Apple Inc.’s decision to skip support for the latest wireless standard on its new iPhones may cost the company a chance at capturing China’s biggest smartphone replacement wave in years.
The iPhone maker, which is the only foreign brand to hold a top-five position in China, is struggling to fight off local competitors Huawei Technologies Co., Oppo and Xiaomi, whose slicker designs, more sophisticated cameras and cheaper price tags are wooing customers all over the country. The lack of fifth-generation (5G) cellular support in the newly announced iPhone 11 family won’t immediately be an issue, but it could hurt Apple in mid-2020, when analysts expect China’s smartphone market to rapidly ramp up 5G demand.
It will be “extremely difficult” for Apple to maintain its China position into the second half of next year, according to Jia Mo, an analyst at research firm Canalys. “It remains to be seen if iPhone 11 can offer technology innovations to offset some disadvantages in hardware, like lack of 5G support.”
Apple on Tuesday launched new iPhones with added cameras, upgraded processors, refreshed design, better batteries and faster charging, however there was little in the company’s presentation that surpassed what Android rivals have already been offering. Still, Apple suppliers saw an uptick in their stock prices following the launch, partially driven by Apple’s reduced $699 iPhone 11 starting price.
Apple Bets on Cameras, New Pro Focus to Sell Latest IPhones
China is hurrying to be a leader in the 5G era, and state-owned mobile operators have pledged billions of dollars to build the requisite nationwide infrastructure. The new wireless standard — bringing significantly faster speeds and almost no latency — is seen as the key to unlocking next-generation tech applications like autonomous driving, remote surgery and ubiquitous streaming of high-definition content. Phone vendors are naturally among the earliest adopters, hoping the faster speeds will spur a mobile market that’s plateaued and started to shrink in recent years.
Few companies have experienced the slowdown in global smartphone demand as severely as Apple, which stopped reporting the number of iPhones sold from the start of this year. The Cupertino, Calif. company is estimated, by researchers IDC and Canalys, to be shedding millions of unit sales each quarter relative to its prior-year performance, and that problem is also manifesting in China, its biggest market after the U.S. That’s despite multiple rounds of price adjustments, according to IDC. The new iPhone 11 starts at 5,499 yuan in China, whereas Oppo and Xiaomi’s current flagships cost around 3,000 yuan, while at the super premium tier Huawei charges 6,300 yuan at most and Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro starts at 8,699.
Huawei’s upcoming flagship Mate 30 Pro will have the company’s Kirin 990 5G processor, which integrates the 5G modem into the main processing chip, saving on space, power and cost. Xiaomi and Oppo are about to introduce their latest 5G phones in China, while Samsung Electronics Co. has already announced its first 5G handset for the country. Vivo, the second-largest phone maker in China, is also scheduled to unveil its 5G flagship next week. Apple’s first 5G-enabled phone, however, won’t be available until next year, Bloomberg News reported earlier.
The major replacement cycle will kick off sometime in the second quarter of 2020, as China’s 5G coverage expands and vendors offer more models, according to James Yan, an analyst with consultancy Counterpoint Research. “That means Apple will miss out on the first six months of the cycle,” he said. “Apple will rely on its strength in software and ecosystem to keep user numbers, instead of hardware.”
Around 90 million 5G phones will be shipped in China in 2020, a steep increase from the 3 million units forecast to be shipped by the end of this year, according to Yan’s research. The companies fastest to capture that market will also be ideally positioned to serve the projected increase in demand that follows. For Apple, which is now also building out a services and subscription ecosystem, every unit sold or not sold gains significance because it’s the gateway to another subscriber.
In addition to the technological race with aggressive Chinese rivals, Apple faces geopolitical headwinds.“The raging trade war is likely to weaken iPhone sales in China,” said TrendForce Analyst Mia Huang. “The tariff risks and volatility in exchange rate will affect the iPhone pricing in China.”
