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    Anandtech: New Uses for Smartphone AI: A Short Commentary on Recording History and Pr

    This opinion piece is reactionary to recent announcements.
    Having just attended the Huawei keynote here at the IFA trade show, there were a couple of new features enabled through AI that were presented on stage that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Part of it is just an impression on how quickly AI in hand-held devices is progressing, but the other part of it makes me think to how it can be misused.
    Let me cover the two features.

    "Real-Time Multi-Instance Segmentation"

    Firstly, AI detection in photos is not new. Identifying objects isn’t new. But Huawei showed a use case where several people were playing musical instruments, and the smartphone camera could detect both the people from the background, and the people from each other. This allowed the software to change the background, from an indoor scene to an outdoor scene and such. What this also enabled was that individuals could be deleted, moved, or resized. Compare the title image to this one, where people are deleted and the background moved.
    What does this mean? People can be removed from photos. Old lovers can be removed from those holiday photographs. Individuals can easily be removed (or added) from the historical record. The software would automatically generate the background behind them (if it’s the original background), and the size of people could even be changed. This was not only photographs, but video. The image blow shows one person increased in size, but it could just as easily be something significant.
    Now I know that these algorithms already exist on photo editing software on a PC, if you know how to use it. I know that the demo that Huawei showed on stage was more of a representative aspect to AI on a smartphone, but I could imagine something similar coming to a smartphone, and being performed on a smartphone, and the goal to make it as easy to use as possible on a smartphone. How we in future might interpret the actions of our past selves (or past others) may have to take into account the level of access (and ease of use) in the ability to modify images and video.

    Detecting Health Rate with Cameras

    The second feature was related to Health and AR. By using a pre-trained algorithm, Huawei showed the ability for your smartphone to detect your heart rate simply by the front facing camera (and assuming the rear facing camera too). It does this by looking at small facial movements between video frames, and works on the values it predicts per pixel to get an overall picture.
    Obviously, it isn’t meant to be used as a diagnostic tool (at least, I hope not). I could imagine similar technology being used with IP cameras for a home security system perhaps, and when it detects an elderly relative in distress, it can perform the appropriate action. But it lends itself to abuse, if you are able to use it on other people unsuspectingly. Does that constitute an invasion of privacy? Does it work on these smartphones with 10x zoom? I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer those questions.
    A big part of me wants to see technology moving forward, with development and progression from generation to generation. But in seeing these two technology features today, there’s the tiniest part that doesn’t sit right, unless the correct security procedures are in place, such as edited images/videos have a signature marker, or only pre-registered people on a smartphone can have their heartbeat measured. Hopefully my initial fears aren't as serious as they first appear.

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    Anandtech: Samsung’s 8K QLED TV 55-Inch: A More Affordable 8K Ultra-HD TV

    Being flagship televisions available today, 8K Ultra-HD TVs not only feature a resolution of 7680×4320 pixels, but also pack all the latest technologies that manufacturers have to offer these days and therefore can provide ultimate experience even with 4K or 2K content. Samsung’s Q900 family of 8K TVs do exactly that, but because of its premium positioning, the company offered them in large sizes, which means price tags excessive for most. Up until this week.
    At IFA, Samsung introduced its smallest 8K UHDTV to date: the Q900R 55-inch model QN55Q900RBFXZA, which costs significantly less than the rest of the SKUs in the lineup.
    The television uses Samsung’s IPS-class 7680×4320 panel backed by a quantum dot-enhanced LED backlight that promises FALD-like operation, which Samsung dubs Direct Full Array 16X technology (in case of the 55-inch model). The TV features a peak brightness of 4000 nits, which is the maximum luminance at which HDR content is mastered these days. Speaking of HDR, the Q900-series officially supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG formats, but not Dolby Vision (at least for now). As far as color gamut is concerned, the Q900-series can reproduce 100% of the DCI-P3 space.
    Just like its bigger brothers, the Samsung Q900R 55-inch uses the company’s Quantum Processor 8K as its brain. The SoC is responsible for all decoding, upscaling, and other operations. Among the capabilities of the chip that Samsung is particularly proud of is its proprietary 8K AI Upscaling technology, which is designed to enhance the quality of digital content to panel’s native resolution (does not work with PCs, games, analogue content, etc.). Furthermore, the SoC is also able to interpolate content to 240 FPS and supports AMD’s FreeSync/HDMI Variable Refresh Rate technologies.
    Last but not least, the UHDTV comes with a 60-W 4.2-channel audio subsystem.
    While technological excellence of Samsung’s Q900-series Ultra-HD televisions is well known, the key feature of the 55-inch model is its price. The 8K television carries a price tag of $2,499, which is in line with higher-end 4K TVs. Considering the fact that retail prices tend to fall below MSRPs, the 55-inch Q900 will likely be considerably more widespread than its larger counterparts.
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    Anandtech: Dynaboook Reveals Tecra X50: A Lightweight 15.6-Inch Laptop with a 10+ Hrs

