The Apple storm has hit. And it hit hard! Apple’s ‘Gather Around’ keynote kicked off with the next gen, futuristic AF Apple Watch Series 4 and moved on to much awaited iPhone X variants – iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr (seriously Apple! these are the best names you could come up with?). Deep breaths … guided by the Apple Watch face, of course! Now, for those of you who weren’t lucky enough to be able to catch the festivities in Cupertino, we got ya fam! So, ‘Gather Around’. Read more
If reading ‘made in India’ on the back of your favourite product fills your heart with pride, then we’ve got just the news for you. After launching the locally assembled iPhone SE in May last year, Apple India is ready to start selling India manufactured iPhone 6S models in July. Read more
Just 3 weeks after the announcement of iOS 12 at WWDC, Apple has released its Public Beta for everyone to try. Now, before you start jumping in joy and fiddling through your iPhone’s Settings to download the brand new iOS version, there are quite a few things that you should know about this Beta. Let us cover them one-by-one. Read more
Apple has just announced the iOS 12 software update for iPhone and iPad at the WWDC keynote event and boy are we excited! Read more
We are less than a week away from the release of iOS 12 at WWDC but Apple isn’t done with iOS 11 just yet. The much awaited iOS 11.4 update has been released to the public and it brings two big new features – Messages in the Cloud and AirPlay 2. There’s a bunch of other small additions and bug fixes as well. Read more
Although the HomePod has only been on sale for a little while, the sales have fallen well below expectation. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims that Apple is considering making a low-cost version of the HomePod to give the sales a much-needed boost. Kuo also predicted that while the market expects Apple to sell around 5 to 10 million HomePods, the number will probably be closer to 2 to 2.5 million, which is, well, disappointing to say the least.
An affordable and smaller HomePod could help increase sales in the short term. HomePod, according to Apple, is a powerful speaker and an intelligent home assistant adept at handling everyday tasks. So, Apple could possibly remove the Siri component and add a battery to make a portable version of the HomePod.
The reviews collectively agreed that the speaker is indeed incredibly impressive for the size and money, but is hardly the smartest one on the market. Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home Speaker are significantly more capable when it comes to providing solutions and undertaking tasks.
This is probably 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. Alexa opens us to any third party developer, while Google’s Assistant has gobbled up as much data as possible to make it smart and capable.
A survey result showed that privacy wasn’t so high on the radar for an average customer during the HomePod launch. To them, the most visible issue was that their HomePod was dumber than its rivals. However, the increased publicity around the privacy controversies is changing that viewpoint.
Apple’s HomePod retails for $349 (approx Rs. 23206) and is more expensive than Amazon and Google devices. Even though Apple markets the HomePods as a high-end speaker rather than a speaker with a digital assistant built in, the competitor companies offer cheaper devices.
The cheaper version of the HomePod will compete directly with these devices. Apple currently offers cheaper versions of its iPhones and iPad, the iPhone SE costs $349 (approx Rs. 23206), and the entry-level iPad retails for $329 (approx Rs. 21800) . These devices have been pretty popular for Apple.
Thus, we suspect that the cheaper version of the HomePod will still focus on the audio quality. Therefore, we can expect the device to be more expensive than the Google and Amazon devices, but cheaper than the current version of itself.
Recently, an Apple memo warning its employees about leaking internal documents was, well, leaked. Apple has continuously warned its employees about the dangers of leaking confidential information to the media. Read more
At the recent education event in Chicago, Apple launched the all-new iPad 6th generation. The iPad is now available for pre-order on Flipkart with a starting price of INR 28,000 and is expected to hit the stores soon. These iPads will be available in 32 GB and 128 GB with or without LTE support in gold, silver, and space grey colours. Read more
Good news, people! Amazon India is hosting the iPhone Fest from 10th-16th April. Like it sounds, it’s a week of discounts, offers, and happiness! The e-tailer is offering a slew of discounts on iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the shiny new iPhone X! Read more