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 2019 review: A home machine for casual gaming
HP’s Omen series has some great models for serious gamers. The Pavilion Gaming 15, however, is a machine designed for work and play in unequal parts. The updated DK series is stealthily designed to incorporate features of both a heavy-duty work machine and a gaming device. It fairly succeeds at both. It’s overall a good buy if you can navigate a few challenges. Here’s how it looks and performs.
The machine has a 15.6-inch display with a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, which isn’t spectacular but sufficient for daily entertainment and casual gaming. The starting models, priced from Rs 69,990, come with a refresh rate of 60Hz, which will prove insufficient for people looking for a gaming-first device and should instead opt for a higher model (priced around Rs 1 lakh) with a 144Hz refresh rate — unless, of course, gaming for you means Counter Strike after work.
The laptop comes in ‘shadow black’ and ‘ultra violet’, and the back of the screen has a matte finish with an HP logo at the centre. The sheen does look good but the fingerprint smudges can get to you. Keep a lint-free cloth handy.
The rectangular screen is attached to the rest of the machine from the centre and is free along the edges for an overall sharp-looking design. The screen borders have standard thickness with no innovation applied there.
While the laptop looks like any other machine from the outside, the backlit RGB keyboard is a nice touch for the gamer usually in a suit-and-tie. Above the keyboard is a wide speaker grille and a noticeably big trackpad sits at the bottom.
I would have actually liked the design more if the laptop did not weigh 2.25 kg. That is just medium-heavy in the gaming universe but not suitable to be lugged around to office and back. But if a few extra grams don’t bother you, the good stuff is coming up.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is among the few machines that come with high-end gaming features at this price point. Apart from a design that supports a statement, the top-end variant, which I reviewed, comes with Intel’s 9th-Gen Core i7 processor, 12 GB RAM, and — more impressive — a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU, a step up from the previous generation GTX 1060.
The laptop performed sufficiently well throughout my two-hour session of Fortnite while I occasionally multi-tasked to answer work emails. The frame rate was consistent without stutters. The machine did, however, heat up pretty quickly and I was forced to eventually place the laptop on a table. The other issue was the battery, which drained within two hours. The battery lasted about four hours during my non-gaming productivity hours, which isn’t great, either. The trackpad could have also been more responsive in the default settings.
Back to the good stuff, the Bang and Olfsen speakers are well-tuned with clear vocals for watching a movie or casual gaming. But you will need headphones for serious gaming sessions because they aren’t too loud.
The HP Pavillion Gaming 15 is slightly bulky for an everyday machine that mostly stays in a bag but is good for working and gaming from home. The design, specifications and performance are good for a starting price of Rs 69,990 (with i5 processor and 60Hz refresh rate) if you can navigate the challenges of a mediocre battery life and a bit of heat.
Facebook Dating App: Release Date and Complete Features
Facebook is making its own dating app. This overwhelmed the dating market; such a large number of hypotheses and desires are coasting near, however, which are valid?
The app is as yet not prepared, yet inside the organization, it is now being effectively tried. Obviously, without going past work obligations. No solid release date has been confirmed so far by any sound insider source.
It is no secret how big Facebook is: there are around 2,4 billion users currently registered on the site; 10% have “single” as their marital status. So, Facebook Dating will start with a virtual user base of 200 million people. What a start. It will not be a separate app but rather a feature that will be available via Facebook’s app or website.
A user’s profile in the service will be mostly separated from their social network profile; they will be able to indicate all the information that they consider to be important, pick a gender, sexual orientation, place of work, etc. All of the other information may be directly imported from Facebook. It goes without saying that the service will be available to people that are 18 or older.
The first screenshots of the future service were posted by blogger Jane Manchun Wong on her Twitter account. She has shown the current look of the service. Jane notes that she wasn’t able to use all the features of the service since she is not a Facebook employee. The service is currently being tested in Colombia.
Facebook won’t adapt the dating administration, yet it isn’t known when it will work outside Colombia. It was there that the organization chosen to dispatch it due to its uplifting demeanor to online associates and an enormous number of clients: in Colombia, 30 million individuals use Facebook.
