Apple’s has officially announced the release of Red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models. These (PRODUCT) RED iPhone colours will be available to buy online from April 10th and in stores from April 13th for the same price as existing models. Head over folks! Read more
HomePod, according to Apple, is a powerful speaker and intelligent home assistant capable of handling everyday tasks. The reviews universally agreed that the speaker is indeed incredibly impressive for the size and money, but is hardly the smartest one in the market. and Google’s Home Speaker are considerably more capable when it comes to answering questions and undertaking tasks.
This, of course, is because of the fact that Apple controls the personal data available to both itself and to any third party developer in contrast to Amazon’s Alexa which opens us to any third party developer and Google’s Assistant which has gobbled up as much data as possible to make it smart and capable. Although neither of the approaches is better than the other, every company creating an intelligent assistant has to decide on which side of the scale it wants to sit on: The really smart and intrusive one, or the really dumb and safe one.
Google sits on the smart and very intrusive end as it monitors a whole bunch of online and offline activities in order to predict what you were going to want to know and when. Apple, on the contrary, has placed a far greater priority on the privacy of customer data. It limits the data it collects and when it does collect your data, it does so anonymously. For example, Siri learns your voice and the data is associated only with a randomly assigned number. Thus, Siri does not know who you are or what your Apple ID is.
All of this means that it is no surprise that Apple has the least smart assistant.
Across the world, privacy has different levels of importance for everyone. For some people, the privacy of their data and communication is a life-and-death matter. So, we’re very glad that at least there’s one company that is sitting at the extreme privacy end. Although for an average customer, privacy wasn’t so high on the radar during the HomePod launch. To them, the most visible issue was that their HomePod was dumber than its rival. However, the increasing publicity around the privacy controversies is changing that.
During a rather underwhelming education-oriented event on Tuesday, Apple unveiled an all-new version of its baseline iPad at a high school in Chicago. And yes, it supports Apple Pencil, making it the first ‘non Pro’ iPad to do so. Read more
Remember the 1980’s movie “The Burning Train” ? The one in which Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna and Jeetendra were running around wearing bizarre silver foil outfits to save the passengers on a train that was burning? It’s one of those movies which fall under the “it’s-so-bad-that-it’s-good” category for a number of reasons. But hey, hang on, why are we suddenly talking about The Burning Train? Well, it turns out, a tune from a song composed for the movie has found its way in the new Apple iPhone X ad.
After Flipkart recently hosted the Apple Week, it was inevitable for Amazon to not buckle up. The global e-commerce leader has collaborated with Apple to create the Apple Fest on its Indian website. The Apple Fest Sale offers discounts and deals on various Apple products such as MacBook, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The sale offers upto INR 10,000 off on all iPhones, where even the latest models like the iPhone X and iPhone 8 will be available at lower prices, while the iPhone SE can be grabbed for just INR 17,999. Read more
It has been rightly said that real competitive analysis is about learning to love your competitor. The Samsung-Apple relationship seems like Ed Sheeran constantly singing, “I’m in love with the shape of you”. Samsung loves Apple so much that it can’t stop following the beloved’s lead. Read more
Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron corp is reportedly finalising the deal to secure another 100 acres of land in Bangalore, the silicon valley of India.
To expand its presence in India, the firm is likely to invest $157 million to set-up the manufacturing site for iPhone 6s. Currently, Wistron produces only iPhone SE (therefore, the cheapest iPhone for us, unless you have a mamaji/chachaji living in America. Read more
I still remember the day Apple unveiled its futuristic iPhone X and all I could think of was how this phone might be the last smartphone to matter at all. And while we were busy admiring the Apple of our eye, the iPhone X, Samsung was busy hatching a plot to rip Apple’s too cool to handle features once again! Read more