Apple supplier Wistron has apparently begun trial production of the iPhone 12 already at a new facility near Bengaluru. Wistron has reportedly set about hiring as many as 10,000 new staff for manufacturing facilities in India.
The iPhone 12 would be the seventh iPhone model to be manufactured in India, but the first high-end device to do so. Until recently, iPhone production in India was limited to lower-cost and older models, and production of the iPhone SE in India is expected to begin by the end of 2020. Business Standard‘s sources said that the new facility in Narasapura would be for the manufacture of the iPhone 12, and its existing plant in Bengaluru would be used to produce the iPhone SE.
Apple is aggressively stepping up its India-based manufacturing efforts as it seeks to move away from supply chain concentration in China. Apple suppliers Pegatron and Samsung are expected to set up production facilities in India, and Foxconn has announced that it plans to invest as much as $1 billion in India, having already established its first manufacturing plant in the country.
Initiatives such as the “production linked incentive” (PLI) scheme have made India-based production attractive to big tech companies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent “Made in India” initiative also requires 30 percent of products sold by foreign companies to be manufactured or produced within the country.
Increased production in India is believed to allow Apple to price iPhones more competitively in the country. India is also the world’s second-largest smartphone market, but just one in four Indians are said to own a smartphone, providing Apple with the opportunity to sell iPhones to millions of new customers, while also diversifying its supply chains and moving away from its heavy reliance on China.
Apple will launch the iPad Air 4 in March 2021 with an A14 processor, according to Chinese site MyDrivers.
According to “foreign sources,” the report corroborates previous rumors that Apple will bring the iPad Air 4 much closer to the current iPad Pro in terms of design and features. The iPad Air 4 will reportedly have a smart connector on its rear to support the new Magic Keyboard. It is…
Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:46 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apps designed for the Mac don’t often receive as much coverage as apps designed for iPhones and iPads, which is why we have a series here at MacRumors that highlights interesting Mac apps worth checking out. This month’s picks feature productivity and organization tools along with a couple of fun but useful apps.
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Wednesday August 19, 2020 3:18 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Enterprising eBay sellers are hoping people who are desperate to play Fortnite will pay high prices for iPhones with the game installed, and there are currently hundreds of iPhone listings on eBay advertising the Fortnite app as a purchase perk.
Many of the prices listed are astronomical, ranging from over $1,000 to up to $10,000 (as noted by Business Insider), but there are some devices…
Apple worked with the U.S. government on a “secret” modified iPod, according to a new report by former Apple software engineer David Shayer published by TidBits.
Shayer explains that in 2005, he was asked by the director of iPod software to “help two engineers from the U.S. Department of Energy build a special iPod.” The engineers were in fact contractors from Bechtel, a large U.S. defense …
Verizon today announced updated Mix & Match Unlimited wireless plans, with access to services like Apple Music and Disney+, and for the first time Hulu (with commercials) and ESPN+ are being added. Verizon calls plans with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ “The Disney Bundle.”
Plans start with the “Just Kids” option at $35 per line per month, with unlimited 4G LTE data and unlimited talk and text to…
The battle royale continues between Epic Games and Apple.
In a statement shared with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple said that “we won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers.”
Apple said that “the problem Epic has created for itself is one that can be easily remedied” if Epic submits…
Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:07 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today seeded new public betas of upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates to its public beta testing group. Today’s software releases, which Apple labels as fifth betas to keep them in line with developer betas, are actually the fourth betas that Apple has provided to public testers and they come two weeks after the prior beta releases.
Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s…
Monday August 17, 2020 12:02 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is planning to terminate Epic Games’ entire access to its App Store and app development tools, Epic Games said today. Apple told Epic that by August 28, all access will be ended.
That includes Epic’s access to the development tools necessary to create software for the Unreal Engine that Epic offers to third-party developers for their games. In response, Epic has filed a court order…
Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:04 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today seeded the fifth betas of upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the fourth betas and nearly two months after unveiling the new software at the WWDC keynote.
Registered developers can download the betas over the air after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center.
iOS 14 introduces a redesigned Home …