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Apple plans to manufacture iPhone 14 in India, seeks alternatives to China

The first complete manufacturing of iPhone 14s from India is likely to be finished by October, following the initial September release.

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Apple Inc is planning to start manufacturing iPhone 14 in India. The decision has been taken after two months of the product’s initial release in China.

Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, that Apple has been working with suppliers to increase the production of iPhone 14 in India. The company has also decided to shorten the lag in manufacturing new iPhones from six to nine months for the previous launches.

Reports suggest that Apple could be evaluating the shipping of its upcoming iPhone 14 from India. The US based smartphone company is looking to mitigate geopolitical risks on supplies by setting up production sites outside China.

For the while, India’s iPhone capacities of shipments will have a considerable gap with China but it’s an important milestone for Apple Inc for building a non-Chinese iPhone production site.

The US-based company is gradually ramping up the production of iPhone 14 in India. Currently, the devices are being manufactured in India by three contract manufacturers- Wistron, Foxconn (Hon Hai) and Pegatron.

For the unversed, all the three Apple partners are also the part of Indian government’s production linked incentive scheme for mobile manufacturing. The companies need to produce products worth a minimum of Rs 8,000 crore each this year to earn the incentives.

Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, that the Foxconn Technology is studying the process to ship components from China and is planning to assemble the iPhone 14 in India, at its plant outside Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Foxconn and Apple want simultaneous start in India and China. However, experts suggest that isn’t realistic this year, but can become a long-term goal.

The first complete manufacturing of iPhone 14s from India is likely to be finished by October, following the initial September release. Company’s ambitious target for sale can be Diwali festival which begins from October 23, 2022.

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WhatsApp to introduce Native File Sharing feature similar to Apple’s AirDrop

Users can choose to be visible to others without disclosing their phone numbers to people who are not their contacts.

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A Meta-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp is all set to introduce a new feature that allows Android users to share files with another user nearby. According to reports, the feature will be developed similar to Apple’s AirDrop.

The file sharing feature nearby is not currently available for beta testers. However, according to a report from WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, it seems that the feature will soon be introduced. The report reveals a screenshot that shows an option within the app stating, to share files with people nearby, along with a list of nearby users.

It is interesting to note that users can choose to be visible to others without disclosing their phone numbers to people who are not their contacts. In order to share files with other users, one needs to wait for nearby users to accept their request. The process involves a unique interaction, where nearby users can shake their device to receive incoming share requests. It is important to note that this feature is designed with end-to-end encryption to ensure user privacy.

In the upcoming update, WhatsApp is expected to introduce a nearby file-sharing feature. However, the current beta version for Android, which is 2.24.2.20, has addressed a camera issue. Some Android beta testers have reported difficulties in launching the camera within the app after the 2.24.2.13 update. Upon launching, users were presented with an error message that said, can’t start camera, please restart your device. This issue persisted even after restarting the device or relaunching the app.

The latest beta update of WhatsApp, located at 2.24.2.20, has fixed the camera bug. This allows users to launch the camera within the app and share photos and videos with their contacts without any interruptions. As WhatsApp continues its efforts to improve its features and address bugs, users can expect a better messaging experience on the platform.

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Apple launches iPhone 15 series, India price, features, availability  

The iPhone 15 series will be available in India from September 22 but iPhone lovers can also pre-order, starting from September 15 onwards.

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Apple launched its most anticipated iPhone 15 series, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max during the Wonderlust event globally on September 12 night.

The iPhone 15 series will be available in India from September 22 but iPhone lovers can also pre-order, starting from September 15 onwards.

People can buy a new iPhone 15 or upgrade it to the old one. There are five colours available for the people.  

According to reports, Apple has been manufacturing the iPhone 15 series in India and China. Apple has moved 7% of its iPhone production to India. Previously, India was not making the newest models. The Centre’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for smartphones played a part in Apple moving its production to India.

The new iPhone 15 has been launched with the same starting price as its prototype, the iPhone 14. The 128GB variant is priced at Rs 79,900, while the 256GB variant costs Rs 89,900. For people who need more storage, the 512GB variant is available for Rs 1,09,900.

This latest iPhone series puffs a 6.1-inch display and comes in five different colours which are pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. While the design remains the same as the previous models, the iPhone 15 features a dynamic island notch instead of the usual notch, which was highly popular among the iPhone 14 Pro phones.

The camera part of the iPhone series has undergone significant upgrades, the new iPhone 15, with an enhanced 48-megapixel primary sensor replaces the 12-megapixel dual camera system which was available in the previous iPhone 14. This significant improvement promises better low-light photography and portrait shots.

The tech giant announced that the iPhone 15 has an all-day battery life, making it more convenient for users to go about their daily activities without worrying about their phone’s battery.

The iPhone 15 Pro models feature a lighter body and thinner bezels. The new AirPods Pro with USB-C charging case will support Lossless Audio with Apple Vision Pro.

Additionally, the iPhone 15 is powered by Apple’s A16 bionic processor, an upgrade from the A15 bionic chipset used in the previous iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models. The Pro models had the faster and better A16 chip, but now this feature is available in all iPhone 15 models.

The USB-C port on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus remain limited to lightning speeds up to 480 Mbps. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max support USB 3 speeds up to 10 Gbps. People will need to buy a separate 1-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable for Rs 5,724 or Rs 10,701 for the 1.8-meter cable to support faster speeds.

The dynamic island notch feature, which can adjust its size according to notifications, was widely discussed before the launch of the iPhone 15. This unique feature can now be available in all models of the phone.

Another important feature of the iPhone 15 is the shift to the USB Type C charging port. Apple has abandoned the lightning port in favour of the more commonly used USB Type C charging port. This means, there is no longer a need for a special iPhone charging cable to be carried around everywhere you go.

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OnePlus to launch OnePlus Ace 2 Pro smartphone on August 16, check details

According to reports, the phone will have 24GB RAM and 1TB internal storage.

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OnePlus to launch OnePlus Ace 2 Pro

OnePlus Ace 2 Pro is all ready to launch in China on August 16.  The development was affirmed by the China President Li Jie on Weibo. The official further noted that the smartphone will sport massive upgrades from its predecessor and will provide a complete flagship experience. According to reports, the phone will have 24GB RAM and 1TB internal storage. 

As per images that surfaced on social media, the smartphone looks similar to the OnePlus 11 series phone with a round camera module placed on the back. The device will come in two colour options namely green and silver. Reportedly, the phone may also have a center-punch hole camera with a curved screen. 

Furthermore, the phone may also have a 6.7-inch 1.5K OLED 120Hz display. Considering an immersive multimedia experience, the phone might also sport dual stereo speakers. The phone is likely to have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU and Adreno 740 GPU. The device will also facilitate LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage. Reports state that the device will run on Android 13.

According to reports, the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro will have a 5000mAh battery with 100W charging. For optics, it is expected to have a 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP tertiary lens. Additionally, it will also have a 16 MP selfie shooter that may sit inside the notch. The device will also sport the signature alert slider and have an in-screen fingerprint reader.

 As far as reports are concerned, the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro smartphone will be introduced in China on August 16. As of now, the company did not make a statement as to when it plans to unveil the smartphone in India. In accordance with the latest update, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G went on sale in India on August 4 through Amazon and the official OnePlus channels.

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