Shanti Devi, a government community health worker, died from COVID-19 in May, 2021.
Her daughter Malti Gangwar said that in the days following her death, the family received several calls from the health department. Her late mother's colleagues even urged her to apply for the same job.
" There was talk about insurance money and they all seemed very co-operative. They asked me to fill in a form to apply for the job, which I did. But I don't know what happened after that."
Four (4) months on, the Gangwars are still waiting. Neither the compensation nor the job have materialised yet.
In March 2020, India's federal government promised 5m rupees ($68,000) to the family of every health worker who died fighting COVID-19. But a BBC investigation, based in part of Right to Information requests, shows that a lack of data, bureaucratic hurdles and a discriminatory policy have left many of these families traumatised.
The BBC spoke to several families who said they felt let down by a government that had promised to stand by them. Only a handful of them agreed to be interviewed. Others feared that speaking out could hurt their chances of being compensated. The government did not respond to our questions.
' GOD IN WHITE UNIFORM '
In July 2021, when the government was asked in parliament how many healthcare workers had died from COVID-19, the junior health minister said they did not maintain occupation-wise data on cases and deaths.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) told the BBC that COVID-19 killed nearly 1,600 doctors, and the Trained Nurses' Association of India has reported 128 deaths so far. The government said more than 100 Ashas (female community health workers) died while performing COVID-19 duties - and this was before the devastating second wave in April 2021 and May 2021. That amounts to at least 1,800 deaths among health workers. There are no numbers available for how may ward boys - assistants - and other contract workers in hospitals have died.
But the fact that the government had no centralised data was a stunning revelation, given that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had personally cheered healthcare workers and their families at the start of the pandemic.
He encouraged ordinary citizens to light lamps, and the Indian air force showered flower petals from helicopters on hospitals in various cities. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had called doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers " Gods in white uniform" while announcing the compensation package.
Shanti Devi's family said the delay in compensation was especially hurtful and demeaning because it was people like her that the policy sought to honour - a community health worker involved in the " direct care of COVID-19 patients."
" The family's financial condition is not very good. Anything we receive will be helpful," her brother said.
The family said they had reached out to the administration but were yet to hear back.
Shanti Devi and hundreds of thousands of other Asha workers are at the bottom of India's public healthcare system - at the village or neighbourhood level - and essential for any public health programme, from creating awareness to monitoring impact.
Shanti Devi, who was in her early 50s, had done the job for nearly 25 years with little in terms of remuneration, her family said. And with COVID-19, the risk of going door-to-door was especially huge.
A 'HUMILIATING' EXPERIENCE
The government said it received 1,342 compensation claims between 30 March 2020 and 16 July 2021 and they have settled 921 claims so far. The remaining 421 are still being processed or have been rejected.
One of the rejected claims belonged to 56-year-old Sujata Bhave, who lost her husband to COVID-19 in June 2020.
Dr Chittaranjan Bhave was a private doctor - an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist - in Mumbai.
" Initially he was seeing patients online but he never felt satisfied because it was difficult to examine ear, nose and throat on video calls," Ms Bhave said.
Soon after he began examining patients in person, he caught the virus and was admitted to hospital. Ms Bhave never saw him again.
Her husband's speciality, she said, meant that many of his patients had symptoms similar to COVID-19 - throat infections or coughs.
But her claim for compensation was denied because " her husband had not been working in a government - designated COVID-19 ward when he got infected."
It was " humiliating ", she said. " It it definitely not the case that only public doctors faced the virus and private practitioners did not. This was unfair."
The government's policy, which insists on compensating only government doctors, has been criticised by the medical community, especially since government hospitals could not manage the burden alone.
In fact, the policy explicitly says that " private hospital staff / retired / volunteer / can also be drafted for COVID-19 related responsibilities " and that they will " be covered subject to numbers indicated by ministry of health and family welfare ". In some instances, private practitioners were forced by the government to work.
Dr Nilima vaidya Bhamare, who lives in Mumbai, said that last year the local municipality notified private doctors that they would lose their licence if their clinics did not remain open through the pandemic.
