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Apple’s First Online Store To be Launch on September 23rd

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Apple will launch the Apple Store online in India on September 23, offeing Apple’s full range of products and support directly to customers across the country for the first time. The new online store will provide customers with the same premium experience found in Apple store locations around the world, delivered by online team members who are ready to offer their expertise.
“We’re proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People. “We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected, engage in learning, and tap into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Store online to India, we are offering our customers the very best of Apple at this important time.”

The Apple Store online is the most convenient destination to shop for Apple products, with online Apple Specialists available to help with anything from custom-configuring any Mac to setting up new devices. Customers can get advice, receive guidance, and learn about new products directly from Apple, both in English and Hindi.
With financing options and an available trade-in program, the Apple Store online offers a range of affordability options. Students can shop for a Mac or iPad with special pricing, and receive discounts on accessories and AppleCare+. In October, customers can expect free online Today at Apple sessions led by local Creative Pros, focused on photography and music. Just in time for the festive season, signature gift wrap and personalized engraving will be available for select products. Engraving of emoji or text in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu will be available for AirPods, and English engraving will be available for iPad and Apple Pencil.
For the health and well-being of Apple’s teams, customers, and communities, all orders from the Apple Store online will ship with contactless delivery. Orders that do not require a signature will be left at the customer’s door, and those that do will need only a verbal confirmation from a safe distance instead of a written signature.

Apple has been operating in India for more than 20 years, and the company’s ongoing investment and innovation support almost 900,000 jobs across the country. Apple’s App Design and Development Accelerator in in Bengaluru has supported thousands of local developers, and today apps created by developers in India have become even more critical to everyday life as people seek to stay engaged and connected from home. Among them are Wysa, an AI-based app that is making it possible for millions of people to get mental wellness support in an affordable and accessible way, and the yoga app YogiFi, which uses computer vision for real-time posture correction and machine learning to curate personalized yoga plans, helping users stay healthy and active from the comfort of their homes.
As COVID-19 presents immense challenges and uncertainties for communities across the country, Apple’s teams are supporting local organizations to provide remote learning with study guides and curricula.

Apple says the Indian online store will offer “Apple’s full range of products and support,” and that will include the new products announced this week, O’Brien said in an interview with The Indian Express. On Tuesday, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, a new iPad Air, and more.

India is becoming an increasingly important market for Apple. In recent years, Apple has started manufacturing some of its devices in the country — Foxconn started building the iPhone 11 near Chennai in India earlier this year, and the company has made other iPhone models in India since as early as 2017.

For the festive season in India, Apple will be offering signature gift wrap and personalized engraving for AirPods, iPad and Apple Pencil. The engraving of emoji or text in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu will be available for AirPods, and English engraving will be available for iPad and Apple Pencil.

In October, Apple is also hosting free online ‘Today at Apple’ sessions led by local Creative Pros, focused on photography and music. The union government has since relaxed the rules, giving companies up to eight years to meet the sourcing requirements, as part of a push to attract foreign investment and create jobs. Some of its smartphones, including the iPhone 11, are assembled at facilities operated by Taiwanese manufacturers Foxconn and Wistron in Chennai and Bangalore.

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Realme C15 Launched in India; Price, Specifications

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Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition has been launched in India and it comes with the same specifications as the MediaTek variant, except of course, the processor. While the Realme C15 that launched in India back in August alongside the Realme C12 was powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, this new Qualcomm variant is powered by the Snapdragon 460 SoC. It is offered in the same two RAM and storage configurations and the same colour options as the previously launched, MediaTek powered, Realme C15

Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition price in India, availability

The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The phone is offered in Power Blue and Power Silver colour options. The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition is priced at Rs. 500 more than the current pricing for the MediaTek variant and will go on sale starting October 29 at 12pm (noon) via Flipkart, Realme.com, and mainline stores.

Realme is also offering introductory pricing for the two configurations with the 3GB+ 32GB model going for Rs. 9,499 and the 4GB + 64GB variant going for Rs. 10,499.

Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition specifications

As mentioned earlier, the specifications of the Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition are the same as the Realme C15 with a MediaTek SoC. The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme C15 runs on Android 10-based Realme UI. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 88.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 460 SoC, paired with up to 4GB LPDDR4x RAM.

The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition comes with the quad rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 “retro” lens. For selfies and video calls, you get an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front, housed in the notch.

The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition comes with up to up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) through a dedicated slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors onboard the Qualcomm Edition include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone is backed by a 6,000mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.

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Realme Watch S to be launched on 2nd November, will come with 1.3 inch round screen

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Realme Watch S is set to make its global debut on November 2. The smartwatch, which boasts of features such as heart-rate and blood oxygen monitors, 16 sports modes and a 15-day battery life, will be launched first in Pakistan. Realme Watch S will have a circular dial and be available in multiple watch faces and strap colors. The Realme Watch S Pro is also expected to be launched in the next few months, but the company has so far not revealed a set date for the same.

The unveiling of the smartwatch will take place through a live event that can be watched from Realme’s Facebook and YouTube page on November 2. Realme had shared a teaser announcing the upcoming launch of the Realme Watch S on Twitter. It is possible that more information about the Realme Watch S will be revealed closer to its launch.

Realme Watch S specifications

The Watch S will feature a 1.3-inch auto-brightness circular display and will also pack a battery which will bring 15 days of battery backup. It will come with 16 sport modes and will have sensors that will measure heart rate and blood oxygen level, similar to the recently-launched Apple Watch Series 6.

The watch was earlier teased at the IFA where Realme had revealed its plans to launch a bunch of new products starting with a TV, a smart bulb, smart cam 360, and more. We should find out more about the Realme Watch S as we inch closer to its November 2 launch.

While the feature set of the Realme Watch S looks similar to what companies like Apple and Fitbit are putting in their top smartwatches, it is similar to the Galaxy Watch from Samsung and Xiaomi.

Just like Xiaomi’s watch, the Realme Watch S too may have a more affordable price tag compared to what the Apple or Fitbit watches carry. The current smartwatch that Realme sells in India looks similar to the Apple watch and costs Rs 3,299. The Watch S is likely to be priced closer to Rs 10,000 given its design and a more rounded feature set.

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Philips launches New Urban Living Series Air Purifiers in India ahead of Diwali

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It’s that time of the year again when most of us are out hunting for the best air purifier in order to stay prepared during Diwali. While there are many options already out there, Philips in particular is trying to get an upper hand by revamping its range of air purifiers. And this is being down with a new ‘Urban Living’ series range.

The new series of air purifiers from Philips come with AeraSense and VitaShield Intelligent Purification System technology and they promise to remove 99.97% indoor air pollutants. The company also revealed that these new series of air purifiers will be effective against PM2.5, smoke, dust, pollen allergen, bacteria and will also remove 99.9% viruses from the air.

New Urban living series air purifiers are suitable for room sizes ranging from small to medium bedroom and living room area and will be available in three series: 3000i, 2000i and 1000. Series 3000i and 2000i are smart purifiers that can be controlled through the Clean Home+ app, Alexa and Siri.
As mentioned above these air purifiers come with AeraSense technology that scans pollutants 1000 times per second and digitally displays the real time PM2.5, allergen, and gases level in the room. The same is indicated through colour rings as well, blue colour giving assurance of a healthy breathing environment.

Philips Air Purifier New Urban Living Series starts at Rs. 17,500.

Speaking about the new range of air purifiers, Gulbahar Taurani, vice- president, Personal Health, Philips Indian Subcontinent, said, “At Philips, we believe in delivering meaningful and accessible innovation in personal health, and we understand that in the current scenario, consumer focus is shifting more aggressively towards health and hygiene. Air purifiers today have moved from being a seasonal product to a year-long necessity. The new urban series air purifiers cater to this demand for pure and healthy air at all times of the year and incorporate state of the art innovation. The air purifiers are equipped to automatically sense pollutants 1000 times per second in the air and remove pollutants 800 times smaller than PM 2.5, thus providing superior filtration, speedy purification while giving assurance of a healthy breathing environment to our consumers.”

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