramic and an all-new titanium variant.

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Apple Will Soon Standardise Two-factor Authentication Messages to Prevent Phishing Scams

Engineers have proposed to standardise the format of two-factor authentication (2FA), so that incoming messages are easily identified by browsers and other mobile apps.

Representative image. (Photo: National Cyber Security Centre/iStock)
Representative image. (Photo: National Cyber Security Centre/iStock)

Known for its privacy and security features, Apple is reportedly planning to come up with authentication SMS messages to prevent phishing scams, reported PhoneArena.com. Apple engineers have reportedly put forward a proposal to work towards a standardised format for two-factor authentication SMS containing one-time passcodes that users receive during the login process.

The suggestion has come from engineers of Apple Webkit, a core component of the Safari browser which is the default browser on Apple devices. According to reports, the suggestion is backed by Google engineers working on Chromium. The new feature would rely on SMS messages that would contain the associated login URL inside.

Besides, the proposal aims to standardise the format of two-factor authentication (2FA), so that incoming messages are easily identified by browsers and other mobile apps. As a result of this, a browser would recognise the web domain inside the message, and automatically extract the OTP code to complete the login operation without further user interaction. With the advent of this feature, the process of receiving and entering an OTP would become automated, preventing the user from falling for a scam.

After the introduction of the feature, apps and browsers would obtain the OTP code and complete the two-factor authentication login process. In case of any mismatch, the auto-complete operation will fail, which, in turn, would enable human readers to see the website’s actual URL, and compare it to the site they’re trying to login.

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Apple iPhone 9 Trial Production Begins, to Hit Mass Production by Mid-February

However, the recent coronavirus outbreak in China may impact Apple’s production plans and could delay some units by a few weeks.

Apple iPhone 9 Trial Production Begins, to Hit Mass Production by Mid-February
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iPhone lovers have a reason to cheer as Apple has reportedly taken a big step towards starting the mass production of iPhone 9, which is scheduled to launch in March. In order to build up a large level of stock ahead of the smartphone’s official launch, Apple has ordered an early batch of 30 million units of the iPhone 9, reported Chinese site MyDrivers.

According to report, Apple could kick off full mass production by mid-February. The company has started trial production to iron out any issues and ensure assembly lines run smoothly. However, the recent coronavirus outbreak in China may impact Apple’s production plans and could delay some units by a few weeks.

Besides the iPhone 9, Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a revamped iPad Pro, which will be equipped with the A13X Bionic processor and an advanced triple-camera setup on the back with an entirely new 3D sensing system. If previous reports are anything to go by, then the new 3D sensing system is expected to be even more powerful than Apple’s existing Face ID technology, introduced in September 2017 on the iPhone X.

Reports also suggest that the tech giant is working on Tile-like tracking tags for months under the name ‘AirTags.’ The new tags would rely on the U1 Ultra Wideband chip, which will allow users to track items with much more accuracy than permitted over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Apart from the aforementioned products, Apple is also rumoured to come up with a small wireless charging mat and a pair of premium over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones.


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Apple iPhone 9 Plus to Feature Touch ID Embedded Power Button

The Apple iPhone 9 Plus is expected to be a lower-cost model and is likely to feature an LCD screen.

Apple iPhone 9 Plus to Feature Touch ID  Embedded Power Button
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If rumours are to be believed, Apple is expected to release an iPhone in the first half of 2021 that will replace the Face ID with Touch ID. The Touch ID power button, basically a fingerprint scanner on the power button, will be placed on the side of the device. A report based on a research note with TF International Securities has revealed that the screen of the 2021 iPhone, which is likely to be iPhone 9 Plus or the iPhone SE2 Plus, will most likely be an LCD. It further revealed that the iPhone 9 Plus is expected to be a lower-cost model.

The report mentioned TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, saying that the fingerprint solution or the Touch ID will be capacitive and would feature a “new design” for users to have a better experience. Kuo last month claimed that iPhone 9 Plus will have a display of either 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch, hinting that the size will range between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 11. According to a report, the iPhone 9 Plus is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2021.

Apple is expected to introduce a host of products in the coming months and a number of new iPhones are expected to be announced in the second half of this year. These include a new affordable iPhone, a new wireless charging mat, a pair of high-end headphones and updates for the iPad Pro and MacBooks.


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Apple Has Started Rolling-Out Redesigned Maps App in the US

The revamped Apple Maps has some features similar to those in Google Maps, such as local street pictures, AI to sync flight status and reservations to the calendar.

Apple Has Started Rolling-Out Redesigned Maps App in the US
Apple on Thursday said it has finished rolling out an overhauled map app in the US in another attempt to challenge Google’s popular smartphone navigation software.

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Apple said it has finished rolling out an overhauled map app in the US in another attempt to challenge Google’s popular smartphone navigation software. Apple spent years rebuilding the application, its cars travelling millions of miles to map roads after a version launched in 2012 was so problematic it prompted a rare public apology from chief executive Tim Cook. Mapping programs on mobile devices is seen as a way to stay in tune with smartphone lifestyles and pursue opportunities to make money connecting people with nearby offerings such as restaurants, theatres, clothing shops and other businesses.

Apple said the redesigned “Maps” program is fast, accurate, and comprehensive, even weaving in transit options in some locations. Maps will begin rolling out in Europe in the coming months. “We set out to create the best and most private maps app on the planet that is reflective of how people explore the world today,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said in a release.