    Dynabook, formerly PC division of Toshiba, today introduced its flagship Tecra laptop aimed at corporate, business, and education users. The Tecra X50 comes with a 15.6-inch IGZO laptop, weighs around 1.4 kilograms and can work for over 10 hours on one charge depending on the workload.
    15.6-inch notebooks are considered as workhorses that spend most of their life on the desk, so very few companies try to make them truly lightweight and friendly to road warriors. Dynabook appears to be one of such companies, and at 1.42 kilograms, the Tecra X50 is among the lightest laptops featuring a 15.6-inch Full-HD IGZO screen on the market. The mobile PC uses an Onyx Blue magnesium alloy chassis featuring a 17.6 mm z-height, which explains how Dynabook has managed to reduce the weight of the Tecra X50 to the ballpark of a 13.3-inch class laptop. Magnesium alloy is of course stronger than plastic used for some ultra-low-weight 15.6-inch machines, so while the Tecra X50 is not the lightest 15.6-incher available today, it offers a combination of sturdy design and relatively low weight.
    Inside the Tecra X50, there is up to Intel’s 8th Generation Core i7-8665U (Whiskey Lake) processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620 accompanied by up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory as well as an up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD. On the connectivity side of matters, the Tecra X50 features Intel’s Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technologies, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets.
    Since the Tecra X50 is designed for corporate and business users, Dynabook put a lot of emphasis on manageability and security. The system can be powered by a vPro-enabled CPU, it has a TPM 2.0 chip inside, it has a Synaptics fingerprint reader, and an HD webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello as well as a privacy shutter.
    Other features of the Dynabook Tecra X50 worth talking about include AccuPoint joystick-like pointing device, a spill-resistant keyboard, stereo speakers with harman/kardon badge, and a microphone array.
    One of the key selling points of the Tecra X50 is its battery life. The machine comes with a built-in 48 Wh battery and this battery can power the machine for over 10 hours on one charge depending on the configuration and workload, according to Dynabook. Since the notebook uses an IGZO display that consumes a lower amount of power than traditional LCDs, it is logical to expect the Tecra X50 to last longer than competitors. Meanwhile, actual configuration matters a lot. Higher-end Tecra X50 notebooks with Intel's Core i7, dual-channel memory, touch screen, and an advanced SSD will last for about 10:45 hours on one charge, which is rather good. Meanwhile, lower-end Core i3-based configs with 4 GB of RAM and a non-touch display can last for 17+ hours in the lab, according to Dynabook. Keep in mind that the test results were achieved only in the lab using MobileMark 2014, so the real world battery life is something that will depend on tasks, exact system specification, and other factors.
    Dynabook's Tecra X50
    General Specifications
    PLR33U-0KP004
    PLR33U-0KQ004
    Long-Lasting Version
    Display 15.6" 1920×1080 IGZO
    or
    15.6" 1920×1080 IGZO with 10-point multitouch
    15.6" 1920×1080 IGZO
    CPU up to Intel Core i7-8665U Intel Core i3-8xxxU
    Graphics HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs) HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
    RAM up to dual-channel 32 GB DDR4 4 GB DDR4
    Storage Up to 1 TB SSD (PCIe) 256 GB SSD
    Wi-Fi PLR33U-0KP004: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (802.11ac)
    PLR33U-0KQ004: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax)
    ?
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 5 ?
    USB 3.0 2
    × USB 3.0 Type-A
    TB3 2
    × Type-C TB3/USB 3.1 ports (also used for charging, external display, etc.)
    Card Reader MicroSD
    Fingerprint Sensor Yes
    Other I/O Webcam with RGB + IR sensors and shutter, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, anti-spill keyboard, AccuPoint joystick
    Battery 48 Wh, up to 10 hours 45 minutes 48 Wh, up to 17+ hours
    Dimensions Thickness 17.6 mm | 0.69 inches
    Width 359 mm | 14.1 inches
    Depth 250 mm | 9.8 inches
    Weight Starting at 1.42 kg (3.13 lbs)
    Price ? ?
    Dynabook intends to start sales of the Tecra X50 in the near future at prices starting from $1,544.
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    Anandtech: Acer’s ConceptD 9 Pro: A 17.3-Inch Convertible w/ Core i9 & Quadro RTX 500

