The best new tech heading your way
Bank card at the ready? Good! Because here we go again with the month’s most exciting tech, including Apple’s expensive new iPhones, Technogym Skillbike, new cameras and more
Apple iPhone XS, XS Max & XR From `76,900 , www.apple.com/in/
Apple lovers will find much to rejoice with the company bringing in 3 models - XS, XS Max and XR that replace last year’s iPhone X. Beating everyone to the punch, the new A12 Bionic SoC powering them is built on a 7nm fabrication making it the industry’s first to be commercially available. In addition to being faster, the new octa-core Neural Processing Unit (NPU) enables apps to harness real-time AI algorithms. Moving to the cameras, a dual 12MP+12MP rear setup is present on the XS and XS Max while XR has to make do with only one 12MP lens but the 7MP front sensor is the same for all. Smart HDR is said to increase image fidelity by taking 4 different shots recording aspects like lighting and depth in them. Face ID has been improved to such a level with facial feature detection that Touch ID has been completely dropped. The XS Max justifies its naming by introducing 6.5-inch of screen real estate having a resolution of 2688x1242 pixels with the 5.8-inch XS coming in second. Other than the size, both are fundamentally the same enjoying IP68 rating which is a step up from IP67 from yore. The 6.1-inch XR now replaces the older generation as the “cheapest” iPhone of 2018 so it also misses out on dual-SIM. However, this is an eSIM implementation like the Watch and iPad that requires certain steps to be taken to run as intended. Screen interaction has also gotten an upgrade thanks to the 120Hz touch sensing (not refresh rate) that should provide better haptic feedback, quicker typing and recognition. The audio experience greatly benefits from the stereo speakers that output a wider sound space with notable clarity and enhanced spatial sound.
Battery life has benefitted with an increase of 60-90 minutes over the iPhone X