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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), Fire HD 8 Plus, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) With Up to 12-Hour Battery Life Launched

Amazon has launched three new tablets – Fire HD 8 (2020), Fire HD 8 Plus, and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) expanding its portfolio. The new 8-inch tablets are touted to offer long battery life and give subscription-based access to a host of ebooks, movies, and TV shows. The Fire HD 8 (2020) tablet…

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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), Fire HD 8 Plus, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) With Up to 12-Hour Battery Life Launched

Amazon has launched three new tablets – Fire HD 8 (2020), Fire HD 8 Plus, and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) expanding its portfolio. The new 8-inch tablets are touted to offer long battery life and give subscription-based access to a host of ebooks, movies, and TV shows. The Fire HD 8 (2020) tablet comes with 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and up to 12 hours of battery life. The Fire HD 8 Plus, on the other hand, offers slightly better RAM and six months of Kindle Unlimited.There is also the new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) tablet that comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited with access to over 20,000 kid-friendly books, audible books, videos, educational apps and games.Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), Fire HD 8 PlusThe Fire HD 8 (2020) tablet has an 8-inch HD (800×1200 pixels) display and is powered by an unnamed 2GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM. There are 32GB and 64GB internal storage choices, with the option to further expand storage via microSD (up to 1TB). The company also offers free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire tablets. The tablet comes with 2-megapixel front and rear facing cameras.Other Fire HD 8 (2020) key features include dual speakers, Dolby Atmos support, built-in Alexa assistance, and a USB Type-C port for charging. The Fire HD 8 offers up to 12 hours of battery life, and takes less than five hours to fully charge. It weighs about 355 grams and measures 202x 137x 9.7mm. There is also a new Game Mode for an optimised gaming experience.Amazon Prime Video Acquires Gulabo Sitabo, With Pandemic Keeping Theatres ShutThe new Fire HD 8 (2020) is priced at $89.99 (roughly Rs. 6,700), and a two-pack bundle is priced at $159.99 (roughly Rs. 12,000). The tablet is up for pre-order already on Amazon US site, and shipping will begin on June 3. It is available in White, Black, Twilight Blue, and Plum colour options.The Fire HD 8 Plus comes with additional wireless charging support, and takes only 4 hours to fully charge thanks to the 9W in-box charger. It packs 3GB RAM and is bundled with a compatible wireless charging dock. This enabled the Fire HD 8 Plus to transform into a countertop smart display with hands-free Alexa access in Show Mode.The Fire HD 8 Plus is priced at $109.99 (roughly Rs. 8,300) and if you want to purchase it with the wireless charging dock it will cost $139.9 (roughly Rs. 10,500). Pre-orders have begun on Amazon US site, and shipping will begin from June 3. It is available in White, Black, Twilight Blue, Slate, and Plum colour options. With the Fire HD 8 Plus, Amazon is bundling six months of Kindle Unlimited subscription.Amazon has launched accessory cases for both Fire HD 8 (2020) and Fire HD 8 Plus tablets in Twilight Blue, Charcoal Black, Sandstone White, and Plum for $29.99 (roughly Rs. 2,300).Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020)The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) also features an 8-inch HD (800×1200 pixels) display, but offers only one 32GB storage option. Expansion of storage up to 1TB is offered via microSD. The refreshed Kids Edition model also runs up to 12 hours and supports USB Type-C port. It comes bundled with a kid-proof case with a new adjustable stand in blue, pink, or purple, a two-year worry-free guarantee, and a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition weighs about 550 grams and measures about 220x161x26mm. The tablet supports parental controls, and Amazon offers over 20,000 premium, age-appropriate books, Audible books, educational apps, games, and videos with FreeTime Unlimited. All the other specifications remain the same.Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) will start shipping from June 3The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2020) is priced at $139.99 (roughly Rs. 10,500), and customers who purchase two units together will get a 25 percent discount. This tablet is also up for pre-order on the Amazon US site, and will go on sale from June 3. It comes in Blue, Pink, and Purple colour options.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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iOS 14 Release Set for September 17, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 to Debut As Well

iOS 14 release date is out and is set for September 17. CEO Tim Cook revealed the release date of iOS 14 at Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, where it brought the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and the iPad Air 4 as its new hardware offerings. Apple unveiled iOS 14…

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iOS 14 Release Set for September 17, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 to Debut As Well

