If you just got an iPhone, that’s on you because September usually heralds new iPhone(s) and Apple has maintained tradition with the reveal of three new iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Apple Event on Wednesday.
As suspected, the new iPhones called the XS, XS Max, and XR maintain the design of the iPhone X, but come with the new iOS 12 and A12 processors, larger screen size and resolution, more memory and, in the XS Max’s case, RAM, bigger batteries, as well as similar camera set up both in design (except the iPhone XR) and resolution.
The iPhone XS is a 5.8-inch twin of the iPhone X while the iPhone XS Max comes with a 6.5-inch screen, the largest screen ever on an iPhone. Meanwhile, the new iPhones have ditched Touch ID and only come with Face ID, plus the rather surprising addition of dual-SIM functionality, sort of.
China would be getting a version of the new iPhones that come with actual dual-SIM functionality while the rest of the world would be getting iPhones with the embedded SIM (eSIM) slot along with the conventional SIM slot.
And as for pricing, the Xr, which comes with a single back camera and colour variants reminiscent of the iPhone 5C, is the cheapest with a starting price of $750 while the iPhone XS (pronounced ’10 S’ not ‘excess’, but heck) starts at $1,000 and the XS Max starts at $1,100.
That means the phones would sell in the range between ₦270,000 and at least ₦400,000, depending on the model and memory option you choose. The XR comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB while the iPhone Xs and Xs Max come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. All models would be available for pre-order from Friday, September 14 and are expected to start shipping a week later.
Apple discontinue iPhone X, 6s, and SE production
Following the announcement of the new iPhone line-up, the Xr, Xs, and Xs Max, Apple decided to discontinue the production of the much beloved iPhone SE, the popular iPhone 6s, and the young iPhone X.
With the ending of the trio’s production, it means the end of Apple’s association with the 3.5mm headphone jack which was present on the 6s and SE, while the X’s discontinuation allows the Cupertino-based company to maximise profit from avoiding selling the model at a cheaper price (inevitably with the new iPhones now here) having made it with materials which have not reduced in cost.
That leaves the iPhone line-up comprising the new XR, XS, XS Max, as well as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus along with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Nigeria’s national team kit nominated for Beazley award
Nigeria’s national team collection, which won the admiration of everybody for its appealing design before, and during the last FIFA World Cup in June, is clearly still winning hearts worldwide after getting nominated in the Beazley design of the year award.
The Super Eagles’ wavy collection has been nominated among 87 different designs across six design categories by the Design Museum alongside costumes from the Black Panther movie, as well as works from Gucci and Burberry.
Among the other nominees in the 11th edition of the award include Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty make-up line, Tesla’s SpaceX Falcon rocket, Sony’s Aibo robotic dog, the new Louvre museum located in Abu Dhabi, and a video game which helps players to spot fake news.
Winners in each category – architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product, and transport – would be announced on November 15 from which an overall design of the year award winner would be chosen.
Jay-Z ends Diddy’s three-year reign atop Forbes’ Hip-Hop rich list
Businessman and hip-hop superstar, Jay-Z, has come out top of the latest Forbes Hip-Hop rich list ahead of fellow hip-hop star, Diddy, who came in second this year after topping the previous three editions of the annual list.
Jay-Z topped the list with earnings of $76.5 million thanks to money mostly from the tour to support his 4:44 album, the Everything is Love album with wife, Beyoncé, and the On The Run II tour that ensued after that collaborative album.
Diddy on his part earned $64 million thanks largely to his dealings in the beverage world with Aquahydrate alkaline water, DeLeon tequila and with Ciroc vodka for whom he recently signed Nigerian music star, Wizkid, as a brand ambassador.
The rest of the top five comprises Kendrick Lamar in third with $58 million mostly from his TDE: The Championship Tour, Drake in fourth with $47 million thanks to his global-leading streaming numbers, Scorpion album, and tour, and J. Cole with $35.5 million mostly from tour dates and his KOD album which just got certified platinum.
Meanwhile, Nas debuted on the list in joint sixth place with $35 million earned between June 2017 and June 2018, tying with music producer, Dr. Dre, whose earnings came mostly from his back catalogue and partnership with Apple.
Others on the list which had no female hip-hop artiste in the top 20 include Pitbull in eighth with $32 million, Kanye West in 10th with $27.5 million, DJ Khaled with $27 million to occupy 11th place thanks largely to deals with Ciroc, Apple, and Weight Watchers, Travis Scott in 15th place with $21 million.
And there’s Meek Mill who comes in joint 20th with $15 million earned despite spending most of the period in review locked in jail, as he racked up deals with Puma and Amazon soon after regaining his freedom.
World Cup star Denis Cheryshev under doping investigation
From starring at the FIFA World Cup in his home country, midfielder Denis Cheryshev has come under the suspicious eyes of football bodies as he is now under investigation with the Spanish anti-doping authorities.
Cheryshev was set for a bit-part role with Russia at the last World Cup only to end up scoring four goals in five matches to help the hosts reach the quarter-final and finish as their top scorer.
However, the Valencia midfielder is now being investigated after reports of his father stating before the World Cup that the 27-year-old underwent growth hormone treatment which could incur a four-year ban if done without a therapeutic use exemption.
Confusion over Henry Cavill’s future in Superman role
There is confusion over the future of Henry Cavill in the Superman role after earlier reports of him exiting the iconic role were followed by a cryptic message from the actor himself.
Reports had surfaced earlier on Wednesday of Cavill exiting the Superman role after talks with Disney which included making a cameo appearance in the upcoming Shazam! movie reportedly broke down.
However, the reports were followed by vague messages from Disney and Cavill’s manager basically stating talks were still ongoing, while the British actor posted a clip on his Instagram stories in which he’s seen wearing a Krypton Lift Team shirt and raising a Superman action-figure, without saying a word.
Until now, Cavill, who most recently starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Fallout, has portrayed Superman in three films – Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.
But rumours of Cavill moving on from the role have gained ground due to the actor signing up to star in the Netflix-produced The Witcher series, another Man of Steel movie being years out, and Disney leaning towards making a Supergirl origins movie.