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The new iPhone SE is Apple’s biggest gamble in 2020

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Apple may be facing the pandemic like everyone else, but it’s not counting on coronavirus undermining iPhone sales in 2020 according to a new report, with the new iPhone SE taking a particularly important role in the company’s fortunes this year. Announced last week, the iPhone SE may be Apple’s most affordable new smartphone but it’s expected to shoulder an outsized portion of total sales in a challenging market.

Predictions for smartphone sales – and for iPhone demand in particular – had generally been fairly negative for 2020. While the iPhone 5G range had been expected to rejuvenate interest among upgraders, as Apple’s first devices to feature 5G support, the economic slow-down amid the COVID-19 outbreak led to more pessimistic forecasts.

Those aren’t necessarily shared by Apple, however, or at the very least it’s a more nuanced situation. The Cupertino firm has informed several of its suppliers that it aims to make 4-percent more iPhones in the twelve months through March 2021 compared to the same period the year prior, The Nikkei reports. That’s despite expectations among suppliers that orders would, in fact, be down.

Apple plans to make around 213 million handsets in that period, insiders claim. For 2020, it’s expected to produce 200 million iPhones overall. That would be down from the previous year, but not quite the calamitous fall that some feared.

What may be markedly different, however, is the break-down of that number. According to the sources, the new iPhone SE is expected to account for nearly half of iPhone production. The remaining devices will be Apple’s 5G iPhones, which could end up comprising four different models across a variety of price points.

It’s not hard to extrapolate why that might be the case. The new iPhone SE starts at $399, surprisingly affordable given it uses Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor just like the company’s 2019 flagships. That’s nearly half the price of a new iPhone 11, and $600 less than a new iPhone 11 Pro.

Still, it’s worth noting that Apple’s strategy over the past few years in smartphones has been to shift away from sales in terms of absolute numbers. Instead the company has focused on ASP, or average selling price, which has steadily ticked up even as phone sales in general have leveled off. Apple doesn’t break down iPhone sales by model in its quarterly financial reports, but the iPhone SE representing the lion’s share of sales seems to have a strong possibility of lowering that ASP overall, even if unit sales are relatively healthy. That may be a reasonable trade-off during the current crisis, but it remains to be seen how patient investors will be at such an approach.

Pre-orders of the iPhone SE opened on Friday last week, and Apple expects deliveries to begin from April 24. That’ll include in-store availability, though only in the locations where Apple Stores are still open.

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Here’s How You Can Create Your Own Ebook In Microsoft Word

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After the last page of your main content, you should add an “About the Author” page. This is where you include fun things about yourself, your career highlights, and even other eBooks you’ve written in the past. It’s also a good idea to mention your social media links and website, so your readers can find you online easily.

When writing your author content, Rocket Expansion suggests using a tone that matches your brand. It could be witty, formal, fun, or anything else that reflects your eBook topic and previous work. For instance, if you’re writing about the stock market, you should use a formal tone. If you’re a fiction writer, use a witty and fun tone instead.

You might also want to add a picture to your author page. To do that in Microsoft Word, here are the steps to follow (via Microsoft):

  1. Click on your author page.
  2. Go to the Insert tab.
  3. In the Illustrations section, select Pictures > This Device.
  4. Locate the photo you want to add.
  5. Select Insert.
  6. Resize the photo how you want by dragging the corners.
  7. Crop and style the photo using the styles available in the “Picture Styles” section.
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24% Of Apple Fans Think This Is The Best New Feature Of The MacOS Ventura

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With more than 25.08% of the votes, a slim majority of our poll respondents chose the newfound ability to generate live captions within a FaceTime call as their favorite macOS Ventura feature. For those unaware, this feature automatically generates captions and transcribes them on screen — making it easy for everyone to follow the conversation. The feature seems to be a hot favorite among Apple users despite the fact that it is still in Beta and that it only supports a limited set of languages.

One of the major feature additions to the Mail app on macOS Ventura is the ability to undo sending an email. With 24.26% of our respondents voting for this as their favorite, it is evident that it’s a welcome feature. However, in the default setting, users will need to click on the “Undo Send” option at the bottom of the sidebar of the Mail app within 10 seconds of sending an email for it to work. Thankfully, users have the option to change this time duration from within Mail settings.

In the third position — with 19.31% of the votes — was the much talked about Continuity Camera feature, which lets Mac users transform their iPhones into a webcam. While the main purpose of the feature was to enhance the video conferencing capabilities of Mac systems using the iPhone’s powerful camera hardware, Continuity Camera was mostly in the news because of a nifty new feature called “Desk Mode.” This mode used the iPhone’s ultra wide-angle camera to show a top-down view of the desk and the users’ faces simultaneously.

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Vietnamese Automaker’s EV Shipment Is Big Competition For The US

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Bloomberg reports that VinFast is exporting 999 electric vehicles to the U.S. market. The electric vehicles were dispatched on Nov. 25, and they’re expected to arrive in California right around Christmas. The specific model that is en route to the U.S. is the VinFast VF 8 — a 402 hp electric SUV with a battery range of 292 miles. This is similar to the VF 32 model that was unveiled last year. With a price tag of about $41,000, the VinFast VF 8 will be competing with the likes of the Volkwagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Another model, the VinFast VF 9, is scheduled to be shipped out from Vietnam in January. But unlike the VF 8, the VF 9 model will include a bigger battery to increase the range up to 342 miles after a full charge. Just like the VF 32 model that was unveiled last year, the VF 9 is designed with all-wheel drive dual electric motors to optimize performance. All VinFast electric vehicles that will be sold in the U.S. will have a battery warranty of 125,000 miles or 10 years.

However, the VinFast VF 8 and VF 9 will not qualify for the new tax credit because they’re not assembled in North America. Then again, VinFast is working to solve that problem since it’s building an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in North Carolina. “As soon as we start manufacturing cars in the U.S., our customers will be eligible (for) the tax incentive,” Le Thi Thu Thuy, the CEO of VinFast told Reuters. The Vietnamese company has also received about 65,000 pre-orders from the international market, and 17,000 bookings from the U.S. 

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