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While the last few days of the year gone by were spent looking back, it’s now time to look what lies ahead. The year 2019 is expected to see new launches, innovations and features in the smartphone industry. What aces do the likes of Apple, Samsung, OnePlus others have up their sleeve? msnTarGet.com Here we look at 15 of the most-awaited smartphones that are expected to land in 2019:

15 smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi and others to watch out for 2019

15 smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi and others to watch out for 2019
15 smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi and others to watch out for 2019

​New Apple iPhones

What to expect: Very little is known about the new iPhones as very few leaks have appeared and Apple will only talk about it on the day they are launched MsnTarGet.CoM.
Expected launch date: September

​Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

What to expect: The key highlight is expected to be improved display and Samsung’s own UI.
Expected launch date: The Galaxy S10 Plus will arrive just before the Mobile World Congress in February.

​Samsung Galaxy Note 10

What to expect: The phablet from Samsung may get a better display and bring innovations to the S Pen
Expected launch date: August

​Google Pixel 4

What to expect: Unparalleled camera experience but apart from that little is known about this year’s Pixel smartphones
Expected launch date: October

​Nokia 9

What to expect: Nokia 9 is rumoured to come equipped with as many five cameras at the back.
Expected launch date: Nokia 9 may l see the light of the day sometime in March.

OnePlus 7

What to expect:Very little is known about the next OnePlus smartphone as of now.
Expected date: May/June

​Samsung Galaxy X

What to expect: The first foldable phone from smartphone to have an innovative display
Expected launch date: May

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro

An upgrade of one of Xiaomi’s most powerful smartphone with better display and camera.
Expected launch date: Second half of 2019

​Huawei P30 Pro

What to expect: Last year, Huawei created a stir by putting three cameras on the back of P 20 Pro. Expect more innovations in the camera
Expected launch date: Second half of 2019

​OnePlus 5G phone:

What to expect: One of the first handset to support 5G technology. It’s still not known whether this will come first or the OnePlus 7 on msnTarGet.com.
Expected launch date: First half of 2019

​Google Pixel Lite

What to expect: An affordable ‘liter’ version of the Pixel 3 range of devices
Expected launch date: First half of 2019

Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2

What to expect: A 48MP camera at the back and a in-hole display
Expected launch date: February

​LG G8 ThinQ

What to expect: It is rumoured that LG is going to beef up the display of its flagship device this year
Expected launch date: June

​Huawei foldable phone

What to expect: As the name suggests, it will be a foldable phone.
Launch date: First half of 2019

​Poco F2

What to expect: An upgrade on one of Xiaomi’s affordable phone with a powerful processor. No concrete information is available as of now
Expected launch date: Second half of 2019.

Chinese manufacturer Huawei launched its top of the line flagship model Mate 20 Pro in India yesterday. Packed by next-gen features, the smartphone will go against some of the top current flagships.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available exclusively via Amazon India.

Priced at Rs 69,990, Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be up against the likes of iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In the premium flagship war, let’s find out who’s the real flagship king in India.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: In-Depth Comparison
All the three smartphones: Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Apple iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are currently available in India.
Let’s begin!

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Design & Build

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a curved glass sandwich body with tapered edges. It has a thin curved bezel with rounded sides. Apple iPhone XS has a similar glass design with a stainless steel frame surrounding the device. The iPhone XS is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on front and back.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on the other has a tall body in a more phablet shaped manner. There’s the new S Pen on the Galaxy Note 9 as well with Bluetooth LE wireless support.

Galaxy Note 9 comes with the 3.5mm headphone jack, missing on both Mate 20 Pro and iPhone XS. Galaxy Note 9 has narrow bezels not no notch unlike the other two.

Display

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39-inch Quad HD+ OLED display offering a screen resolution of 3120 × 1440 pixels backed by a notch on top in a 19.5:9 screen ratio. Apple iPhone XS also has a notch but with in a smaller 5.8-inch OLED display having a screen resolution of 2461 × 1125 pixels.

Lastly, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features the largest 6.4-inch Super AMOLED edge-to-edge Infinity Display.

Hardware

Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs on the top-end Kirin 980 processor. It’s the first 7nm processed Android SoC offering upto 20 percent better performance compared to Qualcomm’s current flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Apple iPhone XS runs on its own A12 Bionic chip, the first 7nm designed chipset in the world. The smartphone packs in an 8-core neural engine offering one the best smartphone experiences backed by a new ISP and improved AI processor. On the other, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has its in-house SD 845 compatible Exynos 9810 processor.

In terms of multitasking, memory heavy apps, graphically intensive games or extended usage, all the three phones have done exceptionally well.

Storage

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is only available in a single 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage option in India. Apple iPhone XS on the other hand, has three storage options available in the country. You can buy a 64GB, 256GB or 512GB storage iPhone XS.

Galaxy Note 9 has two storage variants. You can get either 6GB RAM/256GB variant or the higher 8GB RAM/512GB storage variant.

Software & Connectivity

Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box based on its own in-house latest EMUI 9.0 UI. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UX and iPhone XS on Apple’s own iOS 12 out of the box.

All the three phones support dual-SIM connectivity with iPhone XS supporting eSIM for a dual slot. Currently, in India, the eSIM facility is supported by Airtel and Reliance Jio.

Camera

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a Leica-branded rear tri-camera set up comprising of a 40-megapixel RGB based primary sensor, 8-megapixel telephoto sensor and finally a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens for macro and landscape shots. Up front, it features a 24-megapixel front-facing f/2.0 shooter supporting infrared 3D facial recognition system like Apple’s Face ID.

Apple iPhone XS, on the other hand, features a rear dual camera system comprising of a 12-megapixel primary f/1.8 aperture lens coupled with a 12-megapixel wide-angle f/2.4 aperture lens. Up front, the iPhone XS has a 7-megapixel TrueDepth front-camera sensor supporting Face ID unlock.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a similar rear camera configuration as Galaxy S9 Plus. It features a 12-megapixel dual rear cameras with inbuilt variable aperture option to choose between f/2.4 and f/1.5 aperture with dual-pixel PDAF. Both the sensors support OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Galaxy Note 9 on the front has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus feature and wide f/1.7 aperture.

All the cameras perform really well, but DXoMark has ranked Huawei Mate 20 Pro as the best camera smartphone in the world.

Battery

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the biggest battery of all. The smartphone packs in a huge 4,200mAh supporting fast wireless charging, Wireless Reverse Charge and the new SuperCharge technology supporting upto 40W speeds.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also packs in a massive 4,000mAh supporting fast charging and wireless charging.

Apple doesn’t disclose its batteries. As far as we know, the iPhone XS reportedly packs a  3,179 mAh battery supporting wireless charging.

