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Apple shifting its attention back to voice control on the Apple TV. To recall, the Siri Remote that comes with the new Apple TV enables Siri-based voice search. The company has been looking to bring Siri search support for Apple Music on the Apple TV. Now, the Cupertino-based company has seeded tvOS 9.2 beta 3 to developers, and among other features, it comes with a voice dictation feature.

The inclusion of the feature allows a user to speak to the Siri-enabled remote to dictate text (making search queries that much easier) as well as ask queries such as a weather update. MacRumors reports users will see a live level meter on the screen, which will help to know whether the feature is activated. Prior to this, users were required to enter text after doing a plethora of swipes and clicks across a horizontal row of letters. Users will now be able dictate text into any field.

In addition, tvOS 9.2 beta 3 also brings with it the ability search the App Store from anywhere in the Apple TV interface. Users are required

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FILE - This June 24, 2009 file photo shows Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. A breakdown released Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are handled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
FILE - This June 24, 2009 file photo shows Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. A breakdown released Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are handled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Apple has confirmed recent reports that it plans to open a technology development centre in Hyderabad. The Cupertino-based company, which is becoming increasingly focused on the second most populous nation and third largest smartphone market in the world, is likely to utilise the development centre to bolster its mapping efforts in the country.

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Let's get this out of the way first: Despite what you may have heard, the iPhone is not dying. Neither, by extension, is Apple.

It's true that in an earnings report Tuesday, after weeks of speculation by Wall Street that iPhone sales would finally hit a peak, Apple confirmed the news: iPhone sales grew at their lowest-ever rate in the last quarter. And the company projected total sales of as much as $53 billion (roughly Rs. 3,61,532 crores) in the current quarter that ends in March, which would be a decline of 8.6 percent from last year and Apple's first revenue drop in more than a decade.

But if Apple is now hitting a plateau, it's important to remember that it's one of the loftiest plateaus in the history of business. The $18.4 billion (roughly Rs. 1,25,518 crores) profit that Apple reported Tuesday is the most ever earned by any company in a single quarter.

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It's necessary to start with these caveats because people have a tendency to react strongly, almost apoplectically, to

WASHINGTONSAN FRANCISCO: When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, he said Apple Inc had applied for more than 200 patents for the device and was ready to enforce them. Now, Apple is putting those words into action.

Apple filed a patent-infringement complaint against Taiwan's HTC Corp, seeking to prevent US imports of phones that run Google Inc's Android operating system. The decision to take the case to the International Trade Commission (ITC) signals that Apple wants to curb HTC's market share gains as quickly as possible , said Lyle Vander Schaaf, a patent lawyer with Bryan Cave LLP in Washington.

"It's like nuclear war," said Schaaf, who specialises in cases before the ITC in Washington, where Apple filed complaints over 10 patents. "If you really want to have an effective remedy to protect your rights, you go to the ITC. Once you're there, there's no going back."

The ITC can act more quickly than a court, and its power to ban imports is often more important in a rivalry than the cash damages possible in a civil case. Apple also filed a patent suit in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, claiming infringement of 10 additional patents, including one for technology that lets

Apple last year dominated the smartwatch segment and accounted for more than 12 million units shipped, according to a market research firm. Canalys has claimed that Apple shipped two-thirds of all smartwatches in 2015.

The Cupertino-based giant also beat arch rival Samsung which stood at second position in Q4 2015. Canalys said that Samsung saw better consumer reception than its previous offerings with the Gear S2 smartwatch in the period.

Pebble and Huawei came third and fourth respectively, and the latter was the only maker that currently ships smartwatches with Android Wear OS in the top four.

(Also see: Xiaomi Beats Huawei to Top Chinese Smartphone Market in 2015: Report)

The market research firm further added that basic bands exceeded 37 million units shipped in 2015. Canalys said that Fitbit saw record quarterly shipments as it led the category with Xiaomi following at the second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015.

Canalys said that strong holiday shipments for companies including Fitbit, Apple, and Garmin drove growth of over 60 percent sequentially for all wearable bands. The wearable bands segment was led by Fitbit in Q4 which was followed by Apple (Apple Watch) and Xiaomi (with 12 million bands shipped).

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KOLKATA: Apple has exited the fast-growing sub- Rs 20,000 smartphone category in India to boost its flagging average selling price and profitability which have been under strain in the country lately.

The United States-headquartered company has withdrawn its successful iPhone 4s model which was selling for as low as Rs 12,000, a move aimed at gaining share and acquiring new consumers. It has also withdrawn iPhone 5c, which was selling at Rs 20,000. As a result, its cheapest phone now is the iPhone 5s, which is priced at Rs 24,000, according to people familiar with the matter.

