iPhone launch schedule may get big shakeup in 2021

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Apple might host two iPhone keynotes in 2021.
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Big changes could be coming to the way Apple launches iPhone, starting in 2021.

Analysts at JP Morgan Chase published a new research note today claiming Apple is readying its supply chain to be able to launch new iPhones twice a year. The move would supposedly give Apple more flexibility to add new features over a six month period and better compete with companies like Samsung and Huawei.

iPhone 11 Pro scores highest in 2019 for video camera

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iPhone 11 Pro scores highest in the video category.
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Apple has seen the rise of competitors launching smartphones with cameras declared by reviewers and consumer labs as surpassing the iPhone.

But the iPhone 11 Pro dismissed some creeping doubts when it launched this fall and it will end 2019 at the top of several recap and best-of lists.

Among the first with its 2019 review is independent lab DxOMark, which tested 31 new smartphones this year and ranked the 11 Pro as its favorite for video.

Huawei MatePad Pro rips off iPad Pro in every way possible

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Huawei is outrageously flattering the iPad Pro.
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No, we didn’t mix up the picture of Huawei’s new tablet with one of the iPad Pro. The two are so similar you have to look closely to see any differences.

The just-announced MatePad Pro doesn‘t run iPadOS, but is otherwise a clone of Apple’s tablet, including the clip-on keyboard and stylus.

iPad growth enjoys a boost as Amazon skyrockets in Q3 2019

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Apple's market share climbed 4% last quarter.
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iPad enjoyed steady growth during the third quarter of this year, giving Apple an even greater share of the worldwide tablet market.

But it is Amazon that will be most delighted with the latest figures. Shipments of its Fire slates more than doubled year-over-year as a result of generous Prime Day discounts.

What a shocker: Huawei tablet looks just like iPad Pro

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This is actually the iPad Pro, but by looking at this you already know what the Huawei MatePad Pro looks like.
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Huawei has often been guilty of introducing products “inspired” by Apple designers, and it’s apparently doing so again with an upcoming tablet. Leaked images of the Huawei MatePad Pro show it looks almost exactly like an iPad Pro. Even the name is copied.

Huawei CEO spotted with an iPad at the airport

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Ren Zhengfei is a big fan of Apple.
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Huawei may be waging war on Apple in terms of sales, but it’s pretty clear whose devices Huawei’s CEO prefers. Spoiler: It’s seemingly not Huawei’s.

An image on Chinese social media shows Huawei CEO in an airport security line. The issue? That an airport security officer is busy inspecting his iPad. This isn’t the first time he’s shown a preference for Apple devices, either.

iPhone 11 will help Apple overtake Huawei in Q4 shipments

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Apple will finally take back second place.
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Strong demand for the iPhone 11 lineup could help Apple overtake Huawei in smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Huawei has been clinging onto second place in global smartphone shipments since it leapfrogged Apple in early 2018. But iPhone 11 is selling so well that Apple just had to increase orders by 10%.