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Essential Information about Apple’s 3 New iPhones

Essential Information about Apple’s 3 New iPhones

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At its highly anticipated September event, Apple lifted the covers on three new powerful iPhone models — the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Hailed as an update to its iPhone X handset, join premium leather iPhone XS cases designer TORRO as they go through the standout details of each new smartphone:

Comparing the 3 new iPhones and the iPhone X

Want to know the main features of the new iPhones? Check out this handy table to see how they compare to the previous iPhone X…

iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X
Height (mm) 143.6 157.5 150.9 143.6
Width (mm) 70.9 77.4 75.7 70.9
Depth (mm) 7.7 7.7 8.3 7.7
Weight (grams) 177 208 194 174
Display 5.8” Super Retina HD 6.5” Super Retina HD 6.1” Liquid Retina HD 5.8” Super Retina HD
Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offering the ability to fast-charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Capable of delivering:

1) Up to 20 hours talk time (wireless)

2) Up to 12 hours of internet use

3) Up to 14 hours of video playback (wireless)

4) Up to 60 hours of audio playback (wireless)

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offering the ability to fast-charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Capable of delivering:

1) Up to 25 hours talk time (wireless)

2) Up to 13 hours of internet use

3) Up to 15 hours of video playback (wireless)

4) Up to 65 hours of audio playback (wireless)

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offering the ability to fast-charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Capable of delivering:

1) Up to 25 hours talk time (wireless)

2) Up to 15 hours of internet use

3) Up to 16 hours of video playback (wireless)

4) Up to 65 hours of audio playback (wireless)

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offering the ability to fast-charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Capable of delivering:

1) Up to 21 hours talk time (wireless)

2) Up to 12 hours of internet use

3) Up to 13 hours of video playback (wireless)

4) Up to 60 hours of audio playback (wireless)

Cameras Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, as well as a 7MP TrueDepth camera Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, as well as a 7MP TrueDepth camera 12MP camera and 7MP TrueDepth camera Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, as well as a 7MP TrueDepth camera
Video recording 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, as well as 1080p HD at 30 fps or 60 fps 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, as well as 1080p HD at 30 fps or 60 fps 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, as well as 1080p HD at 30 fps or 60 fps 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, as well as 1080p HD at 30 fps or 60 fps
Face ID
Apple Pay
Water resistance To a depth of 2 metres for up to 30 minutes To a depth of 2 metres for up to 30 minutes To a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes To a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
Headphones EarPods with Lightning Connector included EarPods with Lightning Connector included EarPods with Lightning Connector included EarPods with Lightning Connector included
Chip A12 Bionic chip with next-gen Neural Engine A12 Bionic chip with next-gen Neural Engine A12 Bionic chip with next-gen Neural Engine A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
Capacity 64GB, 256GB & 512GB options 64GB, 256GB & 512GB options 64GB, 128GB & 256GB options 64GB & 256GB options
Available colours Silver

Space Grey

Gold

Silver

Space Grey

Gold

Blue

White

Black

Yellow

Coral

(Product)RED

Silver

Space Grey

Price (when new) £999-£1,349 £1,099-£1,349 £749-£899 £999-£1,349

 

Key features of the iPhone XS

There are plenty of key talking points when it comes to the iPhone XS, including the smartphone’s custom OLED display. This feature delivers users with the most accurate colour in the industry, as well as HDR and true blacks. Keeping with the ground-breaking theme, the iPhone XS also boasts the most durable glass ever designed for a smartphone.

Then there’s the device’s A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s next-generation Neural Engine — the smartest and most powerful chip ever featured in a smartphone. When compared to the A11 Bionic chip, the A12 delivers up to 50% faster graphics performance, up to 50% lower power usage in efficiency cores and up to 15% faster performance cores.

Find yourself taking loads of photos when you have your smartphone in your hand? Then you’ll also be pleased to hear that the iPhone XS comes complete with a rear 12MP dual camera that boasts an improved true tone flash when paired with Smart HDR technology — incredibly detailed images area snap away, while being able to manage exposure no matter how challenging the lighting scenario. There’s even a depth of field slider, which gives you the opportunity to adjust the background blurriness with ease while in portrait mode.

Key features of the iPhone XS Max

As you may have noticed from the table above, there’s a lot of similarities between the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XS — including that incredibly powerful A12 Bionic chip and those hi-tech cameras.

However, what enables the iPhone XS Max to stand out from the other new iPhones about to hit the market is that this particular device features the largest display to ever be present on an Apple iPhone. Specifically, you’ll be working with a huge 6.5-inch OLED display complete with 2,688×1,242 resolution and 458ppi sharpness when accessing an XS Max.

Key features of the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is effectively the budget model of the three new iPhone models to have been revealed by Apple in 2018. Don’t worry though, as it’s a device that offers so much value for your money.

For one, the XR’s design features an all-new Liquid Retina display — a feature that enables the smartphone to claim the honour of having the most advanced LCD in the industry, as well as the most colour-accurate. The device’s display stretches right into the corners too, meaning it’s the largest LCD ever on an iPhone.

