First look at 2019 Apple iPhone XI

First look at 2019 Apple iPhone XI

Can a triple-camera setup be the key chance of Apple’s iPhone comeback?

First look at 2019 Apple iPhone XI
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Apple’s planned expansion into a three-smartphone model wasn’t exactly rewarded in 2018 as the company’s shares dipped 12 percent in December, but the Cupertino-based company has a history of bouncing back. While it’s still too early to judge the fate of the IPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR, we can now confirm that Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2019, continuing the current lineup. We have gotten our hands on a very early look at the 2019 iPhone. This is in fact the very first look at what Apple is up to and by the looks of it, the next flagship iPhone will have three cameras on the back.

It is claimed that the 2019 iPhones are still in Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, and there could be changes in the details when the phones will eventually launch in September 2019. We also know that Apple plans to launch three iPhones in September 2019 — One low-end variant, possibly the successor to the iPhone XR and two high-end variants, succeeding the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Not knowing the scale at which the image was rendered, it is difficult to say which variant will sport the three cameras. However, given the drastic change in the camera setup, this, most probably, is our closest look at the top of the line 2019 iPhone.

The leaked renders reveal a square camera unit housing three cameras aligned non-linearly. There are two cameras aligned vertically, similar to the iPhone XS. The render reveals there will be a third camera placed between the two, on the side. Above that is an LED flash and a microphone on the bottom.

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The fact that the 2019 iPhones may have three cameras is cross-referenced by an earlier report by Bloomberg that states Apple will adopt long-distance 3D ToF technology on the 2019 iPhones. With a non-aligned camera module on the back, Apple could adopt the technology for the rear camera, similar to the Oppo R17 Pro. ToF or Time of Flight technology relies on how much time light takes to bounce off an object to create a 3D map. Sony is presently manufacturing 3D sensors for the technology, and the Bloomberg report stated the publication spoke to Sony to confirm the news. The leaked renders, as a result seem to be accurate to the information available so far.

The third camera can be used to focus faster on the object, and to create 3D models. It can track objects even in dark almost instantaneously by throwing laser pulses at the object and measuring the time taken by the laser to bounce back to the sensor. The sensors can have an even bigger impact in AR and VR. Sony claims the ToF sensor can be used to map rooms in real-time. In a demonstration, the report claimed Sony showed the camera can be used to track user’s hands in a game, like casting a spell.

“Cameras revolutionized phones, and based on what I’ve seen, I have the same expectation for 3D [cameras],” Satoshi Yoshihara, Head of Sony’s sensor division told Bloomberg. Sony plans to ramp up the production of rear and front facing 3D ToF sensors to meet the iPhone demand. The production is expected to kick start late summer.

First look at 2019 Apple iPhone XI

The 2019 iPhones are still nine months away from becoming available. And while we can confirm the flagship smartphones will use a new technology to improve photography, the design itself is not final. However, the renders reveal the black-coloured rear panel will be made of glass (the shine around the edges denotes that). The Apple logo will remain the centre of attraction though, positioned in the top centre.

An earlier report also claimed Apple will not have a major design revamp. Tipster Ice Universe had noted in a Tweet that Apple will stick to using the notch in 2019 and in 2020, the company is expected to launch iPhones with punch-hole displays.

While the presence of three cameras certainly sound impressive, it is likely to push up the cost of production further. In a teardown of the iPhone XS Max, it was noted that the bill of materials of the 256GB 2018 flagship iPhone was $443, as compared to the $1243 price tag it fetches in the US. Knowing Apple and its affinity to use high-quality components, the cost is likely to increase further. Now it remains to be seen whether that will affect the price of the 2019 iPhones.

Apple reduced the forecast of iPhone sales for the upcoming quarterly report after lower-than-expected sales in 2018. The company has introduced price-cuts and trade-in incentives to boost sales of the 2018 iPhones. Many analysts believe the ongoing trade war between US and China have hurt iPhone sales in China, while the high price of the iPhones in India have led to a lacklustre response in the world’s second largest smartphone market.