" This happened because the government realised it did not have the infrastructure," she said. " Despite all this [they] are not willing to honour claims or extend facilities to us. We will have to go to court because the government is unwilling to listen."
K Sujatha Rao, India ' former health secretary, said the policy was " very restrictive ".
" It should be expanded. The people who ought to be given absolutely high priority are our health workers. The government ought to be much more large - hearted, and whether they are private sector or public sector, I really wouldn't make that distinction at this point."
In November 2020, a parliamentary report, which noted a large number of vacancies in public hospitals, recommended " adequate remuneration and financial incentives along with insurance coverage " for all healthcare workers.
" The doctors, who have laid down their lives in the fight against the pandemic must be acknowledged as martyrs and their families be adequately compensated," it said.
But several health workers and their families told the BBC this was not their experience.
" I'm feeling very sad, " said Dr Jayesh Lele, IMA Secretary general. " The Indian PM gave doctors a lot of respect but what is the effect of it all ?"
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PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR, 19 SEPTEMBER 2021 (AHAD)
Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) melaporkan pada 19 September 2021 (Ahad) iaitu 14,954 kes baharu COVID-19, menjadikan jumlah jangkitan meningkat kepada 2,097,830 kes setakat hari tersebut.
Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah berkata demikian di Media Sosial (Twitter), sebanyak 23,469 kes telah sembuh, membawa jumlah pesakit yang telah discaj keseluruhannya kini mencecah 1,863,922.
Seramai 1,194 pesakit berada di unit rawatan rapi, dengan 882 disahkan dijangkiti COVID-19 manakala 312 disyaki positif.
Sementara itu juga, 665 pesakit adalah memerlukan bantuan pernafasan, dengan 401 telah disahkan kes COVID-19 dan 264 lagi disyaki positif COVID-19.
Sarawak terus mencatat jumlah harian tertinggi berturut-turut dengan 2,707 kes dan mendominasi kemungkinan sehingga hujung tahun 2021.
Ini diikuti oleh Selangor (2,028 kes), Johor (1,948 kes), Kelantan (1,420 kes), Sabah (1,356 kes), Pulau Pinang (1,259 kes), Perak (1,222 kes), Kedah (809 kes), Pahang (705 kes), Terengganu (671 kes), Kuala Lumpur (383 kes), Melaka (207 kes), Negeri Sembilan (144 kes), Perlis (76 kes), Putrajaya (19 kes) dan hanya Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan (tiada kes).
Noor Hisham turut memaklumkan, mengenai jangkitan baharu, hanya 1.6% adalah kes dalam kategori 3, 4 dan 5 (serius).
Beliau turut memaklumkan, kadar kebolehjangkitan COVID-19 negara ialah 0.94 dengan Sarawak mencatatkan Rt tertinggi berturut - turut iaitu pada 1.08 Rt.
Ia diikuti oleh Negeri Terengganu (1.05), Perak (1.04), Pahang (1.04), Johor (1.01), Penang (1.00), Perlis (0.98), Kelantan (0.97), Sabah (0.92), Melaka (0.85), Kuala Lumpur (0.81) dan Labuan (0).
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Less than a month after the Taliban rolled into the Afghan capital, Rabia Jamal made a tough decision - she would brave the hardliners and return to work at the airport. The members of the police forces also followed the women and joined their work at the Kabul Airport.
With the hardliners saying women should stay at home for their own security the risks were all too clear, but the 35-year-old mother of three (3) felt she had little choice. " I need money to support my family," said Rabia, wearing a navy-blue suit and make-up. " I felt tension at home... I felt very bad, " she told AFP. " Now I feel better."
Of the more than 80 women working at the airport before Kabul fell to the Taliban on August 15, 2021 just have 12 have returned to their jobs.
But they are among very few women in the capital allowed to return to work. The Taliban have told most not to go back until further notice.
Six (6) of the women airport workers were standing at the main entrance on Saturday, September 11, 2021, chatting and laughing while waiting to scan and search female passengers taking a domestic flight.
Rabia's Sister, 49-year-old Qudsiya Jamal, told AFP the Taliban takeover had " shocked " her.
