Motorola Moto X4 India launch date October 3, price in India

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 21, 2017 10:31 am


Motorola, Moto X4, Moto X4 Price, Moto X4 India, Moto X4 Price in India, Moto X4 launch in India, Moto X4 specifications, Moto X4 India Launch, Moto X4 Review Motorola Moto X4 will launch in India on October 3, and the company has sent out press invites for the same.

Motorola Moto X4 will launch in India on October 3. The company has started sending press invites for the launch of the Moto X4 in India. While the invitation doesn’t provide any information on what Motorola will launch or unveil, the picture on the invite is a pretty clear signal at the arrival of the Moto X4 in the country.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the fact the company has recently started putting out teasers for the phone on its Twitter handle. Moto X4 will be launched in India on October 3, but we have yet to learn when exactly it will be available and how much it will cost. The smartphone was first announced last month at the annual IFA tradeshow in Berlin.

For those who’re interested, Moto X4 offers a 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080) display, a Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, microSD card support, and a 3,000mAh battery inside. Like other Motorola smartphones, Moto X4 runs a pure version of Android Nougat. On the camera front, Moto X4 has a dual-camera setup, comprising of a 12MP and 8MP sensor. Also, add a 16MP shooter in the front of the phone for self portraits and video calling.

Moto X4 will have a lot to live up to, considering the competition is getting fierce in the premium mid-end segment. When launched in India, Moto X4 will be directly compared to the OnePlus 5, Vivo V7+, and Honor 8 Pro. The latter smartphone, especially, has been praised for its superior camera and overall performance.

Moto X4 launches in the pre-Diwali season when a lot of other players will also be offering their newer smartphones. We’ll have to see how the Moto X4 is priced in India. The Moto Z2 Play is currently the latest premium offering in India from the company at a price of Rs 27,999.

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macOS High Sierra release date, , new features and compatibility

Apple gave us a preview of macOS High Sierra, the newest version of its Mac and MacBook operating system, at WWDC in June 2017. The updated software, which will launch to the public in September and is currently in beta testing, brings new core technologies, opportunities for developers looking to jump on the VR bandwagon, and refinements to apps such as Safari, Photos and Mail.

In this article we’ve got everything you need to know about High Sierra: interface changes, new features and which Macs are compatible with the new OS.

Release date

The final verison of macOS High Sierra will be available to download on 25 September.

The Gold Master beta version become available following the 12 September Apple event, find out what else Apple announced at that event here.

If you want to decide whether or not the upgrade is worth it, check out our Sierra vs High Sierra comparison review.

High Sierra beta versions

You can run a beta verison of High Sierra now!

Ahead of the launch, developers can get their hands on a beta of High Sierra from developer.apple.com and non-developers who sign up to Apple’s public beta program are also able to get a copy of the public beta from beta.apple.com.

Find out how to install the beta version of High Sierra here.

High Sierra problems

Reports are indicating that those with Fusion Drives may experience some difficulties when the new macOS High Sierra operating system lauches. 

This is because the new Apple File system (APFS), more on that below, will not support Fusion Drives at launch. 

This shouldn’t affect anyone who hasn’t been running the beta version of High Sierra, but if you have been running High Sierra beta on your Fusion Drive equipped iMac then beware that you will need to follow Apple’s advice to convert your Fusion Drive back to the previous HFS+ format before installing High Sierra. 

Apple’s instructions, which you can read here suggest that you should first make a Time Machine back up, then create a bootable installer of High Sierra, and reformat the drive before recovering your data from the Time Machine backup.

Apple also outlines how to overcome this particular challenge using Internet Recovey, but advises that it is only for advanced users.

New features in macOS High Sierra

Sierra brought some big new features to the Mac, such as Siri and Apple Pay – so what’s new now?

MacOS High Sierra brings changes with it that you might be unaware of because they are all happening ‘under the hood’.

These changes to the core technologies include:

  • A new Apple File System that will change the way the Mac stores your data, as well as make copying files faster.
  • Improvements that will enhance 4K video playback (and reduce the space taken up by those videos).
  • The graphics capabilities will be improved, bringing VR to supported Macs.

High Sierra reminds us of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard – two updates that built on the OS changes introduced in the previous year’s versions (Lion and Leopard respectively), and focused more on the underlying technologies, with fewer changes to the outside. Keeping Sierra as part of the name certainly seems to back this up.

However, there are ways in which these core technologies will improve your Mac experience in a way you will notice. Speaking on 1 August, Tim Cook talked briefly about the “immersive gaming, 3D and virtual reality experiences made possible with the upcoming release of macOS High Sierra”.

There are also some new features coming to some of the apps Apple ships with macOS, such as the ability to turn off autoplaying video in Safari, and new advanced editing tools in Photos.

You can also expect to see updates to:

  • Mail
  • Siri
  • iCloud
  • Spotlight
  • Notes
  • Messages

We’ll discuss the changes coming to all of those apps below, addressing the ‘core technologies’ later on in this article.

Safari

New features in Safari will help you personalise your experience when surfing the web. You can refine your settings for particular websites – making the text bigger for example on one site, or adjusting your location settings for another.

Apple is determined to make surfing the web a more pleasant experience, much to the dismay of advertisers as a result there will be no more auto-playing videos and no more cookies tracking your surfing habits and aiding advertisers who want to target ads to your interests.

Apple sells this as Intelligent Tracking Prevention which identifies trackers and keeps your browsing history between you and your internet provider rather than third parties.

