Key updates to Apple iOS 11

Key updates to Apple iOS 11

Augmented Reality

Most anticipated, iOS 11 now incorporates AR apps which means you can place virtual objects in real-world scenes. These apps can be used for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. Built on Apple’s ARKit technology, Ikea has already unveiled their AR app ‘IKEA Place’ for the new iOS devices. From coffee tables to armchairs, you can choose from over 2,000 products that are 3D and true to scale, allowing you to experiment with different furniture and see how it would look and fit in your home.

“IKEA Place makes it easier to make buying decisions in your own place, to get inspired and try many different products, styles and colors in real-life settings with a swipe of your finger. Augmented reality and virtual reality will be a total game changer for retail in the same way as the internet. Only this time, much faster,” – Michael Valdsgaard, Leader Digital Transformation at Inter IKEA Systems.

The apps work using the built-in camera, alongside powerful processors and finally, motions sensors in the new iPhones.

Photos

The incredibly popular and innovative Portrait mode now uses optical image stabilization, True Tone flash and HDR, for more professional images. While a new feature ‘Loop and Bounce effects’ create continuous video loops for Live Photos and ‘Long Exposure’ creatively captures time and movement. In Photos, Memory Movies are optimized to play in both portrait and landscape orientation, and more memories, such as photos of pets or birthdays, are automatically created.

App Store

The App Store has been redesigned in iOS 11 so that discovering apps and games is easier than ever before. You can uncover the stories behind iOS developers, and the incredible apps and games they create. App Store for iMessage is also easier to access with a redesigned app drawer.

Siri

Siri now offers translation, an expressive new voice and more proactive intelligence to help you through your day. New voices are more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking, and can translate US English into Mandarin, French, German, Italian or Spanish, ideal to aid you on your next holiday or business trip.

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Siri also uses on-device learning to deliver more personal experiences and offers suggestions based on personal usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages and more.

Apple Pay

With an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, you’ll now to be able to send and receive money from friends and family via Apple Pay. You can do so in Messages or ask Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards you have in Wallet. When you receive a payment, it’ll go into the new Apple Pay Cash card in your Apple Wallet so you can use the money instantly.

Do Not Disturb while Driving

iOS 11 introduces a new way to help you stay more focused on the road with Do Not Disturb while driving. Your iPhone will detect when you may be driving through vehicle movement or Bluetooth connections, and automatically silences notifications to keep the screen dark. You’ll have the option of sending an auto reply to your Favorites, contacts or recents to let them know you’re driving and cannot respond until you arrive at your destination.

iOS 11 will include a safety feature called 'Do Not Disturb'

Apple Maps

New to iOS 11, Apple Maps has indoor maps for shopping centers and airports around the world, including: Amsterdam (AMS), London Heathrow (LHR), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL) and San Jose (SJC). You can also take advantage of the ‘lane guidance’ feature to help you better prepare for your next turn as well as information on speed limits.

Music

Apple Music subscriber? You can now create a profile and follow your friends to listen to shared playlists and listen to shared playlists and see the music they listen to most. You can also begin receiving notifications when friends follow you, new music is released and more.

Compatible devices:

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Apple has announced the brand new iPhones

Apple has announced the brand new iPhones

Apple has released three new iPhones: the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X is the latest generation of Apple’s flagship device, featuring a whole new design and Face ID technology to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Apple iPhones. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer an upgrade from the previous iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, including an all-glass design and wireless charging.

Design

New iPhones

Left – Right: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8

The iPhone X features radical changes in design from the edge-to-edge display to the removal of the home button. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still have the traditional iPhone look, accompanied by a new all-glass and aluminium design which Apple claims is the “most durable glass on any smartphone”. All three of the new models are water and dust resistant. Surprisingly, Apple has dropped the popular Jet Black and Rose Gold colour choices. Instead the iPhone X will be available in Silver and Space Grey, and the iPhone 8/8 Plus will be available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

Features

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both have Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip, but without the Neural Engine of that fitted to the iPhone X, have improved screens with the company’s True Tone feature, improved speakers and keep the traditional home button with Touch ID 2 fingerprint scanner. The new iPhone X on the other hand features facial recognition technology that uses your face as a secure new way to unlock your iPhone and authenticate and pay with Apple Pay. The new technology is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyses more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face. Better yet, the facial recognition has the ability to adapt to physical changes in your appearance over time, for example needing glasses. The TrueDepth camera also analyses more than 50 different muscle movements so that your expressions can be mirrored into 12 Animojis.

