Apple Inc is about to give two product lines much needed upgrades after the gadgets slipped into the towering shadow of the iPhone. On Tuesday, the Cupertino, California-based technology giant will take the stage in Brooklyn, New York, to unveil new Mac computers and iPad tablets. The theme of the event is “making,” and it will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — both clues to how Apple plans to reignite sales of the products.
Macs and iPads have larger screens and keyboards, more versatile software and typically faster processing speeds than iPhones. Those features are particularly useful for people who create graphics, build websites, edit movies, write music, and in the case of Macs, develop their own software. While the iPhone won over consumers, and the Watch is on a growing number of wrists, Apple is pushing content creation for its other major devices.
The main news on Tuesday will be revamped iPad Pros with Face ID and a new charging port, a new laptop destined to replace the aging MacBook Air, and a new Mac mini geared toward professional users, according to people familiar with the plans. They asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
The update to the iPad Pro will be the most significant in the product’s history. The device was originally launched in 2015 in part as a counter-measure to Microsoft Corp.’s Surface Pro, which gained a following with business users seeking large tablets with support for attachable keyboards and styluses. The iPad Pro models, which have larger screens, better cameras, and faster processors, are more expensive, which has sustained revenue growth.
Here’s what Apple is planning for the new iPad Pro, according to people familiar with the plans:
Nearly edge-to-edge screens with slimmer, symmetrical bezels like the latest iPhones. A USB-C connector for charging and syncing data, the first time Apple is bringing this charging standard to its iOS devices. This will leave the iPhone as Apple’s only major product to use the Lightning connector. It will also be the first time Apple has changed the charging port on iOS devices since 2012. Face ID will be used for unlocking the new iPad, and the Home button and fingerprint scanner will be removed. Unlike with iPhones, Face ID will work in both portrait and landscape orientations. Face ID will enable Animojis (and the personalized variety known as Memojis) on iPads for the first time.
The screens will be less expensive LCD panels, rather than the OLED screens on the iPhone XS. The iPad’s external look will be redesigned as well. It will include more squared-off sides like the iPhone 5, 5S, and SE from a few years ago. A faster processor that’s a variant of the A12 Bionic chip recently added to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. A custom Apple graphics chip, the first time this would be included in an iPad. An updated Apple Pencil, succeeding the original version launched in 2015.
The iPad Pro update comes at an important time for the device, which hasn’t been refreshed since mid-2017. While the tablet market is contracting overall, the iPad has been slowly regaining momentum thanks to new software and lower-priced models, but also because competitors like Amazon.com Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. haven’t wowed the market lately.
For the Mac, Apple is planning its first wide-ranging upgrades since June 2017. The MacBook Air and Mac mini, a small desktop machine without a screen, have gone several years without notable changes. This, combined with interest in larger smartphones and competing PCs, led Apple to report the fewest Mac sales since 2010 in its fiscal third quarter.
Here’s what the company is preparing for the Mac line, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Some or all of these products could debut at Tuesday’s event.
A new entry-level laptop to replace the aging MacBook Air — the company’s entry level laptop that Steve Jobs originally pulled out of a manila envelope a decade ago.
It will have a higher-resolution 13-inch screen, as well as slimmer bezels around the display. The first update to the Mac mini since 2014, adding new processors and features for professional users. Apple’s also working on refreshed iMacs, iMac Pros, and 12-inch MacBooks with faster processors, and at least some of these updates could be ready for the October launch.
Look Smarter, Feel Healthier with “Bloom” – SmartWatch by Toreto
Toreto, a prominent leader in the innovative and portable digital product market, announces the launch of Bloom SmartWatch.
The newly launched “Bloom” keeps a track of your health while letting you create your own style statement; it not only keeps you updated on your daily physical activities but also helps you monitor various other aspects.
Toreto Bloom is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and has an alloyed metallic finish which adds on to your everyday style.
IP68 waterproof feature keeps the watch safe up to 1.5 meters for half an hour.
Combined with an advanced chipset, the band boasts of lower battery consumption that ensures long term performance.
Equipped with Bluetooth 4.4, you can stay connected with the world as you get alerts for the messages, calls on your wrist. Simply pair your SmartWatch with Wear Health App on your Android and iOS Smartphone to access all its features.
Toreto Bloom immaculately measures the number of calories burnt, tests blood pressure, tracks heart rate, while keeping a count of the steps taken; in order to improve the users’ fitness.