What this means to users is that in macOS High Sierra, Safari automatically blocks audio and video on every site visited unless you specifically tell Safari that you want to hear the audio/video playback. Once you’ve ‘told’ Safari that a certain website can play audio and video, it should remember that the next time you visit the site (because who wants to enable it for every YouTube video they watch?).

As a final nail in the advertiser’s coffin, Apple will make all pages that support Safari Reader appear thus in your browser – with ads stripped out. For more information read How to use the new features in High Sierra. 

Photos

The Photos app for Mac is gaining some new organisation tools including an always-on side bar (like we had in iPhoto). This new side bar will make it easier to find things, or at least that’s Apple’s aim.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

There will be a redesigned Edit view along with new editing tools including Curves for fine-tuning and Selective Color for making adjustments within a defined colour range. You’ll also find new professionally inspired filters.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

Speaking of editing, Live Photos will gain a new Loop effect, so you can create a looping video, as well as a Bounce effect, which will play the action forward and backward.

There’s also a Long Exposure effect coming which will use Live Photos to blur water or extend light trails for a slow-shutterspeed-like effect. You’ll also be able to capture Live Photos from within FaceTime.

Your People Album will gets larger thumbnails and more accurate grouping of the ‘Faces’ (and this will stay in sync across all your devices if you use iCloud Photo Library.

Apple’s also introducing lots of new Memories categories – including pets, babies, outdoor activities, performances, weddings, birthdays and sporting events, and you’ll be able to easily filter photo collections by your favourite criteria.

Other handy changes in Photos include:

  • Viewing past imports in chronological order
  • The ability to do various functions right from the toolbar, such as rotate and favourite batches of images
  • The selection counter will tell you how many things you have selected
  • Filtering photo collections according to criteria
  • Photos will supports external editors, e.g. Photoshop can launch within Photos and save edits to the Photos library
  • Third-party projects extensions that let you order framed prints, create web pages and more

Mail

Apple has also tinkered with the Mail app for MacOS High Sierra.

Updates will include improvements to search to make it easier to find what you are looking for amid our ever growing inboxes.

Top Hits adds a section at the top of your search results that includes the messages deemed to be most relevant to your search. These Top Hits are based on the the mail you’ve read, the senders you reply to most often and people you have designated VIP status. According to Apple, the more you search, the smarter it gets.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Mail

macOS High Sierra latest news: Mail

Mail will also offer a long-requested feature; split-screen view when running the app full-screen.

Essentially, if you’ve got the Mail app open full-screen in macOS High Sierra and you want to send a new email, the composition window will open on the right-hand side of the screen instead of a new window, as currently it does in macOS Sierra.

Siri

Apple remains the only major AI player to offer the choice between a male and female voice, and these voices are going to get even more natural in macOS High Sierra.

Siri’s voice will be much more expressive and less robotic. You can expect more changes in expression and intonation.

Siri is more than just a pretty voice, though. It will be taking on the role of DJ, learning your preferences based on what you listen to (if you’re an Apple Music subscriber) and making recommendations, as well as helpfully putting together playlists for you.

Spotlight

The main addition to Spotlight appears to be integration with flight information. You’ll be able to enter your flight number to see arrival and departure times, terminals, gates, delays, and more.

Spotlight results will also include multiple Wikipedia pages when there is more than one answer to your query.

Notes

We think this one is a great addition – you’ll be able to Pin your most frequently used notes to the top so you can easily find them. This sure beats having to re-save a Note every time we access it so that it doesn’t get buried.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

You’ll also be able to add tables to Notes.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

Messages

This is perhaps one of the most exciting elements of the new Mac and iOS operating systems.

Your Messages are going to be stored in iCloud, so if you ever lose your phone you won’t lose all your messages, and more importantly, your Messages will be in sync across all your devices, so you won’t see alerts on your Mac for messages you have already read on your iPhone.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Messages

macOS High Sierra latest news: Messages

Because Messages will be stored in the cloud they won’t take up space on your Mac or iPhone either.

Apple File System

Now we’ve covered the fun stuff (i.e. the apps we use every day). Onto the under the hood changes that will hopefully enhance our overall experience on our Macs come this autumn.

First up is the introduction of the Apple File System (APFS) on the Mac. APFS arrived on our iPhones earlier this year in an update to iOS 10, and when it arrived the first thing we all noticed was that we got gigabytes of space back following the update. This is because Apple has rearchitected the way it stores data on its devices.

But APFS will do more than reduce the amount of space our data takes up. It will also make duplicating a file and finding the size of a folder instantaneous.

macOS High Sierra latest news: APFS

macOS High Sierra latest news: APFS

It also keeps files safe with built-in encryption, helps protect data from power outages and system crashes, and offers simplified data backup, according to Apple.

And perhaps most importantly, it is compatible with HFS drives and data, so you shouldn’t lose any data (although we’d always recommend that you back up!), and is designed with future advancements in storage technology in mind.

Why is this so exciting for Mac users? In addition to offering increased security when compared to the standard HPF system and built-in drive encryption, it offers a dramatic speed bump in file transfer speeds – ideal for those that move/copy/duplicate large files.

The introduction of APFS may even free up a bit of storage like it did for iOS users when Apple introduced it in iOS 10.3!

Video

High Sierra will also see Apple move to the H.265 video standard to support better 4K playback. H.265, also known as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) compresses video 40% more than H.264, and means high-def videos will take up less space on your Mac. High-quality video streaming will be possible too.

It’s not just about watching videos, though. The hardware accelerations on the new iMac and MacBook Pros will make HEVC encoding and editing possible.

(H.265 will also be arriving in iOS 11 for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the next iPhone.)

