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Starting Rs60,000, Apple iphone7 in India from October 7
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for iOS lovers in India beginning October 7 - the last in the list of countries.
 
Available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish (jet black), iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, starting at Rs60,000.
 
The new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple authorised resellers and select carriers, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced on Wednesday.
 
Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus begins from September 9 and the shipping will start from September 16 first in 25 countries and other countries a week later.
 
All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with "Lightning Connector" and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately for Rs2,500 and Rs900, respectively.
 
"Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at Rs2,900 and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for Rs8,900," the company said.
 
Lightning Docks in several colour-matching metallic finishes will also be available for Rs3,700.
 
iPhone 7 has water and dust resistance, dual-lens camera (in iPhone 7 Plus), 4.6-inch retina HD display, a new home button, 7 MP HD front camera and 12 MP rear main camera, no traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack, iOS 10, A10 fusion chip and and longest battery life to date.
 
The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before, more power and performance with the best battery life ever on an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers and wide colour system from camera to display.
 
The newly-launched Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel cases paired with a wide variety of bands starting at Rs32,900.
 
The new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at Rs 110,900 from select Apple authorised resellers and carriers.
 
Apple Watch Nike+ starts at Rs32,900.
 
Apple Watch Series 1 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium cases paired with a Sport Band and starts at Rs23,900.
 
The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for Rs15,400, beginning in late October in India.
 
AirPods require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.
 
Earlier, ending round-the-clock rumours that had sent the world of technology into a tizzy for quite some time now, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled stunning devices at the jam-packed Bill Graham Civic Auditorium here.
 
"iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
 
"The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone," he told the gathering.
 
The 12MP camera includes optical image stabilisation on both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger AE'/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos.
 
"iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as iPhone 7 and adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos," the company announced.
 
Coming later this year, the dual 12-megapixel cameras also enable a new depth-of-field effect, using both cameras on iPhone 7 Plus to capture images.
 
Sophisticated technology including machine learning separates the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits, once possible only with DSLR cameras, the company said.
 
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Railways to introduce flexi fare pricing
Indian Railways on Wednesday said that it will introduce flexi fare pricing in its Rajdhani, Duranto and Shatabdi trains from September 9.
 
"The base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit. There will be no change in the existing fare for 1AC and EC class of travel," a railway ministry statement said. 
 
According to the statement, other supplementary charges like reservation, superfast, catering and service tax will be levied separately.
 
"The changes in fares shall come into force from September 9, while the revised fares will not apply to tickets already issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after September 9," the statement said.
 
The railways further said that vacant berths left at the time of charting would be offered for current booking. 
 
"Tickets under current booking shall be sold at the last price sold for that class and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full," the statement said.
 
The railways pointed out that flexi fare will be displayed to the passenger during the booking in case the fare of lower class becomes more than that of higher class to give more travel options.
 
"The last price for every class of tickets for the particular train should be printed in the reservation chart for the purpose of charging of difference of fare in the train or charging the passengers of the train without ticket etc.," the release said.
 
The railways said that the present limit of berths set aside for "Tatkal" quota in these trains shall be operated as per the existing guidelines.
 
"No additional charges as "Tatkal charges" will be levied," it said. 
 
"The berths assigned under the Tatkal quota shall be booked at the rate of 1.5 times of the base fare for all classes (2S, SL, 2A, 3A and CC) except 1AC and EC. There shall be no Premium Tatkal Quota in these train services."
 
The railways added that normal concession as applicable for respective concessional ticket will be admissible on the base fare of the ticket at each stage.
 
"There will be no change in the existing refund rules," the statement added.
 
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COMMENTS

Anil Parikh

5 months ago

as tickets are booked at number of centres how does one know which slab is over.senior citizens should be exempted when travelling alone.

Nissan, Ashok Leyland part ways on JVs
Japanese automobile major Nissan Motor Company Ltd has sold its stakes in three joint ventures with Ashok Leyland Ltd. to the Indian firm, it was announced here on Wednesday.
 
Both companies issued a joint statement to announce Nissan's exit from the three ventures.
 
The two companies have entered into a new agreement, whereby Ashok Leyland will continue to roll out light commercial vehicle models 'Dost' and 'Partner' under a licence from Nissan.
 
The two models are based on Nissan Motor's design, engineering and technology.
 
"Servicing and parts availability for customers will be ensured by a technical support arrangement. In addition, the two companies have agreed to continue a deal to procure Made in India parts to Nissan," the statement said.
 
"We are pleased to be moving forward into a new phase of our business with Ashok Leyland," Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, Nissan corporate vice-president in charge of the Global LCV Business Unit, was quoted as saying in the statement.
 
"Under the licensing arrangement with Ashok Leyland, the Indian commercial vehicle customers can continue to benefit from Nissan's engineering, wherein servicing and parts availability will also be ensured," he added.
 
"We have decided to acquire Nissan's stake in the three joint venture companies, and this will help focus our efforts to concentrate on our core business initiatives and our customers. We will continue our relationship with Nissan under the new arrangement," Vinod Dasari, Managing Director of Ashok Leyland, was quoted as saying.
 
However, the joint statement is silent on the enterprise valuation of the three joint ventures and the price Ashok Leyland -- a listed entity -- will pay Nissan for its stakes.
 
The first joint venture was for the manufacture of LCVs under Ashok Leyland Nissan Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., in which Ashok Leyland owns 51 per cent share while Nissan owns the rest.
 
The other two joint ventures are Nissan Ashok Leyland Powertrain Pvt. Ltd., the powertrain manufacturing company, owned 51 per cent by Nissan and 49 per cent by Ashok Leyland; and Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies Pvt. Ltd., the technology development company, owned 50:50 by the two partners.
 
In February, Nissan Motor had sent a sent a notice to Ashok Leyland Ltd. to terminate its technology development joint venture Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies Pvt. Ltd. over non-payment of royalty.
 
The termination notice was issued soon after Ashok Leyland sent a legal notice to Nissan Motor for using the equipment owned by another joint venture company to roll out cars instead of the LCVs.
 
Ashok Leyland had turned out four vehicle models from its partnership with Nissan -- Dost, Mitr, Partner and Stile -- while for Nissan it was only Evalia.
 
While Nissan put a halt to Evalia manufacture, Ashok Leyland stopped production of Stile later as the vehicle was not doing well in the market. However, Dost has been doing well for Ashok Leyland.
 
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