Welcome to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you are new to this website, this is where we take a look at the week’s technology news stories.
Of course, we have to start off with the big story of the week and it’s Apple. They held their September 2018 event where they unveiled a bunch of new products. Of course, we have to start off with the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. They are basically a small improvement on the iPhone X that came out last year. Another noteworthy feature of the iPhone XS is the ability to insert two SIM cards (if you want to). Other than that, no other major changes to the phone. The iPhone XS starts at £999 and the iPhone XS Max starts at £1099. You will be able to pre-order The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max from the 14th of September. The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max will then release on the 21st of September.
Up next, we have the iPhone XR. It’s basically going to be an iPhone XS but not as powerful. It will have a 6.1″ LCD display which Apple has called the Liquid Retina HD display. Like the iPhone XS you will also be able to use it with two SIM cards (should you choose to do so). It will come in White, Black, Blue, Yellow and Coral. There will also be a (Product)Red version. These will all be priced at £749 and can be pre-ordered starting on the 19th of September (so 3 days away). Otherwise, the iPhone XR will be available to buy starting on the 26th.
Coincidentally all of these three iPhones will come with iOS 12 out of the box. If you have a compatible iPhone or iPad with iOS 12, then you will be able to update to it on the 17th of September (tomorrow).
Last but not least, we also have the Apple Watch Series 4. It has a new digital crown (the main navigation control) with haptic feedback. The whole of the front of the watch is now taken up by the screen. It also has fall detection, which means that if you fall, a notification will pop up on the watch giving you the ability to call your emergency contacts and alert the emergency services. After 60 seconds of being immobile, it will then send a message to your emergency contacts. The apple watch will start at £399 for the GPS-only model and £499 for the GPS + Cellular model. You can pre-order yours right now, and it will release on the 21st of September.
MacOS Mojave is the latest of Apple’s operating systems for their desktop and laptop computers. It will be released on the 24th of September and it will be a free upgrade.
Let’s take a look at some of the other news of the week and we’ll switch over to the world of gaming.
Fortnite is a popular battle royale game where 100 people enter a map and battle it out. Only 1 will emerge as the victor. With Fortnite now on the Nintendo Switch, there is one major question about Nintendo’s paid online service (dubbed Nintendo Switch Online): Will you have to pay for a Nintendo Switch Online membership? The answer is no. In a posting on their FAQ pages, Nintendo states: “Some games, such as Fortnite, can be played online without a Nintendo Switch membership.”
Keeping with the gaming theme, Katamari Damacy is coming back in the form of Katamari Damacy Reroll. The king of all cosmos has made a right mess. Your job in each level is to roll up a ball of all sorts of different objects to a specific size before the time runs out. This is a PlayStation 2 game that has been remastered and is coming to the Nintendo Switch and the PC on the 7th of December 2018.
Google had previously built an offline version of the Gmail web application inside of Google Chrome. However, Google has announced that the Gmail offline application is going away on the 3rd of December. As an alternative, Google has baked the offline functionality that the application had into the new version of Gmail. For more information, visit Google’s FAQ page.
That’s going to be it for this edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. What were your favourite news stories from this week? Let me know in the comments.