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Tech Giant Apple Grants a New Patent for Virtual Speakers

The patent for AR headphones will enable you to hear where people are located within a room even when they are not physically present

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Apple has been granted a new patent for virtual speakers in MacBook that can simulate sounds from anywhere in the room, making the users feel as if sound is coming from a different place than loudspeakers.

According to a report in 9to5Mac, it’s a virtual acoustic system that works by using “crosstalk cancelling” technology which is a similar technique to noise-cancellation found in Apple AirPods Pro.

Crosstalk refers to the overlapping sound waves that the ears receive from the left and right channels of a speaker.

The effect is to allow audio signals to contain “spatial cues” that let a sound be positioned virtually in a space.

Apple has been granted a patent on the Crosstalk technology by the US Patent and Trademark Office that could bring new, more immersive audio applications in the future.

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FILE – Apple’s App Store app is seen in Baltimore, MD., March 19, 2018. VOA

The tech giant originally filed for the patent in 2018.

Audio signal processing for virtual acoustics can greatly enhance a movie, a sports or a videogame, adding to the feeling of “being there”.

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An earlier Apple patent with built-in MacBook speakers positions Augmented Reality (AR) headphones as a business tool, ideal for better conference calls.

The patent for AR headphones will enable you to hear where people are located within a room even when they are not physically present. (IANS)

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Apple’s iPhone 11 Becomes Second Best-Selling Smartphone Model Globally in 2019: Tech Report

"5G still contributed to only 1 per cent sales in 2019 hence, there were no 5G models among the top 10

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Apple is followed by Samsung with three models, all from its A series, among the top 10. Pixabay

Despite being launched in September, iPhone 11 raced to become the second-best selling model globally with 2.1 per cent share in 2019, a new report said on Thursday.

According to Counterpoint Research’s ‘Market Pulse’, out of the top 10 models, Apple captured six places with iPhone XR being the top-selling model globally in 2019, capturing 3 per cent market share. iPhone XR was also the only model to capture double-digit market share in any region (NAM region — US and Canada).

Apple is followed by Samsung with three models, all from its A series, among the top 10.

The mid-range A series with features like OLED display, multiple cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor, coupled with the brand power of Samsung created an excellent value proposition for buyers.

“The revamp of A series has paved the way for a successful mid-tier strategy for Samsung,” said the report.

The first iPhone with multiple cameras was launched at a lower price than its predecessor. This also indicates the impact of the new iPhone series during the all-important holiday season in Q4.

Oppo with its A5 smartphone replaced Xiaomi’s position from 2018, which was also the top-selling model in China. The top 10 smartphone models alone captured approximately 15 per cent of the global smartphone sales.

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Despite being launched in September, iPhone 11 raced to become the second-best selling model globally with 2.1 per cent share in 2019. Wikimedia Commons

Huawei the second-largest player in the global smartphone sales, had no models in the top 10 globally. The company, which has concentrated its efforts in China after the trade ban was imposed, had its Huawei P30 in the top five models in China.

Realme entered the top five in Rest of APAC region for the first time ever with its C2 device. This was driven by strong growth in the India and the SEA market. In fact, realme was the fastest growing brand globally for CY 2019 (426 per cent YoY growth).

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“5G still contributed to only 1 per cent sales in 2019 hence, there were no 5G models among the top 10. However, this might change in 2020, as the networks roll out, Apple launches its 5G iPhones and 5G devices enter lower price tiers,” said the report. (IANS)