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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 to Refresh its Offerings in iPad, MacBook Pro Line-up

Though the launch dates of all the products remain unclear, the first ones are expected to come in March

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple is expected to refresh its offerings in iPad, MacBook Pro, monitors and iPhones even as the company has been bearing heavy losses in 2019, according to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

“Kuo says that the 2019 iPhone models will retain the 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes along with lightning connectivity, the current 9.7-inch iPad will increase in size to 10.2-inch and the company will return to the display market with a 31.6-inch 6k3k monitor,” 9To5Mac reported on Monday.

The iPhones are expected to feature ultra-wide band connectivity for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless recharge for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID, larger batteries and a triple camera design for iPhone 11 Max.

According to Kuo, this year, Apple may also release two new iPad Pro models with upgraded processors, a new MacBook Pro between 16 inches and 16.5 inches in a new design with “easy to upgrade components”.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Currently, the 13-inch MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB RAM, but Kuo suggests that the iPhone-maker may add a 32GB RAM option also.

“Kuo adds that the Apple Watch ECG function will come to additional countries this year along with a ceramic casing design and AirPods 2 will support wireless charging and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity,” the report added.

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Though the launch dates of all the products remain unclear, the first ones are expected to come in March. (IANS)