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By Ajeet Bharti

San Francisco: Taking the iPad productivity experience to a whole new level, Apple introduced the iPad Pro that has a 12.9 inch screen; is 22 times faster than the original iPad; outpaces 80% of PCs in CPU speed and 90% of them in graphics processing; and has battery life of 10 hours.

That’s seriously a big jump in literal terms. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, announced the iPad Pro as Phill Schiller, an Apple executive talked about the device.

“Our new processor will be 1.8 times faster than desktop-class CPUs and 22 times faster than the first iPad. In terms of graphics, the Pro is 360 times faster than than the first iPad. In short, the Pro is 80 percent faster than any portable PCs,” the top executive said. The Pro sports a third-generation A9x 64-bit processor.

“We are changing (how) people work in enterprises and have tied up with companies like IBM and Cisco,” Cook said.

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“iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximise the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love,” Cook had said.

“Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive,” said Cisco executive chairman John Chambers had said during the announcement of the collaboration.

Keyboard with Smart Connector and Apple Pencil has been introduced

Apple has also introduced for the first time a physical keyboard and a stylus called Apple Pencil to increase productivity on the device. The keyboard connects through a smart connector technology via a three pin slot at the side of the device.

“The Apple Pencil can also be charged using the device via a lightning connector. Due to the excellent battery backup, users can simply edit a film on the go on the new device,” the top executive added.

People from Microsoft and Adobe demoed various apps designed for the iPad Pro.

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Apart from the aforementioned specs, the new iPad Pro has four-speaker audio, 10-hours of battery backup, 8-megapixel rear camera, HD front camera and is 4G LTE compliant. The 32GB and the 128 GB variant will be available for $799 and $999, respectively, starting November.

The Apple Pencil will come at a price of $99 and the physical keyboard will cost $169.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Apple Decides to Update iPhones in China To Avoid Ban

The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit

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Apple to update iPhones in China to avoid ban. Flickr Commons

Apple has decided to update iPhones in China to avoid a ban after a court ruling banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple.

According to a report in The New York Times on Friday, the Cupertino-based tech giant said it would update the software of iPhones in China early next week to try to resolve the legal dispute.

The company said it would update its iPhones “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”.

“Apple said its update would change the iPhones’ software so it did not infringe on Qualcomm patents, which relate to switching between apps and changing the size and appearance of photographs,” said the report.

Apple and Qualcomm are suing one another in courts across the world. Billions of dollars are at stake, and each side has claimed some victories.

A Chinese court had banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple, a stunning decision that comes amid the trade war between the US and China.

Apple, however, is still selling iPhones in China.

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

According to Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Apple is violating the court’s order.

“They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple has also appealed against the Chinese court ruling.

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It accused Qualcomm of playing dirty tricks, including asserting a patent that had already been invalidated by international courts, and other patents that it had never before used.

“Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple said in a statement earlier this week.

The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit. (IANS)