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Tech Giant Apple Slammed for Blocking Tiananmen-linked Songs

Every year, around June 4, the Chinese government begins to censor mentions of the protest and this time Apple joined in, especially on its music platform

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple is being slammed by US Congress members for censoring content on Apple Music to appease China ahead of the 30th anniversary of the “Tiananmen Square Massacre”.

Under pressure from China, Apple Music has removed songs with lyrics that refer to the massacre — one of the biggest of all times, The Verge reported on Saturday.

“It’s disgraceful to see one of America’s most innovative, influential tech companies support the Communist government’s aggressive censorship efforts within China as we near the Tiananmen Square massacre’s 30th anniversary,” the report quoted Marco Rubio, the US Senator for Florida as saying.

Several other Congress members felt by surrendering to China’s repressive mentality, the iPhone-maker was missing the chance to “become a stronger voice for freedom around the globe.”

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters were killed and thousands arrested when Chinese troops stormed the Tiananmen Square in Beijing firing on June 4, 1989.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Every year, around June 4, the Chinese government begins to censor mentions of the protest and this time Apple joined in, especially on its music platform, the report said.

One of the songs removed is “The Path of Man”, written by James Wong. Wong confirmed that lyrics referred to the Tiananmen Square protests and showed the Chinese government in poor light. Two other singers censored by the app are pro-democracy activists Denise Ho and Anthony Wong.

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As Apple expands its retail operations in China, it has grown increasingly aligned with the country’s government. Last year, it moved the data of its Chinese users to a local firm in southern China to gain government trust.

In accordance with the Chinese line that Taiwan is its part, the company has censored the Taiwanese flag emoji in China. It even created a bug that crashed users’ phones when they received texts containing the Taiwanese flag emoji. (IANS)

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Here Are Some Latest Details About Upcoming Apple iPhone 12

Recently, J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee claimed that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020

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Apple is preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020. Pixabay

Apple is expected to launch as many as four new iPhones spread across different display sizes in 2020 and now Apple analysts, Macotakara shared more details about the iPhone 12 design from a source from company’s supply chain in Asia.

The report claimed that the iPhone 12 will come in three size versions, including 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch, but Apple will release two distinct 6.1-inch models, according to the source.

The 6.7-inch model will have a thickness around 7.4mm, which would be nearly 10 per cent thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 8.1mm.

Additionally, it also claims that the 6.7-inch model will be slightly taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max and feature a triple-lens rear camera.

Recently, J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee claimed that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved Augmented Reality capabilities.

Earlier Kuo also said that Apple is preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020.

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Apple is expected to launch as many as four new iPhones spread across different display sizes in 2020 and now Apple analysts, Macotakara shared more details about the iPhone 12 design from a source from company’s supply chain in Asia. Pixabay

Kuo expects Apple to team up with third parties to create the first batch of AR headsets.

The new iPad Pro models will be launched in the first quarter and will reportedly come with a rear-facing 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for increased accuracy in depth-of-field photography.

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While, a MacBook with a new scissor-switch keyboard could be launched in Q2 2020. (IANS)