Apple iPhone 15 series price in Pakistan including PTA tax

Apple iPhone 15 series price in Pakistan including PTA tax
Apple iPhone 15 series price in Pakistan including PTA tax

Apple just unveiled the new iPhone 15 series, which consists of four models: the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

For the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, a powerful 48MP primary camera and an A16 Bionic CPU are housed in the Dynamic Island, a fresh and durable design.

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will also include the next-generation A17 Pro processor, which has a variety of improvements.

Price of non-PTA iPhone 15 series

ModelVariantnon-PTA Price
iPhone 15128 GBRs.236,000
iPhone 15256 GBRs.265,500
iPhone 15512 GBRs.324,600
iPhone 15 Plus128 GBRs.265,500
iPhone 15 Plus256 GBRs.295,000
iPhone 15 Plus512 GBRs.354,100
iPhone 15 Pro128 GBRs.295,000
iPhone 15 Pro256 GBRs.324,600
iPhone 15 Pro512 GBRs.383,700
iPhone 15 Pro Max128 GBRs.354,100
iPhone 15 Pro Max256 GBRs.383,700
iPhone 15 Pro Max512 GBRs.442,700

PTA duty on iPhone 15 series

Different Apple iPhone 15 series models are liable for specific tax rates set by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

ModelPTA Tax on PassportPTA Tax on CNIC
iPhone 15Rs.107,325Rs.130,708
iPhone 15 PlusRs.113,075Rs.137,033
iPhone 15 ProRs.122,275Rs.147,153
iPhone 15 Pro MaxRs.131,130Rs.156,893

Total Price with PTA duty

ModelVariantTotal Price on PassportTotal Price on CNIC
iPhone 15128 GBRs.343,325Rs. 366,708
iPhone 15256 GBRs.372,825Rs.396,208
iPhone 15512 GBRs.431,925Rs.455,308
iPhone 15 Plus128 GBRs.378,575Rs.396,208
iPhone 15 Plus256 GBRs.408,075Rs.432,033
iPhone 15 Plus512 GBRs.467,175Rs.491,133
iPhone 15 Pro128 GBRs.417,275Rs.442,153
iPhone 15 Pro256 GBRs.446,875Rs.471,753
iPhone 15 Pro512 GBRs.505,975Rs.530,853
iPhone 15 Pro Max128 GBRs.485,230Rs.510,993
iPhone 15 Pro Max256 GBRs.514,830Rs.540,593
iPhone 15 Pro Max512 GBRs. 573,830Rs. 599,593

Twitter changes official handle to ‘@X’ as rebranding continues

Twitter changes official handle to '@X' as rebranding continues
Twitter changes official handle to '@X' as rebranding continues

In latest move of its rebranding spree, Elon Musk-owned Twitter has changed its official hand to @X from the original @Twitter.

When someone tries to approach @Twitter handle, a message popped up stating: “This account is no longer active. Follow @x for updates.”

The other official handles of the microblogging site have either given up the “Twitter” name or substituted it with the letter X.

The social media firm’s own handles such as @TwitterSupport, @TwitterDev are now inactive and changed to @Support and @Xdevelopers, with the recently launched X logo as their profile pictures.

However, several regional handles like Twitter Japan and Twitter India are yet to change the names.

On Monday, Twitter launched its new logo, replacing the blue bird on its website “X” as the Elon-Musk owned microblogging site is gearing up to give tough challenge to its rival Meta’s recently launched Threads.

Elon Musk and Twitter CEO, Linda Yaccarino, jointly shared the new logo for the social media platform and they also incorporated in into their Twitter handles.

The logo showcased a white “X” on a black background, bidding adieu to the bird symbol.

You should read this before creating a ‘Threads’ account

You should read this before creating a 'Threads' account
You should read this before creating a 'Threads' account

Users who attempted to remove their accounts on Threads, a new app from Meta, discovered that they were unable to do so unless they delete their Instagram accounts too.

According to a post from Mark Zuckerberg on the app, Threads, Meta’s much awaited take on Twitter, premiered on July 6 and attracted 10 million sign-ups in the first seven hours.