An email sent to Apple did not elicit any response till late evening on Tuesday. This is the company's first major step towards aligning its Indian product portfolio with global operations driven by the Cupertino headquarters after it took direct charge of Indian operations following the exit of its erstwhile country head from the company.

"It's a step to improve the ASP (average selling price) which was falling since iPhone 4s was till recently one of their highest selling model in India due to its lower price," said

Apple led five borrowers back into the high-grade bond primary on Tuesday, but as some market jitters remained, the world's biggest company struggled to tighten pricing very much.

The five deals reopened a market dormant for six consecutive sessions, and with some stability in oil and strength in equities, it looked like the primary was back in gear.

But Apple (Aa1/AA+) appeared to be paying its highest-ever concessions on the nine-tranche US$12bn deal, and, according to two investors, had amassed a US$30bn order book for the jumbo deal.

"You have got to come up with a decent concession to do these big deals, coming back into a market where there hasn't been a lot of issuance," one investor told IFR.

The deal, which includes Apple's first-ever Green bond, was the company's first foray into the dollar bond market since May 2015.

Other offerings in the market Tuesday were from IBM (Aa3/AA-), Toyota Motor Corp (Aa3/AA-), Comcast (A3/A/A-) and BNY Mellon (A1/A/AA-).

In uncertain conditions, high-grade issuers typically start with wide IPTs and then tighten levels as order books grow.

But most of Apple's launch levels were only about 10bp-15bp

In the evening of April 11, 2012, Mike Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram, gave a talk in San Francisco. What he must have known, though his audience didn't, was that in less than 24 hours, Mark Zuckerberg would announce that he was buying Instagram for a billion dollars.

Given that he was about to become A Very Rich Man, Krieger hid his excitement well. The talk called "Scaling Instagram" was a long and technical one about the challenges of growing the popular photo app. One of the final slides (number 176 of 185) had just two words: "Unprecedented Times". The next one said: "2 backend engineers can scale a system to 30+ million users." On the eve of the Facebook deal, Instagram had bumped up that total to five engineers.

If this doesn't sound quite as remarkable as it should, it's because we are now inured to Silicon Valley startup stories originating in garages with a couple of geeks, who end up making millions - or a billion. Look at this 'growth' in a different way then: it's as if Steve Jobs and Steve

In a big move to attract customers, Apple has introduced buyback scheme on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus starting with discounts between Rs 9,000 and Rs 25,000 on a range of select models including its own, and those from Samsung, Sony, HTC, Lumia and Google Nexus.

Beginning Valentine's Day weekend to March 26, the latest iPhones may be available from the starting range of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 for the 16 GB iPhone 6s variant after discount, depending on the model exchanged by a consumer. At present, the lowest variant of iPhone 6s is estimated to be available for under Rs 52,000 offline and under Rs 45,000 at online sites.

The offer will be available in 'participating merchant outlets' (read: offline retail outlets), as per conditions mentioned on the Indiaishop.in website, backed by Apple's official online reseller Infibeam.com.

"Apple is giving greater flexibility to distributors and retailers," said Tarun Pathak, senior analyst at Counterpoint. "They are estimating sales to be slow and therefore want to make use of these schemes to get sales going," he added, indicating that more such offers may

Apple may not launch the Apple Watch 2 in March. A new report claims that the Cupertino-based company has no plans to offer a major upgrade to its first wearable device, at least, not so soon.

Multiple reports have claimed that Apple is working on the second-generation Apple Watch, and plans to launch it in March. However, TechCrunch citing people familiar with the matter says that isn't the case. The publication further reports that there is no Apple Watch component movement under way at the supply chain which lowers the possibilities of another watch.

The company, however, could launch a revised version of the Apple Watch soon. The new variant supposedly doesn't have any major changes except a FaceTime Camera.

"We are observing some interesting new patterns in Apple's supply chain that are making the waters more murky than before. As with the current edition of the Apple Watch, no one really saw that coming via supply chain so it is possible to not see it," Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin told TechCrunch.

"However, the Apple supplier warnings of soft revenue ahead do seem to cause one's eyebrow to raise when thinking about a new product supposedly shipping in a few months."


Apple appears to be working on a new swappable band for the Apple Watch that can also double as a protective encasement and stand. The new magnetically-closed Milanese Loop band was spotted in a patent filed by the company.