Metal 2

The Metal technology built into macOS makes it possible for apps to use the full power of the graphics processors. The incoming Metal 2 update brings new capabilities in machine learning, virtual reality and external GPU support.

The API has also been refined, and Apple claims it offers improved performance.

In conjunction with Thunderbolt 3, Apple will offer external GPU support on supported Macs (although this is expected to be a later addition, coming in Spring 2018).

Apple is offering an External Graphics Developer Kit to developers of apps that use Metal, OpenCL, and OpenGL. It costs £749 and will furnish them with all the hardware and software they need to optimise their app, it includes:

  • Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply
  • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card
  • Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub
  • Promo code for $100 towards the purchase of HTC Vive VR headset

Find out more about this here.

macOS High Sierra latest news

macOS High Sierra latest news

Virtual Reality

Apple will be offering support for VR content creation for the first time in High Sierra and as a result developers will be able to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac.

These capabilities are limited to the new 2017 iMac with Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pro coming in late 2017 and any supported Mac paired with an external GPU (although the latter will be delayed until Spring 2018).

Developers will be able to use peripherals like the HTC Vive VR headset and apps like Final Cut Pro X, SteamVR, Epic Unreal 4 Editor and Unity Editor to create immersive new worlds, says Apple.

Regarding its own video suite – Apple says that Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree workflows with the ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video, “later this year”.

Already, Steam is optimising their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, according to Apple.

macOS High Sierra latest news: VR

macOS High Sierra latest news: VR

This is in part thanks to the new Metal 2 technology introduced as part of the update that’ll give the existing Mac range a hefty boost in terms of graphical power, and signifies a huge step in the VR world; only months ago, Oculus claimed its Mac support was on hold due to the power required to use the headset.

Will this change now? Only time will tell, but we imagine it will be the case. 

Read next: Can you use Oculus Rift with Mac?

Which Macs can run High Sierra?

Thankfully, every Mac that can run the macOS Sierra can run High Sierra. Those machines are:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 or later)
  • Mac mini (2010 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 or later)

Read about how macOS High Sierra compares to Windows 10.

PS5 release date SHOCK – Could FIFA, Madden, Battlefield skip next Sony PlayStation? | Gaming | Entertainment

Electronic Arts has cast doubt over the future of consoles like the Sony PlayStation 5.

EA’s Chris Evenden told attendees at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference (via GamesIndustry.biz) that streaming services through smart TVs could be the future of gaming.

“I think it’s inevitable that the gaming entertainment world will move in much the same way that the music and video entertainment worlds have already moved, in the sense that people have moved from an ownership model to an access model,” he said.

“And you’ll see that in gaming, just as you’ve seen it with Spotify and Netflix in other media businesses.”

EA already has its Origins service on PC, not to mention EA Access on Xbox One. Likewise, both Sony and Microsoft have launched subscription-based streaming services for their games.

“That infrastructure barrier is still there, but it’s shrinking very rapidly,” he continued.

“And we think in the next couple of years, you’ll see some major technological announcements that will prove to be commercially significant in the next three to five years.”

Not having to buy a new console would make it cheaper for gamers, and potentially expand EA’s audience.

“Right now if you want to play FIFA in the United States, it will cost you $460,” Evenden added. “You have to buy the game; you have to buy the console.

“In a streaming world, it could be $9.99 a month. The commercial details have to be worked out, but whatever number it ends up at is very much less than $460. So that extends your market, because all you need locally is literally a smart TV.”

It could be that the PS5 won’t launch with titles like FIFA, Battlefield and Madden, or maybe the next generation PlayStation won’t release at all.

Sony’s Shawn Layden recently suggested that the PS5 would be a long time coming.

Layden said that it would “probably be some time” before the PS5 is released, which suggests that talk of a 2018 launch is premature.

He also addressed concerns that Sony would start releasing PS4 Pro-only titles.

“That will never happen!” he said. “With the Playstation 4 Pro we have for the first time implemented this kind of innovation within the life cycle of a console.

“The Pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and HMD for players who can and want to use that.

“Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But [PS4 owners have] no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.”

Overwatch Junkertown COUNTDOWN – Release date, time for PS4, Xbox One map, update | Gaming | Entertainment

developer Blizzard is about to release the Junkertown map on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

After a successful testing period on the Overwatch PTR, Blizzard has given the Junkertown map a September 19 release date.

There’s no official release time for the map, but Overwatch updates typically go live at around 7pm UK time.

The Junkertown map is expected to launch alongside a new update for Mercy.

As part of the Mercy update, the popular will only be able to resurrect characters on an individual basis. This will be a regular move with a cooldown period.

Her Ultimate ability  – which currently revives all downed teammates – will be replaced with a move called Valkyrie. Valkyrie boosts Mercy’s abilities and power, and even grants her the power of flight.

Junkertown, meanwhile, is a new Escort map set in the Australian Outback. You can see it for yourself in the gallery below…

“Junkertown is an Escort map located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback,” the official description explains.

“Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it’s now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen.

“When they aren’t pillaging the omnium’s skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches…and to survive.”

Fans will also want to keep an eye out for the Junker Queen, who can be seen in posters and heard over the loudspeakers in a recent trailer (below).

The release of the Junkertown map will be followed by another free weekend on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

From Friday, September 22 until Monday, September 26, fans can play the entire game for free on consoles and PC.

The Overwatch free weekend has an 7pm UK start time and ends at 6.59am UK time.

Fans will be able to try all of the maps, game modes and characters, and can even unlock Loot boxes.

Any progress will be transferred to the full game if they decide to purchase it.

Apple iPhone X – Release date, UK price and why you may struggle to buy one | Tech | Life & Style

Last week, Apple unveiled its most radical iPhone to date.

