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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Revealed.

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Apple has revealed the first Pro twist on its best-selling iPhone range, the iPhone 11 Pro, which is available in two sizes – 5.8-inch, and 6.5-inch. Those are exactly the same screen sizes seen on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone 11 Pro on-stage, lavishing praise on its “all-new design,” which seems like a stretch to us. From the outside, the iPhone 11 Pro looks almost identical to its predecessor – save for the new square-shape camera cut-out which houses three new cameras and a brighter LED flash.

Like the iPhone XS and XS Max before it, the iPhone 11 Pro uses surgical-grade stainless steel for the chassis – instead of aluminium seen on the more affordable Apple iPhone 11. As with its predecessor, the front and the back of the handset are glass to enable wireless charging. 

However, Apple has created a new textured matte finish for the glass on the rear panel to give the handset a new feel in the hand. It is the only iOS device available with this finish. When it comes to colours, Apple has shaken things up again. As well as the Silver, Space Grey and Gold finishes seen on previous flagship models, Apple has introduced a new Midnight Green option.

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© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Release Date Price Specs

iPhone 11 Pro has four more hours battery life than iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts five more hours than the iPhone XS Max. That’s for a total of 18-hour battery life for video playback, 11-hours streamed video and 65-hours for audio playback on the iPhone 11 Pro, and 20-hours, 80-hours and 12-hours on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, respectively. Both of these new flagships ship with a 18W fast-wired charging plug in the box to help top-up the handset faster than before.

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The new handset has improved dust and water resistance, too. So you shouldn’t have to reach for a big bag of rice if you drop the iPhone 11 Pro into a swimming pool, pint, or – heaven forfend – toilet bowl.

Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro range has the first camera system that truly warrants the “Pro” title. The (slightly unsightly) new square-camera includes a 12MP wide-angle, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 120° field of view, and a 12MP telephoto camera. These work together to enable iPhone 11 Pro users zoom in 2x and zoom-out 2x – for a total of 4x levels of optical zoom.

The iPhone 11 Pro will benefit from new Deep Fusion technology that takes nine different pictures, including four before you’ve even hit the Shutter button inside the default camera app to enable new levels of detail from the camera. The results should be much crisper images.

The Deep Fusion system, which won’t be available at launch but will debut with a software update in the coming months, is very similar to what Google does with its Pixel smartphone range. In fact, the photo shown on-stage to advertise the system looks remarkably similar to something shot on a Google Pixel 3, with the same (until now) unmatched crispy level of detail.

Apple says the all-new wide camera boasts a new Night mode that delivers “huge improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments”, resulting in brighter images with natural colours and reduced noise.

The triple-camera also uses the same Smart HDR system introduced alongside the iPhone 11. According to Apple, the new system uses “advanced algorithms to finesse highlight and shadow detail in your image” including leveraging “machine learning to recognise faces in your shot and intelligently relight them”.

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All three cameras in the triple-camera system can shoot 4K Ultra HD video. iOS 13 includes video editing features, so you can tweak exposure levels, brightness, crop the footage and more, directly within the Photos app.

Like the more affordable iPhone 11, the new Apple handset includes spacial audio sound with Dolby Atmos from the front-firing speakers.

It also benefits from stronger glass on the front and back of the handset, faster Face ID facial recognition, and new Haptic Touch system which replaces the previous pressure-sensitive 3D Touch system.

In the United States, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro starts from $999, while the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max starts from $1,099. That’s exactly the same price the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max commanded last year. However, in the UK the prices have creeped-up, with the iPhone 11 Pro starting from £1,049 (up from £999) and iPhone 11 Pro Max starting from £1,149 (up from £1,099) for the entry-level 64GB model.

Pre-orders will go live on Friday September 13, 2019 with the first units appearing on store shelves, and dropping through letterboxes, on September 20, 2019.

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been ditched from the line-up, with the iPhone XR and iPhone 8 sticking around as the more affordable options, starting from $599 (roughly £629) and $449 (£479), respectively.

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A Fully Electric Range Rover To Be Launched Soon.

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It seems that Land Rover is working on its first fully electric Range Rover alongside a new flagship Jaguar XJ saloon. This new all-electric vehicle is thought to be the company's most road-centric vehicle yet but still with more off-road capabilities than competitors.  Advertisement

The new vehicle is being developed under the working name of "Road Rover" and is thought to be a competitor to the all-electric Porsche Macan and the Audi e-tron.

A electric Range Rover made by Jaguar Land Rover on display during the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire
© Getty A electric Range Rover made by Jaguar Land Rover on display during the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire

It's also thought that this new vehicle will sit somewhere between the Range Rover Evoque and the Velar in terms of size. 

The move towards a fully electric vehicle will also help support the company's efforts in China where its performance has been lacking of late. The Chinese government is pushing hard on fully electric cars and so this new effort in the area will help sales. 

The Road Rover is another part of Jaguar Land Rover's investment in electric car production and comes alongside the new electric Jaguar flagship XJ saloon. The continued move towards hybrid and fully-electric vehicles is a sign of JLR embracing the future. 

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RUMOURS: Apple AR Glasses Are Set for A ‘Revolutionary’ 2020 Launch.

