Monthly Archives: September 2018

All new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max & iPhone XR

While both the iPhone XS and XS Max feature Apple's custom OLED display, claimed by Apple to deliver the most accurate colour in the industry, the XS Max takes the title of the largest iPhone display ever made. The XS variants feature a new level of water and dust resistance and the option to choose a new gold finish. Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Honor 8 Pro, the XS and XS Max take the lead with a breakthrough dual-camera system. Apple has introduced the most popular camera, combining an innovative sensor with the ISP and Neural Engine to provide photography capabilities like never before on an iPhone. The new XS variants offer yet another Apple 'first', providing the highest storage capacity ever offered on an iPhone at a whopping 512GB.

All three of the new flagships feature advanced Face ID and the updated chip. Face ID has been updated so that it's faster and 'the most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone'. With your face as the password, you'll be able to unlock your iPhone, log in to apps and pay for things with a glance. Apple has updated its chip to the A12, featuring Apple's next-generation Neural Engine. The new Engine provides more fluidity and speed in performance, alongside greater augmented reality experiences (For more on the new features and AR update, see What's new in iOS 12)

Comparing models

iPhone XS

  • 5.8" Super Retina HD display
  • Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto camera
  • Face ID
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Wireless charging
  • 2m water resistance for up to 30 minutes

64 / 256 / 512 GB available

iPhone XS Max

  • 6.5" Super Retina HD display
  • Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto camera
  • Face ID
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Wireless charging
  • 2m water resistant for up to 30 minutes

64 / 256 / 512 GB available

iPhone XR

  • 6.1" Liquid Retina display
  • 12MP camera
  • Face ID
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Wireless charging
  • 1m water resistance for up to 30 minutes

64 / 128 / 256 GB available

Pricing and availability 

For information on the new Apple iPhone please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!

What’s new in Apple iOS 12

Apple has launched its latest software update: iOS 12. The updated operating system is designed so apps will open faster, scrolling is smoother, and crashes are fewer, providing up to 70% faster swipe to Camera, up to 50% faster keyboard display and up to 2x faster app launch under heavy workload.

What’s new?

Siri

Siri has been updated to provide Shortcuts that match your day, whether that’s your morning playlist, directions to today’s meeting or your home ETA. You’ll be able to view Siri shortcuts straight from the Lock screen and run shortcuts with your voice or create your own with the Shortcuts app.

Conference capabilities

Apple is soon to introduce group FaceTime calls up to 32 users. The new video and audio support for large groups is currently running in Apples iOS 12.1 beta programme and once released will allow you to initiate a group FaceTime directly from a group thread in Messages or join an active FaceTime at any time.

Memoji & Animoji

Currently supported by the iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple has updated the previous ‘Animoji’ to provide a new type of animated ‘Memoji’. Memoji allows you to create a human character and works with the front-facing camera to bring your character to life. The camera picks up your expressions allowing you to record 30-second video clips of your Memoji talking and send it in a conversation, as you would with the previous Animojis.

Improved AR

The introduction of ‘ARKit 2’ allows developers to create more immersive AR experiences, including ones that multiple people can experience simultaneously. You’ll be able to send AR objects via Messages and Mail and take advantage of a new AR app, ‘Measure’, providing an AR tape measure for you to accurately measure real-world objects with.

Screen time

iOS 12 allows you to view how often you’re picking up your device, how many notifications you receive, and how much time you spend using various apps. Allowing you to gain a better understanding of how you, your employees or your children spend time using apps, visiting websites and on your device overall.  

Notification management

Just as Screen Time gives you more insight into how you use your devices, Instant Tuning gives you new ways to reduce interruptions throughout your day. You’ll be able to manage your notifications in real-time from the Lock screen, notifications from a specific app to Notification Centre, or turn them off altogether. Siri also makes intelligent suggestions about your alerts based on how you interact with them. Similarly to Blackberry’s Hub, message threads and notification topics in iOS 12 are now grouped together so you can easily and quickly view your notifications. Better yet, Do Not Disturb has been updated so that you can choose to turn it on for your afternoon meeting and it will automatically turn off once your event ends or you move location.

Security

In iOS 12, Safari now prevents Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting your device’s unique characteristics, so they can’t identify your device or re-target ads to you across the web.

Photos

The For You tab shows you great moments from your photo library and intelligently suggests sharing photos with the people in them. And if the recipients are using iOS 12, they’ll be prompted to share their photos from the event with you too. Search suggestions help you find the exact photo you’re looking for or rediscover a great one you had forgotten about. Even before you start typing, you’ll see suggestions for recent events, people and places. And as you type, the results are smarter and more powerful, and you can refine them by adding multiple keywords.

Compatibility: 

iPhone 

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • 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

iPad

  • 12.9" iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9" iPad pro 1st generation
  • 10.5" iPad Pro
  • 9.7" iPad Pro
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 2

iPod

  • iPod Touch 6th generation

Spend Caps

As of October 1st 2018, new or renewing customers will receive the opportunity to specify a billing limit or ‘spend cap’ in their contract. The cap will limit the amount you may be charged in each billing period. You’ll be able to amend or remove a limit in respect to all billing periods or a specified billing period. You may exceed your limit if you agree to after a receiving a notification.

When can I request a limit?

You may request a limit at any time, but it will only come into effect at the start of the next billing cycle.

What notifications will I receive?

You’ll receive a notification when you reach certain usage levels, for Vodafone customers notifications will be sent when you’ve reached 80% and 100% of your limit.

What happens once I reach my limit?

You’ll be barred from the service (texts, calls and data) and will not be able to use it for the rest of the month.

Can I remove the limit?

If you reach your limit and wish to continue to use your service, you may request the limit is removed for the rest of the month. In doing so, you’ll be charged for the use of the service for the rest of the billing cycle. At the start of the next billing cycle, your limit will be restored. If you wish to permanently remove the limit, you may do so upon request.

How do I request or remove a limit?

You can manage your limits by calling our team on 01252 854352 or email support@cmmtelecoms.co.uk. We are always more than happy to help!

Huawei announces Honor Magic 2

Huawei has delivered a contemporary take on the Nokia 8110 or ‘banana phone’. The new flagship sports a near bezel-less display and sliding selfie camera.

From the 'Matrix' model to the modern Magic 2

From the ‘Matrix’ model to the modern Magic 2

Huawei kept relatively quiet about the new device during the launch event, but did announce that the Honor Magic 2 will feature Huawei’s latest, next generation processor, the Kirin 980. Honor president, George Zhao, also claimed the Magic 2 has a near 100pc screen to body ratio, providing the appearance of the ultimate edge-to-edge display. The Magic 2 will be able to be charged quickly with a 40 watt charger, claimed by Honor to provide “15 layers of protection”. Notably, the phone will be able to automatically identify the battery, cable and charger, and only when all three parts are identified as safe will the Super Charger start.

It looks similar to the Oppo Find X, but there's a big difference: The Magic 2 has a manual slider mechanism.

For more updates on pricing and release date of the Honor Magic 2, check back at the CMM blog!