The iPhone X, (or iPhone 10 as it’s officially pronounced), features a 5.8-inch OLED display that covers the entire front of the device.

This screen is the brightest and sharpest ever seen on an iPhone and its clever design means owners get a much bigger display in a smartphone that’s physically smaller in their pocket.

Other new features include Face ID, which now replaces Apple’s famous Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

This facial recognition technology will unlock the device and secure Apple Pay payments by simply looking at the screen.

It has also allowed Apple to make emoji’s more interactive as the iPhone X now includes something called Animoji.

These animated characters can mirror a user’s captured facial expressions adding a personal touch to messages.

A TrueDepth camera captures and analyses over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot.

Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.

The iPhone X can also be charged wirelessly and has Apple’s latest A11 Bionic processor tucked inside which is the fastest set of brains the US technology giant has created.

An improved dual-lens camera also means the iPhone X can now take much better photos especially in low-light situations.

WHEN WILL THE iPHONE X GO ON SALE?

The iPhone X will arrive in stores from November 3 with fans able to pre-order from October 27.

Apple is selling the iPhone X directly and all the major networks are also stocking this new device with many already having pages on their websites where people can register their interest.

HOW MUCH WILL THE iPHONE X COST?

SIM-only prices for the iPhone X will start from £999 for the 64GB version and £1,149 for the 256GB model.

Full contract prices are yet to be released but a number of mobile operators have given some early indication of deals.

Most pay-monthly offers start from around £60 per month plus a hefty upfront fee.

For example, Carphone Warehouse says its iPhone X contracts will start £58 per month, with £149 upfront cost.

EE has also released a couple of prices which give customers 15GB of data for £77.99 per month with a £49.99 upfront fee.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO GET ONE?

Although the iPhone X has an official release date of early November it’s likely many fans won’t be able to get one until much later in the year.

Demand is expected to high and Apple may struggle to keep up with the huge surge in interest.

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently suggested some customers may not get devices until 2018.

In his latest research note with KGI Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said demand for the all-new iPhone X won’t be fully met until at least the first half of next year due to supply constraints.

This won’t be the first time Apple users have had to wait to get hold of the latest devices with many of the most popular iPhones usually running out of stock as soon as they are launched.

iOS 11 release date and features: iOS 11 will be available from tomorrow

Apple’s mobile operating system is one of the cornerstones of its business, and it’s some of the most-used software in the world. iOS 11 was announced at WWDC on 5 June 2017 alongside the release of developer beta. Following announcements made at Apple’s Special Event, iOS 11 will be heading to general release on 19 September.

Here we round up all of the latest news about Apple’s newest mobile OS and break down its key features.

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iOS 11 latest news

18/09/2017: Apple announced last week that iOS 11 will be available from 19 September, which is tomorrow.

The update will not cost users anything and has a range of new features including better ways to multitask, a new Apple Pencil, AR technology and more.

Features which enterprise customers will find useful include the new security innovations and the Files App, which brings a user’s files together in one place.

There will also be a new app store, a smarter Siri and the ability to customise the Control Center.

The tech giant held a conference at its new theatre in Cupertino where it announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as well as unveiling the iPhone X.

The iPhone X pre-orders open on 27 October and it is scheduled to be released on 3 November. It will be priced at £999 in the UK and $999 in the US and has a 5.8in screen, the largest of any iPhone. It has no home button and has FaceID, Apple’s new biometric authentication system, to replace the fingerprint reader.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 opened last Friday and it is due to hit retail stores on 22 September.

Apple also showed off the new LTE Apple Watch Series 3, which it emerged at the end of last week will not support international roaming.

Customers found out about the Apple 4K HDR TV and the company also said the watchOS 4 will be available from tomorrow too.

13/09/2017: Can iOS 11 make the iPhone X an enterprise hit?

Apple announced yesterday that its iOS 11 update is set to release on 19 September, which is just six days away.

With the 12 September launch of the iPhone 10 (X), we asked analysts whether iOS 11’s enterprise features will be enough to make the device a success in the enterprise, given Apple’s $25 billion stake in deploying its devices in businesses.

It will have a host of new features, including the do not disturb when driving function, where users will not receive notifications if the device senses you are driving. Siri is also able to learn from users to become even more helpful, thanks to advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Roberta Cozza, a research director at Gartner, told IT Pro that iOS 11’s security innovations will be a boon to the enterprise.

“The enterprise grade enhancements that we have seen with the iOS 11 release earlier this year will build further on the security and device management foundation that Apple has built over the years, release after release, around security and manageability for the iPhone (and the iPad),” she said.

“The new iOS 11 features around NFC access, updates to DEP, [and] Business Chat are a just few of the latest additions and effort to deliver and improve enterprise experience around their iphone and the iPad.”

She is also interested in its new AR functionality, saying: “The new 3D camera functionality should have an impact faster adoption of new ways of user authentication (ie 3D facial recognition … to unlock the iPhone, and Apple Pay).”

The other feature enabled by the iPhone X’s 3D camera will be AR apps via iOS 11’s ARKit platform, and Cozza said this could help B2B despite its currently Animoji consumer focus.

“If Apple will manage to grow and engage the developer community there is a great potential for AR apps also for verticals markets like education, remote training, retail for example,” she said. “Businesses are already today benefitting from AR solutions, and pilots and implementations here are growing fast.”

Cozza’s colleague, Annette Zimmermann, highlighted the Files App for enterprise customers, an application which brings a user’s files together in one place. This includes files on a user’s iPad, in apps, on other iOS devices, in iCloud drive and across other services such as Box and Dropbox.

