This week Apple fans’ wait ended with the new iPhones going on sale. Three new iPhone 14 series phones and two Apple Watches are available now for purchase. Apple also rolled out the latest-generation operating system for iPhones. Infosys had a warning for its employees on moonlighting and other top tech news of the week.
New iPhones, Apple Watch go on sale
Three new iPhone models — iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max– have gone on sale from September 16. The Apple iPhone 14 Plus will go on sale starting October 7.
The Apple iPhone 14 series price starts at Rs 79,900. The base storage in all the models is 128GB. The max storage in non-Pro models is 512GB, while Pro models have 1TB as max storage capacity. While Apple has retained the pricing of non-Pro models in India, the company has increased the prices of Pro models (iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max) by Rs 10,000.
The iPhone 14 Plus starts from Rs 89,900 while the iPhone 14 Pro starts from Rs 129900. The iPhone 14 Pro Max comes at a starting price of Rs 139900.
Of the three new Apple Watches launched, two Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE, went on sale on September 7, while the most-premium new Apple Watch, Apple Watch Ultra will go on sale September 23. AirPods Pro 2 will also go on sale on September 23. The Apple Watch SE starts at Rs 29,900 while the Apple Watch Series 8 starts at Rs 45,900. The Apple Watch Ultra is the costliest of the lot and comes at Rs 89,900. Click here for the full story.
Apple launches iOS 16 for the iPhone: Here are the features that bring big changes for iPhone users
After much waiting, Apple has released the latest iteration of iOS for iPhones. The new version brings a major change to the lock screen, among several other additions and improvements.
Until now, the lock screen on iPhones used to be pretty boring with nothing to play around with. But with iOS 16 things are changing. In iOS 16, one can pick the different pictures, font styles, colours for lockscreen. Also, widgets come to the lock screen, similar to how it appears on Apple Watch. Further, one can have multiple lock screens and even attach them to a specific Focus.
Instead of showing up at the top, notifications in iOS 16 appear at the bottom of the screen. You can also stack them together at the bottom in the ‘stacked view’ or hide them in the ‘hidden view.’ There are plenty more interesting features which you can look up in our detailed round up. Click here to know all about the 16 big features iOS 16 brings to the iPhone.
Infosys gives warning to employees on moonlighting
The Indian IT industry is cracking down on moonlighting. Just weeks after Wipro chairman Rishad Premji described moonlighting as “cheating – plain and simple”, Infosys has sent a stern warning email to employees. In the letter sent from HR, Infosys has made it clear that moonlighting is not allowed according to the employees’ code of conduct, and that any violation will lead to disciplinary action which may include termination of employment.
Moonlighting refers to the practice of working on a second job or multiple other work assignments during normal business hours/outside business hours. Dual Employment in India or double employment rule in India means being employed by more than one employer at the same time. Click here to read the full story.
iQoo Z6 Lite 5G smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC launched in India: Price, offers and more
iQoo launched its latest budget 5G smartphone — iQoo Z6 Lite 5G in India. It is the world’s first smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 Processor and it runs Android 12 operating system. The 5G-enabled smartphone sports a 50MP main camera.
iQoo Z6 Lite 5G features a 6.58-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2408 pixels resolution. The smartphone comes in two RAM and storage variants–4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB–priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,499 respectively. The smartphone can be purchased in Stellar Green and Mystic Night colour options. It can be purchased online from Amazon.in starting September 14. As an introductory offer the company will be giving a discount of Rs 2,500 on SBI card. Click here for the full story.
Adobe makes one of its biggest-ever acquisitions, buys rival for $20 billion
Software company Adobe is buying online design company Figma in an approximately $20 billion cash-and-stock deal. Figma, founded in 2012, allows those who design interactive mobile and web applications to collaborate through multi-player workflows, sophisticated design systems and a rich developer ecosystem.
The companies said that Figma’s web-based, multi-player capabilities will accelerate the delivery of Adobe’s creative cloud technologies on the web, making the creative process more productive and accessible to more people. San Jose, California-based Adobe sells software for creating, publishing and promoting content, and managing documents.
Each company will run independently until the transaction closes. At that time, Field, who will continue to lead the Figma team, will report to David Wadhwani, president of Adobe’s Digital Media business. Click here for the full story.
Google scraps next-gen Pixelbook along with the team building it
Google has cancelled the next iteration of the PixelBook laptop and disintegrated the team working on it, as per a report by The Verge.
The Verge reports, citing a person familiar with the matter, that the next-gen PixelBook laptop was in the final stages of development and would have been launched in 2023. However, the plans to launch it have been cancelled due to internal cost-cutting at Google. The team working on the PixelBook has reportedly been transferred to other projects.