" I was very afraid, " said the mother of five, who is also her family's sole provider.
" My family was scared for me- they told me not to go back - but I am happy now, relaxed... no problems so far."
-" Take Me To Paris "-
Women's rights in Afghanistan were sharply curtailed under the Taliban's 1996 - 2001 rule, but since returning to power the group claims they will be less extreme.
Women will be allowed to attend university as long as classes are segregated by sex or at least divided by a curtain, the Taliban's education authority has said, but females must also wear an abaya, an all-covering robe, and face-covering niqab veil.
Still, Alison Davidian, a representative for UN Women in Afghanistan, warned on Wednesday that the Taliban were already neglecting their promise to respect Afghan women's rights.
At the airport, which is returning to action after the hurried US withdrawal left it unusable, Rabia says she will keep working unless she is forced to stop.
Under new rules, women may work " in accordance with the principles of Islam ", the Taliban have decreed, but few details have yet been given as to what exactly that might mean.
" My dream is to be the richest girl in Afghanistan, and I feel I am always the luckiest," said Rabia, who has worked since 2010 at the terminal for GAAC, a UAE-based company providing ground and security handling.
" I will do what I love until I am not lucky anymore."
Rabia's colleague, who gave her name as Zala, dreams of something completely different.
The 30-year-old was learning French in Kabul before she was forced to stop and stay at home for three (3) weeks after the takeover.
" Good morning, take me to Paris, " she said in broken French, as her five (5) colleagues burst into laughter.
" But not now. Today I am one of the last women of the airport."
Afghan police at Kabul airport have also returned to work manning checkpoints alongside Taliban security for the first time since the hardliners seized power, officers said on Sunday.
When the Taliban swept into Kabul last month ousting the government, police abandoned their posts, fearful of what the Islamists would do.
But two (2) officers said they had returned to work Saturday after receiving calls from Taliban commanders.
On Sunday, an AFD correspondent at the airport saw border police members deployed at several checkpoints outside the main buildings of the airport, including the domestic terminal.
" I came back to work yesterday more than two weeks after being sent home, " one of the police force members told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
" I received a call from a senior Taliban commander who asked me to come back, " another officer said. " Yesterday was great, so happy to serve again. "
The Taliban say they have granted a general amnesty to everyone who worked for the former government - including the army, police and other security branches.
Officials say they want to integrate the opposing forces, but have not spelled out how this will happen - or how they will sustain a security apparatus made up of around 600,000 people.
Kabul airport was severely damaged during the chaotic evacuation of over 120,000 people that ended with the withdrawal of US forces on August 30.
The Taliban, who swept into Kabul after routing government forces on August 15, 2021, have been scrambling to get the capital's airport operating again with Qatari technical assistance.
The United Arab Emirates has set up an air bridge to deliver tons of aid to Afghanistan, with aircraft bringing in hundreds of tonnes of medical and food supplies.
An airport employee who handles security for a private company confirmed that the border police had been deployed around the airport since Saturday.
" They are sharing the security with the Taliban," he told AFP.
Qatar Airways has operated charter flights out of Kabul in recent days, carrying mostly foreigners and Afghans who missed being taken out during the evacuation.
An Afghan airline resumed domestic flights last week, while Pakistan International Airlines is expected to begin flights from Islamabad to Kabul in coming days.
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Negara Brunei Darussalam (NBD) pada 11 September 2021 (Sabtu) mencatatkan kes kematian ke-16 akibat wabak COVID-19 yang telah kembali ke rahmatullah.
Kes tersebut merupakan seorang lelaki yang berumur 79 tahun yang merupakan kes 2,864, dan Allahyarham telah mengalami masalah jangkitan pada paru-paru yang amat teruk setelah dijangkiti oleh wabak COVID-19.
Menteri Kesihatan, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Md. Isham Bin Haji Jaafar mengumumkan perkara tersebut pada Sidang Media bagi Situasi Terkini Jangkitan COVID-19 di Negara Brunei Darussalam, yang berlangsung di Dewan Al-'Afiah, Kementerian Kesihatan, di sini pada petang 11 September 2021 (Sabtu).
