How to pick, the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

For the consecutive second year, Apple has announced three new iPhones at once.

Image: Apple’s new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max

So, let’s examine the things that the three new iPhones have in common.

THE IPHONE XS, XS MAX, AND XR SHARE A LOT OF THE SAME FEATURES

The processor: All three new iPhones share Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor [The A12 Bionic – It has a six-core CPU (with two “performance” cores and four “efficiency” cores), a four-core GPU (which is up to 50 per cent faster than the A11’s), and an updated Neural Engine, a special part of the chip designed to handle AI tasks ]., a 7nm chip that, according to the company, represents a breakthrough in mobile computational power. Its two performance cores (which handle intensive tasks) are “up to 15 per cent faster” than the iPhone X, while the four efficiency cores (responsible for powering your everyday app usage) are “up to 50 per cent more efficient.” The GPU is up to 50 per cent faster. It’s not like modern iPhones struggle with running iOS games. Each new iPhone also contains Apple’s updated, separate eight-core Neural Engine for handling machine learning or AI tasks, which can handle 5 trillion operations per second.

The main camera: the XR might lack a telephoto/zoom lens, but it has the exact same 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera as the XS and XS Max. Apple says that on each of the three models, the camera uses an all-new sensor (with larger pixels) and it’s capable of Smart HDR, which produces photos with “far greater dynamic range” and less noise in low light. The new camera is also better at freezing motion shots, according to Apple. Like last year, all of the new iPhones can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and 1080p slo-mo at 240 fps.

Frontfacing TrueDepth camera: the camera system used for selfies, Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji (Moji) is the same across all three new iPhones. It’s a 7-megapixel f/2.2 sensor.

True Tone, widecolour displays: Though they use different display technology, the iPhone XS and XR each include Apple’s True Tone tech, which adjusts the display’s temperature to match the ambient lighting around you. They’re also capable of showing a wide P3 colour gamut.

A quicker Face ID system: yes, the home button is gone for good from Apple’s 2018 iPhones, but the company has sped up Face ID this year by adding a faster secure enclave and smarter face-scanning algorithms.

Faster wireless charging: Apple says all of its 2018 models support faster Qi charging than the iPhone X.

DualSIM support: the new iPhones are all capable of supporting two phone lines by including both eSIM and one physical nanoSIM card in the phone. This will make international travels easier.

Stereo audio recording: The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR each have four microphones built in to capture stereo sound when you’re shooting video.

Better stereo speakers: Apple claims that the new iPhones all have improved stereo speakers with a wider audio presentation.

image: Apple

Suggestions:

BUY THE IPHONE XS MAX IF YOU WANT THE BIGGEST SCREEN OF ANY IPHONE EVER
$1,099 (64GB) | $1,249 (256GB) | $1,449 (512GB)
The iPhone XS Max is designed for people who love their Plus-sized smartphones. You get more screen — a 6.5-inch display.

BUY THE IPHONE XS IF YOU WANT A SUPER-POWERFUL PHONE THAT’S MANAGEABLE IN ONE HAND
$999 (64GB) | $1,149 (256GB) | $1,349 (512GB)

BUY THE IPHONE XR IF YOU WANT COLOR, THE BEST BATTERY LIFE, AND A GOOD BALANCE OF EVERYTHING ELSE
$749 (64GB) | $799 (128GB) | $899 (256GB)

The difference is the camera, as the XR has just a single, optically stabilized 12-megapixel sensor.
If you pick the XR, you’re getting a lot of what’s best about the iPhone XS in a cheaper package. And it has the best battery life of any of this year’s iPhones as the final kicker.

Tech Mahindra Set up 5G Center of Excellence.


Tech Mahindra has announced that it is planning to set up a 5G (5G is a marketing term for some new mobile technologies. Definitions differ and confusion is common. The ITU IMT-2020 standard provides for speeds up to 20 gigabits per second and has only been demonstrated with millimetre waves of 15 gigahertz and higher frequency) Center of Excellence (CoE) powered by Intel technology in Redmond, Washington and Bengaluru. The CoE will help communication service providers (CSP) optimize their capital expenditure on 5G migrations and rollout and accelerate new revenue-generating services that will lead the transformation journey.

The CoEs will be set up at Tech Mahindra’s Intel-enabled VNF-Xchange Labs (Virtualized Network Functions, software implementations of network functions that can be deployed on a Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure), and will focus on developing 5G virtualized radio access network (vRAN) solutions. And it will help in diverse industry verticals like healthcare, manufacturing, banking, automotive, Energy and more, we are poised to unlock new experiences for these industry verticals with 5G and simultaneously drive growth for CSPs.

5G networks will need data-service centric platforms to not only enhance connectivity but also empower industry stakeholders to use data for better decision making. 5G will require a change in the network’s anatomy to enable CSPs to offer a wide range of digital service and SDN/NFV [SDN– Software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV — Network functions virtualization (also network function virtualization or NFV) is a network architecture concept that uses the technologies of IT virtualization)] is the foundation to accomplish this. The work in this CoE will provide for new support and acceleration of emerging technologies to be integrated into the new architectures, but more importantly, develop new social and industry relevant use cases.

Caroline Chan, vice president and general manager, 5G infrastructure division, Data Center Group, Intel, said, “We share a common vision with Tech Mahindra of enabling service providers around the world to accelerate the deployment of their 5G networks and roll out new services that are beneficial to our society. By utilizing flexible platforms based on Intel architecture and technologies, Tech Mahindra is helping reduce the time to market for CoSPs and offering a broad choice of agile solutions for the 5G future.

Tech Mahindra works with over 270 CSPs globally and is currently working with multiple services provides on their network transformational journey.

 

Chrome Features

The features in Chrome that communicate with Google

Omnibox
Google Chrome uses a combined web address and search bar at the top of the browser window. As you use the Omnibox, your default search engine can suggest addresses and search queries that may be of interest to you. These suggestions make navigation and searching faster and easier, If Google is your default search engine when you select one of the Omnibox suggestions, Chrome sends your original search query, the suggestion you selected, and the position of the suggestion back to Google. This information helps improve the quality of the suggestion feature.

Network predictions
Chrome uses a prediction service to load pages more quickly. The prediction service uses navigation history and local heuristics to predict which resources and pages are likely to be needed next TCP and TLS pre-connection, and prefetching of web pages. To turn off network predictions, uncheck “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly” in the “Privacy” section of Chrome’s settings.

Google search local
If Google is set as your default search engine, Chrome will try to determine the most appropriate local for Google search queries conducted from the Omnibox in order to give you relevant search results based on your location.

New Tab page
The Chrome New Tab page may display suggestions for websites that you might want to visit.

Tap to Search
If you’ve enabled “Tap to Search” on Chrome Mobile you can search for terms by tapping them. When you tap a word, the word, the surrounding text, and the home country of your device’s SIM card is sent to Google to identify recommended search terms

Safe Browsing protection
Google Chrome includes an optional feature called “Safe Browsing” to help protect you against phishing, social engineering, malware, unwanted software, malicious ads, intrusive ads, and abusive websites or extensions. Safe Browsing is designed specifically to protect your privacy and is also used by other popular browsers. This feature is not available on the iOS version of Chrome.

Navigation error tips
Google Chrome can show tips to help guide you to the page you were trying to reach in cases where the web address cannot be found, a connection cannot be made, the server returns a very short (under 512 byte) error message, or you’ve navigated to a parked domain.