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Apple Event September 2020s: At the special ‘Time Flies’ event Tuesday, Apple announced Watch SE, Watch Series 6, iPad Air, 8th generation iPad, and a few new services.

At the special ‘Time Flies’ event Tuesday, Apple announced Watch SE, Watch Series 6, iPad Air, 8th generation iPad, and a few new services. In India, the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) is priced at Rs 40,900 while the Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) is priced at Rs 49,900. Apple prices the Watch SE (GPS) at Rs 29,900 and Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) at Rs 33,900. No availability dates have been announced for the two more affordable Apple Watch models.

The India prices of the Apple One plan are quite affordable in comparison to its US equivalent. The individual plan with Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage is priced Rs 195 per month. The family plan with Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage costs Rs 365 per month and can be shared with up to six family members. India does not seem to have access to the premium plan as Apple News is yet to launch in the market.

Apple on Tuesday 15 September announced a bunch of new hardware and some software. Here are the biggest announcements:

  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • The Apple Watch SE
  • The new 8th-generation iPad
  • The new iPad Air
  • Fitness+ workout services
  • Apple One Service bundles

It also said that iOS 14, its new iPhone software, will launch on Wednesday with lots of new features such as widgets, a new way to organize your home screen, security enhancements and more. Apple did not announce new iPhones. Those are expected at a future launch, perhaps next month. Check out everything Apple announced below.

Spotify calls out Apple’s ‘dominant position,’ ‘unfair practices’.

Spotify reiterated its calls against Apple’s alleged “unfair” and anti-competitive practice.

“Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services,” a Spotify spokesperson told CNBC. “We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect.”

Spotify has been outspoken on Apple’s App Store rules, which require it pay a 30% revenue cut earned through subscriptions that are made through the app on Apple devices. The streaming service also filed a complaint with the European Commission’s antitrust regulators in March 2019 arguing that Apple Music has an “unfair advantage” over rivals.

Peloton CEO reacts to Apple Fitness+ unveiling

Peloton CEO John Foley happened to be speaking at the company’s first-ever investor meeting just as Apple announced its new streaming exercise service, Fitness+.Foley said Apple’s move into the space is a “legitimization” of streaming fitness content.“The biggest thing I will say is it’s quite a legitimization of fitness content, to the extent the biggest company in the word, a $2 trillion company, is coming in and saying fitness content matters,” Foley said. “It’s meaningful enough for Apple.”

But Foley added that Peloton has an edge over Apple because the tech giant doesn’t make exercise equipment, like Peloton’s connected spinning bikes and treadmills, which he said was his company’s “special sauce.”

Apple announces iOS 14 iPhone update will be released on Wednesday

There weren’t any iPhones announced on Tuesday, but all of Apple’s new products require Apple’s newest software to run. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 14, the latest operating system for iPhones, will be released on Wednesday, ahead of an expected iPhone launch next month.

Apple updates midrange iPad Air with an edge-to-edge screen, fingerprint sensor, priced at $599

The new iPad Air will come in five different colors and will sport a new design with smaller bezels and a screen that stretches from edge to edge. Colors include rose gold, silver, space gray, green and blue. It costs $599 and up and will be in stores next month.

It will also include a “next-generation” Touch ID fingerprint sensor inside the tablet’s power button. Apple says it will be equipped with an A14 processor that is 40% faster than its predecessor — one of the first times that Apple’s most powerful chip lands in an iPad before a new iPhone. It charges with a USB-C connector, not Apple’s proprietary Lightning charger. It is compatible with Apple’s 2nd-generation Pencil and Magic Keyboard stand.

Apple has seen boosted iPad sales amid the coronavirus pandemic as users look for computers for working and entertainment from home.

Apple updates entry-level iPad

Apple announced a new version of its most affordable iPad, now called the iPad 8th Generation. It has a faster A12 Bionic chip and an optional rugged case for schools. It still works with the Apple Pencil, too. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has sold 500 million iPads in the past 10 years. It’ll cost $329, the same price as usual, and $299 for schools. You can

order it today, and it lands in stores on Friday.

Apple announces Apple One, its services bundle starting at $14.95 per month

Apple has announced its long-rumored services bundle, Apple One. It comes in three tiers with different services in each tier:

  1. Individual: Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage, at $14.95 a month.
  2. Family: The same services for up to five family members, at $19.95 a month.
  3. Premier: The same services plus Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+, announced today, for $29.95 a month.

Apple releases Fitness+, a fitness service for Apple Watch

The service will connect Apple Watch users to trainers. Users can access a catalog of workout videos on iPhones, iPads or on an Apple TV, synced to an Apple Watch. New workout videos will be published weekly, and you’ll be able to see live stats from your Apple Watch on your iPad or iPhone while you work out.

New Apple Watches don’t come with a charger
Apple won’t include chargers with its new watches, said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives. The move is part of Apple’s push toward environmental sustainability. Consumers will need to buy one separately.

Apple’s new watches will be in stores on Friday

Pre-orders start today. The Apple Watch SE will cost $279, and the new Apple Watch Series 6 will start at $399.

Apple announces Apple Watch SE

Apple announced a new, less expensive version of the Apple Watch called Apple Watch SE. It costs $279 or more. It comes in both cellular and Wi-Fi models. Apple also highlighted a new feature, Family Setup, which will allow kids and older adults to use Apple Watch without an iPhone.