Pricing

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is available at Rs 69,990 for the 6GB RAM model. While the Apple iPhone XS has three variants with a price starting at Rs 99,900 for the 64GB model going up to Rs 1,34,900 for the 512GB model.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on the other costs Rs 67,900 for the 128GB base model and Rs 84,900 for the 512GB top model.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: CONCLUSION

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro does come with a ton of interesting features compared to Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS. The competitive pricing in India will help the new Huawei flagship stay ahead of its competitors like Apple iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Google Pixel 3 XL.

All the three phones offer a set of flagship features and top end specs.

If compared, the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers a host of new and coming of age features want in a premium flagship. If we had to pick one of the three, Mate 20 Pro is going to our choice for late 2018 in the premium flagship segment.

In a bid to improve the chatting experience, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has rolled out stickers feature to help users share feelings that can't be expressed in words. On its official blog, WhatsApp said, "From emoji and camera features to Status and animated GIFs, we’re always looking to add new features that make communicating with friends and family on WhatsApp easy and fun."

"Whether with a smiling teacup or a crying broken heart, stickers help you share your feelings in a way that you can't always express with words," it added. 

Whatsapp stickers download for Jio phone, iPhone, Android: How to activate, create cool stickers for free

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Initially, WhatsApp has introduced sticker packs created by its designers and a selection of stickers from other artists. The chatting app also supports third-party sticker packs that will allow designers and developers around the world to create stickers for WhatsApp. 

Infact, you can create stickers of  your choice for WhatsApp. For this, WhatsApp  has included a set of APIs and interfaces that allows a user to build sticker apps that add stickers to WhatsApp on Android or iOS. 

A user can can publish her/his sticker app like any other app to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. WhatsApp said, "users who download and install your app will be able to start sending those stickers right from within WhatsApp."

How to activate WhatsApp sticker

The new feature is still not available for all android, iphone users. WhatsApp has said that the stickers will be available soon for Android and iPhone, the Facebook-owned company has said. 

Whatsapp stickers download for Jio phone

Jio Phone users may have to wait for long to enjoy the sticker feature. JioPhone is based on KaiOS operating system. WhatsApp has not yet made any announcement about stickers for JioPhone. 

How to create own sticker: 

A user can create the sticker app and publish it like any other app to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. All users who download and install the app will be able to start sending your stickers right away from within WhatsApp. READ MORE

WhatsApp has also provided some sample apps and code for both Android and iOS (https://github.com/WhatsApp/stickers). The sticker must meet these requirements: 

- Each sticker should be an image with a transparent background.
- Stickers should be exactly 512x512 pixels.
- The size of each sticker must be less than 100 KB. 

For tips on reducing the file size of your stickers, see the README files associated with the sample apps. 

WhatsApp was launched as a basic instant messaging app with an aim to bring people to connect with each other, however, the Facebook-owned app has come a long way as WhatsApp has become the most popular messaging app in the world with a host of other features. The latest WhatsApp feature to be made available for Android and iPhones (iOS) users are the Whatsapp stickers, which are said to improve the overall user experience.

There is no denying the fact that emojis, stickers, and gifs have become a more popular way to express your feelings and while other messengers such as Hike Messenger and WeChat introduced sticker packs years ago and now, Whatsapp sticker feature has been made available for both Android and iPhone (iOS) users.

WhatsApp has launched 12 sticker packs for its users and the messaging platform has also posted a guide which will allow users to create custom stickers while they will also be able to download third-party sticker apps on Android devices from the Google Play Store.

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Whatsapp sticker feature now available on Android and iPhones (iOS): How to use or send Whatsapp stickers

  • Update your WhatsApp app through Google Play Store or Apple App Store. 
  • Go to your app store and search WhatsApp
  • Tap on the update option.
  • The size of this update will be around 30MB and after the updating process is finished, open the WhatsApp app on your smartphone. 
  • Go to any chat thread and tap on the emoji button which is placed next to the type box. 
  • At the bottom, there will be a new category of Stickers along with emoji and GIFs buttons. 
  • Tap on the stickers icon and choose a WhatsApp striker you want to send.

It should be noted that iPhone (iOS) users will find the WhatsApp stickers option at the right corner of the text tab. After tapping on it, you will find the WhatsApp sticker packs to send to any chats.

Past seven days saw lot of activity in the technology space. Not only in India, but globally as well. Apple launched its new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini. OnePlus launched its second flagship smartphone of the year. Google added Hindi support to its smart speakers in India and more. Here’s a recap of all the major tech news of the week.

OnePlus, Apple launch new devices; first foldable smartphone launched; ads coming to WhatsApp and other tech news of the week

OnePlus, Apple launch new devices; first foldable smartphone launched; ads coming to WhatsApp and other tech news of the week
OnePlus, Apple launch new devices; first foldable smartphone launched; ads coming to WhatsApp and other tech news of the week


New Apple iPads launched along with MacBook Air and Mac mini

These are the first iPads to feature USB Type-C ports, FaceID and 1TB storage variant. They come with an improved processor, display along with new features. While the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the same screen size, 10.5-inch gets updated to 11-inch. The 12.9-inch iPad costs Rs 89,900 (based price) and the 11-inch iPad is priced at Rs (75,900). New MacBook Air got an upgraded processor, larger Retina screen, better battery. It is slimmer than the older version and has just two USB Type-C ports. It is priced at Rs 1,14,900. New Mac mini gets an improved processor and more external display support. It will cost you Rs 75,900 and is yet to reach the Indian shores.

OnePlus launches OnePlus 6T smartphone in India

OnePlus launched its new smartphone called OnePlus 6T in India this week. Priced at Rs 37,999 onwards, it comes in three variants: 6GB RAM+128GB, 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. The smartphone has a bigger battery, screen size than its predecessor OnePlus 6. There's also in-display fingerprint sensor.

WhatsApp to show ads

It's official, WhatsApp will soon show you ads. This has been confirmed by WhatsApp’s vice president Chris Daniels. He told media persons that for now, advertisements won’t hinder users' chats but will appear in the 'Status' feature. He did not share any timeline as to when these will start appearing.

Apple increases the price of Mac devices in India, reveals Q4 results

Just days after introducing new iPads and MacBook Air, Apple has increased the prices of its existing Mac lineup in India. The list includes all the Mac desktops, Mac Mini and MacBook, MacBook Pro and the older MacBook Air variants. A price hike of up to Rs 61,800 is seen on the Apple India website. The minimum price rise is of Rs 7,700. The firm has even revealed the Q4 results and says that it is 'pleased' by iPad and Mac's momentum in India.

Flipkart and Amazon India Diwali sales

Flipkart and Amazon's Diwali sales are back. This is the third wave of Diwali sales hosted by the two e-commerce majors. Shoppers can get discounts and offers on several products including smartphones, TVs and other accessories. Bank offers, EMIs, limited-time offers are also available on select gadgets.

