Apple Now Has ~5M Different iPhones – Do Not Read Until Monday
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Apple has like ~5 million different iPhone models now
OK, let’s get this over with. Apple, true to form, used the second week of September to launch its new line of iPhones (and some other hardware), which brings the line up to approximately 5 million varieties. Alright not that many, but seriously these things are like mogwai.
The new handsets all improve on the existing iPhone X range, with no direct successor for the iPhone 8 announced. This means they all function on facial recognition, and have the full-size screen. And yes, the notch too.
Perhaps the most astonishing variety is the iPhone XS Max, which is scientifically speaking goddamn gigantic (6.5 inch). It differentiates from the XS and XR (man, this is gonna get confusing), primarily in size, battery life and some hardware features. However, they all run off the same chip, the A12 Bionic Chip with next-generation Neural Engine, the name of which guarantees WE ARE LIVING IN THE FUTURE.
Along with iOS 12, the new hardware should mean dramatically fasting processing all around. The new operating system also includes new features such as 32-person Facetime (imagine scheduling that meeting), 4 new animoji (very wow) and Memoji, where instead of sending a picture of your face, you can spend hours perfecting a cartoon version of you to send in its place.
Apple’s really tightening up its AR game – and not just through the Messages camera filters it’s touting for iOS 12. Announced at WWDC in June, ARKit 2 will leverage the new hardware and software for better object detection, rendering and tracking.
A collection of seemingly random information about Instagram
- From the things-you-thought-already-existed file: Instagram’s currently testing user tagging in videos.
- Joe Biden returned to the platform and quickly garnered 1 million followers. He will also apparently be appearing in a regular program on IGTV produced by ATTN: – perhaps it could include some candid photos of him polishing up the ol’ Trans Am. The latter move falls in line with Instagram’s push to get more episodic content on its fledgling streaming video offering.
- The platform will now show warnings to users searching for hashtags related to opioids and other illegal drugs.
- It’s also launched a new thirst-quenching measure by emoji shortcuts for commenting.
Odds + The End
- If this is to be believed, Netflix probably won’t include ads any time soon.
- Jeff Bezos launched a $2 billion fund for schools and the homeless.
- Lyft has been off the chain this week: It’s going carbon neutral and will provide public transit info in-app.
- Publishers may soon be able to use your live stories on Snapchat. Yay?
- Snap’s also trying to diversify from its stunted app by becoming an incubator.
- YouTube’s running vertical ads.
- The End of an Era: Mary Meeker departs Kleiner Perkins.
- Twitter will start featuring live streams at the top of its feed. And from the looks of it, they must not have noticed how annoying the Facebook Stories header is.
- Speaking of Twitter, it was revealed bots were 2.5 times more effective at spreading information last election.
- And who better to police bots than bots?
- Google used the post-iPhone XSROU812 days to tease its latest Pixel model.
- The next Amazon Go store will open in NYC, but you’ll have to wait till the end of the year to see where HQ2 ends up.
- The little social platform that could, Pinterest, is up to 250 million users.
- The percentage of Americans with smart speakers increased four points so far this year, and Adobe people are chatting to voice assistants more often.
- Streaming video has taken over the Emmys, including a win for Apple.
- Gawker will return in 2019.
- September 17, 2018