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Apple’s 2020 Virtual Event ; “Time Files”-Updates

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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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Tips for Electric scooter selection

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Electric scooters are quickly becoming a viable alternative to petrol-powered scooters in the face of rising fuel prices. The government of India is offering substantial subsidies for electrical vehicles. The electrical vehicle are environmental friendly as well. Here are a few electric scooter/bikes available in the indian market.

Best EV two wheeler models available in India

Ola S1
Revolt RV 300
TVS iQube Electric
Ather 450X
Simple One
Hero Electric Photon
Bajaj Chetak
Bounce Infinity E1
Detel EV Easy Plus
Ampere V48

It is important to check your purpose, features of the bike vs price before considering one. The primary feature check list for an electrical scooter are

Range
Power
Quality and build
Charging time
Service surety
Warranty period
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Xiaomi 12 Pro 5G

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Xiaomi 12 Pro 5G releasing in India soon

After the release in China in December, the Xiaomi 12 series hit the market globally on March 15th. This device is currently available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and other countries. Furthermore, it is also available in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines in Southeast Asia. At present, Xiaomi has not announced a specific date for the launch of the Xiaomi 12 Pro in India. However, there are speculations that this flagship smartphone will arrive in the first half of April.

HIGHLIGHTS of Xiaomi 12 Pro

  • Display : 6.73-inch (3200 x 1440 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 20:9 HDR10 + display, 1-120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor : Octa-Core Snapdragon 8
  • Memory : 8GB LPPDDR5 RAM with 128GB / 256GB (UFS 3.1) storage / 12GB LPPDDR5 RAM 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Camera : 50MP rear camera and 32MP front-facing camera
  • Battery : 4600mAh (Typical) battery with 120W wired fast charging

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Redmi Note 11 Pro, Specifications

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Specifications

Display: a 6.67 inches (16.94 cm)  AMOLED display
Processor – MediaTek Helio G96
Ram: 6 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery : 5000mAh
OS: Android 11, MiUI 13

Xiaomi recently had launched the new Redmi Note 11 Pro smartphone which has gone on sale. Redmi Note 11 Pro phone comes with a 6.67 inches (16.94 cm)  AMOLED display. Redmi Note 11 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 under the hood. It comes with 6GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 11 Pro runs on Android 11 MiUi 13 and is powered by a 5000mAH battery, also 67W fast charging support. The Redmi Note 11 Pro runs onAndroid 11 MiUi 13 with more features and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage. Other key highlights of the Redmi Note 11 Pro include a 108MP Quad Camera. The Redmi Note 11 Pro packs 108 million pixels, delivering incredible high-resolution images. In the storage section, the Redmi Note 11 Pro offers up to 128GB. The Redmi Note 11 Pro comes in Star Blue, Stealth Black, Phantom White color. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro price in India is expected to be Rs. 17,999.

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