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Next versions of iOS and macOS to be announced on 4th of June by Apple.

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Good news for Apple folks and developers! The next iteration of iOS and macOS have been set to be announced on the 4th of June of this year. This time Apple is once again planning to hold WWDC in the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre from June 4th through June 8th.

Developers can apply for tickets starting from 22nd of March and the general tickets will be made available by Apple from 23rd of March. Tickets will be allotted by random selection and each ticket costs $1599.

Albeit, this year’s event is not going to be as jam-packed as the event last year. Last year, Apple introduced its HomePod, a new iMac Pro, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. This year, Apple has just two things planned- iOS 12 and the successive macOS.

Well, by shreds of evidence from the past, it seems like Apple is going to mainly focus on speed and reliability for iOS 12 rather than just adding features that aren’t well optimized. This decision of Apple was made on the grounds of numerous complaints from people all over the iOS community. iOS 11 was extremely buggy when it was first announced and is still buggy enough to annoy the hell out of people.

This won’t be a significant upgrade.

Although, apart from the Apple’s decision to focus on reliability, we’ll possibly be able to witness some design changes on iOS as well. But it’s certain that those design changes won’t be as significant as the time during iOS 7 was announced.

Besides, iOS 12 is rumored to support Apple’s new feature of universal apps where you’ll be able to run the same app on your iPhone, iPad and your Mac. There are also talks in the air that 2018 models of iPad will support Animoji thanks to the incorporation of FaceID sensors. Tabbing in apps on iOS 12 is also going to be a probable feature.

Even though it won’t be a win for people expecting more from iOS this year, keep in mind that Apple is planning on a home screen redesign for iOS 13, which in its own way, is going to be considered as a major release.

iOS 12 will be available as a beta version to developers on June 4th itself right after the announcement. Public betas will be pushed later that month.

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Apple is planning an overhauled strategy for a better stance in India

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After its deteriorating potentiality in what is known as the world’s “fastest growing smartphone market, ” Apple plans to regain its hold over the Indian consumer base with its new strategies. 

In agreement with a new report from Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based based company plans to introduce better retail deals, inaugurate a couple official Apple retail stores across the country, and improve the conditions of its apps and services in the country. 

The Indian economy in terms of smartphone sales is tilted towards low-cost devices. Average Indian wills to spend around $150 for a smartphone. Albeit, Apple’s iPhone SE, which is the cheapest selling iPhone in the country, costs almost double the average price. 

Besides, the iPhone SE, being a two-year-old phone doesn’t quite catch up with today’s smartphone norms. In the meanwhile, Chinese companies like Xiaomi, that vastly dominate the Indian smartphone market, offer phones with the latest features at a considerably affordable rate. And that ultimately veers the attention from Apple. Speaking numbers, Apple sold around 1 Million iPhones while Xiaomi sold a staggering 19 Million units in the first quarter of 2018. 

Although, Apple’s plans to introduce new, improved retail deals could attract customers considering the economic behavior in the country. These retail deals are focused at reeling higher sales targets right into the bucket. 

The company’s plans to inaugurate retail stores across several cities in the country could also achieve interest from millions of wannabe iPhone owners, specifically owing to the fact that Apple stores usually parade more of an artistic approach than a typical retail store experience. As of now, the company is planning to pop up its retail stores in Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Mumbai- three of the four metropolitan cities of India- in 2019.

Apple wasn’t able to get clearance into opening its retail stores until now because of India’s regulations fencing foreign companies from setting up shops/establishments in the country. According to the law, foreign corporations are required to manufacture at least 30 percent of the goods in the country itself. However, the country loosened its strings later in accordance with this law by allowing foreign companies to source Indian goods for their products. And since Apple now produces its iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S in the country, it has a clean chit for opening up retail joints. 

Another issue with Apple in the country is its inability to provide value through its apps. The Apple Maps app, for instance, is of no use in the country as it does not offer navigation, transit information etc. A user, a resident of India quoted the maps app “a joke” in the country. Similarly, Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligence assistant doesn’t understand Indian word origins, making it difficult for people to interact with the service; and often annoying. 