Google Home can now talk in Hindi

Google's smart speaker Google Home can now talk in Hindi. To get your Google Home speak in Hindi, users need to set up the language from the ‘Google Home App’ on their smartphones. Then start a conversation in Hindi by saying the ‘Ok Google’ command.

First Nokia phone gets Android Pie

HMD this week started rolling out Android 9 Pie to its ‘Nokia’ smartphones. The first ones to get the update is the Nokia 6.1 that came out earlier this year, followed by the recently-launched Nokia 6.1 Plus. The OS update will be arriving to other Nokia smartphones as well in future.

‘First-ever’ foldable smartphone launched

Called Royole, the startup’s smartphone is named as FlexPai and is said to have gone on sale in China. It's priced at around 8,999 Yuan for the base model. The device, as expected, can be folded from a tablet sized device to a smartphone. Some specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8GB RAM, dual rear cameras and a 3800mAh battery.

Honor Magic 2 launched

Honor launched its first slider phone called Magic 2 in China this week. It works on the same mechanism as the Oppo Find X except that the entire back panel slides up instead of the camera part. It has a total of six cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor, Kirin 980 processor and a 6.4-inch OLED screen. It has a base price of 3,799 Yuan.

Apple has finally pushed out iOS 12.1 update to enable dual-SIM functionality on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Unlike Android smartphones where you get two physical SIM card slots, Apple’s dual-SIM feature works differently across the world, except China.

The latest Apple iPhone users have an option of one physical SIM and one eSIM as part of dual-SIM functionality, although as of now only Reliance Jio and Airtel are offering the eSIM option. Apple did mention Vodafone during the iPhone launch presentation, but unfortunately, the company is yet to provide eSIM services in India.

Needless to say that physical Nano-SIM card option works the same way as any other phone, but eSIM option is usually enabled from operator’s side. Here’s how you can enable dual-SIM on your iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR if you are on Airtel (first reported by FoneArena).

How to enable dual SIM feature on Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR in India

How to enable dual SIM feature on Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR in India
How to enable dual SIM feature on Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR in India

Steps to enable dual SIM on iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

Step One

To begin with, update your phone to iOS 12.1

Step Two

Send an SMS to 121 – Type “eSIM” <space> “registered email id” (in case you don’t have registered email, then get in touch with customer care to register it first).

Step Three

After the SMS, you’ll receive an email from Airtel that will have a QR code.

Step Four

Scan this QR code using your iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan. (Alternatively, you can also manually install these values.)

After this, iPhone users will receive a confirmation SMS from Airtel and they will be required to reply with the consent for activating eSIM.

Watch Video: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR First Look
To note, all three Apple iPhones – iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR – take physical Nano-SIM as primary by default and eSIM as secondary. But if you like to change the order of these SIM cards, then it can be configured from the Settings menu.

Apple not just revamped the Mac and iPad hardware line up at its ‘Special’ event on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York, but also gave an official introduction to iOS 12.1. The rollout of the new OS version was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the end of the event. This comes to all the eligible iPhone and iPad devices that are running on iOS 12 or iOS 12.0.1. Here’s everything new that is coming to your iPhones and iPads. Group FaceTime: Chat with up to 32 people at the same time This is one of the most highlighted features of iOS 12.1. Group FaceTime, which was showcased at WWDC 2018 conference earlier this year, will make it possible to perform a FaceTime call with a total of 32 users. It automatically detects who is speaking and makes the user’s display icon more prominent on the screen. The feature is also integrated in the Messages app making it easier to start a FaceTime call directly from the group chat. 70-plus new emojis Apple iOS 12 also brings new emoji characters onboard for iPhone and iPad users. The update includes 70 new emojis featuring characters with red hair, grey hair, curly hair and bald head. There are different emojis for animals, sports and food as well.

Apple iOS 12.1 rolls out to iPhones, iPads: What’s new and how to download

Apple iOS 12.1 rolls out to iPhones, iPads: What’s new and how to download
Apple iOS 12.1 rolls out to iPhones, iPads: What’s new and how to download

Dual-SIM support

Another key feature rolled out via iOS 12.1 update is the support for dual-eSIM cards. This is, however, limited to iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max only. This means users can now switch between two telecom carriers using just one SIM card.

Depth control in camera

The iOS 12.1 update also brings Depth control feature to the iPhone cameras. This essentially improves the Portrait shot with ‘professional-level bokeh’ look. Users can also adjust the depth of field in real time before they press the shutter button. It is also available for TrueDepth front-facing cameras.

How to download iOS 12.1

You can check for the iOS 12.1 update on your iPhone and iPad devices by navigating through Settings > General > Software update. It is worth adding that the device would require over 50% battery charge and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Apple’s iPhone XR has been available online and in stores since this past Friday, and it already seems like it’s going to be a huge seller for Apple. There weren’t really any long lines to be found at Apple stores over the weekend, but the world’s top Apple insider reported that pre-order demand was very strong. Some plugged-in Wall Street analysts thing the iPhone XR might even end up being Apple’s best-selling iPhone during this product cycle, which sort of makes sense. The iPhone XR isn’t “cheap” by any stretch of the imagination, but it starts at $749 while the least expensive iPhone XS will cost you $1,000. Most impressive, perhaps, is the fact that the iPhone XR delivers the same kind of power and speed as the more expensive iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. It’s powered by the same A12 Bionic chipset and has mostly the same specs, and that’s also why it’s a massive threat to all the Android flagship phones out there right now — it’s much more powerful, much faster, and even less expensive.

If you’re one of the many people who already got your hands on a new iPhone XR, you’re undoubtedly enjoying it right now. You also probably took your time to pick out the perfect color since there are so many options. Well, we have some good news for you this morning: The “notch wallpaper” made specially for iPhones has finally been updated and is now available for the iPhone XR.

The special iPhone X wallpaper everyone loves is finally available for the iPhone XR

The special iPhone X wallpaper everyone loves is finally available for the iPhone XR
The special iPhone X wallpaper everyone loves is finally available for the iPhone XR

Remember when the iPhone X was first announced last year and everyone started freaking out about how much they hated it? Heck, even we hated the look of it when we first saw it. Then when you get the new iPhone in your hands, you realize two things. First, the notch actually looks pretty cool and it’s very nice to have the screen extend all the way to the top corners of the phone. And second, you don’t even notice the notch anymore after using the phone for a little while.

The notch design is still a central part of Apple’s iPhone designs this year, and some people like to show it off. In fact, a whole lot of people like to show it off! Graphic designer Hideaki Nakatani, who goes by @heyeased on Twitter, is known most commonly for the crazy iPhone glitch wallpapers he used to make back in 2016. The most popular one was definitely the crazy black wallpaper that caused the iPhone’s dock and folder backgrounds to disappear. It looked amazing on the Jet Black iPhone 7 and the matte black model, but then Apple fixed the little bugs in iOS that made those wallpapers possible. Luckily, Nakatani decided to turn his attention elsewhere and make other kinds of wallpapers for iPhones.

