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Apple launches iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus with 3D Touch

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By Ajeet Bharti

San Francisco: As the rumour bloggers expected, the new Apple iPhones are here with almost every rumour getting confirmed as the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have a 4K camera, 3D Touch, 2nd generation Touch ID along with some other enhancements.

The new smartphones, aimed to keep the market share stable, were launched in four colours and host of new enhancements as happens with every ‘S’ iteration of the iPhones.

The design is similar to that of previous year’s iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. The newest smartphones, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, have a new pressure-sensitive display, zippier processor and more powerful camera.

“What we have to show you today is really awesome,” CEO Tim Cook said onstage at Apple’s presentation, held at the Bill Graham Auditorium in downtown San Francisco. “While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones.”

The ‘S’ iteration is not known to bring major changes in the phones. Usually, they have some smart, new features as happened when iPhone 4S launched with Siri and iPhone 5S with Touch ID. This year it is the pressure sensitive 3D Touch.

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The Force Touch technology was introduced with Apple Watch last year. Force Touch display is a pressure-sensitive display that responds to various types of touches. The company instead called it 3D Touch, a feature that appears to have the same capabilities.

Both the phones keep the same display size as with the last year’s iPhones. This means iPhone 6S will have a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6S Plus will sport a larger 5.5-inch one. The new phones will run on Apple’s new 64-bit A9 chip, which the company claims is 70 percent faster at computing tasks than last year’s A8 chip in the
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

“It delivers a big jump in performance,” Apple executive Phil Schiller remarked onstage. “It’s going to make using our phone faster and a lot more fun.”

“It is 70 percent faster than our A8 chip. Graphics would be 90 percent faster on the device,” he said as Apple streamed the event live on its website.

The phones would also come with the M9 motion co-processor embedded to give more accurate readings about the user’s daily activity. It will also come with a second-generation fingerprint scanner or touch ID which was two times faster than the earlier one, he said.

The new phones come with a new 12-megapixel iSight back-facing camera, a boost from the 8-megapixel cameras in last year’s phones, and are available in four finishes: silver, gold, space gray and a new rose gold finish.

“In order to kill noise in pictures due to increase in pixels, we have also introduced the deep-trench isolation technology which does not allow colours to escape to other pixels keeping the photo more accurate in terms of colour, contrast and hue,” Phil Added.

As expected, the rear camera can also take 4K resolution videos, which can capture more details in a staggering eight million pixels.

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The front camera got a bump to have a five-megapixel unit. “This unit will use a embedded display chip to light up the display three times to help users to take selfies in low light. We call this technology the retina flash,” he explained.

The new phones would be available in 12 countries on September 25. The new iOS nine would also go live on September 16.

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Latest Apple AirPods Pro May Completely Change The Way You Feel Sound

Through additional charges from the Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro deliver over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time

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What makes AirPods Pro outstanding is the active noise cancellation technology that uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each individual ear and headphone fit. Pixabay

BY NISHANT ARORA

Wireless Bluetooth earphones have come a long way, apart from Apple AirPods Pro but sound quality and surrounding noise have kept audiophiles a bit wary of those to date.

Not anymore.

Apple has introduced significant improvements in newly-launched AirPods Pro where active noise cancellation and immersive sound technologies will turn serious listeners back to the world of true wireless audio experience.

If you are on AirPods, the next-generation AirPods Pro are completely going to change the way you listen to music or make calls.

At Rs 24,900 with an all-new lightweight, in-ear design, the device helps make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri.

Let’s wear these and see how it fares.

What makes AirPods Pro outstanding is the active noise cancellation technology that uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each individual ear and headphone fit.

You cannot hear anything around in the background (not even the doorbell, mind you) when the feature is turned on, leaving you to focus on what you’re listening to.

There is marvellous engineering behind this experience.

The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyse environmental noise.

AirPods Pro then create an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener’s ear.

A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear, and AirPods Pro cancel remaining noise detected by the microphone.

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Apple has introduced significant improvements in newly-launched AirPods Pro where active noise cancellation and immersive sound technologies will turn serious listeners back to the world of true wireless audio experience. Pixabay

Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second, says the company.

In case you are travelling in Delhi Metro, switching to Transparency mode will help you simultaneously listen to music while still hear the announcement about the upcoming station.

Transparency mode ensures that your own voice sounds natural while audio continues to play perfectly.

Switching between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes is simple and can be done directly on AirPods Pro tapping on a force sensor on the stem.

The force sensor also makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls.

The next big improvement is superior sound-quality with “Adaptive EQ” technology.

It automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual’s ear — resulting in a rich, immersive listening experience.

A custom high-dynamic range amplifier produces pure, incredibly clear sound while also extending battery life, and powers a custom high-excursion, low-distortion speaker driver designed to optimise audio quality and remove background noise.

After placing AirPods Pro in each ear, advanced algorithms work together with the microphones in each AirPod to measure the sound level in the ear and compare it to what is coming from the speaker driver.

In seconds, the algorithm detects whether the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted to create a better seal (each device comes bundled with 3 ear tips for you to choose from).

Apple has also created the “Ear Tip Fit Test” so that you can test the quality of ear tip seal and identify the best ear tip size.

To start the test, place AirPods in both ears, go to Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods > Ear Tip Fit Test.

The setup experience that customers love with AirPods extends to AirPods Pro. Just open the charging case near an iOS or iPadOS device and give it a simple tap.

Press force sensor once to play, pause, or answer a call, press twice to skip forward, press three times to skip back.

Press and hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.

On the battery front, AirPods Pro features the same great battery life as AirPods.

In Active Noise Cancellation mode, AirPods Pro delivered more than five hours of listening time. The talk-time is up to three and a half hours on a single charge.

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AirPods Pro then create an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener’s ear. Pixabay

Through additional charges from the Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro deliver over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time.

You can order the standalone wireless charging case for Rs 7,500.

With audio sharing, you can listen to the same song or watch the same movie with a friend or a family member by simply bringing a second pair of AirPods close to iPhone or iPad.

Conclusion: It is an obvious choice over plenty of other options like Echo Buds or Samsung Galaxy Buds (no noise-cancelling here).

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Also sweat and water-resistant for your exercise and fitness routine, AirPods Pro redefines the whole ein-ear’ experience.

It is time to listen to your own inner silence. (IANS)