Sehubungan itu juga, demi menjaga 'confidentiality' dan juga bagi menghormati privasi keluarga mangsa bagi kes berkenaan, Kementerian Kesihatan tidak akan mengongsikan sebarang butiran peribadi Allahyarham kepada umum.
Orang ramai juga adalah dipohon untuk sama-sama menghormati dan tidak menyebarkan maklumat-maklumat berkaitan Allahyarham.
Yang Berhormat Menteri Kesihatan mewakili warga Kementerian Kesihatan dan keseluruhan rakyat Negara Brunei Darussalam mengucapkan takziah kepada keluarga kes berkenaan, dan mendoakan semoga roh beliau dicucuri rahmat dan juga ditempatkan bersama-sama para solihin.
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Enam Kes Baharu COVID-19 dikesan di Negeri Sarawak Memerlukan Ventilator
KUCHING, SARAWAK, 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 (SABTU): Enam (6) daripada 3,743 kes baharu COVID-19 yang dilaporkan di Negeri Sarawak hari ini dan melibatkan jangkitan paru-paru dan memerlukan penggunaan mesin ventilator seperti yang dilaporkan oleh Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bencana Negeri Sarawak (JPBN).
JPBN Sarawak turut memaklumkan bahawa selain itu terdapat satu (1) kes yang melibatkan jangkitan paru-paru dan satu (1)kes yang memerlukan oksigen manakala selebihnya atau 99.79 peratus tidak bergejalan atau bergejala ringan.
Bagi pecahan kes baharu pada 11 September 2021 (Sabtu), antara daerah di Negeri Sarawak yang merekodkan angka tertinggi adalah seperti Kuching dengan 1,405 kes, diikuti oleh Sibu (420 kes), Bintulu (311 kes), Samarahan (214 kes), Bau (158 kes), Sri Aman (146 kes) dan Daerah Miri (122 kes).
Mengenai angka kematian pula yang diakibatkan oleh COVID-19 telah meningkat kepada 617 orang apabila terdapat sepuluh (10) kematian dilaporkan melibatkan individu berumur antara 48 hingga 89 tahun dengan lapan (8) daripada mereka mempunyai sejarah penyakit.
Dua (2) kluster baharu turut dilaporkan di Negeri Sarawak hari ini terdiri daripada Kluster Sungai Sawa, Pakan yang melibatkan 37 penduduk sebuah rumah panjang yang telah dikesan positif COVID-19 dan juga Kluster Nansang Walk, di daerah yang sama yang turut membabitkan 41 kes positif setakat ini.
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iPHONE 13 RELEASE!!!
Apple's new iPhone 13 is highly likely to debut on September 14, 2021 and you may be able to buy the phone soon after that. The company has confirmed its next launch for that date, and we've been hard at work rounding up and cutting through the key new iPhone leaks.
New iPhone rumors have been springing up from a variety of sources for the last few months, and now got a clear picture of many of the likely specs of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 mini.
Here also have a good idea of the likely design of these phones, and have seen numerous leaked images. For those of you who are light on time we've cut down the rumors into a handy, bite-sized portion below, while further down you'll find tons more depth where explain everything you have to know about the new iPhone range.
iPHONE 13 RELEASE DATE:
September 14, 2021 is likely when we'll hear about the iPhone 13. Apple is hosting an event on that date, and it's almost certain to be the day we hear about any new devices.
iPHONE 13 PRICE:
Expect a similar price to the iPhone 12 range, with one (1) leak suggesting it'll be exactly the same. The iPhone 12 mini - the cheapest of 2020's iPhones - started at $699 /AU$ 1,199 while the iPhone 12 Pro Max cost $ 1,099 / AU$ 1,849. That said, there is some evidence the price could increase a bit.
Little is expected to change from the iPhone 12, but it seems the company will be changing the design of the rear camera. It'll seemingly have a diagonal lens arrangement on the two (2) cheaper phones, but the design seems otherwise largely set to be similar to last year's handsets, albeit with a slightly smaller notch.