His most popular wallpaper right now by a wide margin is a special series of wallpapers that were made for the iPhone X last year and then updated last month for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. These awesome wallpapers are mostly black so they show off the deep blacks that OLED panels are loved for, while also saving precious battery life in the process because black doesn’t cause pixels to light up on OLED screens. Second, they really show off the notch perfectly because they have a thin border that wraps around the edges of the screen. Here’s what it looks like on the iPhone XR:
The special iPhone X wallpaper everyone loves is finally available for the iPhone XR
The special iPhone X wallpaper everyone loves is finally available for the iPhone XR

But wait, Nakatani’s notch wallpaper isn’t available for the iPhone XR, you say. Good news: it is now! The graphic designer emailed us to share the news that he now has a collection of notch wallpapers in all different colors that are custom-made to fit the iPhone XR’s display. What’s more, they come in the exact colors Apple offers on the iPhone XR so that you can match it perfectly.

As always, this new collection is completely free and available to download from Nakatani’s website. Just make sure that when you apply them you choose “Still” and not “Perspective,” and also don’t resize it at all. You can also find versions for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max right here.

Cupertino-based smartphone giant Apple is reportedly rolling out an update to its latest operating system -- iOS 12 -- on October 30. The same day as Apple is holding an event in New York where it is expected going to launch new MacBook and iPad. As per media reports, the new update -- iOS 12.1 -- will be rolled out a couple of hours after the event.

Among other features, the iOS 12.1 update is also going to enable the eSIM support in apple's latest iPhones -- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. According to a report by 9to5Mac, quoting various telecom carriers have stated that they "are readying for an iOS 12.1 launch on October 30, coinciding with the rollout of eSIM support for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR."

Apple iOS 12.1 set for October 30 release, here are all the features it will bring to iPhones, iPads

9to5Mac also reportedly spotted Bharti Airtel India's Tweet where the telco responded to a user's tweet asking about the availability of the e-SIM support in the 2018 iPhones. "Hey Nilesh! Please be informed that Esim functionality for iPhone XS Max will be available effective 30-Oct when Apple releases iOS 12.1 Thank you, Anmol P," reads the tweet. The tweet, however, has now been deleted.
Readers must note that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR did not come with eSIM support which the company said will be rolled out later with OS update.
Apple iOS 12.1 set for October 30 release, here are all the features it will bring to iPhones, iPads
Apple iOS 12.1 set for October 30 release, here are all the features it will bring to iPhones, iPads

As per iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.1, new features include dual-SIM support via e-SIM and Group FaceTime. The Group FaceTime will allow iPhone and iPad users to video chat with up to 32 people simultanelously. The feature is not available in all regions and in some older devices. Apple iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will support only Group FaceTime audio-calls and not video calls. Another update will be adjustment of depth when clicking a picture in potrait mode. Apple Music too will get a new layout.

iPhones and eSIM: Here's what you must know

In India, both Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are Apple's official eSIM partners for the latest iPhones. The country's largest telecom operator, Vodafone-Idea is still not supporting the eSIM feature in the country.

While Reliance Jio is offering eSIM support for both prepaid and postpaid users, Airtel is offering the eSIM facility only to its postpaid subscribers.
As of now, there are the only 10 countries worldwide where e-SIMs work -- Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and India.
China is the only market where Apple will launch a different version of the new iPhones with two physical nano SIM card slots. These models with two physical nano-SIM card slots will be exclusive to mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is the most powerful phablet the company has ever released, and it carries a hefty $1,000 price tag to match. The Galaxy S9+ is just as powerful, and it starts at $840. Google’s newest and most powerful smartphone ever is the Pixel 3, which starts at $800. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 3 XL version costs $900 and up. The LG V40 ThinQ is a great option if you want to stray from the beaten path, but it’ll also cost you a pretty penny with prices starting at $950.
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones

The bottom line is that if you want real power from your flagship smartphone, it’s going to cost you a boatload. But that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Phones have been getting more and more expensive in recent years, and now there’s no ceiling in sight. Smartphone makers have focused on power and speed as key selling points when trying to warrant sky-high prices and convince customers to upgrade, but on Friday a new problem emerged. If power is what you’re looking for in a smartphone, you don’t need to spend $1,000 or $900 or even $800. Why? Because the brand new iPhone XR was just released on Friday and it wipes the floor with every single flagship Android phone in the country.

Apple never used to focus as heavily on specs and performance as Android vendors. That was mainly because specs were the only way Android phone makers could differentiate their devices. Things are a bit different now because most vendors have managed to find different niches and special designs or features that help set their handsets apart.

Meanwhile, Apple leaned more heavily on specs and performance when unveiling the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR last month than it ever has in the past. This is likely a result of the fact that the company’s 2018 iPhone models don’t introduce any new marquee features. In fact, this is the first time since the iPhone 3GS Apple has released an “S” update without a single marquee feature. Instead, Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup is focused on three things: Bringing Apple’s reworked iPhone design to all new models, choice, and power.

Apple spent a huge amount of time during its September iPhone event talking about how fast and powerful its new iPhones are. It went into great detail about the new A12 Bionic chipset and all of its impressive capabilities. Apple even discussed the fact that it’s the first 7-nanometer chipset to power a commercially available smartphone. That’s definitely a big deal, but it’s also inside baseball and something that Apple never would have spent time on in the past.

It’s possible that Apple focused so much on power and performance this year because of how wide the gap is between its new iPhones and rival Android phones. And the thing that is perhaps most interesting about Apple’s new iPhone lineup is that the “entry-level” 2018 iPhone model is just as powerful as its more pricey counterparts. That’s right — the $749 iPhone XR is far more powerful than even the most expensive 2018 Android flagship phones. Can you imagine buying a $1,250 Galaxy Note 9 and seeing an iPhone that costs about half as much wipe the floor with it?

Geekbench is considered one of the two best benchmark tests when it comes to measuring smartphone performance. Let’s see how the iPhone XR does in the Geekbench 4 test:
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones

And how does that stack up against the most powerful Android phones out there? Below you’ll find two charts showing the top-ranked Android devices from the Geekbench site. First, the single-core test results:
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones

Now, the multi-core test results:
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones
Today is a dark day for Android flagship phones

Yeah, it’s not even close. In the single core tests, there aren’t even any Android phones in the same league as Apple’s new iPhone XR. The iPhone XR score more than 1,000 points higher than the closest Android phone. That’s a staggering 45% advantage. In multi-core tests Apple’s iPhone XR has a 24% advantage, which is also huge. In the AnTuTu benchmark test that’s widely regarded as the other top way to measure performance, the iPhone XR scores over 363,500. The top-ranking Android phone in the world doesn’t even break 300,000.

