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Apple Welcomes People with All Political Viewpoints, Says CEO Tim Cook

Apple is focusing on services revenue amid slowing iPhone sales in emerging markets like China

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a data privacy conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. VOA

While asserting that Apple is on course to stun the market with fantastic new products, CEO Tim Cook on Friday said that he wants employees with all political viewpoints to feel welcome at the company, the media reported.

If anyone feels ostracized because of a particular political viewpoint, “I would encourage them to come talk to me,” Cook was quoted as saying at the company’s annual shareholder meeting at its headquarters in Cupertino, California by Business Insider.

Cook’s comments came in response to a question that flagged how an employee felt uncomfortable for not being a believer in “the left-wing view”.

Technology giants including Facebook and Google have in recent times come under the scanner of conservatives who allege that the companies have been biased against them.

According to reports, Cook also spoke about bringing fantastic new products to the market.

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Wikimedia commons

Apple could be planning an Augmented Reality (AR)-based headset that would work alongside an iPhone to enable users experience an environment where computer images are overlaid on the real world, according to a report in CNET on Thursday.

The tech giant, which captured 51 per cent share of a record 18 million smartwatch shipments worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2018 could surprise consumers with a new line up of Apple Watch and AirPods.

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The latest buzz is that Apple could soon be holding an event focused on services where it may announce an original video streaming service which could take on Netflix and other such services.

Apple is focusing on services revenue amid slowing iPhone sales in emerging markets like China. (IANS)

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Apple Begins Production of its Highly Successful iPhone XR in India

The iPhone XR demand further saw an uplift after the price drop and aided by heavy promotional activities in the ongoing festive season

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the premium ($500 or Rs 35,000 and above) segment, Apple bettered Samsung for the leadership position with an overall share of 41.2 per cent in 2Q19. Pixabay

In a big impetus for its India manufacturing dream, Apple has started production of its highly successful iPhone XR in the country.

Multiple sources confirmed to IANS on Monday that the production of iPhone XR, that was launched last year but is still flying off the shelves, is up and running at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.

Riding on heavy promotional offers on iPhone XR, Apple regained top position in the premium smartphone segment in India in the second quarter (Q2) this year.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the premium ($500 or Rs 35,000 and above) segment, Apple bettered Samsung for the leadership position with an overall share of 41.2 per cent in 2Q19.

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Multiple sources confirmed to IANS on Monday that the production of iPhone XR, that was launched last year but is still flying off the shelves, is up and running at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai. Pixabay

The iPhone XR demand further saw an uplift after the price drop and aided by heavy promotional activities in the ongoing festive season.

In a clear signal that India is Apple’s next growth market, Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou recently said the company would begin mass production of iPhones in India this year.

Gou said the move “will get Foxconn more deeply involved in the development of the country’s smartphone industry” which currently has over 450 million smartphone users.

Foxconn is already expanding its manufacturing operations in India.

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“To start with, it makes sense for Apple to localise assembling of models that have the potential to scale up and then slowly expand it to entire portfolio,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, told IANS recently.

The iPhone XR is available for Rs 44,900 online, with some great buy back and cash back offers.

Apple iPhone shipments grew 19 percent (YoY) in India in its last reported quarter.

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Riding on heavy promotional offers on iPhone XR, Apple regained top position in the premium smartphone segment in India in the second quarter (Q2) this year. Pixabay

Apple in August said it looks forward to welcoming customers at its first branded retail store in India soon.

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“We love our customers in India and we’re eager to serve them online and in-store with the same experience and care that Apple customers around the world enjoy,” Apple said. (IANS)