Elon Musk announced temporary implementation of “rate limits,” which placed a limit on the number of posts users could read. Musk cited “extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation” from AI companies as the reason for the measures, which have increased buzz around the new platform.

The internet’s biggest and most entertaining experiment of the day so far has been Threads’ launch; users are writing on the app to learn how it functions, and many have expressed the opinion that users will start to switch from Twitter to its gleaming new competition.

However, according to the Threads Supplemental Privacy Policy and a Help Centre page, some other users have reported that after using the app for a few hours and deciding they didn’t like it, they wanted to delete their accounts. However, they discovered that they couldn’t delete Threads without deleting their Instagram accounts.

Users may erase specific postings or temporarily deactivate their accounts, which prevents other users from seeing their posts until they decide to reactivate their accounts, according to a disclaimer in the app’s help centre. However, users have to delete their Instagram account in order to completely erase the profile and data associated with it.

According to the app’s Supplemental Privacy Policy, “Your Threads profile is part of your Instagram account, and may be deleted at any time by deleting your Instagram account.”

Some users who sought to remove their Threads accounts turned to Twitter, a competitor, to voice their displeasure with the Meta policy.

“We can’t delete our threads account without deleting our ig?? they knew ppl would instantly hate it so they made it a saw trap,” one user remarked in a tweet that has 1.1 million views and 25,000 likes.

Other users have complained that they feel “trapped” or “stuck” in their Threads accounts, and one user who claimed she decided to deactivate her account rather than delete it advised others not to download the application at all.


vivo launches V27e in Pakistan, price, specifications

LAHORE – vivo, a leading global technology company, has launched the gorgeous V27e in Pakistan. The device is the brand’s latest addition to its popular V Series and comes with powerful camera capabilities.

vivo V27e is equipped with an outstanding 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera, 120Hz AMOLED Display, 66W FlashCharge, 8GB + 8GB Extended RAM*, Aura Light Portrait along with eye-catching color design.

vivo has extended its collaboration with the captain and top-ranked Batsman of the Pakistan Cricket Team for its latest product launch. The renowned cricketer will continue to represent vivo as the Brand Ambassador for the newly released V27e device, further strengthening the bond between the player, the brand, and the youth of the country.

On this occasion, Mr. Oliver Shen, Product Director at vivo Pakistan shared his thoughts about the device, “With an eye-catching appearance and outstanding image capabilities, V27e provides an enjoyable user experience and gives users the power to capture special, aesthetically pleasing moments. To achieve this, vivo constantly strives to develop leading technology in its smartphones to improve performance while catering to consumer demands”.

Intelligent, outstanding rear camera ensures glowing portraits

64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera of V27e on the back of the phone offers a longer exposure and increases light intake by six times — producing more stable snapshots and boosting the quality and success rate of images taken in low-light conditions.

The 32MP HD Selfie Camera takes clearer selfies with richer details, for a poster-like image. Combining functionality with intelligent, outstanding cameras, the Aura Light Portrait of V27e provides exceptional portraits. V27e is an advanced smartphone owing to its 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera, studio-level soft lighting effect, and portrait-enhancing capabilities. The Aura Light and Portrait Mode work in tandem to help the camera light up faces to create Glowing Portraits in low light conditions and help users record beautiful moments.

Creating brighter videos has never been easier

vivo V27e is able to shoot brighter, more dynamic, detailed videos thanks to Hybrid Image Stabilization (OIS + EIS) mechanism which can perform stabilization computations and movements up to 10,000 times per second — giving users smoother, more stable, and clearer footage.

In addition, the Vlog Movie Creator feature offers a new one-stop video creation experience — providing 24 templates with rich video effects to show users how to shoot objects, people, or landscapes, along with real-time guidance for camera movement.

Stunning screen and gorgeous design

vivo constantly strives to improve the visual experience for its users. V27e has a 6.62′′* 2.5D screen which provides a more immersive and engaging visual experience with a refresh rate of 120Hz* and high brightness and contrast. The 2.5D screen offers rich details — giving users a cinema-like immersive visual world.

The 120Hz AMOLED Display also features self-developed ambient light sensors combined with luminescent materials which intelligently adjust the screen’s brightness and deliver vivid authentic colours, allowing users to enjoy a high-quality visual experience.