Apple may debut some new shades with the iPhone 13 series, and two (2) rumored versions are pink and orange. Alongside those, we expect to see similar shades to last-gen, such as purple, black and white.
Screen sizes and resolutions are expected to stay the same across the range of iPhone 13 products, but both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are heavily rumored to debut 120Hz refresh rates. That means the image on these screens will be smoother than previous iPhones. Plus we're expecting an always-on display on each handset, too.
Apple is expected to be tweaking the camera on the iPhone 13 series, and the two (2) Pro handsets may get an upgraded ultra-wide shooter. The iPhone 13 Pro may also get an upgraded telephoto camera, plus some leaks suggest LiDAR could be present on all four (4) models so you'll have improved depth perception, though more recent leaks don't mention this, so don't count on it. Video recording software improvements are also expected, including a new Portrait mode.
The A15 chipset will likely power each of these handsets, though current reports suggest this won't bring a huge power boost. It's also heavily rumored that Apple may bring out a 1TB iPhone for the first time in 2021, so that'll allow for the largest iPhone sizes ever.
If the biggest iPhone 13 battery leak is correct, you can expect a larger battery inside 2021's phones. These are expected to be notably larger, with the iPhone 13 expected to offer a 3,095mAh cell compared to the iPhone 12'2 2,805mAh. What will that mean ? Expect a longer lasting iPhone 13 than your previous iPhones.
Been covering Apple handsets since the very first iPhone was revealed by Steve Jobs in 2007, so only brought you the most likely and coherent new iPhone new based on our analysis of dates, source validity and, well, just what makes the most sense to us.
The iPhone 13 release date is likely to be in September 2021, and expect it to hit stores on the fourth (4) Friday of the month (meaning here is September 24, 2021). The next Apple event is set for September 14 - the company has confirmed that - so we're likely to hear about the phone then.
Before 2020, Apple has often announced its new iPhones on either the first or second Tuesday of September and then released them 10 days later. Based on Apple's usual approach we'd then expect pre-orders to open on September 17, 2021, with the release date being September 24, 2021 (the following Friday).
That's in line with a date posted by a retailer. They list the iPhone 13 range for September 17, 2021, though it's not clear from the listing whether that's a pre-order date or an on sale date, and it's possible this is just a placeholder date anyway.
There's no guarantee this will be the iPhone 13 release date though, and that's mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 Pro were pushed back to October in 2020, and the other two (2) devices - the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max - were released in November of that year.
Plus, apparently the 2020 delay resulted in increased sales for the phones. That may mean Apple decides to keep to this new window, but there's no real indication of that from leaks.
Apple is heavily rumored to be hosting another virtual event in 2021, rather than a physical launch for the iPhone 13. That likely doesn't mean much of a change for you, but it does suggest it'll take a bit longer for press (like TechRadar) to be able to touch the phones and give you our first impressions.
iPHONE 13 PRICE : SIMILAR PRICE TO iPHONE 12
The only big price leak about the iPhone 13 range suggests that the upcoming models will cost a similar amount to the iPhone 12 range. The same source has now said this twice, and that's in line with what expected.
We'll be sure to include more 2021 iPhone price leaks and rumors as hear them.
iPHONE 13 DESIGN : SMALL DESIGN CHANGES IN 2021
The iPhone 13 family is largely expected to look similar to the iPhone 12 series, but there are a few key differences that we've heard time and time again in leaks and rumors.
These may not be entirely accurate when the phone debuts later this year, but this is our best picture yet of the handset considering the leaks we've heard about in July 2021 and earlier.
One of the biggest design leaks so far includes CAD files that show a smaller notch, plus a diagonal camera layout for the iPhone 13. They appear to show a slightly thicker build too, likely to accommodate the larger batteries that have been rumored.
iPHONE 13 NOTCH CHANGES
The notch looks very likely to change with this generation of Apple handsets. Far more sources are pointing to it shrinking than staying the same size, so a smaller notch seems likely, with one (1) source adding that the Face ID sensor has apparently also been shrunk, which would allow for a smaller notch.
We've now also seen a couple of leaked photos reportedly showing the screen glass for the iPhone 13 range, and there's a visibly smaller notch, achieved by moving the earpiece to the bezel above.
