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Apple iPhone 9 Could Launch at Starting Price of $399: Report

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The Apple iPhone 9 is expected to come with a 6.1-inch LCD display supplied by Japan Display.

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Apple is soon expected to launch its much-rumoured successor of the iPhone SE, which is likely to be called either the iPhone SE2 or the iPhone 9. According to the latest report, the starting price of the iPhone 9 is expected to be $399 (approximately Rs 28,466). A report mentioned that according to their sources, the upcoming iPhone is likely to be around the same price as the first iPhone SE. The latest report puts emphasis on previously predicted prices by Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo, who had stated that the starting price of the iPhone 9 would be $399. Apple launched the iPhone SE in 2016 at $399, but Apple discontinued the device in September 2018.

As per earlier leaks, the iPhone 9 is expected to come with a 6.1-inch LCD display. It is likely to come equipped with Full Active display supplied by Japan Display. The upcoming iPhone, the first device to be launched by Apple in 2020, will have a single camera along with an LED flash. The device might come powered with the A12 chip from Apple. The power key is expected to be positioned on the right and the ring/silent switch, as well as volume rocker, will be to the left. The bottom of the iPhone 9 is expected to sport dual speakers with a Lightning connector in between.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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Apple Captures 2 Percent Market Share With 41 Percent Year-on-Year Growth in India

The price cut on the iPhone XR immediately made it the best selling iPhone within Apple portfolio for two successive quarters.

Apple Captures 2 Percent Market Share With 41 Percent Year-on-Year Growth in India
The price cut on the iPhone XR immediately made it the best selling iPhone within Apple portfolio for two successive quarters.

Riding on the strong demand for iPhone XR and iPhone 11, Apple became one of the fastest-growing brands in India in the fourth quarter of 2019, capturing 2 percent market share with a year-on-year growth of 41 percent, Counterpoint Research said on Friday. On an annual level, Apple shipments are set to rebound in India during 2019 with an estimated growth (YoY) of 6 percent.

“This is compared to a 43 percent decline it had during 2018, thanks to the price correction of iPhone XR, revamped channel strategy and expansion of local manufacturing in India,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint Research, told IANS. The initial strong demand for the iPhone 11 series was driven by aggressive pricing, promotional and channel strategy. “The EMI along with cashback offers on iPhone 11 series especially iPhone 11 did well during the important festive launch,” Pathak added. Additionally, the fastest ever roll-out in India ahead during the festive season led to the strong initial shipments.

In fact, the price cut on iPhone XR immediately made it the best selling iPhone within Apple portfolio for two successive quarters (Q2 2019, and Q3 2019). The Cupertino-based tech giant is fast selling almost all products — iPhones, Apple Watch, Mac desktops, and AirPods Pro — apart from a growing Apple TV community in India. The reason for Apple’s rise lies in a better understanding of a market that requires unique customer strategies and mind games, not seen in other, more evolved smartphone territories. “Apple still continues to be an aspirational brand in India and the success of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 indicates that Apple can grow faster in India provided with the right channel and pricing strategy in place,” said Pathak. iPhone XR is being manufactured at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai and iPhone 7 and 6S being assembled at supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru.


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Apple iPhone 11 is Selling so Well That TSMC May Have to Increase A13 Chip Production

Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models have outsold 2018’s releases in the Chinese market, even without 5G facilities.

Apple iPhone 11 is Selling so Well That TSMC May Have to Increase A13 Chip Production
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The rising popularity of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro has prompted Apple to ask chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to increase the production of the A13 processor. According to a report in Bloomberg, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models have outsold 2018’s releases in the Chinese market, even without 5G capabilities just yet. The report says that “iPhone demand has been outperforming the market and Apple’s expectations”, and has cited a source as saying that the cheapest iPhone 11 model that has an LCD display screen was the driving force behind the increase in demand.This comes just ahead of the expected launch of the smaller and more affordable iPhone sometime in the next few weeks, and could be the newest addition to the iPhone line-up.

Another reason for Apple to increase the production of chips by TSMC could be for for the upcoming launch of a new model of iPhone that is slated to be priced at a more affordable price point. The iPhone SE successor, as it is popularly referred to, is slated for mass production in February, will reportedly be unveiled in March. However, both TSMC and Apple have declined to comment on the same. Apart from the A13 chipset, the Taiwan based TSMC will also be manufacturing and supplying the A14 chip for the newer versions of iPhones as well.

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Expected to Come in Navy Blue Colour

Apple is likely to launch five iPhones, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, in 2020.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Expected to Come in Navy Blue Colour
iPHone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

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Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 Pro is likely to be available in a new Navy Blue colour option as revealed by tipster Max Weinbach. In a video shared by EverythingApplePro on YouTube, Weinbach has asserted that the Navy Blue colour will probably replace the existing Midnight-Green finish of the iPhone 11 Pro models.

In the past, Weinbanch’s prediction about the light green iPhone 11 in May last year was correct, however he had stated that the light green colour will replace the yellow colour but that did not happen as iPhone 11 was available in both yellow and light green colour variants.

Apple is expected to launch a total of five phones out of which four phones will belong to the iPhone 12 series. These are likely to include the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. While one will be an iPhone SE 2 also being called as the iPhone 9. If rumours are to be believed all iPhone 12 phones will have OLED displays. In terms of variants, it is expected that there will be one model each in 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch size while there will be two phones which will be 6.1-inches in size.