    In the recent years, leading makers of gaming PCs have been experimenting with unorthodox form-factors in an attempt to maximize performance and improve overall experience. Having learnt from its Predator Triton laptops, Acer applied its expertise to mobile workstations and this week introduced one of the industry’s first convertible notebooks featuring Intel’s Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.
    The Acer ConceptD 900 Pro is a 17.3-inch convertible PC that uses the chassis originally developed for the Predator Triton 900 gaming PC. The chassis features Acer’s CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that can flip, extend, or recline the display in a bid to offer the most optimal position for creativity. The notebook also places its mechanical keyboard to its front side to improve cooling for high-TDP components while retaining a relatively low z-height. Speaking of cooling, it is necessary to note that the PC uses Acer’s 4th Generation cooling system featuring metallic Aeroblade 3D fans.
    To comply with requirements of graphics professionals, the ConceptD 900 Pro is equipped with a Pantone Validated 4K Ultra-HD display that can cover 100% of the Adobe RGB color space and is factory calibrated with a Delta E

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    Anandtech: Intel Documents Show Driver Support for Unannounced 400-Series Chipsets

    Intel does not often disclose its own chipset names in advance, but from time to time we get glimpses into accidental publication. This week, driver documents from the company show software support for unannounced 400-series and 495 chipsets, which are led to believe will be for future generations of products, following on from the 300-series products.
    As it turns out, Intel’s chipset drivers have supported the company’s 400-series and 495 chipsets as of mid-August. Software support may indicate that the launch of Intel’s new platforms is imminent. Meanwhile, we can only guess about their specifications and capabilities.
    Another interesting addition to Intel’s family of chipsets is the H310D PCH, found in the same document. Based on its name, we can suspect that this is a yet another version of the entry-level H310, but we have no idea about its peculiarities. The original H310 was built on 14nm, the H310C was built on 22nm, so who knows what the H310D will be.
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    Anandtech: GOODRAM Reveals IRDM Ultimate X: A Lineup of PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs

    GOODRAM has introduced its first SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface designed for new-generation high-end PCs. Set to be available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB configurations, the drives are based on Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller.
    Just like other PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs powered by the E16, GOODRAM’s IRDM Ultimate X SSDs use 3D TLC NAND memory. From performance point of view, the manufacturer promises up to 5000 MB/s sequential read speed, up to 4500 MB/s sequential write speed as well a 750K read/write random IOPS for 1 TB and 2 TB drives, which is in line with other products based on the Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller. Meanwhile, the cheapest 500 GB version provides a lower write speed as well as random performance.
    In a bid to ensure consistent performance under high loads, the GOODRAM IRDM Ultimate X SSDs are equipped with an aluminum heat spreader, which as with other drives suggests a compatibility focus on desktop PCs.
    GOODRAM's IRDM Ultimate X Specifications
    Capacity 500 GB 1 TB 2TB
    Model Number ? ? ?
    Controller Phison PS5016-E16
    NAND Flash 3D TLC NAND
    Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
    Sequential Read 5000 MB/s
    Sequential Write 2500 MB/s 4500 MB/s
    Random Read IOPS 550K IOPS 750K IOPS
    Random Write IOPS 400K IOPS 750K IOPS
    Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
    DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown
    TCG Opal Encryption No
    Power Management ?
    Warranty 5 years
    MTBF ? hours
    TBW ? ? ?
    MSRP ? ? ?
    One interesting feature of GOODRAM’s IRDM Ultimate X SSDs mentioned by PCLab.pl is its five-year warranty, a rare peculiarity for consumer drives these days. As for availability, expect the Ultimate X SSDs to be available this November. Prices will obviously depend on capacity.
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    Anandtech: Nokia 7.2 Launched: 6.3-Inch PureDisplay, 48MP Camera, Snapdragon 660