Similarly, a 3D-printed iPhone 13 mock-up also shows a smaller notch. Specifically the notch here is 26.8mm wide (compared to 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), but it's also 5.35mm deep, making it stick out a tiny bit more than the 5.3mm one on the iPhone 12.
The mock-up also shows that the contents on the notch may have been moved around a bit, with the selfie camera shown on the left rather than the right, and the earpiece moved into the bezel. Elsewhere, reports put the notch at either 26.62 mm or 25.57mm wide.
There is an outside chance that could see an iPhone 13 model with no notch at all. Just such a phone appears to have been shown in the Apple TV Plus show Ted Lasso, but this is almost certainly a case of inaccurate CGI, rather than the brand intentionally putting an unannounced phone in the show.
iPHONE 13 PRO AND PRO MAX DESIGN
So what about the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max ? An iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit - created based on leaked schematics and other leaks - also shows a smaller notch, as well as larger camera lenses.
However, the design and even the size is otherwise more or less the same as the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
We've also seen a very similar design in unofficial iPhone 13 Pro renders, supposedly based on a 'finalized version' of the handset. These include a larger, flatter camera bump than on the iPhone 12 Pro, plus larger camera sensors, a smaller notch, and an apparently less fingerprint-prone stainless steel frame.
Plus, we've also seen dummy units of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, which again match up with all the leaks above, so this design is very likely what we'll see from the iPhone 13 range.
Note also the colors used here, which appear to include white for the dual-lens iPhone 13, and silver for the triple-lens iPhone 13 Pro. So perhaps these will be among the colors that the phones are sold in.
And we've now seen chassis models of the iPhone 13 range as well. These were shared by a case maker and are used bu it to design cases.
You can see images of these models and they fully match up with what we've seen elsewhere - with the biggest visual differences being the layout of the cameras on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, and the size of the camera blocks on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPHONE 13 TOUCH ID OR FACE ID ?
One leak has suggested the company may finally be ready to introduce an under-display fingerprint scanner. A lot of the best Android phones include this technology already, and this leak suggests Apple is ready to follow suit. In fact, we've now heard talk of an in-screen scanner multiple times at this point, with Apple apparently considering it in addition to Face ID.
This isn't a certainty, though, as noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the feature is coming in some 2022 iPhones - aka the iPhone 14 - and will presumably skip the iPhone 13 line.
We've even now heard from Mark Gurman (another reputable source) that Apple probably won't bring under-display Face ID - though don't expect this to be ready in time for the iPhone 13 range.
What might be ready for the iPhone 13 range is a form of Face ID that works with masks and foggy glasses, as Apple is supposedly testing this, but wouldn't count on seeing it that soon if at all.
Elsewhere, an iOS 15 leak suggests the company's next major software update will arrive with support for dual biometric authentication - a feature which would only be possible to implement on a device with both Face ID and Touch ID. Still, wouldn't count on this.
iPHONE 13 SIZES
One thing that probably won't be changing is the sizes of the phones, with leaks suggesting we'll see four (4) models, with the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 range.
That said, the dimensions may vary slightly, with a report suggesting that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will be 7.57mm thick, making them 0.17mm thicker than their predecessors.
The same report suggests the camera blocks will stick out much further, with the iPhone 13 Pro's apparently sticking out by 3.65mm (compared to 1.7mm on the iPhone 12 Pro), and the iPhone 13'2 by 2.51mm (compared to 1.5mm on the iPhone 12).
A more recent report puts the change in body thickness at just 0.1mm, but whatever the case it sounds like the change will be minor.
This same report talked about changes to the camera block sizes, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini apparently getting one with a 3.9cm diameter (up from 3.71cm), and the iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max's having a 4.49cm diameter, up from 3.71cm on the iPhone 12 Pro, and 4cm on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
iPHONE 13 COLORS: NEW SHADES ARE INCOMING
We're expecting a mix of old and new shades for the iPhone 13 range, with a leak suggesting that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could come in black, silver, sunset gold ( which is said to be a bronze shade ) and rose gold ( which is said to be very pale ).
