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Roundup: Everything Apple announced today at its iPhone X event



It’s easy to get overwhelmed on iPhone event day, especially one as jam-packed as today. After months of rumors, Tim Cook and his fellow Apple executives took to the stage at Steve Jobs Theater to unveil a trio of new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, a new 4K Apple TV, and more. Read on for a full roundup of it all…

Before Tim Cook even took the stage, however, Apple fans were already abuzz as the first images of Apple Park and Steve Jobs Theater hit the internet. Steve Jobs played an integral role in the development of Apple Park, and Tim Cook honored him appropriately with his opening monologue.

Apple kicked off the actual event with a brief retail update that saw retail chief Angela Ahrendts grace the stage for an update on projects around the world. Ahrendts talked about Today at Apple, new stores opening soon, and more.

From there, we jumped ahead to the first big news of the day: Apple Watch. CFO Jeff Williams took the stage to first announce the new “Apple Heart Study” in partnership with Stanford Health. This sees Apple bring a host of new heart rate features to the Apple Watch, including rhythm detection and a notification system.

Williams then introduced the all-new Apple Watch Series 3, which packs a host of improvements including LTE and a new dual-core processor that’s up to 70 percent faster:

Then it was Apple TV time. Apple officially announced the new Apple TV 4K, as well as new iTunes improvements to go along with it. iTunes will start selling 4K movies and TV shows for the same price as HD, while it will also upgrade existing purchases for free.

It was then time for the real meat of the day: the iPhone. Apple started with the announcement of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. This rather face-paced section saw the company hype features such as its new A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, augmented reality, and more. Apple also announced here that iOS 11 will be released to the public on September 19th.

Then, Apple had “One more thing…” to share with us: the iPhone X (‘ten’). Here, Apple showcased something that it has been wanting to create for ten years: a smartphone that is all screen. The company touted features such as Face ID, the new design and OLED Super Retina Display, the new camera capabilities, and more.

Apple also announced Animoji – a new feature that takes sending emoji to a whole new level:

It was certainly a big day for Apple fans everywhere, even though we’re still a couple of weeks away from the first product releases from today’s events. What was your favorite announcement? Let us know down in the comments.

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Sculptures of Apple Park, Sunnyvale campus on display at new exhibition of technology architecture



Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is being spotlighted at a new art exhibition opening in England today. Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe features iconic architecture of major technology companies around the world, including Apple Park and the nearby Central & Wolfe campus in Sunnyvale.

Artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell are the duo behind the project, and are marking 40 years of artistic partnership. The exhibition kicked off today at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England with a tour by the artists. On display through June 10th, the reception coincides with the opening of two other exhibits at the same venue.

Here’s how the Ikon Gallery describes the project:

Featuring the new iconic architecture of the global technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, Alibaba and Google, the exhibition includes a new series of relief sculptures, installations, digital animations and portraits that explore the increasingly profound influence they have on our lives in the age of ‘Big Data’.

One of the more popular displays in the exhibit is sure to be Langlands and Bell’s cross-section sculpture of Apple Park, based on architectural drawings from Foster + Partners, the building’s architects. Also featured is a sculpture of Apple’s “second spaceship” campus currently under construction in Sunnyvale, CA. Designed by architecture firm HOK, the Central and Wolfe campus has been leased by Apple and is just a short drive from Cupertino. Late last year, we brought you photos from the construction site.

Both sculptures are constructed of wood, aluminium, MDF, and acrylic, mounted in front of stark and vibrant blocks of color. The model of Apple Park was originally part of an exhibit called “Infinite Loop” which ran at London’s Alan Cristea gallery in 2017.

Alongside Apple’s campuses, a new model commissioned by the Ikon Gallery will highlight Google’s Charleston East facility currently under construction. An exhibition catalogue from Cornerhouse Publications and a commemorative print of Apple Sunnyvale are currently available for pre-order from the Ikon Gallery.

Apple has been the subject of several art installations in recent months, including a Foster + Partners architecture exhibit and book featuring Apple Park, as well as a gallery in Spain of the art that inspired the iPhone X’s wallpapers.

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Nubia V18 Android Smartphone Announced



Nubia has announced the launch of its latest Android smartphone, the Nubia V18. The handset is equipped with a 6.01 inch LCD display that has a FHD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.

The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile processor and it also features 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

The Nubia V18 comes with 64GB of included storage, if you need some more storage then there is a microSD card slot for expansion. The handset also comes with a 4000 mAh battery and it comes with front and rear cameras.

On the front of the device there is an 8 megapixel f/2.0 camera for video calls and Selfies and on the back of the device there is a 13 megapixel f/2.2 camera on the back for photos and videos. The handset comes with Android Nougat and Nubia UI 5.1.

The Nubia V18 will come in a choice of colors that includes black, red and gold, prices for the device start at CNY 1,2999 which is about $205 at the current exchange rate.

Source GSM Arena

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Chase Mobile updated with iPhone X optimization & more



Even though the iPhone X has been available for several months now, there are still a slew of notable apps waiting on optimization for the device’s 5.8-inch OLED display. Today, however, Chase has finally updated its iOS app with iPhone X support…

Chase doesn’t explicitly mention iPhone X optimization in the update’s changelog, but the app now takes full advantage of the larger display wrapping around the notch cutout at the top, as seen in the screenshots above.

Elsewhere, today’s update to the Chase app on iOS brings a new Profile & Settings interface, better support for Chase credit card payments, and more. Here’s the full changelog:

  • New ‘Profile & Settings’ screen makes it easier to access alerts, messages, documents & settings.
  • Conveniently set up and manage automatic payments for Chase credit cards.
  • Add pay-from accounts from other banks to pay your Chase credit card bill.
  • Eligible customers can add their accounts from other banks, and use them to transfer money to and from their Chase accounts.

The Chase app is available for free on the App Store. While there are still other apps we’re waiting to add iPhone X support (Inbox), it’s nice to see Chase finally do its part.

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