It remains to be seen whether by adding a third camera to the setup (and making the iPhone look extremely ugly in the process), Apple can bounce back from a disappointing 2018. The company has done it multiple times in the past, and as the leaks suggest, a three-camera iPhone will be the key to company’s comeback plan.

While it is too early to believe such leaks, especially with such an awkward design, we suggest that you take this with a pinch of salt.

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

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The MacBook Air 2018 features Intel’s 8th gen Core-i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a gorgeous retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600 and it packs all this into a smaller and lighter chassis than its predecessor.

Tech Magg Rating ➝ 70/100

Our Prospective

The Apple MacBook Air 2018 refresh improves on what was already considered the best ultrabook, but at the same time, also brings in a significant price bump. The earlier MacBook Air was one of the most affordable and powerful ultrabooks one could buy and while the 2018 MacBook Air continues to be powerful, it is no longer the best value for money device. It is still a great device for work which is guaranteed to last you a few years. It is perfect for watching movies as well, but if you’re looking for a photo or video editing machine, this is definitely not it. For everything else, its great.

  • Weighs lesser than before
  • Weighs lesser than before
  • Great battery life
  • No 16GB RAM variant available in India
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports not enough

Apple MacBook Air 2018: Detailed Review

For years, the MacBook Air was the best ultrabook available, period. For the price, it was the lightest laptop available. It was also one of the most reliable machines available, delivering consistent performance day after day, for years. However, by the time 2017 started coming to a close, people started to wonder when Apple would refresh the world’s most loved ultrabook. Apple finally announced the much-wanted refresh earlier this year and we’ve had plenty of time with the new MacBook Air to figure out if the new laptop lives up to the legacy of its predecessor.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : What’s in the Box

MacBook Air
USB-C to USB-C cable
30W Power Adapter
Warranty paperwork
Apple Stickers

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Specifications

Processor: Intel Core i5 – 8210Y
Core Count: 2
Clock Speed: 1.6GHz
Storage: 128GB PCIe based
Display Resolution: 2560×1600
Display Size: 13-inch
Thunderbolt Ports: 2

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Build and Design

The 2018 MacBook Air has received a design refresh, but it isn’t as radical as one. Would expect it. To be. The chassis is now slightly slimmer, the overall body size is smaller, all thanks to the display coming with a slimmer bezel. Its not just the bezels around the display that have slimmed down, but also the space around the keyboard has been cut down in thickness. There is no TouchBar on the 2018 MacBook Air, which allowed Apple to accommodate a bigger touchpad on the MacBook Air. The pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Air can be found on the left side of the machine, leaving the headphone jack all alone on the right side.

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When you take out the MacBook Air out of its box, 
the first thing you are likely to notice is how light it really is. Apple says the MacBook Air has become lighter, and we verified their statement by weighing the old and the new. Sure enough, the MacBook Air is a whole 100 grams lighter and it only took the laptop three years to shed the weight. This is now how slow you want to lose weight. Apple has also incorporated TouchID into the MacBook Air as a square button and not the round one we’ve seen on the iPhone for so many years. The TouchID also doubles up as the power button.

When we look at the new MacBook Air, it’s hard not to see the Macbook influence here. The slimmed down sides, the thinner bezels on the display and not to mention the same gold finish. The other two colours are Space Grey and Silver, both of which look equally stunning. When Steve Jobs pulled the original MacBook Air out of an A4 envelope, no one would have thought it would be possible to refine the design further, but here we are, typing this review on a thinner, lighter and more visually appealing MacBook Air.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Keyboard and Trackpad