“It is an effort we are deeply invested in and required that we rebuild the map from the ground up to reimagine how Maps enhances people’s lives, from navigating to work or school or planning an important vacation, all with privacy at its core”. Apple Maps had some features similar to those in Google Maps, such as pictures of locations taken at street level and artificial intelligence to check the status of flight reservations noted in email boxes or on calendars.

As with other products, Apple stressed work done to protect user privacy, such as obscuring search terms, routing, and other data, according to the company.

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Apple iPhone 9, Wireless Charging Mat, iPad Pro, High-End Headphones, Coming in First Half of 2020

Apple could announce a new iPhone, updated iPad Pro and MacBooks, a new wireless charger and a new pair of Bluetooth headphones by early 2020.

Apple iPhone 9, Wireless Charging Mat, iPad Pro, High-End Headphones, Coming in First Half of 2020
Apple could announce a new iPhone, updated iPad Pro and MacBooks, a new wireless charger and a new pair of Bluetooth headphones by early 2020.

Apple is said to working on launching a range of new products in the first half of 2020, including a pair of high-end headphones. The tech giant may unveil the headphones, tag trackers, updated versions of iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, The Verge reported citing a research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

It is rumoured that Apple could release a 4.7-inch LCD equipped iPhone and a new wireless charger. The 4.7-inch LCD iPhone is expected to have the same design as the iPhone 8 with updated, iPhone 11-caliber specifications. This will be similar to what happened with the original iPhone SE, which borrowed the iPhone 5 design and was updated with the improved camera and processor from the iPhone 6S.

The Apple AirTags will be equipped with a Tile-like Bluetooth tracker that would use ultra wideband (UWB), which can help track down lost items. One of the most talked-about products is a wireless charging mat with a new, smaller wireless charger. Apple, while announcing the iPhone X in September 2017, had announced the AirPower wireless charger and had said that it could charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once using a multiple-coil design. The company had also said the custom, software-based features would allow for an iPhone to show charge levels for all charging devices. However, the product was eventually canceled.

Apple is also said to be working on new high-end Bluetooth headphones. However, there is no certainty as to whether the headphones will be based on the same over-ear noise-canceling models or an entirely new device. Apple has been quite successful with its AirPods range and this could be a nice addition to the category.

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Apple Expected to Produce 6 Million Units of iPhone 9 by Q1 2020

Apple had produced a total of 70 million iPhones in its first-quarter, of which 52 million phones were iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models.

Apple Expected to Produce 6 Million Units of iPhone 9 by Q1 2020
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Apple is expected to produce a total of six million units of the iPhone SE2, also called the iPhone 9, between the period of January 1 and March 31. As per a report, Cowen analyst and Managing Director Krish Sankar has claimed that the tech giant will be producing a total of six million pieces of iPhone SE 2 between January 1 and March 31. With this information, rumours about the phone’s launch in March seem to be more believable.

Sankar also added that the upcoming iPhone will probably be priced at $475 and will account for 12 percent of all iPhone production in Apple’s second quarter. This also means that the rest of the 40 million phones will be mostly iPhone 11 series phones including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple in its first quarter, which is from October 1 to December 30, had apparently produced a total of 70 million iPhones of which 52 million phones were iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models.

As per estimates, the company will target making another 43 million iPhones in its third fiscal quarter which ends on June 30. Further, analysis claims that the brand will ship a total of 195 million iPhones in this fiscal year which is from October 1, 2019, to September 29, 2020.

It is rumoured that the iPhone 9 will have a 4.7-inch notch-less LCD display and will also have a home button with Touch ID, advanced single-lens camera and the A13 Bionic processor. According to an image shared on Twitter, the imaging sensor of the upcoming device looks much bigger and thicker than the one on the back of the iPhone 8. This will most likely mean better camera performance. Till now it is not clear as to when Apple will launch the iPhone SE 2, and what will be the final name of the device. But if Apple launches the handset at a competitive price, it could work in favour of the company.

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Everything We Know About the Apple iPhone 12 Series So Far

This is a big year for Apple as the brand is expected to roll out 5 new iPhones, out of which four will be a part of iPhone 12 series while one phone is expected to be the iPhone 9. Even though, as of now, Apple has not revealed any details around the upcoming phones, there is a lot that has come into the limelight, courtesy of various leaks and rumours. We take a look at all the leaked info around the upcoming iPhone 12 phones:

1. From what is known so far, the iPhone 12 series will be available in three sizes. Two of the phones will have a display measuring 6.1-inches, while the other two phones are likely to have a display measuring 5.4-inches and 6.7-inches respectively.

2. All iPhone 12 will have an OLED display and will be supporting 5G connectivity.

3. In a recently leaked supply chain report, it was revealed that the iPhone 12 phones will be thinner than its predecessor iPhone 11.

4. In terms of camera, it is expected that two of the phones will have a dual camera on the rear, while the other two high-end models will have a triple-lens camera at the back.

5. The phones may also feature a 120Hz refresh rate display. This is the first time Apple will be introducing a 120Hz refresh rate to any of its phones. In 2017, the brand had introduced this feature in their iPad line up. Higher refresh rate means better responsiveness to the gestures, resulting in faster on-screen motion.

6. In a supply chain report, it was said that the upcoming iPhone 12 phones will have the next iteration of Apple’s A-series processors, which is presumed to be the A14. The report asserted that Apple’s partner TSMC will make the A14 processor using a new 5-nanometer process in Q2. The A13 was produced using a 7nm processor, so the A14 should be more power-efficient and faster.

7. iPhone 12 series is expected to go official in September this year.

It is notable that all the information that we have is based on the leaks and speculations floating around the internet. None of this is confirmed so do take it with a pinch of salt.