Power isn’t everything, but there’s no question that it ranks right up there with battery life as one of the most important parts of the smartphone experience. Oh, and if battery life is a concern, you should know that the iPhone XR also shines in that department and beats most of the best-performing Android phones out there. The iPhone XR might not be as cheap as rumors had suggested before the phone was unveiled last month, but there’s no question whatsoever that it’s the single best value in the premium smartphone market right now.

It all started with iPhone X last year, and now it's become a trend among the smartphone makers to put a notch on top of the display. It all started with iPhone X last year, and now it’s become a trend among the smartphone makers to put a notch on top of the display. After dual cameras and 18:9 widescreen displays, the latest trend is all about an iPhone X-like notch. Currently, bezel-less displays are one of the most sought-after features on smartphones. After Apple, top Android smartphone makers have blatantly copied the display notch on their flagships. From the recently-launched OnePlus 6 to tri-lensed Huawei P20 Pro to newly launched budget Lenovo Z5, all come with a notch on top of the display. Top 10 Smartphones With Display Notch Here are the top ten such smartphones which come with a notch on top of the display.
Top 10 Smartphones With Display Notch Available Right Now!
1. OnePlus 6 OnePlus is known to deliver top-quality features at an affordable price, and OnePlus 6 is a prime example. OnePlus 6 comes with a Snapdragon 845 process, 16MP + 20MP rear dual camera, a 16 MP front camera with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of internal storage. With a premium glass build on front and back, the OnePlus 6 has a 6.28 inch full HD+ 19:9 elongated Optic AMOLED display with a notch.
2. iPhone X Launched at a price over a lakh, iPhone X was the notch trendsetter. iPhone X still remains the best-notched phone with minimal bezels around. The smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch Super Retina display with the A11 Bionic chip under, a top rated dual camera and a premium built on the. The price remains one of the biggest factors choosing the iPhone X, but if you can afford, it’s one of the flagships available in the market right now.
3. Honor 10 Considered as a OnePlus 6 competitor, Honor 10 comes with a glass sandwich design and a 5.84 inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a notch at the top. With 6GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, it packs in a Kirin 970 under with a rear dual camera at the back (16MP + 24MP) and a 24MP up front. The Honor 10 is a complete package with top of the line specifications and a display notch at the top.
4. Huawei P20 Pro The new Huawei flagship comes with Hisilicon Kirin 970, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, much like Honor 10. But Huawei P20 Pro currently has the best smartphone camera in the world where it features a the rear triple camera module consisting of a 40MP, 20MP and 8MP shooters. Up front, it features a 24MP shooter with a 6-inch full HD+ OLED FullView display and a notch.
5. Nokia X6 Launched in China, the Nokia X6 is the first Nokia smartphone to come with a notch. It features a 5.8 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 19:9 elongated display with the notch. It houses the sensors and the front camera. The smartphone is powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 32GB or 64GB storage. Nokia X6 is expected to launch in India by the end of June or early July.
6. Vivo V9 The heavily marketed Vivo V9 also features a 6.3 inch 19:9 elongated full HD+ display with a notch at the top of the front panel. With an octa-core Snapdragon 626 under the hood, the Vivo V9 comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, a rear dual camera setup comprising a 16MP primary sensor coupled with a 5MP depth sensor and a 24MP front camera.
7. Lenovo Z5 The recently-launched Lenovo Z5 is the cheapest notched phone which comes with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ 19:9 elongated display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels with a whopping 90% screen-to-body ratio and a Corning Gorilla glass layer on top. The smartphone comes with a rear dual camera, a Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage and fast charging support.
8. Xiaomi Mi 8 The newly-launched Xiaomi Mi 8 packs a notch on its beautiful 6.21 inch AMOLED Full HD+ 19:9 elongated display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels in an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it packs in a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Mi 8 also features the latest MIUI 10 and an AI-powered rear dual camera and front camera.
9. Huawei P20 Lite A toned down version of the Huawei flagship P20 Pro, the P20 Lite also comes with a notch on a 5.84 inches IPS LCD full HD+ 19:9 elongated screen at 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution. The P20 Lite doesn’t feature three cameras, but the FullView display has a notch on the top and the device gets powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
10. Oppo F7 Last on the list, the Oppo F7 also features a notch on the display. The smartphone comes with a 6.23 inch full HD+ IPS 19:9 elongated display with a notch. Apart from the notch, the Oppo F7 features budget internals. Under the hood, the smartphone gets powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset which couples with 6GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage and an AI-powered 25-megapixel front camera.

Gone are the days when Rs 1 lakh and above for a smartphone raised eyebrows. While most people will not spend that much on a phone, that hasn’t stopped brands from launching premium variants of their phones. Apple’s recently launched iPhone XS Max’s 512GB costs a whopping Rs 1.44 lakh. Huawei topped that with the launch of the Mate 20 Porsche Design variant. Keeping these two new recent additions to the expensive phones list, we list out 15 smartphones that will make most people think twice before buying.
15 most expensive smartphones in the world
15 most expensive smartphones in the world


Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB) (Rs 1,44,900)

The latest Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB storage variant is the most expensive iPhone to be launched in India at a price of Rs 1,44,900.

Vertu Aster P Gold (Rs 10.4 lakh)

Vertu is back in the game with the Aster P. The starting price of the phone is $5,000 (close to Rs 3.79 lakh) and for those who want a gold-plated model will have to shell out $14,146 (roughly Rs 10.4 lakh).

Apple iPhone XS (512GB) (Rs 1,34,900)

The smaller iPhone XS 512GB storage variant costs nearly Rs 1.35 lakh in India and is the second most expensive iPhone to be launched in the country.

Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design (Rs 1.77 lakh)

Huawei recently launched the new Mate 20 seriesand the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS is by and large the Mate 20 Pro. It is for the people who are die hard fans of the brand and can afford being one. It is priced at 2095 Euros which translates to Rs 1.77 lakh.

Caviar iPhone XS Max (Gold/Black) (Rs 5.40 lakh)

The new Caviar iPhone XS series comes with iPhone on one side and a mechanical watch on the other. The body is engraved with graphics and illustrations of polished titanium or gold. The Titanium, and the Gold and Black version will cost $6,320 (approximately Rs 4.6 lakh) and $7,160 (approximately Rs 5.26 lakh) respectively. Price for iPhone XS Max will cost you an additional $230 (approximately Rs 16,600) for the respective design.

The Diamond Crypto at Rs 8.97 crore

The relatively old Diamond Crypto continues to be one of the most expensive smartphones in the world. It is meant for those who take security way too seriously but the device is now outdated. However, for someone rich who wants to stay disconnected securely only rely on encrypted voice and SMS communication the Diamond Crypto could make sense. You will be surprised to know that the spec-sheet offers Windows CE operating system and Motorola MX21 processor! But then the entire device is encrypted.

