This week, Apple unveiled two new iPads: an updated iPad mini and iPad Pro, along with a brand-new Apple TV 4K.
Older iPad models are now more expensive in India as a result of the release of new iPads. Venu Sq 2 and Venu Sq 2 Music Edition were released by Garmin in India. In the meantime, Fossil also unveiled the Gen 6 Smartwatch Wellness Edition, the first smartwatch from the brand to ship with the latest WearOS 3.
Google released Android 13 (Go Edition) for budget handsets, which is a leaner, cleaner version of the operating system. In addition to updating some of its apps, Google was severely punished in India for abusing its position within the Android ecosystem. Our best tech news of the week includes all of this and more.
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#1 Improved cameras, a redesigned design, the A14 Bionic, and USB-C are all features of Apple’s latest entry-level iPad
The larger 10.9-inch display on the new iPad (10th generation) has a resolution of 2360×1640 pixels and a brightness of 500 nits. The A14 Bionic chip promises to increase CPU speeds by 20%, neural performance by 60%, and GPU speed by 70%.
The new iPad also features Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, and cellular variants that support 5G networks. It is offered in four hues (Silver, Blue, Pink, and Yellow) and two storage options (64GB and 256GB), with prices starting at Rs 44,900 for each.
#2 The new M2 chip for the iPad Pro supports Pro-Res capture and Wi-Fi 6E
The M1 chip is replaced with a new, faster M2 chip in the new iPad Pro, which is available in two of the same sizes—11 inches and 12.9 inches—and shares the same design. The new iPad Pro does not significantly differ from the previous model, but it does introduce several useful new capabilities, including Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, Apple Pencil hover, and ProRes video recording.
The pricing of the iPad Pro’s 11-inch variant starts at Rs 81,990, while the 12.9-inch device has a starting price of Rs 96,900.
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#3 Refurbished Apple TV 4K with A15 Bionic
Aside from the new iPads, Apple has also updated its TV 4K, adding support for HDR10+ playback in addition to Dolby Vision, with a relatively new A15 Bionic chip. The price of the 64GB Wi-Fi model with internal storage is Rs 14,900. The price of the Wi-Fi+Ethernet model with 128GB of storage is Rs 16,990.
#4 For “anti-competitive activities,” the Competition Commission of India fined Google more than Rs. 1,300 crore
Google has been penalised by the CCI with a fine of Rs 1,338 crores for “abusing its market dominant position.” The Indian regulator has ordered Google to grant OEMs, app developers, and its rivals fair access while stating that manufacturers of Android handsets shouldn’t be required to pre-install Google apps.
When responding to the CCI’s order, Google called it a “significant setback.” “for customers and businesses. Additionally, the search engine behemoth stated that the directive would subject users to “severe security threats, “increasing the country’s mobile device price.
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#5 Jio introduces the “JioBook,” its first laptop
The JioBook, which Jio originally revealed at the most recent Indian Mobile Congress, has now been officially unveiled by the business. The JioBook, which costs Rs 15,799, has an 11.6-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 665 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. The laptop is running JioOS, which is a proprietary programme.
#6 Launch in India of the Garmin Venu Sq 2 and Sq 2 Music Edition
The new Venu Sq 2 and Sq 2 Music Edition smartwatches from Garmin have a 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen and a thin aluminium body. The same capabilities are available on both watches, including body battery energy monitoring, stress tracking, menstrual cycle tracking, and 24×7 heart rate monitoring.
The sole distinction is that music may be downloaded directly to the Venu Sq 2 Music Edition, where users can view and listen to it on headphones. Up to 11 days of battery life are possible on a single charge. The Music Edition costs Rs 33,490 and the Venu Sq 2 is priced at Rs 27,990.
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#7 Launch of the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition with WearOS 3
The new Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition runs Google’s WearOS 3 and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform. It has a revised user interface and better health tracking functions. In India, the new Fossil smartwatch is priced at Rs 24,245.
#8 In India, Jio launches True 5G-based Wi-Fi
Reliance Jio has offered 5G-based Wi-Fi services in the city of Nathdwara, Rajasthan, weeks after launching its 5G network in India. Jio’s True 5G Wi-Fi service offers free high-speed internet to Jio subscribers in regions with heavy pedestrian traffic.
In related news, the telecom provider also made Chennai a part of the reach of its True 5G network.
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#9 Arriving with Material You for extremely affordable handsets is Android 13 (Go Edition)
Android 13 (Go Edition), Google’s newest operating system, bringing Material You to extremely cheap handsets. The entry-level smartphone now has Google Play System Updates thanks to the new Go Edition le aksAndroid OS, allowing for rapid updates without sacrificing storage.
The Discover feature is also included in the newest update. Additionally, the Go Edition includes a number of important features included in the standard Android 13, such as App Language Preferences and Notification Permissions.
#10 India launches the Uber Electric trial programme
In a few locations in a few chosen districts of Delhi NCR, Uber has launched the “Uber Electric,” also known as “Uber Green,” experimental programme. Cab hailers would be given the opportunity to reserve electric cabs in the nearby area, but this option would only be accessible on a schedule; electric cabs cannot be reserved immediately.
The ride-hailing app has collaborated with numerous OEMs, fleet partners, and suppliers of charging infrastructure.
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#11 There is a price increase for Nothing Ear (1) in India
The cost of Nothing’s original true-wireless earbuds has increased in markets like India. The cost of the white colorway has climbed to Rs 7,199, while the black hue is now sold for Rs 8,399, representing a price increase of up to Rs 1,400.