The new 2018 MacBook Air features the second-generation butterfly mechanism for the keyboard. The original design was highly criticized for its being completely crippled by a single grain of dust. Apple worked on that vulnerability by introducing a membrane under the keycaps that prevents dust from getting in there. Additionally, it raises the keycaps a little higher than the original Butterfly mechanism. The result is slightly higher travel in the keys, which feels pleasant to type on. We also have a late 2016 MacBook Pro with the older Butterfly mechanism and those keys are practically one with the keyboard island, offering little to no feedback. On the new MacBook Air, typing is a far more enjoyable experience, especially given how eerily quiet the keys can be, unless you’re the kind who likes to take out their frustration on the keyboard as a means of cathartic release. For those with gentle fingers, this is for sure a pleasant keyboard to type on.
Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Moving onto the trackpad, there is a generous slab of capacitive glass lying on top of Apple’s Taptic Engine. On either side lie force sensors which translate to the feedback you receive when you click on the trackpad. There’s no actual physical movement here, but it definitely feels like it. We had someone who had not used a Mac in the last 5 years have a go at the MacBook Air, they genuinely thought the trackpad was moving up and down. The feedback is that real. If you’re a seasoned Mac user, you’d be familiar with all the gestures one can use to get more out of the MacBook Air and for years, Apple has implemented this flawlessly. Every single gesture register with incredible ease. Spend some time with the MacBook Air and even if you’re a first-time user, you’ll get used to the gesture-based navigation very quickly, mostly because they’re intuitive and because the trackpad does not fail even a single time in registering them right.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Display

One of the biggest upgrades to the MacBook Air is the display. It was somewhat disappointing to see Apple carry its MacBook Air into 2018 with a 1440×900 resolution display. Well, the company is sure closing the year with a bang of pixels and colours. The new MacBook Air brings you a retina display with the resolution of 2560×1600 and a higher than sRGB colour gamut coverage. Apple continues to use IPS panels on their MacBook Air for its incredible colour accuracy. The MacBook Air is factory colour calibrated for sRGB and right out of the box, has colour reproduction accurate enough to be used as a professional photo-editing display. The display also gets really bright, hitting almost 800 nits on the top-side and going as low as 2 nits on the lowest visible setting.

Specs aside, the IPS LCD panel Apple has used continues to be an industry-leading display, with colours that have true-to-life representation and a level of crispness that is often missing on Windows-based machines. Pair that with MacOS Mojave’s dark theme and it is nothing short of a visual treat. Watching movies on his display whether from own source material of from various streaming services like Netflix is absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, unlike its bigger and more expensive MacBook Pro brethren, the MacBook Air is not capable of reproducing colours from the DCI-P3 wide-gamut colour, meaning it does not support HDR content playback. This is probably the only downside of the MacBook Air’s display, but honestly, its not something you could tell when looking at this display. What Samsung’s OLED is to smartphones, Apple’s IPS LCD is to the laptop world and the MacBook Air comes equipped with one amazing panel.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Ports and I/O

There’s only two Thunderbolt 3 ports here, one of which is taken up by the charger. On the other side, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s it. That’s all you get.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Performance

The 2018 MacBook Air is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 processor, but this is a Y-series chip. The Intel Core i5-8210 is a low power dual core CPU with a base clock speed of 1.6 GHz and a boost clock of 3.6GHz. Accompanying the processor is 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 2133MHz and 128GB of PCIe based storage. IF you’re having an eerie sense of déjà vu, you’re so not alone. There are a few things that feel very underwhelming in regards to the specification set. First, Apple used a low-power CPU for this machine. Second, for some reason, the company continues to use DDR3 RAM instead of DDR4. Lastly, 128GB of PCIe storage just feels too little, especially when you consider the number of smartphones available today with this much storage. If you do end up buying your MacBook Air from abroad, you may get lucky with more RAM, but you’re still stuck with 128/256GB storage and the low-power CPU. Interestingly, when we measured the read/write diskspeed on the MacBook Air in comparison to our 2016 MacBook Pro, the Air’s storage came out notieably slower. 
Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Let’s now move to how the MacBook air performs in real life. One of the reasons the original MacBook Air became so popular was its battery life. Since PCMark doesn’t have a MacOS benchmark for the battery, our best way to figure out the capabilities of the MacBook Air’s battery was to use the machine without the charger for as long as possible. It started with a fully charged MacBook air and a whole day of editorial work ahead of it. Turns out, the MacBook Air managed to last a solid 8 hours of use with the brightness set to half and Wi-Fi turned on. The day involved writing roughly 3000 words in MS Word for various stories and some photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Typically, most ultrabooks will give 5-7 hours of battery life provided the activities are limited to basic use. But with the MacBook Air, 8 hours was a given even with a multitude of browser windows open in both Chrome and Safari, some photo editing and a little bit of YouTube. That’s Apple for you!