The flat frame, the slim body of 7.7mm thickness, and a weight of 185g* provide an ultra-thin grip and give the phone a slender and elegant look which is accentuated by the stunning flat screen.  vivo V27e captures and pays tribute to the vibrant colours of nature. The phone has a beautiful design flow which gives it a dynamic, artistic, simple, and elegant look.

Robust performance

The new V27e is equipped with a 4600mAh battery. Coupled with vivo’s in-house developed FlashCharge technology, it allows for 66W FlashCharge through which the phone can be charged up to 50% in 19 minutes.*

Moreover, vivo V27e is equipped with MediaTek’s Helio G99 platform, which features a 6nm advanced processor. It combines graphite sheets of ultra-high thermal conductivity with high-efficiency heat dissipation materials to create an efficient cooling system to boost performance.

Furthermore, V27e comes with an 8GB + 8GB Extended RAM* which works in tandem with the 6nm chip to help people seamlessly switch between apps and store data.

Price & Availability

The V27e comes in two beautiful colour variants, Lavender Purple, and Glory Black, and is currently available for pre-booking in Pakistan. The device will be available for sale starting May 30, 2023, at PKR 119,999 only.

vivo offers a one-year warranty for V27e along with 15 days of free replacement and 6 month’s warranty for accessories. vivo V27e is duly approved by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority and supports all mobile networks in Pakistan. Zong customers can also get 12GB Free Mobile Internet by using their 4G SIM card in Slot 1 (2GB Internet/month for 6 months).

* Measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.62” in the full rectangle. The actual display area is slightly smaller.

* Only specific apps can support 120 Hz. Screen refresh rate and touch sampling rate may vary slightly in different apps or game interfaces.

* The thickness of the Lavender Purple edition is 7.8mm, while the thickness of Glory Black is 7.7mm. The weight of the Glory Black edition is 185g while the Lavender Purple edition is 186g.

The actual dimensions and weight of each edition may differ due to variations in processes, measurement methods, and materials supplies.

* V27e is equipped with vivo standard charger and supports up to 66W. Charging power adjusts dynamically to changing conditions and is subject to actual use.

* 8 GB extended RAM is realized by software.

AI firm ‘Runway’ releases app that offers users video editing

AI firm 'Runway' releases app that offers users video editing
AI firm 'Runway' releases app that offers users video editing

Runway, an AI firm that collaborated on the creation of Stable Diffusion, an AI picture generator, released its first mobile app on Monday to give consumers access to Gen-1, its video-to-video generative AI model.

Currently, iOS devices are the only ones that can use the software.

What does runway AI do?

Users will be able to record videos from their phones and create AI videos with the new software in a matter of minutes. Any movie already in their library can be changed by using text prompts, pictures, or style presets.

Users can choose from the presets provided by Runway, such as “Cloudscape,” or they can alter their videos to make it appear to be a claymation, charcoal sketch, watercolour painting, paper origami or any type of art. They can also enter text or upload a picture into the text box.

The app will produce four previews for users to choose from. It will take a few minutes to create the finished item once they have decided which one they prefer.

Naturally, like any AI generator, the outputs can appear warped or bizarre. The idea of AI video makers could come off as goofy or even gimmicky. However, as technology advances and gets better over time, users may find value in it. Content producers, for instance, can spruce up their social media posts.

What does RunwayAi cost?

Two paid plans are available for Runway’s new mobile app: Standard ($143.99/year) and Pro ($344.91/year). You receive 625 credits each month under the basic plan in addition to other premium services like 1080p video, limitless projects and others. The Pro package includes all 30+ AI tools from Runway and 2,250 credits per month.

When can we access Runway Gen-2?

Runway brought out its Gen-2 model one month after Gen-1, which debuted in February, and went on sale. Gen-2, a text-to-video generator, is arguably an improvement above text-to-image models Stable Diffusion and DALL-E because it allows users to create videos from start.

According to Valenzuela, Runway has started to gradually offer out access to its closed beta for Gen-2.

Gen-2 will soon be available with Runway’s other AI capabilities, such as its image-to-image generator, and will replace the Gen-1 model that the app now supports.

