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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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“Apple Registers Double-Digit Growth For iPhones in India”, Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

Mac and iPad generated $7.2 and $6 billion globally in revenue, respectively

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"The high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty for both products drove the active installed base of both Mac and iPad to new records in all geographic segments," the Apple CEO Tim Cook added. Wikimedia Commons

Buyoed by iPhone 11 sales, Apple registered double-digit growth in India for iPhones in the holiday quarter (October-December period), the company’s CEO Tim Cook has announced.

“We grew double digits in emerging markets led by strong performances in Brazil, mainland China, India, Thailand, and Turkey,” Cook told analysts after declaring all-time high revenue for Apple’s fiscal 2020 first quarter that ended on December 28.

The revenue from iPhones in the holiday quarter was $56 billion globally.

“Again, that’s up 8 per cent over a year ago, thanks to the exceptional demand for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

“In fact, iPhone 11 was our top-selling model every week during the December quarter, and the three new models were our three most popular iPhones,” said a beaming Cook.

Indians made a beeline to buy iPhone 11 that flew off the shelves in the festive season. The iPhone XR, launched last year, also did well.

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Buyoed by iPhone 11 sales, Apple registered double-digit growth in India for iPhones in the holiday quarter (October-December period), the company’s CEO Tim Cook has announced. Pixabay

Mac and iPad generated $7.2 and $6 billion globally in revenue, respectively.

“For iPad, we saw growth in key emerging markets like Mexico, India, Turkey, Poland, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam,” said Cook.

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“The high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty for both products drove the active installed base of both Mac and iPad to new records in all geographic segments,” the Apple CEO added. (IANS)