Apple Says US Tariffs on China Would Hit ‘Wide Range’ of Products

Apple Says US Tariffs on China Would Hit 'Wide Range' of ProductsA “wide range” of Apple products including the Apple Watch would be affected by proposed US tariffs on Chinese goods, the company told US trade officials, but gave no sign of an impact on its iPhone cash cow.

Apple did not disclose specific revenues for most of the affected products, but of those the Apple Watch may be the biggest seller. It brought in about $6.1 billion (roughly Rs. 44,000 crores) in revenue last year, according to an estimate from analyst firm Bernstein. That represents a small portion of Apple’s $229 billion (roughly Rs. 16.5 lakh crores) in overall sales.

Apple laid out the impact on its products of the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on $200 billion (roughly Rs. 14.4 lakh crores) worth of Chinese goods in an unsigned letter it submitted on Wednesday to US officials as part of a public comment period.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump, speaking aboard Air Force One, said that he has tariffs on an additional $267 billion (roughly Rs.19.2 lakh crores) in Chinese goods “ready to go on short notice if I want.”

Cell phones, the biggest US import from China, have so far been spared, but would be hit if Trump activates the new $267 billion tariff list.

AirPods headphones, some of Apple’s Beats headphones, and its new HomePod smart speaker also face levies as part of the proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, according to the letter submitted on Wednesday.

“Our concern with these tariffs is that the US will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower US growth and competitiveness and higher prices for US consumers,” Apple said in the letter.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

The letter did not mention the iPhone, which accounted for about two-thirds of Apple’s $229 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. The letter also made no mention of the iPad, which brought in $19.2 billion (roughly Rs. 1.38 lakh crores) in sales in the most recent year, or most of its Mac computers, which generated $25.8 billion (roughly Rs. 18.6 lakh crores).

Apple did say its Mac Mini, a low-priced computer that comes without a keyboard or mouse, would be affected.

Many Apple accessories, such as mice, keyboards, chargers and even leather covers for iPhones and iPads would face tariffs, Apple said.

Reuters reported in July that the Apple Watch was likely to be affected by the tariffs.

Shares of Apple closed down 0.8 percent in regular Nasdaq trade on Friday, and slipped another 1 percent in extended trading.

Apple also said that computer parts for its US operations would be hit by the tariffs. The company said that “main logic boards with microprocessing units” could face levies, along with equipment used for research and development.

On Apple’s most recent earnings call in July, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company could face such tariffs “related to data centres.”

In its letter, Apple argued that the way US trade officials calculate the US trade balance – attributing the entire value of a product to a country like China where final assembly happens – fails to reflect the true value that Apple generates in the United States. The company noted it spent $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.60 lakh crores) with 9,000 US suppliers in its most recent fiscal year, including Texas-based chip firm Finisar Corp and Kentucky-based Corning.

“Given the balance of Apple’s economic footprint, the burden of the proposed tariffs will fall much more heavily on the United States than on China,” Apple said in its letter.

The technology sector is one of the biggest potential losers in the proposed $200 billion tariff list. Fitness tracker maker Fitbit said it would be hit by tariffs, and chipmaker Intel said the levies could slow down the adoption of 5G networks, the next generation of wireless data technology for phones and other devices.

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World,Emoji,Day,2018:,Twitter,,Facebook,Reveal,Usage,Statistics,,Apple,Releases,70,New,Emoji,Characters

World Emoji Day 2018: Twitter, Facebook Reveal Usage Statistics, Apple Releases 70 New Emoji Characters

Apple unveils 70 new emoji characters coming later this year.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cake emoji is the most used by Indians on Facebook
  • ‘Crying while laughing’ emoji is used frequently on Twitter in India
  • Apple has released custom emojis of its top management

World Emoji Day 2018, similar to each iteration since 2014, is on Tuesday, July 17. World Emoji Day was founded by Jeremy Burge, the creator of Emojipedia, which is an unofficial Wikipedia for emojis. Ever since instant messaging took over the reins of day-to-day communication, emojis or emoticons have been frequently used by people to express their feelings in a way that is comprehensible to the recipient. On the occasion, Facebook and Twitter have released statistics and infographics that reveal the volume and preferences of emojis across the world, including India. Facebook has also released two new features. Separately, Apple has released 70 new emojis in celebration of World Emoji Day, and also updated the bio photos of its leadership team with Memoji. Dating app Tinder has also released infographics for World Emoji Day, including one for India.

