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San Francisco, Sep 13 : Apple officially introduced its 2018 line-up of iPhones — the premium iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR at an event in California late on Wednesday.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will support dual SIM and dual standby functionality.

The premium iPhone XS and XS Max come with upgraded 12MP + 12MP camera and 2x optical zoom. There is an improved TrueTone quad-LED flash as well. Both the models have a 7MP RGB camera sensor in the front with F/2.2 aperture while the iPhone XR has a single 12MP camera at the rear.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max would be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage variants in space grey, silver and a new gold colour starting at Rs 99,900 and Rs 1,09,900, respectively through Apple authorised resellers in India.

The cheapest of the lot — the iPhone XR — has a starting price of Rs 76,900.

The premium iPhone XS is made with stainless surgical grade steel with a new glass formulation and has edge-to-edge screen, Apple said in a statement.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are fueled by Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chipset built on 7-nm design, which allows for 6.9 billion transistors on the chip. Also, there is a new neural engine with an 8-core dedicated machine learning (ML) processor.

The iPhone X comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display while the iPhone XS has 6.5-inch OLED screen — the biggest ever on an iPhone. Other than the size, both the models have 3D Touch and HDR.

The Face ID in these models is said to work faster this time than last year’s iPhone X.

The affordable iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen with liquid Retina display and aluminium body instead of a steel one.

The Cupertino-based company also unveiled its new Apple Watch Series 4 with improved health features.

Its next generation of Apple Watch features edge-to-edge display with smaller bezels, which is 30 per cent bigger.

The device brings a design overhaul to the Apple Watch as the iPhone-maker is now using a new dual-core 64-bit chipset, custom designed to improve performance.

“Apple Watch isn’t just the number one smart watch, it is the number one watch in the world period,” Tim Cook, CEO of Apple said.

Apart from heartbeat data, the devices would now also track heart rhythm and notify users.

The new series has been approved by FDA for ECG recording as well but this feature would be limited to only US-based users initially.

The tech giant said it is working to introduce this feature in other countries as well.

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INR vs USD Rupee slips 111 paise against US dollar

On the currency front, the Indian rupee weakened to 72.24 against the US dollar from its previous close of 71.34.

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : The key equity indices — S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 — remained subdued during Tuesday’s morning trade session as the Congress party started to take the lead in the Assembly elections in three key states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The key indices — the S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 – had a gap-down opening and
subsequently shed over 500 points and 140 points respectively as investors were spooked on the surprise resignation of RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Monday evening.

According to market observers, heavy selling pressure in banking, oil and gas and automobile stocks.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee weakened to 72.24 against the US dollar from its previous close of 71.34.

At 10.30 a.m., the Sensex traded at 34,666.06 points, lower by 293.66 points or 0.84 per cent from the previous close.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 10,414.20 points, lower by 74.25 points or 0.71 per cent from the previous close.

“Indian markets opened lower in line with expectations following RBI governor’s abrupt exit on Monday evening,” HDFC Securities’ Retail Research Head Deepak Jasani told IANS.

“A recovery in the first few minutes of trade was based on initial trends from MP where BJP was faring better than Congress. However this proved to be short-lived as the lead of BJP narrowed soon,” he said.

He further noted: “Markets would swing till around noon based on leads positions in MP, as the other four states are showing clear winners.”

On Monday – the previous trade session – a global sell-off along with a rise in crude oil prices suppressed the key Indian equity indices deep into the red.

Consequently, the NSE Nifty50 had ended lower by 205.25 points or 1.92 per cent to 10,488.45 points, whereas the Sensex closed at 34,959.72 points — lower by 713.53 points or two per cent — from its previous session’s close of 35,673.25 points.

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Sensex at 34,458.86, down by over 500 points

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : The key stock exchanges had a gap-down opening on Tuesday, with the S&P BSE Sensex losing over 450 points as investors were spooked on the surprise resignation of RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Monday.

Further, early trends of the Assembly election results in five states which showed a neck and neck fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in at least three also weighed on the sentiments.

At 9.16 a.m., the Sensex traded at 34,502.62 points, lower by 457.10 points or 1.31 per cent from the previous close.

It had opened at 34,584.13 against the previous close of 34,959.72 points on Monday.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 10,346.90 points, lower by 141.55 points or 1.35 per cent from the previous close.

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CFO arrest row: China denies Huawei poses security threat after EU warning

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Beijing, Dec 10: China on Monday strongly defended Huawei after a warning from the EU that the tech giant posed a security risk, amid an ongoing row over the arrest of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Canada at the behest of the US.

In response to accusations by European Commission Vice President Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said the government had never forced Huawei to install a covert access route on mobile phone units to control them.

“I want to emphasize that Chinese laws and regulations don’t allow any institution to force any enterprise to install a ‘backdoor’. The Chinese government always encourages its companies to abide by local laws and regulations,” Lu was quoted as saying by Efe news.

He reiterated Beijing’s demand of an immediate release of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 after the US accused the tech giant of selling equipment in Iran in violation of American sanctions.

Meng, who is also the daughter of the group’s founder and CEO, had a bail request rejected on Friday by a Canadian court.

EU’s Ansip said on Friday that the bloc should be “worried” about Huawei and other Chinese companies over the security risks they pose.

Ansip claimed that China was developing mandatory “backdoors” — malicious software that allows any phone unit to be accessed and controlled without the user’s knowledge.

In response, Lu said it was “ridiculous” to undermine the company based on “speculations”.

“We have noticed some people from certain countries keep saying that Huawei may threaten their national security. But they did not provide a single evidence,” the spokesperson said.

He stressed that the company had “won the trust of its partners” and signed agreements to build 5G networks with more than 20 countries, including Portugal, France and Germany.

The spokesperson also commented on Japan withdrawing Huawei and Chinese telecom giant ZTE from the government procurement list, due to alleged security breaches by the two firms.

“The Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary (Yoshihide Suga) said the relevant regulations don’t aim to exclude the relevant enterprises or equipment. I want to stress that Chinese enterprises and cooperation in Japan is for mutual benefit,” Lu said.

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