TECH BREAK: Apple unveils its first dual-SIM iPhone

Gerald Bowen
September 14, 2018

The Series 4 range will have an edge-to-edge screen like the new iPhones and is packing a bunch of features aimed at turning it into serious medical device.

Part of the reason could be that eSIM isn't prevalent enough yet in China.

The tech blogger and well-known Apple watcher John Gruber also weighed in, noting that he could find a picture of an AirPower mat but no mention of the product by name on Apple's site. Apple sold nearly 12 times as many iPhones - 216 million - past year. Apple shipped another 7.3 million during the first half of this year, according to Canalys Research, compared to more than 93 million iPhones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has long aimed to emphasize the health- and fitness-tracking abilities of the smartwatch.

That astronomical price is up about 50 percent in two years. In February, the company announced that the watch would track skiing and snowboarding runs, including data on speed and vertical descent. The new Watch includes a sensor allowing users to take an electrocardiogram they can share with their doctor.

EKGs are important tests of heart health that typically require a doctor visit. The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association.

Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said the feature could turn smartwatches "from something people buy for prestige into something they buy for more practical reasons".

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"Fall detection is a feature we hope you never need, but it's really nice to know it's there", said Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams.

This new features will be available to USA customers later this year, Apple said - an indication that it may not be ready for launch. Such a sensor can detect heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation, a common cause of strokes. However, it could also increase the chance of false positives, Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist with the Scripps Research Institute, told NPR.

"It's definitely going to expand the detection", he said.

Bloomberg reported in June that Apple engineers were encountering problems such as overheating while developing AirPower.

The biggest news for most smartphone users was the announcement of the new phone's dual-Sim capability, meaning users will have access to two phone numbers on the same iPhone at the same time.

Inside the new Apple Watch 4, we see Apple transition to a new SiP (Silicon in Package) design with a new S4 SoC containing for the first time a custom Apple designed CPU and GPU. If a fall is detected and the person remains immobile for more than a minute, the device automatically calls their emergency contact. With cellular connectively this model cots £429.

Apple says it monitored some 2,500 people - measuring how they fell off ladders, missed a step while walking or got their legs caught in their trousers while getting dressed. (This feature was previously only available via the screen). However, battery life lasts a full 1 hour and 30 mins longer than the iPhone X, the same upgrade found on the Xs Max.

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