Apple unveiled iOS 11’s release date at its live event in California yesterday. At the same time, it told the world about its £999 iPhone X, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as well as the Apple Watch Series 3.

19:16: Apple iOS 11 arriving on 19 September

Apple has announced that iOS 11 will be available for everyone from 19 September. That means in one week Apple users will be able to use the new OS and all the new features that come with it.

The news was unveiled to the world at Apple’s event in California. At the time of writing, the iPhone X has just been unveiled too.

iOS 11 release date and availability

The first iOS 11 beta was released in June at Apple’s WWDC keynote. Following a total of ten public betas, Apple has now set an official date of 12 September for its general release.

This bucks the trend somewhat, as Apple usually makes the latest version of its OS immediately available for download when it reveals the latest generation of iPhone – in this case, the iPhone X. Instead, it will arrive a full week after the phone’s debut.

As with all iOS updates, iOS 11 will be freely available to Apple customers with compatible devices. This time around, the minimum supported devices are: iPhone 5s and upwards, iPad Mini 2 and upwards, iPad 5 and upwards, and all iPad Air and iPad Pro models.

iOS 11 features

iOS 11 brings with it a number of new features, including both surface-level cosmetic tweaks and seriously meaty feature upgrades. There’s a slew up updates, but here are the biggest things that Apple is introducing with its latest iOS version.

Siri upgrade

Apple has improved its signature AI voice assistant for 2017’s range of devices, making its male and female voices more expressive and natural, enabling them to adjust intonation and pitch as well as emphasis and tempo. 

It’s now able to translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and can offer more personalisation based on use of Apple’s Safari, News, Messaging and Mail apps, suggesting topics you search for on Safari when you’re typing an email, for instance. 

ARKit

A big new feature for iOS 11 is the inclusion of augmented reality, with iPad and iPhone developers encouraged to use their built-in camera and motion sensors with the new ARKit to layer virtual elements on top of the real world for a different take on apps and games.

Camera improvements

Apple’s upgraded Portrait Mode to take pictures with optical image stabilisation, True Tone flash and HDR, to make them better-looking than ever. While Memory movies can now play in both landscape and portrait modes, Apple is conscious of your storage space, so uses High-Efficiency Image File Format to halve the size of every photo you take on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (and presumably on the iPhone 8, too).

Apple Pay person-to-person payments

Apple Pay gets ever more convenient with iOS 11, now allowing you to not only pay over the counter with contactless technology, but pay friends simply by sending an iPhone-to-iPhone text using Messages. For the first time, Apple is also allowing users to authorise payments using facial recognition, using its new FaceID technology. If voice is more your bag, you can use Siri to pay someone with the debit or credit cards you have stored in Wallet. Recipients can transfer the money from their Apple Pay Cash account into their bank account, or use it to buy things using Apple Pay. 

Disable Touch ID

Apple has also added a feature that allows users to bypass the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in order to make an call to the emergency services. By tapping the Touch ID button five times on a compatible iPhone, iOS 11 will bring up the option to dial emergency services without the need to enter a password to make the call.

The idea is the new feature is to ensure that iPhones can still be useful in situations where the user might be in danger or if they are having difficulty dialling the emergency services, or if they are unconscious and someone else needs to use their smartphone to make a emergency call.

Furthermore, the five rapid taps disable Touch ID and revert into requiring a password to be tapped in to the handset in order to activate it; a useful feature in situations where the user may be forced to unlock their phone using Touch ID, for example by authorities seeking to make people unlock their phones with their fingerprint in order to access their data.

The fingerprint scanner will then be disabled until the user puts in their password which will then switch Touch ID back on. Essentially, the additional feature adds another privacy option into the security suite of iOS 11.

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12/09/2017: Apple iOS 11 makes it harder for police to access a user’s data

Apple is said to have increased security measurements on iOS 11 which are set to be announced today.

Researchers and analysts who have had early access to iOS 11 claim the new features have been designed to make it harder to extract data from Apple’s iPhone without a six digit passcode, as reported by Wired.

Apple has also ensured that iPhones connected to unfamiliar computers would need a user to enter their passcode on their device in order for it to recognise the new machine.

The tech giant has included a “SOS mode” which is activated by tapping the home button five times. This will launch a lock screen with options for making an emergency call or providing an owner’s medical information. Additionally, it also disables TouchID and the phone will need a passcode to be unlocked. This ensures users can disable TouchID, if it’s included in the new device, and their data cannot be accessed that way.

This could help if Apple includes FaceID in its new device, as then a user can disable the feature so it cannot be used when it’s out of their hands.

In April 2016, Apple hired an encryption industry legend called Jon Callas to help strengthen its security following the privacy battle with the FBI. Apple was said to have a proactive approach in scaling up its security following the landmark legal case over whether the company could help the FBI to break the encryption on one of its products.

The FBI wanted to obtain data from the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers, but abandoned the case and paid a third party $1.3 million to hack the device instead.

Today Apple is set to unveil its iPhone 8 and potentially information about products such as the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K. An Apple insider released the iOS golden firmware (GM) code on Friday in a huge leak which spilled a lot of details about Apple’s new devices.

11/09/2017: Massive Apple leak hints at upcoming iOS 11 features

A major data leak over the weekend has given the public a glimpse as to what Apple has lined up for its special event tomorrow, including its plans for iOS 11.

The leak to several news sites lays bare iOS 11’s ‘Golden Master’ code, the firmware for the final release version of Apple’s mobile operating system, pointing to a host of features that relate to existing and future models of iPhones and iPads. The big hardware reveal was that the iPhone 8 will be called the iPhone X.

