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China Becomes a Leading Force in App Development, Says Apple’s China Chief

She reiterated Apple’s long-time commitment in protecting users’ privacy and data security

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Ten years after US tech giant Apple Inc launched its App Store, the number of Chinese developers tops 2.2 million and they have become a leading force in app development, said Apple’s China chief.

“Chinese app developers are leading the world in terms of app downloads and revenue, and have grown to be a very admirable community of innovators,” Isabel Ge Mahe (Ge Yue), Apple’s Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China, told Xinhua on the sideline of the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019 on Sunday.

“Through Apple’s App Store, their products have entered the global stage and many of them have become successful cases internationally.”

She citied the global success of short video sharing app TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, and the apps developed by China’s Palace Museum, as examples of China’s innovative ability.

TikTok has 75 language versions and is liked by users from over 150 countries and regions, while the 11 apps developed by the Palace Museum have been downloaded by over 5 million users across the world.

She said Apple’s China team had taken a series of steps to encourage home-grown apps to go global and used its experience and resources to help promote them to the global market.

“In the area of mobile Internet, China has become a spotlight of the world,” Ge said. “We are proud to make our contributions to China in this digital age and work with Chinese partners for innovative development in the industry.”

Apple has launched four R&D centers in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Suzhou, employing a total of over 1,000 people dedicated to innovation in hardware, software and services, Ge said.

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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

The Apple China chief also hailed the smooth progress of the construction of Apple’s first China data centre in Guiyang, adding that Apple had received tremendous support from the local government in the project.

Jointly built by Apple and Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Company, the Guizhou facility, with a budget of 1 billion US dollars, began construction in March. It will be Apple’s third after the data centres in the US and Denmark.

From February 28 last year, Apple’s iCloud services on the Chinese mainland started to be operated by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Company, a move Ge said helped provide better services for Chinese Apple users.

She reiterated Apple’s long-time commitment in protecting users’ privacy and data security.

“There is absolutely no so-called backdoor in Apple products,” said Ge. “Protecting privacy is our top priority in designing Apple products and services.”

Apple has also been an active promoter of using digital technology in bridging the gap in educational resources and aiding China’s fight against poverty, according to Ge.

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In 2018, Apple launched a programme to provide digitalised pre-school and vocational education to students in less developed areas in China, with a donation of 25 million yuan ($3.7 million) to the China Development Research Foundation.

“We firmly believe that education is the best way to improve people’s livelihoods and tackle inequalities in development,” Ge said. (IANS)

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Apple Brings Seventh-Generation iPad: Bigger, Better yet in Budget

The device with iPadOS comes for Rs 29,900 (Wi-Fi model) and Rs 40,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular model)

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Bringing more screen area, unmatched portability and connectivity, ease of use and all-day battery life, this iPad joins iPad mini, iPad Air and the most advanced iPad Pro models. Pixabay

 If you are a student or a creative pro and do not want to spend a moolah on a high-end digital screen to give your ideas new wings, Apple has brought a new seventh-generation iPad with 10.2-inch Retina display, Apple Pencil support, the fast A10 Fusion chip, advanced cameras and sensors for just Rs 29,900 in India.

Apart from individuals, schools and educational institutions in India that have digital screens in classrooms must try this affordable-yet-innovative device.

The device with iPadOS comes for Rs 29,900 (Wi-Fi model) and Rs 40,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular model), Apple Pencil will cost you Rs 8,500 and if you want a Smart Keyboard, it will cost another Rs 13,900.

Bringing more screen area, unmatched portability and connectivity, ease of use and all-day battery life, this iPad joins iPad mini, iPad Air and the most advanced iPad Pro models line-up from the Cupertino-based giant.

The new 10.2-inch Retina display provides nearly 3.5 million pixels and a wide viewing angle, making it a vivid canvas for creative expression and perfect for immersive Augmented Reality (AR) experiences that take advantage of its enhanced cameras and advanced sensors.

With A10 Fusion chip, the new seventh-generation iPad brings up to two times faster performance over the top-selling Windows PC5 for multi-tasking and gaming in Apple Arcade.

The device offers a plethora of apps like “Noteshelf2” that helps in taking handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio and create lists.

Being used by over six million users, SignEasy is another app to help you sign documents or getting documents signed from your iPhone and iPad.

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The new iPad offers a plethora of apps like “Noteshelf2” that helps in taking handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio and create lists. Pixabay

“Just Press Record: is an ultimate mobile audio recorder, bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all your devices.

You can edit audio and transcriptions right inside the app and even start a new recording completely hands-free with Siri!

For students, teachers as well as business professionals, “Notability” app is uniquely designed to provide a better note-taking experience at school, home or work.

With “Adobe Comp,” lay out an idea with real assets like photos, text, shapes and fonts and send the wireframe (layout of a web page) to Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC or Muse CC to refine and finish.

There are other Adobe apps like Photoshop Lightroom CC, Sketch and Capture that make this iPad a creative powerhouse.

For professionals, Zoho One app offers a comprehensive suite of business applications — recruit, launch your website, market your product and cater to customers’ needs.

Another great app is “The Files” that helps quickly access and manage documents. With iPadOS, it gets even better with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing.

Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version.

iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app.

A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF make it easy to be more productive on iPad.

iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip and new keyboard shortcuts.

What’s more, you can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to “Split View” feature, or can quickly view and switch between multiple apps in “Slide Over”.

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There are other Adobe apps like Photoshop Lightroom CC, Sketch and Capture that make this iPad a creative powerhouse. Pixabay

For example, you can compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe.

With iPadOS, Apple Pencil is even more integrated into this iPad. You could now mark up and send entire webpages, documents or emails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the bottom corner of the screen.

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Conclusion: At this price point, you can stop thinking and rather order the new seventh-generation iPad, as a perfect Diwali gift for your kid. (IANS)