OpenAI launches ChatGPT app for iOS

OpenAI launches ChatGPT app for iOS
OpenAI launches ChatGPT app for iOS

The standalone ChatGPT app from OpenAI is now available for iOS users to download and use without any charges. It combines a few cool features and makes it simpler to communicate with the bot while on the road.

For instance, Whisper, the company’s open-source speech recognition technology, is used by the app to facilitate voice input. Additionally, it syncs your chat history from ChatGPT’s online client and any devices that are currently logged into your account.

Naturally, users to ChatGPT Plus have early access to upcoming features, access to the improved GPT-4 version and faster response times.

The software is currently available for iOS users to download from the US software Store, but it should soon be available in other nations as well. The same goes for Android users.

Haier air conditioner: an energy-efficient solution for a sustainable future

Haier air conditioner: an energy-efficient solution for a sustainable future
Haier air conditioner: an energy-efficient solution for a sustainable future

Haier is a leading brand in the air conditioning industry, with a reputation for providing healthy, smart, and professional air conditioning solutions. With 16 years of being the global number-one brand in AC, Haier has established itself as a brand that customers can trust for their cooling needs.

The brand has been committed to innovation and has made significant contributions towards minimizing the impact of climate change. With the increasing concern about the impact of climate change, individuals and organizations alike are seeking ways to minimize their carbon footprint. One way to achieve this is through the use of energy-efficient appliances. Haier, a leading manufacturer of home appliances, has taken a step in this direction by producing air conditioners that are not only energy-efficient but also eco-friendly.

Energy efficiency has been at the core of Haier’s approach to air conditioning. The company has invested heavily in developing technologies that reduce energy consumption without compromising on performance. The company’s inverter technology ensures that the air conditioner only consumes the necessary amount of energy to cool the room, unlike traditional air conditioners that consume a fixed amount of energy regardless of the room’s temperature.

One of the significant breakthroughs in this regard has been the use of R-32 gas, which is more energy-efficient and has a lower global warming potential than the traditional R-410A, R-22 gas. R-32 refrigerant gas is environmentally friendly and has a lower global warming potential than other refrigerants. R-32 gas has a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of 675, which is significantly lower than the commonly used R-410A gas, which has a GWP of 2088. By using R-32 gas, Haier is playing its part in minimizing the impact of climate change.

Haier is also committed to providing customers with cost-effective solutions, especially in these high inflation times. As a result, the brand offers free AC installation to support end-users in such areas. This is part of the company’s effort to make air conditioning accessible to more people and to make it easy and convenient for customers to purchase and use their products. The installation process is carried out by trained professionals, ensuring that the air conditioner is installed correctly, maximizing its performance and lifespan.

Haier’s commitment to innovation and quality is evident in its warranty policy. The brand offers a ten-year warranty on compressors, Additionally, the company provides a four-year warranty on PCB kits, which ensures that customers have peace of mind knowing that they are investing in a durable and reliable product.

In conclusion, Haier air conditioners are a top choice for anyone looking for healthy, smart, and professional air solutions. The brand’s commitment to innovation, quality, and user experience is evident in its range of air conditioning products. Haier has positioned itself as a brand that customers can trust to provide excellent cooling solutions that meet their needs.

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Twitter announces removal of pre-Musk’s takeover blue ticks from April 1

Twitter announces removal of pre-Musk’s takeover blue ticks from April 1
Twitter announces removal of pre-Musk’s takeover blue ticks from April 1

WASHINGTON – Twitter on Friday announced that it will wind down the legacy blue ticks given to the verified accounts before the takeover of the Elon Musk.

The process of doing away with the blue ticks for legacy verified accounts will start from April 1 as the microblogging platform aims at pushing its Twitter Blue subscription service.

Meanwhile, the platform has asked individuals and organisations with legacy blue ticks to subscribe the Blue services in order to retain their verification badges.

“On April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified checkmarks. To keep your blue checkmark on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue…,” the company announced in a tweet.

The Twitter Blue programme, which costs Rs2,250 per month on iOS and Android devices in Pakistan, will let any user to have the coveted blue tick mark which was earlier reserved for notable personalities. Similarly, Twitter Blue can be subscribed for $11 for iOS and Android users in the US.