The iPhone XR also shares various impressive features with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, including that same revolutionary A12 bionic chip and identical TrueDepth camera.

 

You can pre-order both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max from September 14th, ahead of the two smartphones hitting the market on September 21st. Meanwhile, the iPhone XR can be pre-ordered from October 19th and will ship on October 26th.

Sources:

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/compare/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45502465

https://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/09/12/apple-confirms-new-iphone-models-release-date-pricing

https://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff/smartphones/iphone-xs-58in-beauty-faster-face-id-better-sound-and-serious-camera-talents

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone-xs/

https://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff/smartphones/iphone-xs-max-has-largest-screen-and-price-tag-any-iphone-date

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone-xr/display/

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone-xr/

https://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff/smartphones/apples-iphone-xr-61-inch-blower-adds-splash-colour-iphone-x-line   

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Smart Technology At Home: The Key To An Easier Life?

Smart Technology At Home: The Key To An Easier Life?

Did you know that in the UK alone, 25% of consumers own at least one smart device? Over the past ten years, smart devices have become more and more popular, and as the appeal of devices like smartphones and tablets has grown, so has the appeal of smart homes. A study recently revealed that 78% of consumers agree that smart homes are an appealing concept.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you have most probably heard of the concept of smart homes. A smart home is a property that is partially automated; this can mean that any task, from switching on the kettle or dimming the lights to changing the heating temperature or pausing the washing machine can be dealt with via a smart device from any location with internet access.

Today, more and more people are opting to create smart homes in the hope that they will make life that little bit easier and less stressful. The majority of new homes built now include some form of smart technology, whether that’s a smart oven or a smart lighting system, it doesn’t matter – the fact is that more and more homes are being built to be smart. The great news is that properties that are already built can easily be transformed into smart buildings – it just takes a few updates that’s all.

There’s no doubt about it, smart technology can be beneficial in any home, but why is that – what can it offer and who is it useful for? Is it just us parents that can benefit?

Who can benefit from smart technology – is it just families?

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Smart technology can benefit every home, regardless of whether it’s a family home, a property belonging to a senior, or a couple. However, there are some situations, such as family life, where it can be more useful.

The main reason that smart technology can be so useful for families is because it can help to streamline daily life, making completing simple tasks, such as putting a load of washing on or cooling down your home, quicker and easier. It can also make caring for your children and keeping them safe simpler. From baby monitors that link to smartphones to cot mats that monitor a baby’s breathing and send an alert to a smart device if breathing should stop, there’s almost nothing that smart technology can’t do to make life for families easier.

Of course, it’s not just families who can benefit from smart homes, smart devices (and the technology behind them) can be useful for a range of living situations and scenarios. For example, for someone living with a mobility problem, assistive technology that relies on the same components and processes as smart tech, can be incredibly useful. It can make leading an independent life easier, by making running a home less stressful by taking away certain barriers.

How easy is it to create a smart home?

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The answer to this depends on a range of factors, such as how smart you want your home to be. This may sound like a strange question, but it’s something to think about. For example, do you simply want to incorporate technology here and there to streamline certain areas of your home and improve safety, or do you want to create the ultimate smart home – somewhere that is as automated as possible? Obviously, what you decide to do will depend on the size of your budget, as well as on your specific needs.

Gadgets like Amazon Echo and Google Home have made the way that smart homes are run much easier because they use voice control instead of an app to organise different areas of a home’s automation. Then there’s the fact that these devices allow smart homeowners to combine all of their smart technology together, for a home that can be seamlessly run and automated. The best thing about these gadgets is that they’re not too pricey.

Smart technology can be the key to an easier life because it can make running your home much simpler. However, it’s important to determine what tech you will find useful, as there is no point investing in pieces just for the sake of it and then not utilising them. After all, smart technology doesn’t come cheap.

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Penclic Mouse R3, A Blogger’s Best Friend

Penclic Mouse R3, A Blogger’s Best Friend

As a blogger and a writer I spend more time on my laptop than ever before.  With a to-do list that’s often as long as my arm and not enough hours in the day, anything that makes my work run a little smoother is a welcome companion.

I was recently given the chance to try out the Penclic Mouse R3, it’s has the comfort of a pen with the expertise of a mouse.  It makes surfing the net, writing and blogging easier than ever before.  I love the modern and stylish look of the mouse, the fact that it’s wireless also makes using it a pleasure.  Long gone are the days of cleaning the ball of the mouse and the continual freeing of the wire!

The Penclic  is compatible with both PC and MAC, meaning when my MAC dreams come true my Penclic will migrate with me.  What’s also great is that it can be used similarly to a traditional mouse if you need to, with the pen aspect allowing for more precise movement.

Admittedly, as I work mainly from my laptop or iPhone I don’t use the Penclic every time I sit down to work.  It’s more of a big project work buddy, that comes in handy when I know I have a few hours of screen time ahead of me.

Overall, I’ve found the Penclic to be a great bit of kit.  If you’re in the market for a new mouse, you won’t be disappointed with the ease, comfort and style the Penclic has!

 

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