Wireless charging

The new iPhones do not require a charging cable and will work with Qi wireless chargers that are commonly found in hotels, cafes, airports and cars. Belkin and Mophie have also developed two new wireless chargers designed for the iPhone 8, while Apple’s new ‘AirPower’ mat will let you charge multiple devices wirelessly once released in 2018. This means that you’ll be able to simply set your iPhone down when it needs a boost and remove the worry of remembering and carrying your plugs and cables when you’re on the move.

Specs & pricing

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LG V30

LG V30

Design

The V30 features a 6″ display, with a slightly curved screen and rear for more comfortable holding. Featuring Gorilla Glass 5, Gorilla’s strongest glass yet, on both the front and rear, the V30 is highly durable. But better yet, for the first time, LG has thrown out the usual LCD panels used on it’s flagships and given the V30 OLED panels. This means the display will offer more vivid colours, deep blacks and in general, an all-round better display to it’s LCD counterparts. A fingerprint sensor sits on the back of the device, which can also be used as a lock button. The V30 will be available in a few colours: a shiny black, blue-tinged silver, a much darker blue, and a lilac purple.

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Features

The V30 features the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Running on Android 7.1.2, LG has made a couple of additions, including a better battery saver mode.

LG has also improved the headphone port, thrown in a pair of B&O earbuds and placed a quad-DAC inside the phone that seriously improves sound quality.

Like the LG G6, there are two cameras on the rear. The ‘main’ camera is 16 megapixels with OIS and a wide f/1.6 aperture that should help low-light photography. Next to that sits a wide-angle camera that captures pictures with a 120-degree field of view. This secondary camera lacks optical image stabilisation, but it still has a wide f/1.9 lens.

Specs

  • 6″ Quad-HD+ Full Vision display
  • HDR 10 support
  • Snapdragon 835. 4GB RAM
  • 64 or 128GB storage
  • Quad-DAC
  • B&O earbuds

Availability and price

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Nokia 8 review

Nokia 8 review

Design

The Nokia 8 sports an aluminium body, available in blue matte and silver, which wraps around the sides of the phone from the rear. When it comes to the display, the Nokia 8 features a large Quad HD display with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 – as seen on a limited number of handsets including the HTC 10, Samsung S8 and Huawei P10 Plus. The Gorilla Glass 5 offers the highest level of durability yet.

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Features

The Nokia 8’s rear camera is made up of two 13MP lenses to expand your photo options. You can use both lenses at the same time with live bokeh effect, blurring the background for a sharp professional look. Or, you can use them independently for detailed monotone shots.  Nokia has also created ‘Bothie’. Bothie is a dual-sight mode, which means you can use the 13MP front-facing lens at the same time as the rear 13MP camera. This lets you put yourself in the frame, at the same time as taking photos of your friends, family or colleagues. You can also broadcast live to Facebook with this mode – ideal if you want to capture your own real-time reactions.  To keep you powered up through your snaps, the Nokia 8 comes with the latest USB technology, USB Type-C. The symmetrical power port lets you inject charge quicker than ever before, meaning you’ll be able to go from flat to full in around an hour with the 3,090mAh cell.

Specs

  • 5.3-inch Quad HD display
  • Dual 13MP camera
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 4GB RAM

Availability and price

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EE immersive customer experience in London and Nottingham

EE immersive customer experience in London and Nottingham

EE has unveiled an innovative new store in London’s Tottenham Court Road. The new ‘showcase’ store is one of four, which according to EE, is designed to offer you the most personal and immersive experience on the high street.

The showcase stores include dedicated customer help hubs and ‘experiential zones’. In these zones, you’ll be able to get your hands on the latest tech including Google Home, the Apple Watch and Samsung’s VR headsets at new connected booths.

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 “Our new Showcase stores are about creating a destination where customers can speak to a real expert face-to-face to solve any problems, charge their device, or just have some fun while immersing themselves in the latest gadgets. There’s no substitute for getting help from an expert in person and we’re mixing technology with the personal touch to make customers feel as supported as possible.” – Ettienne Brandt, EE’s Managing Director of Channels and Trading.

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You’ll also be able to check 4GEE coverage where you live or work using the EETV and use the in-store video calling service to speak to specialist customer experts on-the-spot if you have any questions.

As well as Tottenham Court road, EE has opened stores in Westfield London and Westfield Stratford stores. And the network giant has no plans to stop there. EE’s goal is to ensure that 95% of the population has access to an EE store within a 20 minutes’ drive of their home so you can expect to see more showcase stores, pop-up shops and mobile vans in the near future.