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New Renders claim the 18W USB-C charger, to be shipped with latest iPhones

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Leaked USB-C Apple Adapter

Apple is supposedly planning on shipping the upcoming iPhones with a new 18 W USB-C adapter.

The news is supported by the renders published by ChargerLab from a report that leaked earlier this month. The renders show a different from usual power adapter with a USB-C port.

And backing that, Apple could include a USB-C charging cable in the iPhone box itself. The adapters showcased in the renders seem to be of European origins judging by the fact that round tip connectors are utilized in Europe as well as in some parts of Asia, including India. However, the US version could appear to be of the same dimensions.

Although, it seems that Apple would be eliminating the ‘cubical’ design of its adapters that are currently being sold in the market. The latest iPhones– The iPhone X and the iPhone 8/8+’s hardware totally supports USB-C charging as of now, but unfortunately, users have to buy expensive, relative original or MFI certified third-party accessories just to make sure their iPhones take advantage of the fast charging capabilities that USB-C offers, apart from the usual 5 W adapter that Apple packs in with its boxes.

However, the main aspect of these renders is backed up by the already leaked report. According to it, the new adapters are gonna be having an 18 W delivering capacity. And that is almost 3 times greater than what Apple offers as a default option for its latest iPhones in the box.

This upgrade could finally compare to OnePlus’ Dash Charge adapter, which has a delivering capacity of 5V which, when converted, adds up to 20 Watts– a tad bit more than what’s expected from Apple. 9To5Mac also conveyed a good point stating Apple would need to either create its adapters the size of the boxes or tweak the boxes to fit the adapter in.

Well, these were only the leaks. And leaks are known to be sometimes counterfeited. This could be true, or it couldn’t. Only time could say. What do you say?

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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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