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Tech Giant Apple All Set to Launch Netflix-style Streaming Service

There is also an untitled M. Night Shyamalan series and untitled Oprah Winfrey projects, among others

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple is expected to launch a slew of new products at its Cupertino headquarters in California on Monday, including a Netflix competitor, a revamped news service and a subscription-based gaming offering.

The event, to be hosted at the Steve Jobs theatre on campus, will herald a new era for the iPhone maker as it enters the fast-growing global content streaming market.

“Apple has been looping a video from the theatre, teasing its focus on television,” reports The Verge.

The livestreaming video is stylised to look like a television set, and has been switching between a handful of different angles of the Steve Jobs theatre.

Apple has invested over $1 billion into making new content and the streaming service is set to compete with the giants including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.

Netflix declined to share what other countries would be involved in the test besides India. Pixabay

“The company is building a new content store focused on offering bundles with cable services like HBO, Showtime and Starz. Put more simply, Apple may be looking to disrupt cable TV by essentially becoming a cable TV provider,” adds the report.

Apple has been working on developing original content like “Amazing Stories” by Steven Spielberg; crime show “Are You Sleeping?” produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Octavia Spencer; “Calls” which is an adaptation of a French short-form series; “Central Park” which is an animated musical comedy from Loren Bouchard and “Defending Jacob” — a thriller adapted from William Landay’s novel, starring Chris Evans, among others.

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According to TechCrunch, another Apple project is “Shantaram” — a series based on the novel by Gregory David Robert, about a man who escapes from an Australian prison and ends up in Bombay (now Mumbai).

There is also an untitled M. Night Shyamalan series and untitled Oprah Winfrey projects, among others. (IANS)

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Apple Planning to Incorporate 3D ToF Sensor in Next Years’s iPhone Models

Next year, Apple is expected to launch four iPhone models with significant specification upgrades, media reports suggest

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

Apple is reportedly planning to incorporate Time of Flight (ToF) 3D sensing rear camera system in next year’s iPhone models.

Earlier there were rumours that a ToF sensor might be introduced as part of the 2019 line-up of iPhones but the sensor would just not be ready in time this year, news portal GSMArena reported on Thursday.

In addition, the Cupertino-based company is also planning to use Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in the cameras of the 2020 iPhones.

VCSEL is a key component of Apple’s TrueDepth camera that also powers features like Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies.

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iPhones on display at an Apple store in Virginia, USA, April 4, 2016. VOA

Last year, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the ToF 3D rear cameras would make a debut with the 2020 iPads before making their way to the 2020 iPhones.

Next year, Apple is expected to launch four iPhone models with significant specification upgrades, media reports suggest.

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While three iPhones are expected to come with OLED screens and display sizes of 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch, the devices would also have 5G connectivity. The fourth iPhone is expected to feature an iPhone 8-like design and come without 5G connectivity or OLED panel. (IANS)