Apple’s Tile competitor could arrive at the October event

Apple kept it short and to the point at its Sept. 16 virtual event, unveiling a new suite of Apple Watches and iPads, along with the iOS 14, iPadOS 14WatchOS 7 and TVOS 14 to release the following day. Apple didn’t, however, debut its long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. They were hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that software arrived. 



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When Apple debuted new ultrawideband, or UWB, technology in its iPhone 11 models last year, speculation heated up that Apple could release a competitor to Tile’s popular trackers

The rumored AirTags may seem similar to iBeacon, an implementation of Bluetooth low-energy wireless technology, that Apple first debuted in iOS 7 in 2014. The beacons were small, inexpensive Bluetooth transmitters

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Apple’s largest assemblers invest $900M in India smartphone production (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Apple (AAPL +1.1%) contract manufacturers Hon Hai/Foxconn (OTCPK:HNHAF,OTCPK:HNHPD), Wistron (OTC:WICOF), and Pegatron (OTC:PGTRF) will invest nearly $900M in India over the next five years, according to Reuters sources.

The companies are taking advantage of India’s new $6.7B production-linked initiative, which gives cash for any sales increase of locally-made smartphones over that five-year period, compared to 2019-20 sales.

Foxconn will contribute about $542M and the others will roughly split the remainder.

Reuters sources say most of the funding will go toward expanding iPhone manufacturing in the region. Wistron’s local facilities only assemble iPhones.

Wistron assembles about 200K of the new low-cost iPhone SE models in India each month. Sources say the monthly total could double by year’s end.

Foxconn assembles for Apple and Xiaomi (XI) in the region, but reportedly already has enough capacity for Xiaomi.

Apple brought SE assembly to India in 2017 in a bid to diversify

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Apple AirTags: Apple’s Tile competitor could arrive at the October event

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Apple kept it short and to the point at its Sept. 16 virtual event, unveiling a new suite of Apple Watches and iPads, along with the iOS 14, iPadOS 14WatchOS 7 and TVOS 14 to release the following day. Apple didn’t, however, debut its long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. They were hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that software arrived. 

When Apple debuted new ultrawideband, or UWB, technology in its iPhone 11 models last year, speculation heated up that Apple could release a competitor to Tile’s popular trackers

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Apple’s battle with Epic Games could lead to big changes in iPhone apps

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Apple’s iPhone is already one of the world’s most litigated devices. Apple fought its No. 1 rival,  Samsung, and others over the iPhone’s design. It’s fought phone giant Nokia and chipmaker Qualcomm over patent royalties. Before the smartphone first went on sale in 2007, Apple even fought networking giant Cisco over the iPhone name.

On Monday, Apple meets a new combatant in court. This time, it’s fighting Epic Games, maker of the online gaming phenomenon Fortnite, which has  more than 350 million players. Epic sued on Aug. 13, alleging that the iPhone maker’s rules for how big a cut of app sales developers need to pay Apple, and how they can even make money on the popular App Store, are anticompetitive. The suit effectively forces Apple to defend the way it operates its App Store, the only gateway for developers

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Make your iPad more like a Mac. How to use Apple’s new iPadOS 14 features

There’s an argument to be made that the iPad is actually a computer, just not in the traditional sense. It easily switches from a flat slab of glass you can tap and sketch on with a fingertip or Apple Pencil, to a laptop-like device, complete with a keyboard and trackpad when you need to get work done. 



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Apple’s iPadOS 14 adds plenty of new features to its tablet lineup, like new-look widgets and a more streamlined Siri , but there are also some tools that make the iPad more like a Mac than ever before. Here’s how to install iPadOS 14 on your iPad and how to use the new software tools. 

A new and improved Search tool

If you’ve ever used the Mac’s Spotlight tool to perform quick searches, then you’ll feel

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The Rallying Cry Against Apple’s App Store Policies Gets Louder

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The Apple logo is seen on the window of the newly opened company store in Bangkok on Sept. 23.
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Several developers and organizations have banded together to lead a campaign against Apple’s App Store policies. Announced today, the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) is a new nonprofit dedicated to fighting for fair, competitive practices across the app ecosystem. The CAF’s founding members include Epic Games, Basecamp, European Publishers Council, Tile, Spotify, and several others who have publicly and vocally denounced Apple’s practices in recent months.

“As enforcers, regulators, and legislators around the world investigate Apple for its anti-competitive behavior, The Coalition for App Fairness will be the voice of app and game developers in the effort to protect consumer choice and create a level playing field for all,” Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify’s head of global affairs and c

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New MacBook Pro Leak Reveals Apple’s Exciting Update

Apple is set to improve the display on more new products next year, with brighter and more vivid screens destined for the likes of the iPad and MacBook machines.

The latest details on the use of mini-LED screens come from noted industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Erik Slivka reports:

Kuo says that while Epistar had been predicted to be the exclusive supplier of mini-LED chips for Apple products in 2021, Sanan Optoelectronics has experienced better than expected development on the technology and will also begin supplying Apple in 2021 rather than the previously estimated timeframe of 2022.”

Kuo’s expectation is that the previous

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EU may remove Apple’s control of its NFC technology

  • The EU is considering new laws that would require Apple to give third parties access to its devices’ NFC technology.
  • If Apple has to open access to its NFC technology in the EU, it’ll have to battle more heavily to win over new consumers.
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The European Union (EU) is reportedly set to consider new laws that would prohibit mobile device makers, like Apple, from restricting access to the NFC technology in their products, Bloomberg reports.

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EU may remove Apple’s control of its NFC technology.

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The potential new rules follow the European Commission (EC) probing whether Apple was abusing its control of its devices by preventing third-party firms from using its NFC technology. Comparatively, Google enables third-party firms to access

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