This stylish SmartWatch works well with all the Android, iOS devices and is waterproof as well.
Bloom enables users to follow social media updates without looking at your phone.
Supports Android, iOS devices:
Bloom works well with all Android and iOS devices and gets easily connected over Bluetooth for easy access.
Track your BP, heart rate:
Bloom has an inbuilt light mechanism that helps measure heart rate and blood pressure so that you can stay in the best of your health.
The inbuilt pedometer of the SmartWatch lets you keep a track of steps which helps you track the steps you have taken in the entire day along with the distance you have travelled.
Bloom also has a calories counter with which you can control your calorie intake and maintain your fitness.
Track Calls and Social Media:
As you connect your Smartphone to your watch via Bluetooth, you automatically get Call and SMS notifications on your device. Also, you can track WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, WeChat, Twitter and other social media app notifications on your watch easily.
Customize watch screen:
Unlike other SmartWatches, one of Bloom’s amazing features enables you to choose any image on your phone and put it as your watch’s wallpaper. Other Features: Apart from the above features Bloom also has an alarm clock and a countdown timer.
Pricing and Availability:
Toreto Bloom is available at an introductory and pocket-friendly price-point of INR 3,499/- through all the leading e-commerce platforms and retail stores across India. This SmartWatch comes along with two detachable straps and a 12-month warranty. For more information, kindly visit www.toreto.in
Mumbai youth got a job of 1.2 crores at Google office in London
It is true that Abdullah Khan (21) could not clear the IIT entrance, but he has made an offer that many IITians would envy.
Earlier this week, Khan got a job at the Google office in London, for a package of 1.2 crore rupees.
The average salary offered to a graduate of a non-IIT engineering college in the city is around Rs 4 lakh per anum. Khan, a student at Shree LR Tiwari Engineering College, Mira Road, was called for a Google interview based on his profile on a site that hosts competitive programming challenges.
After some online interviews, earlier this month Khan was asked to show up for the final screening at Google’s office in London.
His six-figure package includes the base salary of Rs 54.5 lakh (£ 60,000) per year, a bonus of 15 per cent and stock options worth Rs 58.9 lakh ($ 85,000) for four years.
Khan, who is pursuing his last year BE (Computer Science), will join the reliability engineering team at Google’s site in September.
An email from a Google official in November last year mentioned that they had seen Khan’s profile on the programming site and said they were looking for people for locations across Europe.
Khan said that he did not expect such an offer when he participated in competitions on that site.
“I used to participate as it was fun. I did not even know that firms check programmers’ profiles on such sites. I showed the email to my friend who knew someone who had received such an email in the past. I am looking forward to joining their team. It will be an amazing learning experience for me,” said Khan. The coding enthusiast did his education in Saudi Arabia and moved to Mumbai only after Class XII.
Artificial intelligence may help develop clean, limitless fusion energy
Artificial intelligence (AI) may help develop safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity, scientists say.
A team, including researchers from Princeton University and Harvard University, are applying deep learning to forecast sudden disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamaks or apparatus that house the reactions.
Deep learning is a powerful new version of the machine learning form of AI, according to the findings published in the journal Nature magazine.
“This research opens a promising new chapter in the effort to bring unlimited energy to Earth,” Steven Cowley, director of US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
“Artificial intelligence is exploding across the sciences and now it’s beginning to contribute to the worldwide quest for fusion power,” Cowley said in a statement.
Fusion, which drives the Sun and stars, is the fusing of light elements in the form of plasma — the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei — that generates energy.
Scientists are seeking to replicate fusion on Earth for an abundant supply of power for the production of electricity.
“Artificial intelligence is the most intriguing area of scientific growth right now, and to marry it to fusion science is very exciting,” said William Tang, a principal research physicist at PPPL.
“We have accelerated the ability to predict with high accuracy the most dangerous challenge to clean fusion energy,” Tang said.
Unlike traditional software, which carries out prescribed instructions, deep learning learns from its mistakes.
Accomplishing this seeming magic are neural networks, layers of interconnected nodes — mathematical algorithms — that are “parameterised,” or weighted by the programme to shape the desired output.
For any given input the nodes seek to produce a specified output, such as correct identification of a face or accurate forecasts of a disruption.
Training kicks in when a node fails to achieve this task: the weights automatically adjust themselves for fresh data until the correct output is obtained.
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