The Apple Watch was launched with six different swappable band styles, and it seems the company is already working on a successor. A patent recently granted to Apple reveals that the new Milanese Loop band has a convertible design, allowing it to serve more than one purpose.

The patent reveals that the band can be rolled into a protective case when travelling, or even as a stand on allowing you to keep it on your bedside table or desk. The document reveals that the proposed band will have two separate straps made of malleable material.

This is how the company has described it. "Since the wrist straps include a number of magnets arranged with magnetic polarity patterns that are complementary to one another, the wrist straps become magnetically coupled around a user's wrist once they come in close proximity to one another. The second wrapping configuration is achieved by rotating a first strap of the wristband around a lower surface of the

Apple on Monday released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3, adding a range of features and capabilities to its mobile operating system - many of which are expected to make it to the general release. The Cupertino-based company with the iOS 9.3 Preview has introduced multi-user mode on iPad for schools, and a night-mode for all that aims to enhance the viewing experience on iPhone and iPad during the night hours.

The Cupertino-based company is calling the night-mode Night Shift. The feature, if enabled, changes the white balance of the screen in accordance with the time and your geographic location to suit your eyes. "[..] it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings," the company describes. The feature has long been requested by users. Google last month introduced a similar feature to Google Play Books, while Amazon launched the Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition with Blue Shade, which filtered blue light at night.

The second biggest attraction is the inclusion of multi-user mode on iPad - but, it's limited to the iOS 9.3 Education Preview.

The price of the iPhone 6s 16 GB model, which was introduced at Rs 62,000 on October 16, has fallen by 11-16 per cent and now ranges between Rs 52,000 and Rs 55,000, according to four large retailers who spoke to ET on condition of anonymity. The price cuts are across all variants - 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB — of both models. The average difference in prices of all iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices between launch time and now is about 15 per cent, a top executive at a national retailer said.

The reduction also narrows the gap with prices of iPhone 6 devices launched in 2014, making an upgrade more attractive for customers. "The price difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s was a lot, so many customers are not willing to upgrade to the new model," said a senior executive of another national retailer.

This is the first time that the price of an Apple flagship has been brought down within two months of launch, underlining concerns around the initial pricing, said Tarun Pathak, senior analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research. Apple declined to comment on the matter.

Apple had introduced the

Fans of Apple's shiny products, rejoice! The Cupertino-based company has been tipped to launch a 4-inch iPhone - dubbed iPhone 5se - new Apple Watch models, and possibly an iPad Air 3 at an event in March, according to a report by someone with a reliable track record.

Chatter around a 4-inch iPhone - the supposedly true successor to the iPhone 5s for people who don't crave for a large display - has been circulating for more than a year now. Previously dubbed the iPhone 6c or iPhone 7c, or even iPhone 5e - the phone will actually be called the iPhone 5se, reports 9to5Mac.

iPhone 5se
Apple reportedly plans to launch the iPhone 5se - wherein se stands for special edition - alongside a new Apple Watch with minor improvements at its March event. Apple is also said to have plans to launch another Apple Watch dubbed Apple Watch 2 later this year around September with major hardware improvements and design changes. 9to5Mac further adds that the company is also aiming to launch the iPad Air 3 at the event, however, the plans could change later.

Previous reports suggest the upcoming 4-inch iPhone will have the same hardware specifications as

Apple raised the specter of the end of a technological era after reporting Tuesday the slowest growth sales ever of its market-leading, life-changing iPhone and warning it expects worse to come.

The California technology colossus said it expects to see its first decline in iPhone sales in the current quarter, when it will be compared to three months of blockbuster sales in the same period last year.

"We do think that iPhone units will decline in the quarter," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said during an earnings call with analysts.

But Apple , which Tuesday posted record quarterly profit despite the iPhone faltering for the first time since it was launched, remains optimistic about the overall smartphone market.

Apple plans to continue investing in smartphones despite economic woes dragging on many countries, and a strong US dollar eating into its revenue, according to Cook.

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"There are still a lot of people in the world who will buy smartphones and we ought to be able to win over our fair share of those," Cook said.

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Net income for the quarter ending December 26 was two percent higher than the same period a year

Apple could soon face one of its biggest challenges to date: Peak iPhone.

Most analysts believe Apple surpassed its own record by selling more than 74.5 million units of its flagship product in the final three months of 2015. But there are signs that iPhone sales in the first three months of 2016 will - for the first time ever - show an abrupt decline from the same period a year earlier.