That rose gold color has since been leaked again, and you can see what it might look like.
Elsewhere, we've heard that we may be seeing rose pink and orange debut this year as well.
That pink and orange rumor has come from a source without much track record though, and one other leak suggested that orange apparently didn't make it past the prototype stage. That said, the orange has been described as possibly bronze, so perhaps the bronze version did make it given the leak above.
In any case, those are two exciting shades, so for our own artist's impressions, the orange and pink shades of other Apple products including the AirPods Pro Max and the new iMac for 2021 to give you an idea of what the shades may look like.
We've now also heard multiple times that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max might come in a matte black shade. Apparently this will be a reworked version of the graphite iPhone 12 Pro, but a lot darker.
That means you're likely to see more color options with some brighter shades on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, while the iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are more likely to have fewer choices with more sedate shades like silver and gold.
iPHONE 13 COLORS : WHAT SHADES TO EXPECT FROM YOUR 2021 APPLE PHONE
One thing heavily rumored for the iPhone 12 that didn't come to fruition was the addition of a 12oHz refresh rate display. But rumors suggest that may be introduced on the iPhone 13, and that'll make the display look smoother when playing games or scrolling through your social media feed.
That technology may also work in a similar way to what we've seen on the company's iPad Pro range, where it is able to vary the refresh rate depending on what activity you're doing on your phone.
Multiple rumors have suggested the 12oHz refresh feature may be incoming, and that includes reports from DigiTimes as well as well-placed analysts that have further suggested this tech might only be on two of the four anticipated iPhone 13 models.
Korean site The Elec added that industry sources say the top two models will get a 120Hz screen, so this may just be a Pro model feature in 2021. That site has also now added more details, claiming that Samsung will be the sole supplier of these 120Hz panels.
In fact, there's a chance it will have an even higher refresh rate than 120Hz, as an Apple patent talks about a phone with multiple refresh rates, possibly topping out at 240Hz - which is a rate no mainstream phone currently offers. But patents often don't develop into features, so we'd take this with a pinch of salt.
We're also likely to see the introduction of an always-on display with the iPhone 13 family. A number of reliable leakers - including Mark Gurman form Bloomberg - have about time Apple got on board.
What sizes should you expect for the iPhone 13 family? The same as last year's models, based on rumors, meaning a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPHONE 13 CAMERA: SMALL CHANGES FOR EACH MODEL
As for the camera, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo- who is often right about Apple information - has suggested the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max's ultra-wide camera may be bumped to a f/1.8, six-element lens from the current f/2.4, five-element lens on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
He additionally claims that the Pro models will get autofocus for their ultra-wide lenses, with all four iPhone 14's apparently getting this upgrade in 2022. And Kuo reiterated this claim in June 2021, so it seems he's confident in it.
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When Chinese - Canadian pop star Kris Wu was arrested on suspicion of rape last month, some of his fans immediately banded together online - with plans to break him out of prison.
" Girls, there's strength in numbers, let's fly to Beijing and rescue him, " one of them posted on microblogging platform Weibo.
Others said they were prepared with shovels to dig tunnels and pliers to cut wired fences.
But it was not long before such discussions - as well as the accounts that shared them - were deleted.
As China's increasingly obsessive celebrity fans continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, authorities have made it clear that such behaviour would not be tolerated.
" The chaos in celebrity fan clubs, exposed by the ' Kris Wu incident ', shows that bad fan culture has reached a critical moment that must be corrected, " the country's top disciplinary body said in a post, adding that thousands of " toxic " fan comments and groups have since been deleted.
Two (@) weeks ago, China's internet watchdog said in a 10-point plan that it would stop the dissemination of " harmful " information in celebrity fan groups, including gossip and verbal abuse.
Any platforms that do not work to quickly remove such content would also be penalised.
" There needs to be a limitation of irrational star-chasing, " it said.
For months, Beijing has ramped up efforts to rein in what it calls " chaotic " fan culture - a move welcomed even among some celebrity fans.