One area that will see some significant upgrades is the camera, which will receive an upgraded ‘Portrait Lighting’ mode, a similar feature to the portrait mode on the iPhone 7 that’s designed to give a better impression of picture depth.

Portrait Lighting modes include Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, Contour Light, and Studio Light.

No iOS update would be complete without a new set of emojis, only this time they are animal-themed. ‘Animojis’ are Apple’s latest set, which will animate traditional emojis based on the user’s facial expressions and voice, in what seems to be a feature based on Snapchat’s filters.

There’ll also be a host of new wallpapers with iOS 11, although there won’t be any dynamic wallpaper additions this time round. What users will get is a selection of retro options, with six-colour bands.

iOS 11 will be compatible with iPhone 5S and up, as well as iPad Mini 2 and iPod Touch 6th gen and newer. As is the case with previous years, we’re expecting the OS to launch either ahead or alongside the official launch of Apple’s new hardware.

07/09/2017: The tenth beta version of iOS 11 is now available for developers to try out, with the ninth public beta also being released.

There are no new front-facing features and it’s a 40MB download, according to Neowin. The publication also warns that if users are upgrading from earlier betas, such as 5 or 6 (which translate to public beta 4 or 5) there may be problems installing the new build. In order to prevent it from stalling indefinitely, users should delete the seed causing the problem and then reinstall the beta.

Access to the developer beta is available for users who have a developer account, which costs $99 a year, and the next beta installment can be downloaded from Apple’s developer website. If you’re not a developer, you can enroll in Apple’s public beta programme and try it out that way.

iOS 11 was unveiled at WWDC in June and is compatible with iPhone 5s and above, iPad 5th generation and above, and iPod Touch 6th generation devices.

It’s worth backing up your device before installing any beta software, or any updates to the builds, in case something goes wrong. Make sure you save any photos you value elsewhere too. If you want to return to iOS 10, simply connect your device to a Mac, open up iTunes and restore a previous version of the software from any backups made before updating.

09/08/2017: The fifth beta of Apple’s iOS 11 platform has been released to developers willing to pay $99 a year to access the first iterations of its new operating system.

If you’re in the public beta test group for iOS 11, you’ll be able to force your iPhone or iPad to update to the latest version in the next few days via its settings menu, although there’s normally a short wait while the company tests it won’t completely brick devices.

As you should expect from any update not officially released in the public domain, iOS 11 beta 5 isn’t the final iteration that will be freely available to all iPhone and iPad owners when it’s publicly released in September. This means you’ll need to be prepared for crashes, freezes and other bugs and TechCrunch has recommended you don’t install it on a device you use as your main phone for this reason.

The iOS 11 beta 5  doesn’t add much but some bug fixes to the previous test version. Despite ‘Messages in the Cloud’ rumoured to debut in this version, it has now been delayed as Apple attempts to finesse its performance. “Users can continue to receive and store messages on each device and they can continue to backup and restore messages using iCloud backup,” the release notes explained.

27/06/2017: Apple has launched the public beta of its latest iOS 11. The software is now out and ready to download for users.

The operating system was unveiled earlier this month at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Developers have already had access to earlier builds for testing and software development, but today marked the first time the general public can use the software to test out its new features and give any feedback on bugs.

iOS 11 is compatible with iPhone 5S and above, iPad 5th generation and above and iPod Touch 6th generation devices.

As with the iOS 10 public beta, users will need to enrol once again for the new beta programme to download and install iOS 11. To do this, head to beta.apple.com and register your device. Then sign up using your Apple ID. Once that is done, Apple then asks users to accept an agreement before going into the public beta programme.

Users can click on ‘enrol your device’ and select iOS 11. Users will then have to install a configuration profile and restart their device. Once that is done, users can head into Settings and Software Update and follow the instructions to download and install iOS 11.

Before installing any beta software, it is always a good idea to make a backup of the device in iTunes as well as importing any photos into Photos.

If you want to go back to iOS 10, simply connect the iOS device to a Mac and open up iTunes to restore a previous version of the software from any backup made prior to updating.

15/06/2017: Apple has finally lifted the lid on iOS 11, announcing a slew of new features, improvements to the Siri assistant and a redesigned App Store across both iPhone and iPad.

The forthcoming OS update promises significant upgrades to the Siri smart assistant, which will now pool together learning from each owned Apple device, increasing the speed and accuracy of recommendations. That collective learning was demonstrated onstage at the WWDC San Jose event, showing Siri accurately recognising ‘Reykjavik’ as an associated word to the search term ‘Iceland’, which was then used as a suggested word in a message.

Siri, which is now used on 375 million devices, will now feature more realistic female and male voices, and be able to deliver more expressive speech patterns across a number of different languages. Translation support was also added. Initially, Siri will be able to translate English into French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian, although this will be expanded upon in the coming months.

Other notable improvements include added functionality to Apple Pay, allowing you to transfer payments directly to another person – including through an integration with Messages – and a new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode, which filters out unnecessary messages and replies with an automated response.

iPad users are also getting a brand new App Dock and App Switcher UI, making it easier to multitask across apps, as well as a sorely needed Drag-and-Drop feature allowing for content to be seamlessly shared between open apps. As predicted, the Files app will also be making its way to iPad, with added support from third-party cloud storage providers including Box and Dropbox.

The App Store has also received a face-lift, which centres on the use of tabs for apps and games. This visibly makes the store a far more engaging experience – user reviews are placed front and centre, while developer interviews and stories help give the user an idea of how the app was made.