iOS 14 release date is out and is set for September 17. CEO Tim Cook revealed the release date of iOS 14 at Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, where it brought the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and the iPad Air 4 as its new hardware offerings. Apple unveiled iOS 14 as the next iteration in the iOS family at the virtually held WWDC 2020 in June. Alongside the latest iOS version, Apple is releasing iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 on September 17.iOS 14 release date, time in IndiaApple CEO Tim Cook at his virtual keynote on Monday said that iOS 14 release would take place on September 16 in the US. The Apple India website states that iOS 14 will release in India on September 17. iOS 14 compatible iPhone modelsThe iOS 14 update will be available for download on all iPhone models that are in the compatibility list of iOS 13. This means that iOS 14 will be compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone SE (2020). Apart from all these iPhone models, the iOS update will also be compatible with the seventh-generation iPod touch.How to download iOS 14You can download iOS 14 on your eligible iPhone or iPod touch once it has reached your device by going to Settings > General > Software Update. It will also automatically be downloaded if you have already chosen that option on your device. We suggest you to back up your personal data before beginning the download process. Moreover, your device should have an adequate amount of battery charge, or be plugged in and charging, to carry out the update.iOS 14 featuresAs Apple announced at WWDC 2020, iOS 14 will be the “biggest update ever to Home Screen pages” and will bring a new space to organise apps into one view called the App Library. The iOS update will also carry redesigned widgets as well as a new interface for FaceTime, voice calls, and Siri interactions. Apple will also bring Picture-in-Picture support to your iPhone or iPod touch through iOS 14.Further, iOS 14 will come with an upgraded Messages experience where you’ll be able to pin any of your favourite conversations or get alerted on receiving messages in group threads through mentions and inline replies. Apple will also offer updates to preloaded Maps, Siri, and Safari apps.The iOS 14 update was also slated to bring the ability to let you opt out of in-app tracking. However, Apple delayed that particular privacy-focussed feature after facing some backlash from developers including Facebook. The company said in a statement that the requirement to use the tracking permission would go into effect early next year.iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 releaseIn addition to the iOS 14 update, Apple is releasing iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 for all compatible devices later today. The new iPadOS will bring features such as redesigned sidebars, pull-down menus, and an enhanced search experience that works similar to macOS’s Spotlight pop-up search bar.For Apple Watch users, watchOS 7 brings customisable watch faces, activity rings for kids, various new complications, sleep tracking, and the ability to share watch faces. There is also a Family Setup to let you pair watches for your children and parents using your iPhone. Lastly, tvOS 14 brings Picture-in-Picture, multiuser support for gaming, and support for gaming controllers Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.WWDC 2020 had a lot of exciting announcements from Apple, but which are the best iOS 14 features for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Apple A14 Bionic Chip Makes Its Way to iPad Air (4th Gen) Before iPhone 12

iPad Air (4th Gen) has been announced with the new and improved Apple A14 Bionic processor, even before the SoC could make its debut in the next-generation iPhone lineup. This is a rare occurrence as Apple typically introduces a new chip with a new iPhone generation and then adds it to the iPad lineup. Apple…

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Apple A14 Bionic Chip Makes Its Way to iPad Air (4th Gen) Before iPhone 12

iPad Air (4th Gen) has been announced with the new and improved Apple A14 Bionic processor, even before the SoC could make its debut in the next-generation iPhone lineup. This is a rare occurrence as Apple typically introduces a new chip with a new iPhone generation and then adds it to the iPad lineup. Apple is calling A14 Bionic “the most powerful chip ever made.” The last time Apple introduced a new chip in iPad before iPhone was with the iPad 2 launch in March 2011.Apple A14 Bionic chipThe A14 Bionic processor, as described by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, provides a massive boost in performance that helps in bringing powerful pro features at a more affordable price. This six-core processor is present in the iPad Air (4th Gen) brings a 40 percent boost in CPU performance and 30 precent improvement in graphics, compared to the previous generation.Typically, Apple’s the new processors make their debut with new iPhone models and then make their way to the iPad models. This year, however, the iPad Air (4th Gen) has become the first device to come with the new chip and the upcoming iPhone 12 models, that do not have a release date yet, are expected to follow.As mentioned, this isn’t the first time Apple has done this. 9 years ago, the iPad 2 got the A5 processor months before the iPhone 4S came out. But, traditionally, Apple keeps its new processors for the latest iPhone models first.Talking about the A14 Bionic, Apple says it uses 5nm manufacturing process and has 11.8 billion transistors. It is also capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second, thanks to the new 16-core Neural Engine that is twice as fast as the previous generation.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. 

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Apple Event: New iPad, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE Specifications Leaked Hours Before Launch

Apple event today will see new product launches and the Cupertino, California-based giant is largely expected to launch new iPad and Apple Watch models. Hours before the big event, a leak offers key specifications of some of the rumoured products that Apple is expected to announce. This includes the 4th-generation iPad Air or the iPad…

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Apple Event: New iPad, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE Specifications Leaked Hours Before Launch

Apple event today will see new product launches and the Cupertino, California-based giant is largely expected to launch new iPad and Apple Watch models. Hours before the big event, a leak offers key specifications of some of the rumoured products that Apple is expected to announce. This includes the 4th-generation iPad Air or the iPad Air 4, 8th-generation iPad, Apple Watch Series 6, and Apple Watch SE. The leak suggestions information regarding the processor and charging port on both the rumoured iPad models.Prolific tipster Evan Blass took to Twitter to share leaked information about the upcoming iPad and Apple Watch products. Blass tweeted that the 4th-generation iPad Air aka iPad Air 4 was tipped to be powered by the new A14 processor and may shift to the USB Type-C port just like the iPad Pro range. It may have a similar design as the iPad Pro range, and the new model may also let go of Touch ID. Separately, Apple is rumoured to launch the 8th-generation iPad that may be powered by the old A12X processor and still support the Lightning port.Blass claims that Apple could also unveil the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE models during the event. The Apple Watch Series 6 will be the successor of the Apple Watch Series 5 that was launched last year, whereas the Apple Watch SE will be an affordable offering – a first in Apple’s wearable range. The Apple Watch Series 6 is tipped to have the S4 processor. This is rather strange given that the Apple Watch Series 5 came with the S5 processor. In any case, the tipster says that the Apple Watch Series 6 may come in two dial sizes, and include both Bluetooth and LTE connectivity.The affordable Apple Watch SE is also expected to come in two dial sizes and offer both Bluetooth and LTE connectivity. Both the smartwatches are rumoured to come in 40mm and 44mm dial sizes. The Apple Watch SE will likely lack some of the core features like ECG functionality or even the Always-On Display.Apple event will begin at 10am PDT (10.30pm IST) and will live streamed via YouTube and a dedicated Apple Events page.Is iPhone SE the ultimate ‘affordable’ iPhone for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Tasneem Akolawala
Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to [email protected]
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