From Fifa 2018 live broadcast to Jio double data offer: Last week in tech

Here is everything you need to know about the news from technology space that made headlines in June 11-17 week

XIAOMI LAUNCHED SELFIE CAMERA-CENTRIC REDMI Y2

Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, on June 7 announced the Redmi Y2 – a selfie camera-centric budget smartphone. Priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 12,999 for the 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB RAM and storage configurations, respectively, the phone went on sale at Amazon India, Mi Home and Mi Store on June 12. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Y2 review: A budget smartphone with great camera, battery life

According to a report in The Verge on Tuesday, iPhone maker Apple has introduced a new section on cryptocurrency in its guidelines on App Store that applies to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS app. Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes such as cryptocurrency mining, said the guidelines.

ALSO READ: After Facebook, Apple bans cryptocurrency mining on iPhones, iPads

A phone directory cum search engine platform on June 14 announced a strategic investment into the payments space in India by acquiring Chillr, the country’s first multi-bank payments app. Truecaller co-founder and chief strategy officer Nami Zarringhalam said the founders of Chillr — Sony Joy, Anoop Sankar, Mohamed Galib and Lishoy Bhaskaran — will join Truecaller. Sony Joywill be the vice-president of Truecaller Pay. Zarringhalam said the company intended to leverage its reach of over 150 million users in India as well as its 300-plus existing partnerships in the country. ALSO READ: Truecaller set to make deals with Chillr to foray into digital payments

According to a report in Forbes, Apple would unveil at least two smartphones this year. Both would feature an iPhone X-inspired design with notch-based screens. However, one of them would be a premium device with three cameras on the back, and the other an affordable iteration with a single camera on the back. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 2018 will have the iPhone X design: Know everything hereAccording to a report in Forbes, Apple would unveil at least two smartphones this year. Both would feature an iPhone X-inspired design with notch-based screens. However, one of them would be a premium device with three cameras on the back, and the other an affordable iteration with a single camera on the back. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 2018 will have the iPhone X design: Know everything here

Reliance Jio and India’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel on June 15 announced free live broadcast of Fifa World Cup 2018 matches on JioTV and AirtelTV app, respectively. Bharti Airtel had rolled out an updated Airtel TV app, which would enable users to watch live broadcasts of the football tournament. The matches are broadcast in various regional languages in addition to Hindi and English. JioTV, on the other hand, live broadcast Fifa World Cup alongside the India-Afghanistan Test Match series. ALSO READ: Here’s how to watch Fifa World Cup 2018 for free in mobile devices

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Apple iPhone X: Issues with FaceID? Apple could replace your device

According to the Daily Telegraph, the tech giant admitted the problem that reportedly lies in the rear camera of the device

iPhone X owners who are facing problem with the FaceID unlock scanner may get a new device if their smartphone cannot be repaired, a report has claimed.

According to a report in MacRumors, the Cupertino-based company “updated its service policy for a limited number of iPhone X units that might be experiencing issues with Face ID”.

The policy said that the support personnel must first try to fix the rear camera if Face ID problems are present. If the issue is not resolved, Apple would replace the whole unit instead of repairing the same device.

“In order to provide the best customer experience, if a customer reports that their iPhone X is having Face ID issues, you may be able to resolve the issue with a rear camera repair,” MacRumors quoted Apple as saying.

“Run AST 2 on the customer’s device to check the camera. If the diagnostics find issue with the camera, perform the repair to see if the issue is resolved. If the issue is not resolved, perform a whole unit replacement instead of a same-unit display repair,” the company has said.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the tech giant admitted the problem that reportedly lies in the rear camera of the device.

The report mentioned that the TrueDepth camera at the front and the telephoto lens at the back are linked.

iPhone X sports a unique “FaceID” facial recognition system to unlock the device. The feature is enabled by a ‘True Depth’ camera system in the A11 neural engine.

It is basically a 3D face scanner that uses several components to analyse a person’s face and verify identity. It is also expensive to fix.

Apple rides iPhone profits to become the most profitable global brand in Q4

Apple iPhone X generated 35% of the total handset industry profit in Q4 2017. In smartphone segment, Apple achieved 86% of global profits. Latest news on Apple iPhone X, its pricing and market control

US-based technology giant Apple remained the most profitable brand in the fourth quarter of 2017-17, capturing 86 per cent of total handset market profits, according to a report by Counterpoint Research.

According to the report, Apple’s anniversary-edition smartphone iPhoneX alone generated 35 per cent of the total handset industry profits. This is a significant landmark, as the model was available in the market for only two months during Q4 2017. The premium flagship smartphone with notch-based screen generated five times more profits than the combined profits of 600-plus Android original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) during Q4 2017.

Apple iPhones, including the current flagships like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, along with yesteryear’s flagships iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, led the list of top 10 smartphones that captured 90 per cent of the total handset profits. Other than iPhones, only Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus managed to feature in the top 10, at the sixth and eighth positions, respectively.

The report highlights that the older-generation iPhones like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 generated more profits than some of the more recent Android flagships from key Chinese OEMs. Chinese electronics giant and the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer Huawei became the leading brand among all Chinese brands, with its profit increasing 59 per cent year-on-year.

After its international unveiling on September 12, 2017, the Apple iPhone X was launched in India and other international markets on November 3. The anniversary-edition smartphone was priced at a premium – Rs 89,000 for the base model with 64GB storage and Rs 1,02,000 for 256GB storage variant.

Apple to fix bug, Siri will no longer read updates on locked iPhone screen

Siri’s behaviour becomes a privacy issue because it can read out messages and emails from third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail

Apple has promised to fix a bug that can allow Siri to read aloud hidden lock screen notifications from many apps on iPhones.

