Monday, 24 September, 2018

Apple introduces iPhone XR

Much-anticipated Apple line-up will include a range of smartphones a new mini Mac and accessories. AFP Much-anticipated Apple line-up will include a range of smartphones a new mini Mac and accessories. AFP
| 13 September, 2018, 11:27

The new iPhone XR starts at US$749, a significant discount from the US$999 starting price for the existing iPhone X, as Apple bids to win back mid-market consumers.

Once again this year the Apple Watch was most improved in the line-up, with more noticeable changes to hardware, a greater focus on health, and a promise of a more powerful ecosystem of apps with watchOS 5.

Apple Inc is expected to blast further past the $1,000 price barrier when it launches new iPhones on September 12, but Wall Street is most intrigued by how deep into its larger-than-ever lineup prices hikes may go. The processor in the new iPhones is more advanced than any rival product, capable of the kind of heavy lifting once consigned exclusively to supercomputers.

CEO Tim Cook showed off the Apple XS, which has a bigger screen than the one on last year's dramatically designed model, the iPhone X. It'll cost about $1,000.

There's still the all-screen design with a notch at the top and no home button. That gives the phone more visual real estate than similar-sized models.

Actually, this is Apple's priciest iPhone yet.

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The XR has the same chip as the iPhone Xs and the front camera is also the same. This year, that means the introduction of an A12 Bionic chip.


The demo was of a training app for basketball players called HomeCourt.

The camera in Messages can also now quickly create a memorable video or photo - with artistic filters, animated text, music, emoji or fun stickers that you can send to your friends and family. You can also add specific people or time zones to the watch face.

For those of us not planning on an National Basketball Association career, it might seem a mere parlor trick. Real-time machine learning is used for augmented reality tasks such as Memoji, Animoji and movie replica scenes.

Many hardcore tech fans had seen this coming as Apple looks to fight off competition from the likes of Samsung and Huawei.

The dial on the side, called the digital crown, now has haptic feedback to feel vibrations.

I'll need to start saving if I want one won't I?

It's to be noted that this will beg some questions on how the feature will be implemented in other regions, as using and advertising such medical monitoring features might be disallowed if you don't have regulatory approval.

"It's a good way for Apple to get people with older devices, like the 6 and 5S, to upgrade". Someone with a heart condition will be able to take an ECG at any time and relay the results to his or her doctor. The event, which is scheduled to start at 6pm United Kingdom time, will see Apple unveil three new iPhones and a brand-new Apple Watch as well. They aren't make or break items, and all three phones will receive the same level of support from Apple down the road, so the software experience across all three should be basically identical.

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