A Weibo used who regularly posts updates about entertainment news, said: " Crazy fans have really given us all a bad name. Even I get annoyed when I see those large groups of fans crowding the airport to see their idols. "
Many members of these groups are not just people harmlessly cheering on their favourite stars.
In many instances, their behaviour has turned toxic.
From stalking to cyberbullying and spreading rumours, organised fan groups have increasingly taken their " love " to crazy extremes.
Last year, a fan group for popular actor Xiao Zhan shut down an entire fan fiction website over a piece which had depicted him as a crossdressing teen in love with another male idol.
Fearing that the story would " tarnish " their idol's image, they reported it to the authorities as " underage pornography " - which quickly led to the site being taken down.
This, in turn, infuriated loyal readers of the site, and an army of " anti-fans " were born, as they began campaigning for people to boycott the many brands Xiao was ambassador for.
Both sides then got embroiled in an ugly cyberwar - with images and even addresses of people being posted online for abuse.
And it's not just that.
Fans have also regularly made the news for spending extravagant amounts of money on their idols - with some students reportedly going into debt.
Just last Sunday, Weibo suspended a fan club of singer Jimin - a member of K-pop boy band BTS - over claims that it had raised funds illegally.
The account, which had more than 1.1m followers, crowdfunded a record-breaking 1m yuan ( $154,770) in three minutes - money that went to customising the exterior of an airplane in honour of his 26th birthday.
Everything from the plane tickets to the cups used onboard were also customised to say " Happy Jimin Day," according to reports.
That was on top of plans to take out full-page ads in the New York Times and The Times in the UK to mark his birthday.
In May, eager fans of reality TV show Youth With You enraged the public over a controversy involving food waste.
As part of the show's marketing strategy - which pitted trainee singers against one another - fans could cast more votes for their favourite male idols by scanning QR codes inside milk bottle caps.
It led to people buying milk in bulk no intention of drinking it, and footage soon emerged of fans pouring large amounts of milk down the drain after voting.
CHINESE FANS = DATA LABOURERS
Even though obsessive fan culture is hardly unique to China, experts say that the scale is greater there thanks to a massive internet population that is also highly-engaged.
" Participating in Chinese fandom culture is no longer simply a hobby, but a form of data labour, " said Lianing University's Dr Bai Meijiadai.
From celebrity ranking lists based on followers and engagement, to singing TV contests allowing the public to cast votes, fans have become active participants in feeding the idol worship machine like never before.
In 2018, Kris Wu made headline in the US when he swept the iTunes music chart - taking not just the No. 1 spot, but also seven of the top 10 songs. For a singer who was practically unknown in North America, it was quite the achievement.
While critics immediately thought that it was the work of bots, investigations found that it was in fact driven by his legion of fans, who had worked together to buy his albums to push up sales.
But it is also precisely this kind of organised campaigning that worries the Chinese authorities, experts say.
" There has been growing concern that fan clubs can mobilise, either in person or online, to stage protests for their favourite stars," said the BBC's China media analyst Kerry Allen.
But there also appears to be a moral aspect to this crackdown.
Actress Zheng Shuang, for example, sparked outrage after it was alleged that she had abandoned two (2) children born to surrogates abroad, before news broke that she had been evading tax.
She has since been scrubbed from the Internet.
" If celebrities are expected to be role model,s the it is natural that online fan groups need to be regulated too to promote a healthy internet culture overall, " Deakin University's Dr Jian Xu, who researches Chinese media culture said. " It is an attempt to protect young people from being negatively impacted."
END OF THE ROAD ?
As Being bears down on fan culture, some online groups may be feeling lost - their worlds have changed seemingly overnight.
Already, all the major social media platforms have responded to the government's call, removing celebrity ranking lists and shutting select fan accounts. Competitive idol reality TV shows, many which rely on fan participation, were also banned this week.
" The crackdown may make fandoms 'boring' for some individuals who were all about the excitement of getting their idol to the top of the lists, " said Allison Malmsten, a China market analyst from Daxue Consulting.
But she noted that this hardly signals the end of the road for them - they will just be less visible online.
" The crackdown is not the end of celebrity worship, rather it's a way to reduce uncivilised behaviour that results from celebrity worship."
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