“We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update,” Apple said in a statement provided to MacRumors.

The fix is likely to come in iOS 11.3, which remains in beta testing, but Apple might also address the problem with a minor update such as iOS 11.2.7, MacRumors reported on Thursday.

As a result of the bug, Siri can read out notification content, even those that are hidden, from a wide selection of apps when someone asks the assistant to do so without verifying whether the command was coming from the owner of the device.

The problem was reported by Brazilian website MacMagazine earlier this week.

In a test, MacRumors reproduced this issue on an iPhone X running both iOS 11.2.6 and the latest iOS 11.3 beta, while confirming that it does not affect iMessage.

Siri’s behaviour becomes a privacy issue because it can read out messages and emails from third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail, even if an iPhone is locked and notifications are hidden, the report said.

Apple’s 2018 iPhone with 5.85-inch OLED to cost much lower than iPhone X Edit

According to Digitimes research analyst Luke Lin, the next-generation iPhone’s manufacturing bill of materials will be over 10 per cent lower than that for iPhone X

The Apple iPhone X was the first smartphone that crossed the $1,000 price mark — the smartphone was launched at $999 and $1149 for 64GB and $256, respectively. Now, according to Digitimes research analyst Luke Lin, the company would launch a new 5.85-inch iPhone this year with OLED screen that would cost much lower than the iPhone X.

According to Lin, who cited information from Apple’s upstream supply chain, the next-generation iPhone’s manufacturing bill for materials will be over 10 per cent lower than that for the iPhone X. He added, that the MBOM of the iPhone X was more than US$400 in 2017.

In the past, Lin also alleged that Apple was preparing for a new inexpensive smartphone similar to the iPhone SE for 2018, featuring the wireless charging functionality, but without 3D-sensing technology.ALSO READ: Apple plans giant high-end iPhone, lower-priced model, aims to boost sales

In 2018, Apple is expected to launch three iPhone models, according to Taiwan-based KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The smartphones are reported to sport screens of sizes between 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, and different display technologies – OLED and IPS LCD.ALSO READ: It’s a secret: How Apple is planning to design and build its own screens

Recently, a leak had emerged showcasing a smaller 4-inch iPhone SE-based design with all-screen display, similar to the one found in iPhone X. Touted as the iPhone SE 2, the smartphone’s design sketches were first reported by a technology portal BGR, which claimed to have received them from a reliable industry source.

Also, a video that recently surfaced on the web showcased a working prototype of the product.

The purported iPhone SE 2 shows an aluminium chassis, similar to the one seen in the original iPhone SE. However, the front showed an all-screen design with an iPhone X-inspired notch. On the back, the leak video also showed a dual-camera set-up placed in a style similar to the iPhone X’s.

Apple iPhone SE 2 video leak shows small iPhone X-like screen, dual cameras

The purported iPhone SE 2 shows aluminium chassis, similar to the one seen in original model, dual-camera set-up on the back and all-screen iPhone X-like design on the front

Apple, the Cupertino-based software and technology giant, is expected to launch three iPhone X-based smartphones this year, according to Taiwan-based KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The smartphones are reported to sport 5.8-inch-6.2-inch screen sizes and different display technologies – OLED and IPS LCD.

However, a new leak has emerged showcasing a smaller 4-inch iPhone SE-based design with all-screen display, similar to the one found in iPhone X. Touted as iPhone SE 2, the smartphone’s design sketches were first reported by a technology portal BGR, which claimed to have received them from a reliable industry source.

Soon, a video surfaced on the web that showcased a working prototype of the product.

The purported iPhone SE 2 shows aluminium chassis, similar to the one seen in original iPhone SE. However, the front shows an all-screen-based design with an iPhone X-inspired notch. On the back, the leak video also shows dual-camera set-up, placed in similar style as found in iPhone X.

In the past, a report by Luke Lin, analyst at Digitimes Research, also alleged that Apple is preparing for a new inexpensive smartphone similar to the iPhone SE for 2018, featuring the wireless charging functionality, but not 3D sensing.

The iPhone SE 2 design and sketches contradicts previous information shared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which stated that Apple would launch three new iPhones this year – two with OLED display, while the other one with an LCD display – featuring screen size not smaller than 5.8-inch.

Apple reportedly planning to release cheaper MacBook Air this year

MacBook Air, launched with the aid of then Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco in 2008, has now not been updated on the grounds that 2015

Apple is reportedly making plans to release a greater affordable version of the thirteen-inch MacBook Air within the 2nd quarter of 2018, the media suggested.

Apple is likely to launch a new MacBook Air “with a lower charge tag” at some point of the second quarter of 2018, that means we have to see it faster in preference to later, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities was quoted as saying to 9to5mac on Saturday.

The analyst expects the more affordable MacBook Air will assist push MacBook shipments up via 10-15 in line with cent this year.

MacBook Air, launched with the aid of then Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco in 2008, has not been up to date considering that 2015 as Apple has shifted attention in the direction of the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook pro.

The thirteen-inch MacBook Air, a popular choice for university college students, is presently offered starting at $999 for 128GB of PCIe-based totally storage, a 1.8GHz twin-core i5 processor, and 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

The device remaining saw a minor update at the global builders conference (WWDC) in June 2017, with a barely faster processor, and 8GB of RAM as a default.

Kuo says that KGI is “advantageous” on shipments of AirPods and predicts the refreshed version will come in the second

half of of the yr, using strong 12 months over yr boom.

similarly, Kuo predicts on the entry-level 6.1-inch model of iPhones this 12 months.

Kuo additionally notes that call for for HomePod has been “mediocre” to date.

basic, demand for the clever speaker primarily based on “transport time” is “impartial”, the record stated.