Apple AirPods 2 with health-monitoring functions are coming in first half of 2019

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 10:08 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple will launch Apple AirPods 2 in first quarter of 2019.Apple AirPods 2 will come with health monitoring features.Apple AirPods 2 will also feature a brand new design.It has long been known that Apple is working on the second generation of its wireless Bluetooth earphones- the Apple AirPods. Last year, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple could launch AirPods 2 along with a wireless charging case in the first half of 2019. And now, a new report seems to corroborate Kuo’s prediction about the launch of the Apple AirPods 2.According to a report by Digitimes, Apple will launch AirPods 2 sometime in the first quarter of 2019. What’s more? The report states that the AirPods 2 will come with a brand new design that will enable the wireless earphones to monitor various health-related metrics and carry out health monitoring functions.Notably, this is not the first time that we have been hearing about the Apple AirPods 2 getting health monitoring features. Last year the second-generation AirPods were seen listed on the Bluetooth certification site, Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The listing on the site revealed that the AirPods 2 will not only come with the latest Bluetooth standard, that is the Bluetooth 5.0, but they will also come bundled with a host of new and interesting features. The list of features that are expected to make it to the Apple AirPods 2 includes active-noise cancellation and biometric measurement.Additionally, trademark filings filed last year also reveal that the AirPods 2 will come something that is being described as the “wellness sensors”. Essentially, these are a group of sensors that will enable the device to monitor a host of health-related details such as heart-rate, body movement and calories burnt among others. Apart from the wellness features, the Apple AirPods 2 are also tipped to come with features that track, monitor, store, report and transmit biometric data.advertisementInterestingly, a Bloomberg report last year said that Apple would launch three new variants of its AirPods, two of which will be launched in 2019 with water-resistance technology, a wider operational range and heart rate monitoring function. The report noted that while the water-resistance feature may not make the AirPods 2 suitable to be put during swimming, it would make them resistant to rains and sweat.Apple introduced a host of advanced health related features such as ECG and fall-detection to its Watch Series 4 that was launched alongside the three new iPhones- iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max-in September last year. So, it would make make sense for Apple to bring health-monitoring features to its Apple AirPods 2 and complete its ecosystem.ALSO READ: | Apple working on two high-end AirPods for 2019ALSO READ: | Apple AirPods 2 appear on Bluetooth SIG certification site with healthcare featuresALSO READ: | Amazon, Google might be working on Apple AirPods competitors: ReportGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow Apple AirPods 2 Apple AirPods 2 with health-monitoring functions are coming in first half of 2019Previous reports have suggested that the Apple AirPods 2 will sport a brand new design and come with water-resistance technology and feature the ability to measure health-related data.advertisementlast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX reaches record high with boost from CN Rail

TORONTO — A strong earnings report from Canadian National Railway helped push the Toronto stock market to a fresh record high close Tuesday as traders put geopolitical concerns aside for the moment and concentrated on the health of corporate North America.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,315.13+65.14 0.43%S&P 500 —  1,983.53+9.90 0.50%Dow — 17,113.54+61.81 0.36%Nasdaq — 4,456.02 +31.31 0.71%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 65.14 points to 15,315.13.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) beat expectations as its second-quarter profit increased 18% to $847 million, while revenues rose 17% to a record $3.12 billion. Adjusted profit amounted to $1.03 per diluted share, three cents above analyst forecasts, when it reported results on Monday after markets closed. CN also delivered a strong outlook and its shares ran up $1.44 to $74.39 after earlier hitting a new 52-week high of $74.83.“(CN and Canadian Pacific) are at high multiples now, they’re expensive but with the quality and overall growth profile, we still think they’re a great place to be. We own both of them,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.Other big Canadian corporations reporting earnings this week include mining giant Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B), telecom Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and grocer Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L), all on Thursday.The Canadian dollar was down 0.06 of a cent to 93.14 cents US.New York markets also advanced amid data showing tame inflation.The Dow Jones industrial was up 61.81 points to 17,113.54 as the U.S. Labor Department’s consumer price index rose 0.3% in June, which matched expectations. That was good news for investors as a higher reading would have raised a fresh round of concerns about when the Federal Reserve might decide to start hiking rates.The Nasdaq rose 31.32 points to 4,456.02 and the S&P 500 index gained 9.9 points to 1,983.53.Traders continued to consider the impact of potentially tighter economic sanctions against Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebel militias accused of shooting down a Malaysian airliner last week.The European Union agreed Tuesday to expand a list of Russian organizations and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans. It also threatened to target vast sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow did not act swiftly to rein in the rebels.But the EU stopped well short of moving to jump quickly to so-called Phase 3 sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy, but also impact the fragile recovery in Europe.“Those are the type of sanctions that would definitely hurt their economy and what it would mean is a curtailment of energy exports from Russia into Europe as well, which would definitely stall the European recovery,” Jang said.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Microsoft reported after the close that quarterly revenue came in at US$23.38 billion, beating expectations of $23 billion. Earnings per share excluding one time items were 58 cents versus expectations of 60 cents and its shares were off 0.5% in after-hours trading.Meanwhile, Apple’s earnings also topped expectations as the company sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter, a 13% increase from the same time last year even though many people are believed to be holding off on new device purchases until the next version comes out this fall.Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) reported earnings of US$7.7 billion or $1.28 per share, exceeding estimates of $1.23 per share and a 12% increase from income of US$6.9 billion or $1.07 per share in the same period last year. Revenue rose 6% from last year to $37.4 billion, but that was about $600 million below forecasts and Apple shares were down 36 cents at US$94.36 in early after-hours trading after having risen 78 cents to US$94.72 at the close.The metals and mining sector led TSX advancers, up 1.2%, while September copper rose one cent to US$3.21 a pound. The energy sector climbed 0.91% even as September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped 47 cents to US$102.39.The gold sector was the major decliner, down about 1.15% as August bullion fell $7.60 to US$1,306.30 an ounce.TOP STORIESHerbalife shares spike as Ackman’s ‘incredible fraud’ claims fail to convince investorsApache faces pressure from activist hedge fund Jana Partners to exit the Kitimat LNG project: reportsCanada missing out on billions as millionaire hunters lure Chinese investors to AustraliaNetflix shares fall as European expansion seen being ‘costlier than anticipated’WHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Retail sales (May): Economists expect 0.6% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESThe Boeing Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.01 a share Delta Air Lines  Q2 earnings: US$1.04 The Dow Chemical Company Q2 earnings: 72¢ Facebook Q2 earnings: 32¢ PepsiCo Q2 earnings: US$1.23 Qualcomm Inc Q3 earnings: US$1.22 AT&T Inc. Q2 earnings:  65¢ read more

Dont exploit the faith of political opponents say Archbishops

center_img They also said religion may have the answer to the growing threat of extremism, adding that politicians “must also recognise that solutions will not be found simply in further secularisation of the public realm. Mainstream religious communities have a central role to play.”last_img