VIPN Black Diamond (Rs 2.07 crore)

This VIPN Black Diamond costs $300,000 which roughly translates to Rs 2,07,15,990 in India or Rs 2.07 crore. The USP is only five units of its were made and no one knows who actually owns them. The price if for the design and of course, the diamonds.

Savelli Champagne Diamond at Rs 39.36 lakh

This mobile is again made expensive for the materials used and the design. At a price of $57,000 or approximately Rs 39,36,038, it offers a 18 carat rose gold shell with 395 white and cognac diamonds. The device runs Android offers customised services.

Goldvish Eclipse (Rs 5.27 lakh)

Yes, you read that right! The Goldvish Le Million costs $7668 which translates to Rs 5.27 lakh in India. The handmade smartphone sports exotic leather and a framework of precious metals. The phone comes with a scratch-resistant 5.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs on Android operating system.

Goldvish Eclipse – Magic Onyx Alligator smartphone at Rs 5.5 lakh

This is relatively a more affordable phone from Goldvish. The Goldvish Eclipse – Magic Onyx Alligator costs $7,965 or around Rs 5.5 lakh. It runs Android and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It’s expensive because of the black alligator leather on the phone.

The Rs 9-lakh Sirin Solarin

It’s a privacy focused smartphone which claims to offer the utmost privacy to the users and comes with a price tag of around Rs 9 lakh. The spec-sheet is again disappointing and runs older Android Lollipop OS.

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (Rs 1,79,318)

Huawei has recently launched its most expensive smartphone called Porsche Design Mate 10. The smartphone comes in Diamond Black colour option with a price tag of $2,599 (512GB version) or around Rs 1,79,318. The Porsche Design Mate 10 features the same set of specifications as the Huawei Mate 10. It comes with Porsche Design interface and a specially designed leather case.

Honor Note 10 Rolls Royce (Rs 1,02,393)

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor will soon launch the Note 10 Rolls Royce Edition smartphone on July 26. As far as the price of Honor Note 10 Rolls Royce Edition is concerned, the smartphone may cost RMB 9,998 (approximately Rs 1,02,393). The limited edition may also get launched alongside the primary Honor Note 10 on July 26 in China.

Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition (Rs 1.52 lakh)

Oppo has launched the Lamborghini edition of its flagship Find X smartphone. The device will arrive in India and is expected to costs a whopping Rs 1.52 lakh. It has all latest flagship specs and not to forget the motorised camera.

Tonino Lamborghini Alpha One (Rs 169,099)

At a price of $2,450 or around Rs 169,099, the Tonino Lamborghini Alpha One is a luxury smartphone flaunting an Italian black leather and a lot of class and style. However, as far as the hardware is concerned, the spec sheet will not impress you now. It is powered by an older Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and Android Nougat OS.

October 23, 2018 , ,
Apple this year will release up to four new iPhones, three of which are expected to arrive this fall, at Apple’s usual September event. Reports say Apple is bringing to market three iPhone X successors later this year, including two devices with OLED screens and one handset with an LCD panel. The fourth, of course, is the rumored iPhone SE second generation.
This year’s iPhones will have a component like no other smartphone
All three iPhones are expected to offer users the same type of performance, therefore almost the same set of specs. And Apple’s 2018 iPhones will have no rival when it comes to one key feature. The A12 chip that will power these devices is already in mass production, Bloomberg has learned. TSMC, just like last year, is the sole manufacturer of the processor, which is hardly surprising. But the A12 will also be the first 7nm chip to be used in a smartphone, this year, as Apple’s still leading the market when it comes to processor development.
The processor should be even faster and more energy efficient than the A11 Bionic found inside the iPhone X and iPhone 8. That chip is the world’s fastest mobile chip on paper, and no rival comes close. On the other hand, in real-life speed tests, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 that powers iPhone rivals including the Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6, outperformed the iPhone.
Qualcomm and Samsung are both expected to come up with their own 7nm designs in response to Apple’s A12 chip. Samsung confirmed earlier this week that 7nm chips are coming next year. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, due next year, will surely power an array of Android flagships. Samsung meanwhile is expected to introduce new Android handsets in early 2019, including the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy X foldable phone, but it’s still unclear whether they’ll pack 7nm or 10nm chips. Apple, meanwhile, will reveal more details about the 2018 iPhones only in September. Next up is Apple’s early June WWDC conference, which will bring us software news and, perhaps, the brand new iPhone SE.

Google recently unveiled its new generation of Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. If there’s one thing about the Pixel smartphones that stands out then it is the camera on these devices. So much so, that they become the benchmark for other smartphones. We decided to test the camera of Pixel 3 against Apple’s new iPhone, the iPhone XS. Does Apple triumph over Google or is it the Pixel 3 that catches your eye over the iPhone XS? Take a look at the images and decide for yourself which camera does a better job.
Apple iPhone XS vs Google Pixel 3 'Comparing the two best smartphones' Camera
Outdoor HDR
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-60, Exposure Time – 1/1174 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-25, Exposure Time – 1/1043 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
​Outdoor non-HDR
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-60, Exposure Time – 1/4659 seconds, focxal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-25, Exposure Time – 1/2364 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
Indoor
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-77, Exposure Time – 1/33 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-200, Exposure Time – 1/50 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
​Low-light indoor
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-444, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-400, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
Low-light
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-584, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-640, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
Low-light portrait
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/2.4, ISO-640, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 6.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-640, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
Zoom
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-64, Exposure Time – 1/2347 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/2.4, ISO-16, Exposure Time – 1/1199 seconds, focal length – 6.0mm.
Action shot
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-59, Exposure Time – 1/1174 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-25, Exposure Time – 1/972 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
Selfie
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-99, Exposure Time – 1/33 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/2.2, ISO-250, Exposure Time – 1/972 seconds, focal length – 3.0mm.
Portrait
Google Pixel 3: Aperture-f/1.8, ISO-110, Exposure Time – 1/25 seconds, focal length – 4.0mm.
iPhone XS: Aperture-f/2.4, ISO-500, Exposure Time – 1/33 seconds, focal length – 6.0mm.

