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Tech Giant Apple Lobbies Against Right-to-repair Bill

Apple posted a revenue of $58 billion for its last quarter — a decline of 5 per cent from the year-ago quarter

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

An Apple lobbyist met with legislators in California to kill the so-called right-to-repair bill that would make it easier for consumers to repair their devices, the media reported.

In a meeting with members of the US Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee which was considering the bill, the lobbyist argued that consumers could hurt themselves if they try to fix their own iPhones, Motherboard reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

If people do not disassemble the device properly, they could puncture the lithium-ion battery, the lobbyist agrued.

According to a report in The Verge, the bill’s co-sponsor pulled it from the committee on Tuesday, saying it might be considered again in January 2020.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, California. VOA

“While this was not an easy decision, it became clear that the bill would not have the support it needed today, and manufacturers had sown enough doubt with vague and unbacked claims of privacy and security concerns,” California Assembly member Susan Talamantes-Eggman was quoted as saying.

Talamantes-Eggman first introduced the bill in March last year and then again in March this year, said the report, adding that “Apple physically makes its products hard to repair in a wide array of ways and the tech giant has strong interest in making sure people keep buying its devices instead of repairing them or replacing the batteries”.

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Apple posted a revenue of $58 billion for its last quarter — a decline of 5 per cent from the year-ago quarter.

The revenue from iPhones was $31.05 billion — down from the year-ago quarter but enough to make up over 53 per cent of the entire revenue. (IANS)

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‘AirPods Pro’ with Noise Cancellation Feature may Debut this Month

Recently, an icon found in iOS 13.2 revealed how the new AirPods will look like

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Apart from noise cancellation feature, these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use. Pixabay

Apple is expected to launch its “AirPods Pro” with noise cancellation later this month and might be priced as high as $260.

Apart from noise cancellation feature, these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use, the Verge reported on Friday.

Recently, an icon found in iOS 13.2 revealed how the new AirPods will look like.

The iOS 13.2 beta which the iPhone maker released contained a small gray-and-white menu icon that seemingly reveals the company’s AirPods Pro is in works.

The iPhone maker might also launch a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor keyboard, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags items trackers soon.

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The iOS 13.2 beta which the iPhone maker released contained a small gray-and-white menu icon that seemingly reveals the company’s AirPods Pro is in works. Pixabay

The company hosted an event last year on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City and in 2019 it is again expected to hold the event around the same time.

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Apple has several products lined up for its October event, including a 16-inch MacBook Pro, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags. As per the report, the 16-inch MacBook Pro might feature a 3072×1920 resolution display. (IANS)