While Apple may be taking hits in India, the company collectively is now worth above 1 Trillion dollars. But the point is, will it manage to stay above that milestone forever? 

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iOS 12 Beta reveals larger iPhone X Plus in a leak attributed to the software.

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iPhone X Plus Leak

Seems like it’s a week of leaks, cause the upcoming iPhone X Plus’ form factor has been leaked in an iOS 12 Beta software instance. 

The leak was discovered by renowned reverse software engineer Guilherme Rambo. 

Images discovered by him show the new iPhone X Plus with a slightly larger screen size and minimally thinner breadth. Surprisingly, a cut down square-shaped icon for iPad is also displayed. But it doesn’t give out much about the iPad since the icon is designed to fit the screen. 

Also, Guilherme Rambo advises not to consider this leak a sure shot as the icons are early and unfinished. 

This isn’t the first time, however, for Apple to accidentally give out crucial details about its iPhones in iOS Betas. A flurry of similar leaks emerged last year just a few days before the iPhone X announcement.

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Photoshop is supposedly coming to the iPad in 2019, says Adobe

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Is the iPad really a computer? Well, it seems like its soon going to be called one. And that is because Adobe is porting the infamous Photoshop to the iPad, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

Adobe, the developer behind Photoshop– the best-in-class photo editing tool for desktop- is planning to release a new version of its software for the iPad in 2019. The reason for the software company’s dedication towards releasing Photoshop on the iPad is to foster subscription sales by launching it on more platforms. And Adobe has been on this mission since it pushed all its apps on the cloud. It will announce the app for the iPad at its annual MAX conference in October at LA, California.

Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer of Creative Cloud, has confirmed a cross-platform venture for Photoshop but has denied providing a date for the launches. As much as the people in the community want a full-fledged Photoshop app for compact devices, Scott, too, hopes for these huge software ventures to launch in the market as soon as possible. Although, “There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era,” he says.

This port is a great deal for Adobe as it has a long history with Apple. For instance, Steve jobs hated the flash player cause it made phones sloppier and lose battery faster than enough. However, recent events justify the gripping connection between Apple and Adobe. “Adobe historically — particularly for Photoshop — had a very close connection to Apple. From Adobe’s perspective, this is something that will help the needs of their high-volume business and it would make a lot of sense for them to invest in building this,” an analyst at Griffin Securities- Jay Vleeschhouwer said.

The Photoshop app on the iPad will endorse the iPad as well, bringing in more sales.

A roadblock that Adobe has been facing all this time while considering launching Photoshop to tablets and mobile devices is processing power. Mobiles and tablets, until now, weren’t capable of handling intensive processing required for Photoshop to function. However, Adobe says that the iPad has advanced to a point that it can handle tasks thrown by Photoshop. The iPad has an A10X chip that works blazingly fast and has even managed to accumulate higher benchmark scores than the MacBook Pro. Besides, the newest iPads have a Pro-motion display which basically means that the screen refreshes at a rate of 124 Hz- better than almost any tablet out there. Photo editing with Photoshop could really benefit from the fast-refreshing display.

On top of everything, Apple itself will benefit a lot from this arrangement, as Photoshop coming to the iPad will endorse iPad massively. And it will also give a reason for Apple to boast about its products. The news is that, along with the iPad, the iPhone will also be getting Photoshop, but it’s likely to be a companion to continue editing from iPad, rather than being a complete version of the software. With Adobe expanding the reach of Photoshop to platforms other than Windows, you could expect drops in subscription rates as well, judging by the fact that Adobe will see a spike in their subscriptions.

There’ll be a companion app for iPhone as well.

There is this question in minds of millions who use Apple products: Is iPad a computer? Being a tablet, being called a computer doesn’t do justice to the form and is just excessive marketing done by Apple. However, the dream of doing away with your desktop or laptop and switching to a more portable iPad is slowly coming through. And the inclusion of Photoshop in the scene is yet another reason to question our senses so as to think of an iPad as a computer rather than a tablet.

However, with this move, the already prevailing photo editing apps could take a major hit. And it’ll be fun to see how others recuperate to the situation.

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