    HMD Global has announced its new ‘performance mainstream’ smartphone, the Nokia 7.2. It is aimed at the mass market, yet features premium capabilities, like a large HDR10-capable display with PurePlay enhancements, and a triple-module camera with a 48 MP sensor. When compared to its predecessor in the same price segment, the Nokia 7.2 upgrades itself in every important aspect like the screen size, performance, and imaging capabilities.
    The design language of the Nokia 7.2 is somewhat different when compared to its ancestor, the Nokia 7.1, as well as other advanced Nokia handsets available today. The chassis is symmetric with very smooth edges to ensure a pleasant grip. The handset no longer has sharp/diamond-cut edges that were meant to ensure firm grip and give a somewhat special feeling. There is a reason for that. The enclosure no longer uses an aluminum unibody frame, but features a frame made of a polymer composite along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides. Nokia says that the polymer composite it uses is twice as strong as polycarbonate at half the weight of aluminum. Use of the polymer instead of metal enabled Nokia to install a 6.3-inch LCD and boost battery capacity while maintaining weight of the phone at around 160 grams (same as predecessor).
    Speaking of the display, the Nokia 7.2 features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with a 2244×1080 resolution as well as Nokia’s PureDisplay hardware and software technology enabled by a PixelWorks chip that can process HDR10 content, upscale SDR content to HDR, as well as adjust brightness and contrast dynamically to provide the best possible image quality both indoors and outdoors.
    Inside the Nokia 7.2 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 that integrates eight Kryo cores (so, four semi-custom Cortex-A73 and four semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores) as well as an Adreno 512 graphics core, and an X12 LTE modem. The application processor is paired with 4 or 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory as well as 64 GB or 128 GB of NAND flash storage. Meanwhile, the device is equipped with a 3,500 mAh battery that can be fast charged.
    As noted above, the Nokia 7.2 got significant upgrades when it comes to imaging. The main camera module is a 48 MP equipped with Zeiss optics, an ultrawide 8 MP sensor, a 5 MP depth module, and a LED flash. Also, there is a 20 MP camera for selfies on the front of the phone. To take advantage of the new triple-module camera as well as the new front sensor, Nokia developed its new camera software that takes advantage of the new hardware and supports ‘AI-powered night mode’ (which is probably a way to call Google Android’s Night Mode). Besides, there is Pro Camera Mode that enables a precise control of white balance, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Obviously, there are various refinements when it comes to the selfie camera too.
    Physical interfaces of the Nokia 7.2 include a fingerprint reader on the back, power, volume and Google Assistant buttons, as well as a USB Type-C for data and power. For those who care, there still is a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets.
    General Specifications of the Nokia 7.2
    Nokia 7.2
    Good
    Nokia 7.2
    Better
    Display Size 6.3" IPS
    Resolution 2280×1080 (19:9)
    PPI 400 PPI
    Cover Gorilla Glass 3
    Processor PixelWorks
    SoC Snapdragon 636
    Kryo 260
    4 × Kryo 260 Gold (semi-custom Cortex-A73 cores) @ 2.2 GHz
    4 × Kryo 260 Silver (semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores) @ 1.84 GHz
    GPU Adreno 512
    RAM 4 GB LPDDR4 6 GB
    LPDDR4
    Storage 64 GB + microSD 128 GB + microSD
    Networks GSM GPRS (2G), UMTS HSPA (3G), LTE (4G)
    SIM Size Nano SIM
    SIM Options Dual SIM, second SIM slot is used by microSD card
    Local Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 5.0, NFC,
    3.5mm jack,
    USB 2.0 Type-C
    Front Camera 20 MP
    Rear Camera Main: 48 MP, f/1.8, 0.88µm, Quad-Pixel, PDAF
    Ultrawide: 8 MP, f/2.2
    Depth: 5 MP, (f/2.4, 1.12µm ?)
    Flash: LED
    Battery 3,500 mAh
    Dimensions Height 159.9 mm | 6.3 inches
    Width 71.8 mm | 2.8 inches
    Thickness 8 mm | 0.31 inches
    Weight 160 grams | 5.63 ounces
    Launch OS Android 9.0
    The Nokia 7.2 smartphone will be available in Cyan Green, Charcoal, and Ice finishes later this month. The 4 GB + 64 GB model will cost €299, whereas the more advanced 6 GB + 128 GB SKU will be priced at €349.
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    Anandtech: The Apple 2019 iPhone Event Live Blog (10am PT)

    The fall season is approaching yet again, and it’s time again for another round of iPhone updates, representing Apple’s newest 2019 mobile hardware. The event should be starting at 10am PT, and the show again takes place on the Apple Park campus in the Steve Jobs theatre.
    This year we’re expecting a new refresh of last year’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models. We’re still not quite sure what Apple is going to be calling the new phones, but if the numerous leaks prove to be true, we’ll be seeing incremental design updates with a new in-vogue triple-camera setup as being the key new features of the phones, as well as naturally Apple introducing new internal hardware such as the new Apple A13 SoC, which might bring some surprises to the table this year.