Facebook Dating can be arranged with the goal that it doesn’t demonstrate your profile to those clients who are your companions. This implies you can maintain a strategic distance from disagreeable experiences. Be that as it may, you will have the option to meet outsiders enrolled on the informal organization or the individuals who have basic contacts with you.
The Facebook Dating administration isn’t out yet; meanwhile, here is an extraordinary dating site where you will have the option to meet ladies on the web.
Back in May, Facebook author Mark Zuckerberg said that clients will have the option to turn on Facebook Dating and turn it off freely.
Likewise, there are multiple sexes to look over in Facebook Dating. Truth be told, there are five of them. You can likewise tweak what sexual orientations you might want to be shown in your profile.
As TechCrunch notes, only those users who applied for Facebook Dating will be shown to other users. This means that you won’t receive any spam from the dating feature if you are not interested in it.
The feature will identify potential partners based on information that Facebook knows about you. If two people are interested in each other, they will be able to chat with each other by using Messenger or WhatsApp.
There are some other features that you should know about. Among other things, Facebook is considering the possibility of limiting the number of people you can like to avoid spamming and quick approval of everyone you see. Also, if you block someone in Dating, it does not mean that they will not be able to contact you in the old-fashioned way through Facebook.
Facebook Dating will be different from Tinder and apps alike; you will not be able to swipe people left and right, there are only two buttons that you are going to have, whether you like a person or not.
Messages got from different clients can be found in the “intrigued” tab. On the off chance that the client chooses to answer to a message, it is moved to the “discussions” tab. You can’t send pictures by means of Facebook Dating: this is the way the organization needs to keep individuals from sending spontaneous sexual photographs.
Right now, Facebook doesn’t plan to present paid memberships or premium highlights in Dating. This doesn’t imply that there will be no alternative to evacuate advertisements, the truth will surface eventually.
Just individuals beyond 18 years old that are residents of the United States will be permitted to utilize the Dating highlight. In different nations, Facebook will be administered by nearby laws.
TechCrunch notes that Facebook Dating has every chance to beat its competitors when it comes to the dating market. The main reason for this is that there is the biggest online user base and Facebook’s brand recognition simply cannot be rivaled with. The same, as it seems, will go for its maintenance, support, moderation, the frequency of bug fixes and patches. This is also fueled by all of the scandals that Facebook got into over the past few years, which means that a user’s privacy and security are their main priorities.
iPhone 11 series, Watch available for pre-booking; get Rs 7,000 cashback
Ingram Micro, a China-based distributor of IT products, said on Friday it will offer pre-bookings of Apple’s newly launched iPhone 11 smart phones and Apple Watch from September 20 in India. Sales will start September 27 at online and offline stores.
The pre-orders of the iPhones will be accepted by e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm Mall.
Customers planning to buy the much-awaited smart phone series — iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max — can get ‘No Cost EMI’ options on both HDFC debit and credit cards.
ALSO READ: Want an iPhone 11? You can pre-order on Amazon, Flipkart from September 20
You can now get up to Rs 7,000 cashback on iPhone 11 Pro, while Rs 6,000 on iPhone 11. An instant Rs 4,000 offer is also available on Apple Watch Series 5 via HDFC Bank offer iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max specifications
- The iPhone 11 will be available with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage in six colours – purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT (RED).
- The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max feature a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with 4GB RAM/3,969 mAh battery and 4GB RAM/3,046 mAh battery respectively.
It can be ordered in midnight green, space gray, silver, and gold. Both the devices are powered by A13 Bionic Chip, which is said to be the fastest processor in any smartphone. The Apple 11 Pro will have three cameras on the back for telephoto, wide and ultrawide purpose.
Apple Watch Series 5 The Apple Watch Series 5 comes with aluminium body and 40mm screen. Priced at Rs. 40,900, the watch will have an always-on display with 18-hour battery life. Here are the key announcements of Apple iPhone event 2019
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