Facebook

Facebook has introduced two new features including a camera frame and a themed text element to help users express themselves better with emoji. As per statistics revealed by Facebook, users on the social networking platform frequented the <3 heart emoji twice as much as this year compared to last year. With a total of 2,800 emojis available in Facebook’s catalogue, almost 2,300 are used every day on the platform. And, there are over 900 million instances of emoji responses, without text, on Facebook Messenger daily. More than 700 million are used on Facebook posts each day, with the biggest day being New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2017) that saw the highest amount of emojis shared on both platforms.

In India, the most popular emoji on Facebook and Facebook Messenger was the Cake emoji, which is probably used by millions of Indian Facebook users to send birthday wishes to people in their friend lists. Facebook users from the US and UK used the ‘crying while laughing’ emoji the most, also known as ‘joy’.

Twitter

Even Twitter came out with its top emoji list for the period of July 2017 – June 2018. The most popular emoji on the micro-blogging platform in India is the ‘crying while laughing’ emoji. Other popular ones include the pray emoji, the smile emoji, heart emoji, fire emoji, thumbs up emoji, kiss emoji, and more. Twitter claims that it has actively introduced new thematic emojis across relevant events of culture, entertainment, sports, and news.

Apple

Apple has something in store for emoji-loving millennials. The Cupertino giant has announced 70 new emoji characters that will arrive on the Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, and Mac later this year as part of a free software update. Created based on the latest Unicode 11.0, the new list of emojis includes characters based on animals such as a kangaroo, peacock, parrot, and lobster. Apple is also adding new food emojis for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake, and other popular items. A new superhero emoji, and emojis for a softball, a nazar amulet, and an infinity symbol will also make it to Apple’s range of devices.

Apple is not stopping there. On the occasion of World Emoji Day 2018, the company has releasedcustom emojis – Memoji, or personalised Animoji – based on avatars of its top management. These include emojis for CEO Tim Cook, Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, SVP – Software Engineering Craig Federighi, and others.

Tinder

Dating app Tinder has also released its infographics for World Emoji Day 2018. The most used emoji characters in profile bios in India include the ‘laughing’ emoji, the cup of coffee emoji, car emoji, dog emoji, pizza emoji, camera emoji, and more. According to Tinder, Indian users on the app make use of emojis to describe their personalities, interests, and allegiance to things like coffee and pets.

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Apple Launches Free Coding Education Program For Students

Apple Launches Free Coding Education Program For Students

Apple said Monday it will offer new resources to open thousands of free “Hour of Code” sessions at its Apple Store facilities across the world to bring coding education to students. The Cupertino, California-based company said customers can register for coding education, made available through the Everyone Can Code programme, at the Apple Store locations from Dec. 1 through Dec 14, Xinhua news agency reported.

For the sixth year, Apple said it will host Hour of Code daily coding sessions through Today at Apple, which will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

Kids Hour sessions will help children aged six to 12 explore coding with robots, while those aged 12 and above can attend sessions using Swift Playgrounds and iPad to learn coding concepts, Apple said.

The sessions are part of Apple’s several programmes being unveiled to help more people learn coding skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Also on Monday, Apple encouraged teachers to attend its Computer Science Education Week, an educational campaign scheduled for early December to introduce computer science and coding to K-12 students.

Apple created a new Hour of Code Facilitator Guide to help teachers conduct in-classroom education by using Swift Playgrounds and other iPad apps.

For coding education outside of the classroom, Apple’s new Swift Coding Club kit gives teachers, students and club mentors the tools they need to start their own coding clubs.

The kit, designed for students aged eight years or old, will build their ability to collaborate, prototype apps and how to code an app.

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