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    Anandtech: Apple Announces 10.2-Inch, A10-Powered 7th Gen iPad: Launching Sept. 30th

    As part of today’s fall keynote presentation for mobile devices, Apple took the wraps off of the latest iteration of their entry-level iPad. Now entering its 7th generation, the new iPad continues to retain most of the classic tablet’s design elements and features, however strictly speaking, Apple has finally moved past the tablet’s classic 9.7-inch size. As part of an effort to align the entry-level iPad with Apple’s higher-end iPad Air, the company has ever so slightly enlarged the tablet, with the latest model filling out to 10.2 inches diagonal.
    Size increases aside, however, the latest iPad still takes up the same spot within Apple’s lineup as the previous iPad model. With Apple holding to the $329 retail price for the base 32 GB model ($299 education), this is Apple’s entry-level iPad, optimized for content consumption and some very light content creation. The latter, in turn, actually gets a small boost in this generation, with the addition of Apple’s Smart Connector, allowing the tablet to be used with Apple’s matching Smart Keyboard.
    Apple iPad Comparison
    iPad Air
    (2019)
    iPad 7th Gen
    (2019)
    iPad 6th Gen
    (2018)
    SoC Apple A12 Bionic
    2x Vortex
    4x Tempest

    4-core "G11P" GPU
    Apple A10
    2x Apple Hurricane
    4x Apple Zephyr

    6 Core PowerVR GPU
    Display 10.5-inch
    2224x1668
    IPS LCD
    DCI-P3/True Tone
    500 Nits Brightness
    Fully Laminated
    10.2-inch
    2160x1620

    IPS LCD
    500 Nits Brightness
    9.7-inch
    2048x1536
    IPS LCD
    Size Height 250.6 mm 250.6 mm 240 mm
    Width 174.1 mm 174.1 mm 169.5 mm
    Depth 6.1 mm 7.5 mm 7.5 mm
    Weight 456 grams (Wi-Fi) 483 grams (Wi-Fi) 469 grams (Wi-Fi)
    RAM 3GB LPDDR4X 2GB? LPDDR4 2GB LPDDR4
    NAND 64GB / 256GB 32GB / 128GB
    Battery 30.2 Wh 32.4 Wh
    Front Camera 7MP, f/2.2
    HDR, WCG
    Retina Flash
    1.2MP, f/2.2
    HDR
    Retina Flash
    Rear Camera 8MP, f/2.4, AF
    HDR, WCG
    8MP, f/2.4, AF
    HDR
    Cellular Gigabit-class LTE-A 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
    SIM Size NanoSIM + eSIM NanoSIM
    Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO
    BT 5.0
    802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO
    BT 4.2
    Connectivity USB-C
    Apple Smart Connector
    Lightning
    Apple Smart Connector
    Lightning
    Launch OS iOS 12 iOS 13 iOS 11
    Launch Price (Wi-Fi / Cellular)

    $499/$629 (64G)
    $649/$779 (256G)
    (Wi-Fi / Cellular)

    $329/$459 (32G)
    $429/$559 (128G)
    (Wi-Fi / Cellular)