Apple’s Drag and Drop feature on the iPad

iMessage data will now be synced across Apple devices using end-to-end encryption, and the app drawer has also been updated to make it easier to add apps and stickers into messages.

Apple has also made improvements to way photos are taken and stored on your device. HEVC coding will now feature as standard for video content on iOS 11, while photos will now use Apple’s own High-Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format. These new formats promise to halve the size of every photo and video taken on the iPhone 7, drastically reducing the amount of device and cloud storage used.

Developers were also treated to a live demo of Apple’s new ‘ARKit’, a tool that allows for the creation of AR apps using cameras and sensors built into current iPhone 7 models. The impressive toolkit promises to be simple to use, enabling developers to create similar experiences to the recent Pokemon Go craze.

Apple also announced a machine learning developer kit known as ‘Core ML’, a suite of AI driven tools that will help developers build apps that can learn and predict. Impressively, the kit uses a framework that is powered locally on an iOS device, rather than through a cloud service. 

Other announcements include:

  • A revamped control centre that packs all functions into a single pane
  • Simplified notifications centre that is accessible from the lock screen
  • Improvements to the Navigation app for speeds and lane guidance
  • HomeKit will now support speakers and AirPlay 2 protocol
  • Added social functions to Apple Music, which will now display what your friends are listening to

iOS 11 is available in developer preview today, with a public beta programme going live by the end of the month. The OS will be available for free for users on iPhone 5s and upwards, as well as all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, fifth-generation iPads and iPad Mini 2 and later.

Xbox One X Pre Order date: New standard edition release coming this week? | Gaming | Entertainment

While fans have been able to pre order an Xbox One X in the past, stock was quick to sell out.

The first batch of consoles were released by Microsoft during their Gamescom conference in August, which also provided a little incentive.

Those first units were Project Scorpio Editions, which came with their own special design to celebrate the initial name of the console.

Microsoft have since confirmed that those consoles will not be available at retail again, and were only supposed to be a little bonus for those grabbing the console early.

“Although our fans may no longer be able to pre-order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition in their country, we know people are still anxious to get their hands on the world’s most powerful console,” a message from Microsoft explains.

“We will be announcing details of the next wave of Xbox One X standard edition pre-orders next month so stay tuned for more information.”

As mentioned above, the tech giant also promised to reveal when their next batch of Xbox One X consoles would be launched this month.

And a recent retail leak appears to have confirmed that date.

According to Thisgengaming.com, a recent online advert for the console revealed that new stock will be arriving on September 21.

If this proves true, Microsoft should make their announcement early this week, although the advert also suggested that units would only be available in-store.

Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see if the console sells as well as the first batch.

That’s when the Xbox One X broke some company records, according to Microsoft.

“Within just a few days, we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world,” the tech giant revealed at the time.

“You, our biggest fans, have pre ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever.”

While this sounds impressive and shows there is definitely interest in the new console, it’s hard to pinpoint just what kind of impact the Xbox One X has made.

That’s because Microsoft no longer share sales figures, meaning we don’t know the exact numbers of pre orders shipped, compared to the past.

Another group of Xbox One X pre order may help to decipher whether interest is holding up ahead of the November release date.

iOS 11 release date THIS WEEK – New features and how to make sure your iPhone is ready | Tech | Life & Style

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Apple iOS 11 release date is coming this Tuesday

Apple announced its iOS 11 update back in June at its yearly WWDC developers conference.

Now, after months of waiting, this major update is being pushed out to devices across the globe.

iOS 11 brings a number of new features to the iPhone with updates to Apple Maps, Photos, Siri and Apple Pay.

But perhaps the biggest change is coming to the iPad which now gets a dock to store all your favourite apps and features improved multitasking.

So, if you want to grab this download here’s how to make sure your device is ready.

WHEN WILL iOS 11 LAUNCH?

Apple has announced that iOS 11 will be available on Tuesday September 19.

If previous years are anything to go by, the update should go live at around 6pm BST – although Apple never confirms an exact release time.

It’s also worth noting that it can take longer to download the update on launch day as millions of fans attempt to install it on their devices at the same time.

HOW DO I UPGRADE?

Once the update is available you should see an alert appearing in the settings menu.

You can also check for the update by tapping Settings > General > Software Update.

If iOS 11 is available on your device you should then see an upgrade option.

HOW TO GET YOUR DEVICE READY

Before you update you should make sure your iPhone/iPad is fully charged or you are near a plug.

It’s also worth checking you have some free storage available on your device as this is often needed before an installation can take place.

It’s unclear how big iOS 11 will be but emptying some memory before Tuesday will save any frustration on the day.

Finally, Apple always advises backing up your iPhone or iPad before installing any new updates.

You can either backup to the iCloud or plug your iPhone into your PC to make sure any important data is stored and saved.

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iOS 11 brings a number of new features to the iPad

WILL MY iPHONE/iPAD BE COMPATIBLE?

It’s worth noting that this latest operating system isn’t compatible with all iPhone and iPad models and if you own an older device, such as the iPhone 5c, you’ll have to stick with iOS 10.

Here’s a full list of compatible products:

iPHONE – 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 – iPad 12.9‑inch iPad Pro, 10.5‑inch iPad Pro, 9.7‑inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation , iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2

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Apple iPad owners will get a huge set off new features

WHAT’S NEW IN iOS 11?

• Customise Control Center 

Go to Settings —> Control Center to customise your iPhone or iPad for your preferences. Remove, add or rearrange priority items like your calculator and alarm for easy access.

• Multitasking 

Drag an app out of the dock and use Slide Over or Split View to accomplish two things at once – like scrolling through the News app, while also typing a note in Messages. 

