Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Apple debuts 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, coming in October

A12 processor The Neural Engine gives the iPhone a super smart brain
Roberta Sherman | 14 September, 2018, 04:36

Most surprisingly, despite including only a single wide-angle lens, Apple has managed to bring Portrait Mode to the iPhone XR by using the A12 ISP and Neural Engine to create depth segmentation maps.

If you're clinging to wired headphones, you might not like what Apple's doing with its new iPhones. While there are some compromises compared to the iPhone XS - which showed during our brief hands-on time with the phone - the XR's strong core hardware specs and more everyday price signal the sea change in Apple's strategy.

At $250 less than the other 2018 models, the iPhone XR isn't as powerful.

Now, users will have to purchase a dongle online or at an Apple Store for $9. That gives it a lower multi-core score than last year's iPhone X, but a higher single-core one.

Six dead after shooting spree in California
The deputy's body camera video shows the deputy repeatedly ordered the man to drop his weapon before the man shot himself. More than 30 people were reportedly interviewed during the initial investigation, and five search warrants were served.

Connections-wise Gareth confirms there is no headphone port, but that a pair of Lightning connector earbuds come packed in the box.

The starting price of the new iPhone XS, the successor to the iPhone X, is the same as the iPhone X's: $US999.

The new iPhone XR's release date is pencilled in for September 21, with pre-orders going live on September 14.

Predictably, the move to charge extra for the dongle generated some criticism on Twitter.

EU's Juncker eyes free trade pact with Africa
He said that the EU's relations with Africa must no longer be seen "from the sole perspective of development aid". Juncker expressed his disapproval of those who pursued unilateral actions, waging trade and currency wars.

Shares of fitness device rival Fitbit Inc fell 6.9 percent after the Series 4 announcement on Wednesday. Technically speaking, those headlines might be correct, but what Apple has managed to pull off in the space of one year is increase the price of its normal iPhone, and have everyone suddenly describe it as cheap. The iPhone XR surprisingly includes numerous same capabilities as the iPhone XS, with the most significant differences being the LCD display and a single-lens camera system.

Several users said the new devices sound like the iPhone "excess" and 'excess Max'.

We got to test the phone out in person, and reckon the display (which lands right in the middle, size-wise, of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max) might not reach the dizzying heights of OLED, but it remains a lovely smartphone display in its own right.

How to sign up for Verizon’s 5G home internet service
Verizon is launching what is says is the world's first and only commercial 5G Ultra Wideband Network from October 1. Taxes and fees are included in that rate, and there's no annual contract. "There are no additional hardware costs".

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