    $329/$459 (32G)
    $429/$559 (128G)
    In the case of the 7th generation iPad, taking a quick look at the specs actually tells us most of what we need to know about Apple’s new tablet. In short, Apple has made the tablet a bit larger than its predecessor, but little else. Based upon the same A10 SoC, same 32.4 Watt-hour battery, and the same camera modules, there’s not a whole lot new for the new iPad beyond its size. So by and large, the 7th generation iPad is pretty much a side-grade to the previous iPad.
    The important part for Apple here is that the latest model of the tablet, besides being a bit larger overall – with size continuing to be important to consumers – is that this aligns the design of the iPad with the new iPad Air (again). Specifically, the 7th generation iPad gets the same 250.6mm x 174.1mm footprint as Apple’s higher-end tablet. This means that the two tablets can share a lot of accessories that are designed to match the size of a tablet – case in point, Apple’s Smart Keyboard, which fits both the iPad and the iPad Air. The iPad is still a good 23% thicker, so cases and the like will still need to take this into account, but it means the iPad Air is no longer alone with its slightly enlarged footprint.
    Blowing up the tablet also means that Apple has moved on to a slightly larger display panel. Owing to its thicker bezels, the 7th gen iPad doesn’t get the same 10.5-inch screen as the iPad Air, but rather it gets a 10.2-inch IPS LCD. Apple has opted to retain their same “retina” PPI of 264, so as a result the resolution on the new iPad is just a bit higher, shifting up to 2160x1620, still following the classic 4:3 aspect ratio. Meanwhile, the new iPad is also the first time Apple’s entry-level tablet is getting an official brightness rating, with Apple rating it for 500 nits, the same as the iPad Air. It should be noted, however, that this is as far as the iPad goes; the Air retains other advantages such as the laminated panel and wide color gamut.
    As this is an entry-level iPad, there isn’t much in terms of frills to talk about from a feature perspective. Apple has retained the use of the Touch ID-equipped home button, and the 3.5mm jack has thankfully not been excised from this model. Meanwhile Apple’s technical specifications do note that the tablet now includes a dual microphone setup to improve audio pickup, which is something that’s been restricted to the Air models (classic and modern) up until now. Apple Pencil support has also returned, with the tablet continuing to support the first-gen pencil, but not the more intricate second-gen pencil used with the current iPad Pro models.
    Curiously, however, Apple hasn’t unified the tablet lineups in terms of I/O ports: the 7th generation iPad is still using Apple’s Lightning connector, rather than the USB-C connector of the iPad Air and iPad Pro. So while many Air/Pro accessories will work with the new entry-level iPad, anything expecting that USB-C port will not. In that respect the new iPad is closer to being backwards compatible with the now legacy iPads than it is being unified with the newer models.
    Rounding out the package, Apple has interestingly opted not to scale up their battery at all for the new iPad, even with its larger size. As with its predecessor, the 7th generation iPad packs in a 32.4 Wh battery, which even with the slightly larger screen, Apple is still rating as being capable of driving the tablet for up to 10 hours. Consequently, while this is technical minutiae that Apple will never get in to, I’m curious whether Apple has even changed parts here, or if they’re still using the exact same battery as the 6th gen iPad as a means to keep down costs.
    Unfortunately, the newest iPad isn’t going to do anything about improving the tablet’s performance, as Apple is once again using the A10 SoC, first introduced for the iPhone 7. Though by no means a slouch, A10 is among Apple’s older SoCs – the company only supports devices going back to the A9 – and as a result it comes with the same basic image processing and Wi-Fi capabilities as the earlier iPad. And, while Apple doesn’t disclose memory capacity, because of the Package-on-Package nature of the A10’s memory, the SoC is almost certainly still the same 2GB version as before.
    Last but not least, however, the new iPad does get a small boost to its cellular capabilities. The 7tn generation iPad seems to be borrowing from the iPad Air here once again, incorporating a similar “Gigabit-class” LTE radio, which will allow for faster transfer speeds than the older iPad’s sub-Gigabit radio. And on a technical note, like the iPad Air, Apple has done away with CDMA support for the new iPad; now it’s solely GSM/UMTS/LTE, meaning that in the unlikely event it falls back from 4G LTE, the iPad can’t use Verizon and Sprint’s 3G CDMA networks.
    Wrapping things up, the 7th generation iPad will come in Apple’s usual mix of colors, capacities, and Wi-Fi/Cellular feature sets. The lineup will continue to start at $329 for the base-model 32GB Wi-Fi version, while an upgrade to 128GB of storage will cost another $100, and adding cellular is a $130 upgrade. Apple will begin selling the tablets shortly after the new iPhone 11 series goes on sale, with the iPad set to being shipping on September 30th.


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    Anandtech: Apple Announces New iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, & iPhone 11 Pro Max

    Apple’s new iPhone Special Event just finished up at the Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino – and as expected we saw the launch of a new generation of iPhones – the new iPhone 11 series. The new iPhone 11 is the successor to the iPhone XR of last year and is projected to again be Apple’s most successful device for the year, upgrading the camera system with new photography experiences as well as introducing the new A13 chipset.
    The new iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are Apple’s first iPhones with the “Pro” designation, and are the successors to last year’s XS and XS Max. They also bring the new back glass design, but this time include three camera modules, and this year Apple also upgrades the display panel to make it much brighter and much more efficient.


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