June 05, 2018 ,
There are two dates in every Apple user’s calendar that are marked with excited anticipation. First, the day when Apple announces a new iPhone – or iPhones – and second, the keynote of WWDC where it unveils its latest software which power its devices. On June 4, at WWDC 2018, the Cupertino-based tech bigwig, unleashed a plethora of changes that will be coming soon your iPhone, iPad, Mac devices, Apple Watch and the Apple TV. While each platform has its fair share of following, it’s the iOS – software that powers the iPhone and iPad – that is closely watched. At WWDC 2018, Apple announced a host of features that will change the way you use your iPhone. Here we list out X features that are set to enhance your iPhone experience:
10 ways your iPhone is set to get better
1. Improved performance: Faster and better : Apple has promised that with the iOS 12, performance of iPhones is expected to be much faster. Even older iPhone variants – like the iPhone 6 – will now be better equipped to deal with heavy usage. In the past, we’ve seen that new OS upgrade on old iPhones resulted in slower performance. Apple, however, claims to have rectified it.
2. Group FaceTime: 32 people on one call : While FaceTime has been around for eight years now, it has never seen such a big upgrade. Apple announced that now people can speak to 32 people at one time on Group FaceTime. Even the interface of FaceTime has been changed in accordance with this new feature. Animojis too can now be added to a FaceTime call.
3. Siri has become smarter: More third-party access : While Google and Amazon have been touting their smart assistants – Assistant and Alexa – Apple too has made certain advancements to its Siri. Third-party apps will ger more access to Siri to make it useful across tasks. You can now ask Siri to make reservations, manage notifications among other things.
4. Photo sharing: Simpler and better : Sharing photos on iPhone will be easier as Apple has added a new tab called “For You”. For instance, if you send a photo from a event or gathering to a friend, Apple will ask them to share the same photo using the Photos App.
5. MeMoji and Animoji: Adding fun to the iPhone : With iPhone X, Apple introduced the Animoji to the world. It has now added four new – koala, t-rex, tiger and ghost – animojis with iOS 12. There’s also another personalised anomoji called MeMoji which is being introduced with iOS 12. With MeMoji, one can make a lot of customisations and up the fun quotient in the iPhone.
6. Focus on Augmented reality: Big push for AR apps Even more augmented reality : Apple has been big on AR support for a while now and it is now making it more accessible for users. There’s a new 3D feature added with AR support in iOS 12. A new format called USDZ has been added to Safari and Messages to expand the scope of AR-related apps in iOS 12.
7. Screen Time: Apple’s push for digital detox : Apple introduced a new feature called Screen Time which will help you cut your smartphone time. This will allow you to get a deeper insight into how you are spending time using your iPhone. For instance, you can find out what apps you use the most and how often do you pick up your phone. You can further set limits on apps and Apple will even suggest to you to delete apps if you’re hopelessly addicted to them. It will concentrate on notifications, too. Apple will make it much easier to ignore them when they're not relevant to what you are doing, in an effort to stop them being quite so intrusive and distracting you from what you should really be getting on with.
8. Privacy and security: Saying “no to trackers” : Security and privacy have always been a forte for Apple and with iOS 12 it is now aiming to stop other websites from tracking your online behaviour. For instance, now Facebook won’t be able to track you through Safari browser.
9. Do Not Disturb: Cutting down further on phone usage : A new Do Not Disturb feature will now be a part of iOS 12 which will hide notifications during night time or till a time a user decides them. This is another of Apple’s push to cut down do phone addiction. You can also set Do Not Disturb while watching a movie or even set it up based on location.
10. Apple CarPlay: Google Maps is coming soon : For a long time, Apple CarPlay has felt incomplete because of its lack of proper navigation. With iOS 12, Apple has mercifully announced that it will support third-party apps. In other words, Google Maps is coming to Apple CarPlay and it’s a welcome news for those who use the feature in their cars.

June 05, 2018 , ,
Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday and as it does each and every year, it started off the big event with a keynote presentation. There are always tons of big announcements made during Apple’s keynotes, which is obvious since software is such a huge and important part of Apple’s products. At WWDC 2018, Apple took the wraps off of new versions of tvOS, watchOS, and macOS, showing off the latest and greatest features set to come to Apple’s various product lines in 2018. Of course, the most popular products in Apple’s portfolio are the iPhone and iPad, so iOS 12 was obviously the star of the show at WWDC 2018. Want to check out all of the best new iPhone and iPad features Apple showed off during its big WWDC 2018 keynote presentation? Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered right here.
The 10 best new features coming to your iPhone in iOS 12
Compatibility iOS 12 will be available on all devices that currently support iOS 11, which is crazy! Apple says older devices that will get the iOS 12 update will see huge performance benefits, with key functions getting speed boosts of up to 70%. Here’s the full list of devices that are compatible with iOS 12: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPod touch 6th generation,
Augmented Reality Apple created a new USDZ file format that’s optimized for AR sharing, making it much simpler to share 3D objects with other people. All iOS and macOS devices will support the new file format, as will popular third-party software such as all of the relevant apps in Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite. ARKit 2 was introduced during the event as well, giving developers access to awesome new AR tools such as the ability to have multiple devices see the same 3D virtual objects in AR from different perspectives. Apple also announced a new app called Measure, which allows you to measure objects and distances in augmented reality.
Photos Search in the Photos app gets a big update in iOS 12. Search Suggestions highlights important things before you even start typing, and Apple’s smart search features are more robust as well. For example, you can search “sporting events” or multiple search terms like “surfing” and “vacation.” A new For You tab in the Photos app highlights different photos and photo groups, and it also recommends different effects for photos and shows you previews. Basically, this update brings the iOS Photos app a bit closer to Google Photos, though Google’s app is still more robust and feature-rich.
Siri Shortcuts A new Shortcuts feature lets third-party apps add shortcuts to Siri. So for example, you can create a shortcut so when you say “I lost my keys” it’ll open the Tile app and locate your keys. Developers can make shortcuts for their own app, or users can use the new Shortcuts app that lets you create personalized shortcuts with multiple apps. This is based on the Workflow app Apple acquired, and the possibilities are limitless.
Popular app updates Several Apple apps are getting big updates in iOS 12. The Apple News app gets a new browser tab that helps with channel and topic discovery, and favorite sources are more accessible now. There’s also a new side bar in the news app that simplifies navigation. The Stocks app was rebuilt from the ground up with a new UI, and Apple News integration is being added to Stocks as well. Curated business news will be accessible right in the Stocks app. Also of note, after-hours prices are now accessible in the Stocks app, and there’s finally an iPad version of the app. The Voice Memo and iBooks apps have received big updates as well. iBooks has been renamed to Apple Books and the UI gets a big overhaul in iOS 12.
CarPlay CarPlay gets a big update as well, most notably with support for third-party navigation apps. You guys… WAZE ON CARPLAY!!!!!
Notifications New grouped notifications let you group notifications by app… FINALLY! There’s also a new Instant Tuning feature in notifications on the lock screen that lets you stop specific apps from displaying notifications on the lock screen moving forward.
Screen Time Apple introduced several new features to improve Do Not Disturb and make driving safer. The new Screen Time feature is the biggest news, giving you a weekly activity summary that details how you used your iPhone or iPad. You can also set limits so you get alerts when you use an app too much. Parents can also create allowances for apps to limit the amount of time they can use a specific app, or create downtime at certain time so all nonessential apps are blocked at certain times.
Messages, Animoji, and Memoji Apple’s animated emoji feature now has tongue detection in iOS 12. Lord help us all. New Animoji include ghost, koala, tiger, and T Rex have been added to iOS 12 as well. More importantly, the new Memoji feature in iOS 12 lets users create their own Animojis that look like themselves (or anyone else they want). Aside from new Animoji and Memoji, the Messages app gets some other cool new features as well. Snapchat-like filters and video stickers are among them, but the big news here is live Animoji and Memoji, which can be combined with other effects in the Messages app.
FaceTime Group FaceTime has been introduced in iOS 12, with support for up to 32 simultaneous participants in FaceTime. You can also create a Group FaceTime right from a group chat in Messages, quickly adding all the chat participants to a group video call. And guess what… live Animoji and Memoji are also supported in FaceTime now!