• Document Scanner

Scan single or multiple-page documents with the new document scanner, which automatically finds the edges of your page from any angle and centers your document for the perfect crop. Add annotations to your document using Markup with Apple Pencil on iPad Pro, making it super easy to sign and return forms without having to print them out.

• Drag and Drop

With drag and drop on iPad, use the power of Multi-Touch to quickly and easily move text, images, and files between apps and select multiple items with just a few taps. Soon, you may notice many of your favorite apps add this capability too!

• Files app

With the all-new Files app there’s one central location to browse, search, and organise files that are stored on your iPad, in iCloud Drive, and even on other cloud services. 

• Instant Notes on iPad

Need to jot something down quickly? Simply tap Apple Pencil on iPad Pro and open Notes instantly from the Lock Screen. Use the search tool to easily navigate your handwritten text, when you need to find specific notes. 

• Do Not Disturb while driving

Eliminate all distractions while driving by automatically blocking notifications with the Do Not Disturb while driving feature. 

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Apple’s iOS 11 will be available on Tuesday

• Indoor Maps

Navigate your way through major malls and airports with ease using Apple Maps’ detailed indoor maps feature.

• Siri 

Siri is the world’s most popular intelligent assistant, helping you get more done throughout your day. With iOS 11, Siri has a new, more natural voice, can translate US English into Mandarin, French, German, Italian or Spanish, and offers more proactive suggestions based on personal usage.

• Redesigned App Store

The App Store is redesigned to make discovering apps and games easier than ever before. The Today tab offers in-depth features and interviews curated by the App Store’s global team of editors to share the stories behind the apps and games that change the way we live and the developers whose ideas push and shape the world as we know it.

• Do more with Photos

Effects like Bounce, Loop and Long Exposure offer more options for editing Live Photos and capturing all of those special moments. Memories is enhanced with more memory types, better curation, and new portrait-oriented Memory Movies. People is easier to use, more accurate, and syncs across your devices via iCloud Photo Library.

Ahead of iPhone 8 and iPhone X release date, Samsung slashes price of Galaxy S8 AGAIN | Tech | Life & Style

All eyes were on Apple earlier this week with the US technology giant revealing its all-new iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

These flagship devices feature new displays, upgraded processors, improved cameras and the ability to charge wirelessly.

The iPhone X also includes a totally revamped design with a display that covers the entire front of the device.

This 5.8-inch OLED display is the brightest and sharpest screen ever seen on an iPhone.

Facial recognition, called Face ID, now replaces the Touch ID fingerprint scanner with the iPhone X being unlocked simply by glancing at it.

Fans of this iconic smartphone will be able to pick up the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus next Friday (September 22nd) with the iPhone X going on sale in November.

So, with Apple about to unveil one of its most radical new smartphones in years, Samsung appears keen to lure some Apple fans away before it’s launched.

The Korean technology firm has just sent out an offer which allows iPhone owners the chance to grab a Galaxy S8 for just £19.99 per month.

The deal is based on 24 monthly payments with the total price paid for the S8, including a one-off deposit of £53, coming in at £533 – that’s £156 less than the standard S8 price.

However, there is a catch as to get the deal smartphone fans have to give Samsung their old iPhone.

The cheeky deal runs from now until October 8th with Samsung’s only conditions stating that the iPhone must be able to power up, be an iPhone 4 or newer and must not be a blacklisted device.

You can find the deal at Samsung.com

As Samsung reveals its new S8 deal many stores have just released prices for the new iPhone 8.

All the major retailers are stocking this latest phone with prices starting from around £40 per month on contract.

You can find some iPhone 8 deals here.

You can also buy the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus SIM-only with prices starting from £699.

Although the iPhone X won’t arrive until November, Apple has revealed prices ahead of its launch and it’s the most expensive smartphone they have ever made.

SIM-only, the iPhone X will cost from £999 and contract prices are expected to be as high as £60 per month.

When is ios11 out and how to get it before the release date?

When is ios11 out and how to get it before the release date?
You can get iOS 11 sooner than you might think (Picture: REUTERS)

Apple launched the new iPhone hardware devices at their event this week – now the question is how to acquire the new accompanying iOS 11 software?

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X have caused quite the stir, but what about the slightly less glamorous iOS 11?

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When is the official iOS 11 launch date?

Apple confirmed back in June at WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) 2017 that iOS 11 will be released in the autumn of 2017.

And they stayed true to their word with the official launch date on September 19.

But what if I want iOS 11 now?

If you are itching to get your hands on iOS 11 now, Apple have already made available the golden master build of iOS 11 to developers and public beta testers this week.

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(Siri will improve on the latest version: Picture: Apple)

How to download it?

Before you do anything – back up your device.

To install this version of iOS 11 – sign up for the public beta program at Apple’s website.

Once that’s done, open the beta website with Safari on your iPhone or iPad and follow the directions.

You’ll download a profile to your iOS device, restart it, and then head to the update menu.

iOS 11 features

Some notable features will be revamped iOS multitasking – with both pieces of hardware receiving a more optimised and fluid Control Centre.

The ever consistent and high quality iPhone camera will feature new modes too.

Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, will be smarter with a deeper contextual understanding of topics someone is reading whilst iOS 11 launches Apple to the forefront of augmented reality with ARKit.

ARKit will be take AR to another level; with developers being able to place virtual objects into the real world using an iPhone or iPad and its camera.

Split screen mode along with Drag and Drop, will also feature on the iPad.

A nifty feature on this will enable people to send across text, photos, files, etc. across the split screen.

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