New Apple Watch will have a faster processor, better screen

Apple said that the chip inside the Apple Watch Series 6, the S6, is 20% faster than its predecessor and is based on the processor in the iPhone 11. It also has a brighter display for better readability outside. It starts at $399.

Key feature of the Apple Watch Series 6: Blood oxygen monitoring

Apple COO Jeff Williams said that the latest version of the Apple Watch has a sensor that can measure the amount of oxygen in the user’s blood. According to Apple, blood oxygen saturation is a good measure of overall respiratory health. Apple will sponsor three studies to validate the feature and its benefits.

Apple unveils Apple Watch Series 6

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, which will be able to monitor users’ blood oxygen levels. The app will let you take a measurement in 15 seconds. It will be available in blue and red options for the first time ever.

Apple highlights the health benefits of using Apple Watch

Apple is heavily emphasizing the health and fitness aspects of the Apple Watch, talking about the device saving lives. Cook presented a video where users talk about weight loss, heart health, and being active — all with the help of the Apple Watch. Mount Sinai is studying the impact of Covid-19 on front-line medical workers using Apple Watch, too. CNBC’s Chrissy Farr previewed Apple’s health strategy here.

Fans gather at live stream ahead of the event

Over 280,000 people are waiting for Apple’s event to start, 10 minutes before it kicks off, according to a tracker on its YouTube live stream page. Last year, over 2 million people tuned into the YouTube live stream.

Analysts expect a new iPad following increased demand

Analysts are expecting Apple to unveil a new iPad Air on Tuesday, with a larger screen. It’s a good time to launch an update to the iPad, which has been a popular device during the pandemic as more people are at home for work and school.

Apple said during its fiscal third-quarter earnings in July that iPad sales were up over 31% and drove $6.58 billion in revenue during the quarter, nearly as much as the Mac. At the time, CEO Tim Cook told CNBC’s Josh Lipton that he thinks both the Mac and iPad will continue to pick up share. The iPad Air is Apple’s premium tablet that sits below the iPad Pro line, which typically has nicer screens and more cameras, and above the more affordable regular iPad.

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Oppo A77 Will Launch in First Week of August: Details,Specifications

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It’s expected that the  Oppo A77 has been rumored that the Indian variant of the smartphone is going to release in India in the first week of August.  The Oppo A77 Indian variant would be in 4G model. It features a redesigned rear camera design. And also it accommodates a larger 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The other specifications include a 6.56-inch HD+ display, MediaTek Helio G35 Processor, 50MP main camera, and a 2MP depth one. And the Oppo A77 will include an 8-megapixel AI portrait lens on the front.

 

 

 

 

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Amazon Great Freedom Festival Sale 2022 – Dates Announced

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The Great Freedom Festival sale from Amazone promises discounts on most smartphones, laptops, Amazon devices, and other electronics items. This will start from August 6 to August 10 this year as Independence Day special sale. Amazon will collaborate with SBI Card to offer a 10 percent instant discount to its cardholders during the sale. In addition to the discounts, the Independence Day sale will also offer no-cost EMI payment options, exchange offers, and other deals with top mobile phones and items.

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Realme Buds Air 3 Neo, Watch 3, Buds Wireless 2S Earphones Launched in India

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Recently Realme launched three mainstream products in their gadgets line up, Realme Watch 3 smartwatch, Buds Air 3 Neo true wireless earphones, and Buds Wireless 2S neckband-style wireless earphones.

The Realme Watch 3 has a major feature addition in the form of Bluetooth calling functionality, while the Realme Buds Air 3 Neo has support for Dolby Atmos audio. The Realme Buds Wireless 2S will be priced affordably and will promise reliable and stable connectivity thanks to Bluetooth 5.3

Realme Watch 3

Realme Watch 3 has a 1.8-inch TFT-LCD touch screen, with a resolution of 240×286 pixels. Watch 3’s important feature is Bluetooth calling, and it has a built-in microphone and speaker system. With that, once it’s paired, the Realme Watch 3 can function the same as a hands-free speaker device for your smartphone. Realme Watch 3 has a 340mAh battery, and IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and has sensors for heart rate and SpO2 monitoring, and step and sleep tracking, with over 110 fitness modes for workout tracking. The Realme Watch 3 is on sale at Rs. 3,499 in India, but for the time being it will be available at an introductory price of Rs. 2,999. The Realme Watch 3 goes on sale on August 3, on Flipkart, the Realme online store, and select retail stores.

Realme Buds Air 3 Neo, Buds Wireless 2S specifications and features

The new Realme Buds Air 3 Neo came with 10mm dynamic bass drivers and supports Dolby Atmos, AI ENC for noise cancellation for calls, and Bluetooth 5.2 technology. The earbuds support up to 7 hours of music playback on a single charge. Also, the earbuds charging case bring the battery life up to 30 hours, with USB Type-C charging. The Realme Buds Air 3 Neo is priced at Rs. 1,999 in India, while the Buds Wireless 2S is available for Rs. 1,499. For the time being, these products will be available at discounted prices of Rs. 1,699 and Rs. 1,299 respectively. These products go on sale July last week, on Flipkart, the Realme online store, and select retail stores.

 

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