Medical &Health

Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, health features for watch

Apple unveiled three

new iPhones on Wednesday in a bid to bolster its spot in the premium

smartphone market, along with an upgraded smartwatch that takes

electrocardiograms and detects falls.

The California tech giant said it would begin selling its 5.8-inch iPhone

XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max later this month, keeping the starting price of

the company's top-end model at $999 but bumping the entry price for the

version with the larger screen.

Apple also announced a new iPhone XR starting at $749, available in

October, with a 6.1-inch display to broaden its pool of buyers.

The phones are updates to last year's iPhone X (10), which marks the

10th anniversary of the smartphone � stretching the screen while keeping the

overall handset size at or near that of previous models.

I think Apple did extremely well here, GlobalData analyst Avi Greengart

said after checking out the new offerings at the unveiling at the company's

headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Overall, this is going to be a very good year for Apple.

The analyst expected the line-up to be a hit, pushing up the average

selling price of Apple smartphones.

The new iPhones have more powerful processors and cameras, and a dual-SIM

card feature for top-of-the-line devices. Home buttons were replaced with

screen swipes, taps and facial recognition capabilities.

We are going to take iPhone X to the next level, chief executive Tim

Cook said.

While the iPhone has made Apple the world's most valuable company, worth

more than $1 trillion, it has slipped to third place among smartphone makers

as Chinese-based Huawei has grabbed the number two spot behind Samsung.

Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said Apple had done

enough to keep its smartphone growth going until the competition responds.

Apple said the XS models would be sold from September 21 and the XR from

October 26.

� New smartwatch features � Apple also introduced a fourth generation of

the Apple Watch with a major redesign � and a series of features designed to

improve its performance as a medical and health device.

The watch, sold in the United States from $399 and up, will be available

in stores on September 21.

Apple Watch has become an intelligent guardian for your health, chief

operating officer Jeff Williams said.

The smartwatches are able to detect hard falls, and an electrical heart

rate sensor can take an electrocardiogram.

This is the first ECG product offered over the counter directly to

consumers, Williams said. Now you can take an ECG anytime, anywhere, right

from the wrist.

The fall detection upgrade is expected to appeal to worker safety concerns

in factories or other industrial settings, as well as to elderly or disabled

users.

Identifying a fall may sound like a straightforward problem, but it

requires a lot of data analysis, Williams said.

If a person falls, and then is motionless, the watch will call emergency

services, he added.

Moorhead said the health features for the new devices were notable.

I can see kids buying one for their parents and grandparents, he said of

the smartwatch.

I believe Series 4 will sell better than all previous models.

The current version of Apple Watch is the most popular watch in the world,

according to Cook.

Apple stressed its devotion to data privacy, saying all health information

gathered is encrypted on the smartwatch to be shared only as users see fit.

� 'Crossroads'

Research firm CB Insights said Apple is at a crossroads a decade after

introducing the iPhone.

Looking for the next wave, Apple is clearly expanding into augmented

reality and wearables with the Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones,

the firm said.

But the next 'big one' a success and growth driver on the scale of the

iPhone � has not yet been determined. Will it be augmented reality, auto,

wearables? Or something else entirely?

Apple's event comes with the global smartphone market at near-peak

saturation, and without a major catalyst for sales ahead of a likely rollout

of 5G, or fifth generation, wireless networks, expected in 2019.

Research firm IDC expects worldwide smartphone shipments to decline 0.7

percent in 2018 to 1.455 billion units, with growth likely to resume as 5G

devices become available.

Cook said Apple was nearing the two-billion mark for devices with its

mobile operating system known as iOS.

We are about to hit a major milestone. We are about to ship our two

billionth iOS device, he said.

This is astonishing iOS has changed the way we live.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)