Google first announced the PixelBook in 2017, and two years later, the company announced a much more affordable PixelBook Go. While the company has now reportedly backed out of the segment, Rick Osterloh, leading the hardware team at Google, said to The Verge that the company will continue to make Pixelbooks in the future. But that did not happen. Click here for the full story.
Realme GT Neo 3T with Snapdragon 870, triple rear camera and 80W fast charging launched
Realme has expanded its budget smartphone lineup with the launch of the GT Neo 3T in India. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset and comes with a 64MP triple rear camera setup. However, the major highlight of the handset is its 80W fast charging support.
Realme GT Neo 3T comes in three colour options — Drifting White, Dash Yellow and Shade Black. The handset comes in three RAM and storage variants — 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB . The base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at R 29,999 while the top 8GB +128GB variant costs Rs 31,999 and the top-of-the-line variant will be available for purchase at Rs 33,999.
The first sale of the smartphone will be available on September 23 via Realme’s official website, Flipkart and other online retail stores. Click here to read the full story.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro Mondrian with 64 MP sensor, 5000mAh battery launched in India at Rs 17,999
Tecno announced the launch of its latest multi-colour-changing smartphone– Camon 19 Pro Mondrian in the Indian market. The smartphone is India’s first multi-colour-changing smartphone, with Polychromatic Photoisomer technology. It will be available for pre-booking starting September 22 on Amazon with a 10% instant discount on SBI Cards.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro features a 64 MP+50 MP+2 MP triple camera with RGBW+(G+P) sensor which features low light photography options and filters like changing the sky, CyberPunk, Dreamy and others.The camera also boasts sharp features like 30x zoom to view pictures more clearly and a 32MP selfie camera with 4-in-1 Pixel Binning Technology. Other features include Hybrid Image Stabilisation, Video HDR, Video Bokeh and Film Mode. Click here for the full story.
Oppo F21s Pro, F21s Pro 5G smartphones launched in India: Price, specs and more
Oppo has launched its new F21s series in India. The new smartphone series consists of two smartphones — Oppo F21s Pro and Oppo F21s Pro 5G. Both the smartphones pack a similar set of specifications as the F21 Pro and F21 Pro 5G which the company launched earlier this year.
Oppo F21s Pro and the Oppo F21s Pro 5G are priced at Rs 22,999 and Rs 25,999 respectively. Both the smartphones can be purchased in Dawnlight Gold and Starlight Black colour options. The smartphones will be available online on Amazon.in, Oppo Store and all the retail outlets starting September 19.
Oppo F21s Pro sports a 6.43-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2400 pixels resolution.
The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate and is protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM. The device packs 128GB internal storage which can be expanded via microSD card.
The Oppo F21s Pro 5G features a 6.43-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2400 pixel resolution. is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset. The 5G smartphone packs 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The handset runs Android 11 topped with ColorOS 12. Click here for the full story.
Nokia 5710 XpressAudio phone with in-built wireless earbuds launched at Rs 4,999
HMD Global has announced the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio – a new 4G feature phone that comes with in-built wireless earbuds that are stored and charged within the phone itself. The innovative design is paired with loudspeakers, audio control buttons, and a big battery, as per the company.
The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is available on Nokia.com for Rs 4,999 and will be available across all leading retail outlets, and partner online stores from September 19. The phone comes in white/red and black/red colour combinations.
The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio 4G phone comes with dedicated music buttons, an in-built MP3 player that can store thousands of your songs, and wireless FM radio, said HMD Global.
The wireless earbuds are detachable and when not in use they are housed beneath a slider on the back of the phone. The wireless earbuds will also be compatible with your smartphone should you wish to switch between devices. For a clear call quality on wireless earbuds, they come with environmental noise cancellation with devices supporting VoLTE calls. Click here for the full story.
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra with 200MP sensor, Motorola Edge 30 Fusion with Snapdragon 888+ SoC launched in India
Motorola has expanded its Edge series with the launch of two flagship smartphones– Motorola Edge 30 Ultra and Edge 30 Fusion in the Indian markets. The Ultra variant model houses a 200MP sensor and a 6.7-inch curved display with a 144Hz refresh rate.
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra comes at an introductory price of Rs 54,999. The smartphone comes in two colour variants– Cosmic Grey and Solar Gold. The handset will be up for grabs starting September 22, 12PM onwards.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes at an introductory price of Rs 39,999. The smartphone comes in two colour variants– Cosmic Grey and Solar Gold. The handset can be purchased starting September 22, 12PM onwards.
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra comes as the world’s first 200MP camera smartphone powered by the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset coupled with LPDDR5 RAM 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone camera setup includes a 50MP lens and a 12MP telephoto sensor. When clicked in portrait mode, it allows users to adjust focal lengths between wide (35mm), standard (50mm), or close up (85mm). The smartphone offers 8K recording with over 33 million pixels of resolution. Click here for the full story.