While my usual work machine is a 2016 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 chip and 16GB of RAM, I figured it would be a good idea to switch to the MacBook Air for a few weeks and see how it holds up to my needs. A significant part of my work involves extensive photo editing, large RAW files with 45-megapixel resolution are commonplace. Running a Lightroom Catalog with close to 13,000 photos was no problem, but editing individual high-resolution RAW files did see the machine stutter a little bit. For example, when switching from the library to the develop module, the image not only took a good 6 seconds to load, but the preview itself loaded in parts. Additionally, moving the adjustment sliders around wasn’t a smooth experience. This isn’t a photo-editing machine, so it is unfair to ask of it to be capable of editing 45MP RAW files.

The MacBook Air isn’t a sprinter, but instead, it’s the slow-and-steady marathon runner. It’s great for office goers and even the college student who lives an affluent lifestyle as the MacBook Air can easily handle the day-to-day tasks of keeping you entertained and also being your trusty work companion, as long as your work doesn’t involve photo or video editing.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Battery Life

The Apple MacBook Air comes with a 50.3Whr Lithium Polymer battery that Apple says should last you about 12-13 hours, depending on the use case. While we continually clocked a solid 8 hours, we also know that had we eliminated photo editing from our day, the machine would have easily clocked 10 hours of use. The topping up of this battery takes closer to two and a half hours with the provided charger, which is a 30Watt Power Delivery charger that charges the machine over USB-C. what this means is that while you’re charging the MacBook Air, you lose one of the two charging ports, which is a bummer for sure.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Bottomline

Every Apple loyalist is going to love the MacBook Air. Everyone who has loved using their older MacBook Air is going to love the new MacBook Air. However, if you’re not an Apple loyalist, you’re not going to be very impressed with the MacBook Air’s offerings, in comparison to what the Windows counterparts have to offer. For example, The Asus Zenbook S which costs Rs 15,000 more, comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, far more storage, one additional USB-C port and not to mention, a dongle in the box.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max

Two of the most expensive flagship devices of the year 2018 is all set to compete out. Let’s find out which premium device is the best?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB, 128GB) 

Apple iPhone XS Max (Gold, 64 GB)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a successor to the Galaxy Note 8. The iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9 are a lot different from each other yet fall in the same segment. The Galaxy Note 9 has been launched with some cool upgrades in its S stylus pen, while the iPhone XS Max with its edge-to-edge OLED display made the phone a bit better than its previous version. They are big, powerful, stylish at the same time expensive. So if you are willing to spend this a lot of money on buying a smartphone then which one you should go with? Let’s just begin. 


The iPhone XS Max features a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display that offers a resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels, while the Galaxy Note 9 Sports a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display. However, the panel on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 has a higher resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels compared to the iPhone XS. if you’re a fan of notch then the iPhone XS sports a notch on top of the display, which gives you more viewing area and a higher screen to body ratio in comparison to the Galaxy Note 9. 


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset. The phone is available in India in two variants 6GB/128GB and 6GB/512GB. On the other hand, the iPhone XS Max is powered by the Apple latest A12 Bionic chipset, which is coupled with 64GB, and 512GB storage options. 
However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offers more RAM at up to 8GB compared to the iPhone XS 4GB’s RAM. 


Both smartphones are equipped with a dual 12MP sensors at the back – 12MP wide-angle lens and 12MP telephoto lens. On paper, it looks almost the same as their previous versions. However, both the companies have done some upgrades that are not major but yet an improvement. 

At the front, the Galaxy Note 9 has an 8MP unit. This time, the Samsung has even given a control on their Bluetooth enabled S Pen that allows you to click a selfie by pressing a button on the S Pen. 

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone XS Max comes with a 7MP sensor for clicking selfies. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 67,990 for the base 8GB/128GB model, while the iPhone XS Max 64GB storage model is available for Rs 1,09,900.