The best new tech head­ing your way

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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.ap­

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

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