“New subscriptions to Twitter Blue are available globally on web, iOS, or Android. Not all features are available on all platforms. Newly created Twitter accounts will not be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue for 30 days. We may also impose waiting periods for new accounts in the future at our discretion, and without notice,” read the official Twitter Blue page.

The Twitter Blue paid subscription was launched days after Elon Musk took over the company in 2022. The service allows users to tweet up to 4,000 characters, and compose longer Quote Tweets or replies. Users will also be able to get prioritised ranking in conversations, and lesser ads, and will be able to post longer videos on Twitter.

realme C33 launched in Pakistan, price, camera, features

realme C33 launched in Pakistan, price, camera, features
realme C33 launched in Pakistan, price, camera, features

LAHORE – The realme C33 has been launched in Pakistan. The new device is priced at 54,999 and offers a stylish look and a next-level 50MP camera resolution. It is equipped with 4GB + 128GB and is currently available for purchase online and in markets.

 Stylish Design that Stands Out

Unlike many of its uninspiring counterparts in the market, the all-new budget king outstands itself with a stylish look and classy finish. It adopts a micron-level processing and lithography technology to create a unique line pattern on its back case, creating a dynamic visual effect when looking from different angles. In addition, the phone comes coated with a shimmering and brightening sand composite to mimic a flowing water texture.

Instead of just plastic, realme C33 adopts both PC and PMMA materials for the back case design, offering a translucent visual effect while also ensuring durability. The product also attends to every detail by featuring a uni-cover back cover with a premium right-angle bezel and no interrupting camera bumps. The product also comes in an 8.3mm ultra-slim body, providing a light and comfortable grip in hand. realme C33 comes in two color variants for users to choose from – Aqua Blue, and Night Sea. While the Aqua Blue variant offers a sleek and romantic ocean-like color that reminds the boundless sea, the Night Sea color variant provides a subtle and elegant option to go with users’ everyday style.

realme C33 provides best-in-class camera capability by being the first in its price range to feature a 50MP AI primary camera. Users can access blockbuster shots with crispy details by activating the 50MP Mode on their device. Moreover, the phone also offers Night Mode, HDR Mode, Timelapse, Panoramic view Mode, and more to capture all kinds of inspiring moments in life. The product also features a CHDR algorithm to enhance its picture quality further. For example, when taking shots under a backlit scene, the algorithm enables a better image dynamic that helps provide rich details for the overexposed area and improves the highlight suppression effect.

Solid All-rounder that Elevates Experience on All Front

On the display front, realme C33 offers a full-screen experience with a 6.5-inch(16.5cm) mini-drop display. It also comes with a massive 5000mAh battery capacity that lasts up to 37 days on standby while supporting Ultra-Saving Mode to offer up to 1.8 hours of calling time even with only 5% of battery left. The product sports a Unisoc T612 processor and UFS 2.2 to offer a fast and fluid system experience and is also the first C series to offer Android 12 out of the box. The product also supports a fast side-fingerprint sensor for added security.

realme launches GT3 mobile phone with 240W fast charging capability

BARCELONA, Spain – realme on Tuesday announced at Mobile World Congress 2023 the global launch of the realme GT3 – its next-generation speed flagship with the world’s fastest charging power of 240W.

Starting since the first generation, the realme GT Series has represented realme’s most cutting-edge technology innovations, from the mind-blowing suitcase design on the GT Master Series to the true premium flagship realme GT2 Pro Series, and now the speed limit breaker – realme GT3.

“realme was founded with the Dare to Leap spirit and the mission of empowering the young generation with leap-forward technology and design.” Chase Xu, Vice President of realme and President of realme Global Marketing, stated: “Entering its fifth year, realme is taking an even bigger leap forward by becoming the first brand to break through the industry’s glass ceiling. It demonstrates realme’s commitment to improving our market presence through innovative technologies and better connecting with our young audiences.”

240W: World’s Highest Charging Standard

240W means more than just a blazing fast charging speed; It also represents the fastest charging power ever mass-produced in the market and the maximum charging power possible under USB-C standards. Together it makes 240W the world’s highest charging standard.

