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Apple’s ‘spring forward’ event: What to expect

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By Harshmeet Singh

Apple is known to send its fans into frenzy. Be it the iconic iPhone, the trendsetter iPod or even the epic fail Apple maps, if there is one thing that has never been a miss with Apple, it is the thrill.

The upcoming Apple event on March 9 isn’t going to be any different. ‘Spring Forward’, as Apple is calling this event, would mark the much awaited arrival of the Apple Watch.

What’s hidden? What’s revealed?

Unlike most Apple products, the Apple Watch hasn’t been the best kept secret by the company. While the Apple Watch came out in September last year, the company kept its crucial specifications under the wraps. Apple, though, has revealed the price of its least expensive model – $349.

What to expect on Monday?

You can expect the Apple Watch to have a number of cool features, from doubling up as a fitness band to unlocking or may be even auto driving your car! A list of pre-loaded and compatible applications would also be announced at the ‘spring forward’. An updated version of ‘Apple Pay’ is almost sure of finding its way into the watch.

2nd coming of Retina MacBook Air

Rumours are rife that ‘spring forward’ would bring much more to the fore than just the ‘Apple Watch’. Much has been heard about Apple’s plans to come out with the 12-inch MacBook Air in the past few months. If rumours are to be believed, this could be Apple’s thinnest and lightest offering thus far, even thinner than the iPhone 6.

Is it time for the new Apple TV Box

Revival of Apple’s set top box was long overdue. According to 9to5 Mac, the company was “finishing up work on a slimmer Apple TV set-top-box with a more capable and tactile remote control and a redesigned operating system bundled with an App Store.” There are also talks of Apple partnering with HBO for ‘HBO now’ – the standalone subscription service of HBO. Although the hardware of Apple TV is also due for an overhaul, Apple is unlikely to announce any drastic changes in its exteriors.

iPad plus – so near yet so far?

Some people expect 12.9-inch iPad Plus as the surprise launch at the ‘spring forward’ event. Earlier, Bloomberg had reported that “Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels.” But if Apple stays true to its habit of giving surprises, the iPad Plus might just make an appearance on stage.

Looking at the past records, Apple loves to beat the rumours! So if you see Tim Cook driving to the stage in Apple’s electric car, don’t blame us for not warning you!

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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)