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Computer Cross Talk: Rumours

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It has been rumoured that Apple will be launching iPad 3 Air at a keynote event next month. The new mini iPad will feature iPad Pro-like speakers and will include Apple pencil accessory. According to 9To5Mac, Apple will also launch an improved version of its watch.

During the event, whose actual date remains unknown but is said to be slated for week beginning 14 March 2016, Apple will also unveil iPhone 5se which is a 4-inch version of 6C. This phone will have improved chip so that it can feature an always-on Siri function.

These upgrades are in line with Apple’s upcoming launch of its flagship Classroom app which should see the iPad replacing the traditional blackboard. Classroom app is expected to dramatically induce sales of the iPad hardware as it is expected to include textbooks that students require on a daily-basis. This should be reminiscent of the old good days of ‘student’s companion’ only that it has just been digitalized this time around.

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Apple sales have been steadily raising for the past nine years since 2007 when the iPad was launched but it may well look like the party is over. There are two main reasons for this; the first one is obviously the slowdown of the Chinese economy. The second one is that Apple’s upgrade path that fueled sales for years has lost its magic. Only 40 percent of its current users have upgraded to iPhone 6 or 6S.

You do not expect Samsung to be dreaming with such a beehive of activity at Apple. The South Korean company has announced that it will have a big announcement to make on 21 February, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The technology rumour-mongering machine has already figured that out; Samsung Galaxy S7 debut will most probably steal the thunder of the press conference. Galaxy S7 siblings like the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge+ Phablet are expected to make their first appearance.

Samsung recently uploaded a video onto YouTube which alluded to the launch of “the next Galaxy” on 21st February 7, 2016. The new Samsung Galaxy S7 will not come in new regalia; it will be the same Galaxy look but just more powerful; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, MicroSD card slot and IP67 Water resistance.

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The notion that computers would not replace human intelligence in activities like driving cars where intuition comes into full play has already been challenged by the Google’s driverless car. The company has been testing this invention for some years.

It may well look like Google is not the only techie company into this; Apple has been doing a lot of work in this area and has a working model of Apple CarPlay.

Being a very secretive company, it is not known when the company will unveil its sophisticated car; however, it is believed that Apple is actually ahead of Google in this area.

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