June 05, 2018 , ,
Apple just announced the next major update to the iPhone and iPad: iOS 12, the annual upgrade to Apple's mobile operating system. The update, which is likely not to arrive until this fall, includes some major new features, along with several incremental changes that will make using your device a lot easier. Among the notable additions: a standalone Measure app that's like a virtual tape measure, third-party app support for CarPlay, grouped notifications, and customizable animated avatars called Memoji. Here are all the new features included in iOS 12.
Apple just announced iOS 12 - Here are all the major changes coming to iPhones and iPads later this year

Apple is adding a brand-new app called Measure.
Measure helps you take measurements of real-world objects. The app uses your iPhone's camera to virtually take accurate readings, which let you see the width, length, and height of things just by tapping your screen. Plus, if you point Measure at a photo, it'll automatically detect it and tell you the dimensions.
Apple is making the Photos app smarter and more interactive. Apple made a bunch of subtle updates to the Photos app, putting it on par with apps like the popular Google Photos. Here's what the app can do now: Search suggestions. The app will recommend searching for people, places, categories, business names, sporting events, or concerts. When you select a term, the app will pull up all photos related to that term. Search refinements. You can search with multiple search terms, too. For You. The app will automatically generate personalized items like memory movies, features photos, and "On this day" images. Sharing suggestions. The Photos app will suggest photos and videos to share with the people who are in them. When someone accepts the images from you, they'll get a recommendation to share their own photos back with you. Apple says that sharing is end-to-end encrypted, and works via iMessage.
Apple added Siri Shortcuts to help you speed up your day. Siri Shortcuts is a way to get things done more quickly. Now, Siri will automatically suggest actions based on how and when you're using certain apps. If, for instance, you order a coffee every morning around the same time, Siri will start asking you if you're ready to order it. Apple will have several preloaded Siri Shortcuts available, or you'll be able to create your own verbal shortcuts. A phrase like "Help me relax" will trigger a meditation app, or the phrase "Find my keys" will open up the Tile app and start the geolocation process.
Apple's Stocks and News apps are getting redesigned. Apple is giving its Stocks and News apps a refresh in iOS 12. The Stocks app will now have sparklines showing the ups and downs of a stock throughout the day, and relevant business news integrated throughout the app. Clicking on a certain stock will open a more in-depth analysis of the stocks performance, including after-hours pricing, which is missing from the current version. Apple is also adding the Stocks app to the iPad for the first time. The Apple News app redesign will now allow you to jump straight to your favorite news sources. On iPad, there will be a new sidebar for easier navigation.
The Voice Memos app is getting a redesign - and it's coming to the iPad for the first time. Apple is adding the Voice Memos app to the iPad for the first time. The app is also getting a redesign across the board, and will now be easier to use on any platform. Indeed, it's coming to Mac, too. Voice Memos are also getting iCloud support, which means you'll be able to access your memos on any device.
Apple changed the name of iBooks to Apple Books and gave it a new look. So long, iBooks — Apple has renamed its reading app to Apple Books. The app is getting more than a new name, however. Apple Books has been redesigned in iOS 12, and now includes a new Book Store tab, which includes top charts and curated collections.
Apple CarPlay will now support third-party apps. With iOS 12, you'll now be able to use third-party navigation apps with CarPlay, Apple's tool for connecting an iPhone to a car infotainment system. This means that you'll no longer be limited to using only Apple Maps when you connect your iPhone to your car — you'll now have the option to use Google Maps or Waze instead.
Apple will help you combat your smartphone addiction in iOS 12. At Apple's annual developer conference on Monday, Apple unveiled new tools to help you cut back on your screen time, along with new controls for parents. Here's what you'll be able to do now: Do Not Disturb during bedtime. Enabling this feature means you won't see your iPhone notifications until the next morning, just the time on a dark screen. Set an end time for Do Not Disturb. You can do this by force-touching on the button in your control center. Screen time. This feature will provide an activity summary that details how you used your iPhone or iPad over the course of a week. App limits. You'll be able to set time limits for individual apps. New parental controls. Parents will now be able to get notifications about their kids' smartphone use.
Your notifications will now be grouped by app. Apple has historically sorted notifications chronologically, but with iOS 12, notifications will be grouped according to which app they were sent from. It's a change that users have been begging Apple to adopt for years, and is incidentally one area where Android has had a major leg-up. It makes it a lot easier to deal with piles and piles of notifications.
You can add your student ID card to your Apple Wallet, to unlock dorm doors or anything else you'd use it for. This works on Apple Watch, too. It's only coming to a handful of univerisites at first, but expect to see this in more places.
FaceTime will support group chats with up to 32 participants.
You'll now be able to video chat with multiple people at once on FaceTime — up to 32 participants, to be exact. You'll be able to add participants at any point in the conversation, or participants can choose to join an active conversation from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or use FaceTime Audio from the Apple Watch.
Apple added Memoji, new Animoji, and different camera effects in iOS 12. Apple is expanding its special effects offerings in iOS 12. The new features include: Memoji. These animated avatar mimic your facial expressions and head movements. Memoji are customizable to look like you — or anyone you want — much like Snap's personalized Bitmoji characters. More Animoji. Apple added four new Animoji to its lineup of animated emoji. The new characters include a tiger, koala, T-rex, and ghost. iMessage and FaceTime will get Memoji and Animoji, too. You'll be able to add new filters, Animoji, and Memoji to your photos and FaceTime video, and you'll now be able to include stickers and text in your iMessage conversations.
With ARKit 2, you'll be able to have shared AR experiences. Apple introduced ARKit 2 at WWDC, its first major update to the augmented reality software it introduced last year. ARKit 2 will offer improved face-tracking, more realistic rendering, support for 3D object detection, and the ability to start an AR experience based on a real-world physical object or space. ARKit 2 will support shared experiences, where two or more people can play AR games together. Apple also announced that it's partnering with computer animation studio Pixar to boost its AR initiative. Together, Apple and Pixar developed a new file format for AR called "USDZ," which lets people share content "while retaining great 3D graphics and even animations."

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