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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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2020 5G iPhone Won’t Get a Major Price Increase

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera

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Entry of Apple into the 5G race in the third quarter of 2020 will catapult the iPhone maker to top position, ahead of Samsung and Huawei, a new report has predicted. Pixabay

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple may launch four 5G-enabled iPhones next year and while 5G-related components could raise the production costs of the devices, he believes that the iPhone maker will not significantly increase the price of 5G iPhones.

5G components are projected to raise the production cost of the new iPhones by anywhere from $30 to $100.

Kuo states that Apple intends to offset this additional cost by reducing its supply chain expenses, including dropping its upfront non-recurring engineering payment to suppliers of the redesigned metal chassis and frame for 5G iPhone, news portal iMore reported recently.

Kuo believes that Apple intends to bring this, along with other areas of external research and development, in house.

As per recent report, Apple is also reportedly planning to include a custom battery protection module with the iPhone 12, which is said to be almost 50 per cent smaller and thinner than the one being used in current and old iPhones.

The impact of the launch of 5G Smartphones and services will fully reflect in 2020. Pixabay

The reduction in size could result in more free space for a slight increase in battery capacity,

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

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Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved Augmented Reality capabilities.

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera. (IANS)