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Apple Plans to Launch 5G Enabled iPad with Foldable Display

Currently, none of the present Apple devices support 5G connectivity

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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 working on a new 5G-enabled iPad with a foldable display and could launch it in 2020, a media report said. The rumour comes from London-based global information provider IHS Markit’s analyst Jeff Lin, who has claimed that Apple was quietly working on such a device, news portal 9To5Mac reported on Friday.

Commenting on the claim, 9to5Mac stated: “The product would apparently feature MacBook sized screens, which isn’t too much of a stretch given that the iPad Pro already tops out in a 12.9-inch size. However, it is easy to imagine how an iPad mini-sized product that could unfold to 13 or 15-inch screen would be compelling.”

In addition, the foldable iPad would also support 5G cellular radios for fast mobile Internet browsing, according to the analyst.

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In addition, the foldable iPad would also support 5G cellular radios for fast mobile Internet browsing, according to the analyst. Pixabay

Currently, none of the present Apple devices support 5G connectivity. The Cupertino-based company is expected to launch three iPhones this year. While Apple’s 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch iPhones would be 5G-capable, a mid-size 6.1-inch iPhone would not have 5G and would likely be cheaper.

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Prior to Apple’s support of 5G in its hardware, all of the major cellular companies have begun launching 5G test networks in many cities worldwide. In May, it was revealed that the iPhone maker’s plans of introducing its own iPhone 5G chip could take as long as six years with its 5G chip making a debut in 2025. (IANS)

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Apple Introducing Disability-Themed Emojis for its Keyboard

The new emojis would be made available this fall with a free software update on Apple devices

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FILE - Emoji characters are shown on the screens of two mobile phones in Paris, Aug. 6, 2015. VOA

In a bid to bring more diversity to its keyboards, Apple is rolling out 59 new emojis to its keyboard for iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches this fall.

In a major update to the “couples holding hands” emoji, users would now be able to select any combination of skin tone, to personalise the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations, the iPhone-maker wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

Furthermore, introducing more disability-themed emojis, Apple keyboards would now have a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg as well.

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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

“Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard,” the post said.

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Other new emojis making way into Apple keyboard includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, new food items including a waffle, falafel, butter and garlic as well as new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk. The new emojis would be made available this fall with a free software update on Apple devices. (IANS)