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Going green: Apple to build solar power project in China

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Apple has been striving to power all of its facilities worldwide with renewable energy including China. It is building a 40-MW solar power project in China’s southwestern plateau to work toward its environmental and climate commitments, a senior company executive said on Thursday.

The project, which will be able to power 61,000 homes a year, will add 80 million kilowatt hours of clean energy to the grid annually, said Lisa Jackson, vice-president for environmental initiatives at Apple.

“We are excited about the amount because it will generate far more energy than is being used by all of our offices and retail stores in China,” Jackson told Xinhua news agency.

The project will consist of two arrays of solar panels, which will be installed 85 miles apart in Hongyuan county and Zoige County of Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang regions of Sichuan province, Jackson said.

“We will put the clean energy onto the local grid in Sichuan and buy the power wherever the stores and offices are,” she said. After US, China is next on the list.

The company increasingly relies on solar power. In February, it had announced to pay $848 million to buy electricity from a large solar power plant to be built by First Solar.

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Apple iPhone XR Dominated Global Smartphone Market in 2019: Report

Apple's iPhone XR dominated 2019 smartphone market, said Omdia's Smartphone Model Market Tracker report

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A report claimed that Apple's iPhone XR dominated the global smartphone market in 2019. Pixabay

Omdia’s Smartphone Model Market Tracker report has claimed that Apple’s iPhone XR dominated the global smartphone market in 2019. This is a new development in the science and technology field.

Apple shipped an estimated 46.3 million iPhone XR units across 2019, while the iPhone 11, the new Apple mid-ranger, managed 37.3 million shipments in 2019.

“Apple has consistently owned the first and second positions in the global smartphone model shipment ranking, with the company maintaining this dominant position for more than five years running,” Jusy Hong, smartphone research and analysis director at Omdia said in a statement.

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Apple shipped an estimated 46.3 million iPhone XR units across 2019. Pixabay

“By limiting the number of models it offers compared to its top competitors, Apple has been able to concentrate its sales on a few smartphones that have broad appeal, like the iPhone XR,” Hong added.

While Apple accounted for first place and second place, Samsung rounded out the top 5 with the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A20 attaining shipments of 30.3 million, 24.2 million and 23.1 million units respectively.

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The iPhone 11 Pro Max was the sixth most popular smartphone with 17.6 million shipments, followed by the iPhone 8 at 17.4 million.

Additionally, a recent report from Counterpoint Research found iPhone XR helped Apple’s iPhone become the fastest growing premium smartphone brand in India over the course of 2019. (IANS)

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