TecQ: Apple iPhone 8, Reliance Jio, Intex Cloud Tread & More
Reliance Jio hoarding in Delhi. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Reliance Jio hoarding in Delhi. (Photo: The Quint)

TecQ: Apple iPhone 8, Reliance Jio, Intex Cloud Tread & More

TecQ is our weekly round-up of top stories from the world of technology and science.

1. Apple’s iPhone 8 Will be Truly New: It Will Change Everything

iPhone 7 is Apple’s most expensive launch in India till date. (Photo Courtesy: Apple)
iPhone 7 is Apple’s most expensive launch in India till date. (Photo Courtesy: Apple)

This year’s Apple iPhone launch event has been a big dud, so much so that everyone’s already gearing up for the 10th anniversary edition of iPhone. Every year the world expects Apple to blow their minds away, but the less said about it, the better.

Funny as it is, this is exactly what Apple’s trump move is this year and before we give you the real picture, here’s a backgrounder on why Apple has not made huge strides with the iPhone since they evolved from the 5S to iPhone 6. Ah well, it seems the joke’s on you.

Read the story here.

2. The Curious Case of Exploding Phone Batteries & How to Prevent It

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3. Review: Intex Cloud Tread Aims for the Sky, But Crashes Often

Intex Cloud Tread is a generic looking phone, and doesn’t stand out in with its design. (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/<b>TheQuint)</b>
Intex Cloud Tread is a generic looking phone, and doesn’t stand out in with its design. (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/TheQuint)

Intex is quite bullish about the Indian mobile phone market and its almost confusing line-up proves that. You’d find an Intex smartphone at almost every price point — from budget to mid-segment.

And the new Intex Cloud Tread, retailing at Rs 4,999, is another step to consolidate its position with the budget-conscious buyer. But how does it fare on the performance front?

Read The Quint review to know the answer.

4. Jio Will Fight Hard, But Airtel & Vodafone Need Not Lose Sleep Yet

Reliance Jio 4G SIM. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Reliance Jio 4G SIM. (Photo: The Quint)

Reliance Jio has become a household name and they have much to thank their free voice call and internet offer. Reliance’s Digital and Xpress Mini stores have seen longer queues than even what Apple iPhone garners.

Jio has puzzled the telecom industry. They want to offer free voice calls to consumers and high-speed internet, at the same time costing 35 percent less than Airtel, Vodafone or Idea right now.

Safe to say that Jio is a nationwide craze but do the existing players need to lose their sleep? This is something which is up for a debate, and a long one at that.

Read the story here.

5. Asking Apple to Make Aadhaar-Friendly Phones Could Backfire

Iris scanners will replace 4-digit passcode option. (Photo: iStock)
Iris scanners will replace 4-digit passcode option. (Photo: iStock)

Ration cards, PDS and even new SIM cards has now been made easier to get with the help of Aadhaar, but that’s not the end of possibilities for the current regime.

Now they want to use mobile phones as the one-stop destination for all Aadhaar-related activities.

This is why the government wanted to discuss with mobile brands like Micromax, Google and even Apple about the possibility of having phones loaded with users’ 12-digit unique identifier number linked to their Aadhaar account.

Read the story to know more.

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