In terms of user experience, 240W is the ultimate answer to battery anxiety. It accelerates smartphone charging to minutes and even seconds. Using 240W charging power, it only takes 80 seconds to charge the realme GT3 to 20% capacity. It only takes 9 minutes and 30 seconds to fully charge the device’s 4600mAh battery.

Full-fledged Battery and Charging Innovation

As the first brand in the industry to mass produce 240W fast charging, realme has achieved a full-fledged innovation in everything from charging safety to battery longevity and to accessory compatibility.

Three industries’ first charging technologies: Starting with the charging architecture, the realme GT3 has three maxed-out charging chipsets to charge at the same time, resulting in a 98.5% improved transfer efficiency during charging. In addition, the realme GT3 comes with a custom 12A charging cable. The ultra-fast 12A cable provides the industry’s highest charging current. Furthermore, realme provides dual GaN charging technology, which includes an end-to-end GaN chipset in both the phone and the adapter. As a result, despite having 60% more power available, the 240W adaptor is even smaller than the 150W adaptor.

Maximized Charging Safety: One of the most difficult challenges for high-power charging is temperature control. The realme GT3 is equipped with a 6580mm2-large VC liquid cooling system that covers 61.5% of the battery and ensures efficient heat dissipation. To ensure maximum charging safety, the realme GT3 also includes a PS3 fireproof design, 13 temperature sensors, and 60 layers of safety protection. TÜV Rheinland has also certified the realme GT3 for a safe fast-charging system, making it the first product with 200W fast charging or higher to receive the certification.

Worry-free Battery Longevity: According to internal lab testing, the realme GT3 has an 80% lifespan after over 1600 charging cycles with 240W enabled, which is more than double the industry standard of 80% battery health after 800 charging cycles. realme GT3 also uses intelligent charging, which detects the user’s status and switches the charging status to travel mode, sleep mode, or in-car mode. Not only can the phone be powered on intelligently, but it also helps to preserve battery health and avoid overcharging.

Pulse Interface Design: Re-imagine Smartphone Interaction

Aside from the incredible 240W, the realme GT3 pushes smartphone design to new heights. The realme GT3 has a translucent window next to the camera module. Users will find a polished chipset deco, an NFC chipset, and the innovative Pulse Interface System with a C-shaped RGB lighting ring inside.

Taking inspiration from gaming handsets, realme GT3’s Pulse Interface Design displays different light effects depending on the phone’s status. For example, when the phone is 20% charged, it will display a red breathing light effect; when it is charged to 21%-100%, it will display a purple breathing light effect; and when it is fully charged, the purple light will always be on. When there are incoming calls, the light flashes quickly. While receiving notifications, the lighting system will display a white color; for a 10-second countdown before taking photos, the phone will display a blue, white, and orange color beaming.

The Pulse Interface System is highly personalizable, adding a fun and interactive element to the phone. Go to settings > wallpaper & design > breathing light, users can choose from 25 colour shades, 2 rhythm types, and 5 lighting speed modes for a personalized style.

From Populariser to An Industry Leader

realme is well-known for making cutting-edge technology available to young consumers. Fast charging technology is no different. With the realme X7, realme is the first brand to introduce 65W to the mid-range price point in 2020. With its GT Neo3, realme released the world’s fastest charging speed of 150W in 2022. And now, with realme GT3, realme is setting new standards with an industry-leading maximum charging power of 240W. realme has progressed from democratizer to tribalizer to industry limit-breaker.

Aside from constantly seeking technological advances, realme is also democratizing fast charging at all price points. Counterpoint ranks realme first in fast charging penetration for product portfolios in the mid-to-high price range (USD 250/- to USD 399/-). realme also achieved a fast charging penetration rate of up to 85% in product portfolios under USD 250/-. realme intends to democratize fast charging even further by announcing during its global launch that 90% of its global product portfolio will include fast charging of 33W or higher.


The realme GT3 comes in a wide selection of storage variants to choose from, including 8+128GB, 12+256GB, 16+256GB, 16+512GB, and a special 16+1TB variant; It is available in Pulse White and Booster Black two colour options, the global recommended retail price for realme GT3 will start from $649.