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Apple's augmented reality headset will enter mass production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year in time for an early 2020 launch, according to a new report out today from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and seen by MacRumors.

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In his latest research note with TF International Securities, the analyst says Apple will cooperate with third-party brands to launch its first head-mounted AR product in 2020, with Changying Precision tipped to be the main chassis supplier.

A Kuo report in March claimed Apple would launch an AR product in 2020 that could be ready by the middle of next year. However, Kuo has brought forward his predicted time of release and the analyst now believes the launch window for the product will fall in the second quarter of 2020.

Back in July, a DigiTimes report claimed Apple had suspended its AR headset project, but just last month, code found in Xcode 11 and iOS 13 confirmed that Apple is still working on an augmented reality headset of some kind.

Within the internal Find My app bundle that MacRumors exclusively shared, there is also an icon depicting what appears to be an AR or VR headset that looks similar to the Google Cardboard.

Kuo understands that Apple's AR glasses will be marketed as an iPhone accessory and primarily take a display role while wirelessly offloading computing, networking, and positioning to the iPhone.

Designing the AR glasses to work as an iPhone accessory is also expected to allow Apple to keep the glasses slim and lightweight, rather than trying to pack in all the processing hardware into the one device.

As early as November 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple was developing an AR headset. Apple originally aimed to have it ready by 2019, but the company was relaxed about not shipping a product until 2020. The report said the headset would run on a new custom operating system, based on iOS, and dubbed "rOS" for "reality operating system."

In addition, today's report underlines Kuo's previous prediction that the most important change to the Apple chassis industry chain in 2020 will be the upgrade of the 5G iPhone's metal mid-frame/chassis.

For Apple's 2020 iPhones, Kuo believes the company will adopt a new metal frame structure reminiscent of the iPhone 4, which will significantly increase the unit cost due to the increase in processing procedures and the integration of composite materials.

Today's report from the respected Apple analyst also covered Apple's iPad Pro and MacBook plans for 2020, which we've covered in a separate article.

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South Africa Set To Launch Smartphone Factory.

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New reports indicate that a smartphone factory will be officially launched in South Africa this Thursday. This development comes a year after Mara CEO Ashish Thakkar announced that he will open a smartphone factory in South Africa.

Hardly a week ago, Mara Group unveiled first ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones in Rwanda: Mara X and the pricier Mara Z.

While many companies assemble parts in African countries, they import the components from outside the continent. “We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” Thakkar noted earlier.

The official opening of the new factory which will be based in Dube Trade Port in Durban is going to be presided over by South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa is a firm believer that technology and innovation can be leveraged to solve South Africa’s problems as well as bring development. It is the reason he has continuously pushed South Africa, not just as an adopter but as a leader of the new technological revolution.

Teleco company MTN has welcomed the idea of locally-made smartphones adding that “We are in the process of approving them as a potential supplier.”

Given the current developments, it is evident that Africa is developing to be a tech hub. The continent’s tech sector continues to experience significant growth and it is no doubt that it is expanding at a rapid pace. Tech startups remain one of the most funded startups across the continent.

Notably, the development of tech hubs across Africa has had a ripple effect since it has boosted tech innovations which have in turn expanded job opportunities.

A ‘tech hub’ is a physical space developed to help technology startup companies grow and succeed to become the next tech titan like the likes of Facebook. These tech hubs also offer well-established collaborations and investment networks.

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Motorola’s Moto G8 Plus Leaks WithTriple Rear Cameras, 4,000mAh Battery.

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Images and details about Motorola’s unannounced Moto G8 Plus have leaked online, giving us a hint of what to expect from the budget device. WinFuture reports that the G8 Plus will feature a triple-camera array on its rear, and it will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor powered by a 4,000mAh battery. 

The phone’s three rear cameras will reportedly consist of a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel 117-degree wide angle camera, and a third 5-megapixel depth sensor alongside a laser autofocus system. That’s pretty much the same as what we saw on the Motorola One Zoom when it was announced last month, minus that phone’s titular telephoto lens. It’s a decent upgrade over the basic dual camera found on last year’s Moto G7 Plus.

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Battery is another area where the G8 Plus is rumored to improve on its predecessor. The G7 Plus included a 3,000mAh battery, which is three-quarters of the 4,000mAh battery in this year’s model. That’s not quite as big as the 5,000mAh battery in the G7 Power, but it’s still a big improvement.

Otherwise, the specs reported by WinFuture are more typical of a device that’s likely to be released at a budget price point. The phone includes a 1080p 6.3-inch IPS display with a small notch up top and the option of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage alongside its 4GB of RAM. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack alongside the USB-C port used for charging.

If Motorola’s past device history is anything to go by, the Moto G8 Plus could be accompanied by as many as three other devices when it’s announced. Mobielkopen has unearthed images of one such device, which it speculates could be either the Moto G8 or G8 Play. Details are a little bit thinner for this device, but the images suggest it has one fewer lens on its rear, perhaps an indication that it lacks the laser autofocus system found on the Plus.

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WinFuture reports that the lineup is expected to be announced at an event in Brazil on October 24th. That’s a little early, considering the G7 lineup was only announced back in February. But since the Moto G7 phones are some of the best budget smartphones around, we’re not going to complain too much about an early follow-up.

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