That could mark a pivotal moment for the Silicon Valley giant. Apple is the world's biggest company, in terms of stock value, thanks to the iPhone's surging popularity around the world. In business terms, Apple makes most of its money from iPhone sales.

But concerns about slowing growth have sent the stock into a months-long slump, fueling debate about what kind of company Apple will be in the future.

The iPhone contributed nearly two-thirds of Apple's $234 billion (roughly Rs. 15,92,050 crores) in revenue last year. None of the other new products Apple has launched in recent years have emerged as blockbusters. That's led some critics to suggest Apple has lost its innovative touch, while others say it's evolving to depend on a broader base of related tech products and

NEW YORK: The deals that kicked-off the credit market opening on Tuesday after an extended market freeze stayed strong on Wednesday, tightening in the secondary.

Five issuers dove back into the crdit markets Tuesday, selling $22 billion of debt.

Apple and Comcast's bonds performed the best in the secondary market with bonds from Apple's nine-tranche $12 billion deal tightening across the curve between 5bp-10bp and bonds from Comcast's $2.25 billion two-part deal coming in around 6bp.

Market participants said this was part of Apple's strategy when the tech giant priced the deal: to offer attractive enough new issue concessions so investors were confident they'd trade up in the secondary drawing more buyers into the deal.

Jonathan Duensing, managing director at Amundi Smith Breeden, said they're happy with how Apple has performed.

"The concession was very attractive relative to where secondary levels were prior to the announcement of the issue, there was room for compression between the outstanding and new issue," he said.

Helping the deals' performance in the secondary was the strong market opening on Wednesday. The US CDX IG25 tightened by 3.7bp to 116.9bp during the morning.

Apple's two-year tightened by

Apple is getting serious about India. The iPhone maker sees the country as one of the most important growth areas, Tim Cook, company's chief executive was cited as saying. Cook also confirmed that Apple is in early stages to bring its official retail stores in India.

As Apple worries of slowing growth in its main markets, the Cupertino-based giant is reportedly focusing its attention to emerging regions such as India. In a town hall meeting at the company's campus, Tim Cook shared with employees the importance of India, reports 9to5Mac.

Tim Cook said that 4G LTE networks are still not widely available in every emerging market, and Apple sees it as an opportunity to push its products to such regions. The state of 4G LTE penetration, performance, and coverage in the country is still in the nascent stage, as also seen in OpenSignal's recent global LTE report.

Cook also confirmed that Apple will be opening retail stores in India. Last month, it was found that the company had applied to set up its own stores in the country - something the company itself later confirmed. As of now, Apple sells its iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other products through third-party resellers in

In the technology tussle for consumer wrists, it seems as though the smart money is on the smartwatch.

A new report from Gartner predicts that the wearables market will grow 18.4 percent in 2016, with sales of 274.6 million units and $28.7 billion by the end of the year. Most of that cash, analysts said, will be driven by an uptick in the sales of smartwatches, which alone are expected to pull in $11.5 billion (roughly Rs. 78,060 crores) in revenue.

Other wearable devices are also expected to see growth, the report said, including head-mounted displays such as the Oculus Rift or the Microsoft HoloLens. Fitness wearables such as wristbands and smart clothing will also continue to grow - thanks in part, the report said, to the way US wellness programs have embraced the devices.

But the smartwatch is expected to outpace all other wearable devices.

Gartner joins other analysis firms in crediting the Apple Watch with the increased interest in smartwatches. Adoption may not have been as fast as some expected for the company's wearable - though we don't know for sure because Apple doesn't release sales figures for the Watch - but there's little doubt that it has brought the product into

Last month it was reported that the 4-inch iPhone 5se would be arriving in the same colour variants as the iPhone 6s - Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. A new report now confirms the previous claims but with a small twist. Details about the upcoming MacBook, Apple Watch and iPad colour options have also been tipped.

According to Japanese website Macotakara, the iPhone 5se will arrive in new "Hot" or "Bright" pink colour option, but 9to5Mac refutes the report, and says it will sport a Rose Gold option identical to the iPhone which would appear identical to the iPhone 6's Rose Gold colour.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is focusing on bringing the Rose Gold colour options to its other future iOS devices as well. Apple is rumoured to bring the Rose Gold variants of the iPad Air 3, next-gen 12-inch MacBook. and the iPad Mini, say sources to 9to5Mac. However, the Rose Gold 12-inch MacBook and iPad mini might not arrive at the company's upcoming March 15 event.

The company is expected to launch its 4-inch iPhone 5se and the iPad Air 3 in next month. The iPad Air 3 is tipped to sport an identical size like the iPad