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A12 Bionic chip: what you can do with it on the new iPhone Xs

In the clamor of the Apple event we have been blinded with the new three models of iPhone. The iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr and the new Watch. But with these presentations we have forgotten the real protagonist of the party, the A12 bionic chip.

It is funny that in the last years, Apple always treated the processor as a black box, not wanting to burden consumers with technical details on how it works. However, there has been a difference in the trend, allowing the latest silicone to take the limelight and showcase all the technical details behind the engine in the latest iOS devices.

The A12 bionic chip is a 7nn chip. It is showcased as the fastest one in the market right now and promises not only a change in the new iPhone Xs, but also in the entire application industry. Let’s see why:

Inside the A12 bionic chip

The performance of the A12 bionic chip is even faster than the A11 of the previous range of iPhones. According to Geekbench, it has a single-core score of 4,813 and a multi-core score of 10,266.

But raw horse power isn’t what makes a phone great. The heart of the chip is a six-core CPU with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster than the A11 and consume 40 % less power. Four “efficiency” cores, handling lower-intensity tasks, should consume 50 percent less energy.

Apple claims that the four-core GPU in the A12 Bionic is 50 % faster than the A11 Bionic. The additional speed and technologies support technologies like tessellation, multilayer rendering, and lossless memory compression.

The company is also promising a faster Secure Enclave associated with the new chipset, which is used for tasks like Face ID authentication. When paired with streamlined algorithms in iOS 12, the new hardware should speed up Face ID recognition versus that in the iPhone X.

However, one of the cores, and here is where the magic starts, is a dedicated neural engine. Coupled with the raw processing power it will open a new era in app processing. Particularly apps which use the company’s machine learning framework, Core ML, which the new A12 Bionic runs nine times faster than last year’s chips.

On stage, Apple showed off a new app named Homecourt, that watches you play basketball while it records the number of shots and passes you make and miss. This sort of real-time analysis isn’t possible without a chip with meaty AI processing.

This allows a level of machine learning unheard of in a phone, allowing the iPhone to predict what you are going to do. Where you are going to go (spooky). Which photos you’ll probably share. And even, what apps you’ll open.

Now that we have made clear the technical details of the A12 bionic chip, we can actually see how it’ll improve our user experience with the new iPhones. 

iPhone Xs and Xs Max Camera

The camera of iPhones has always had high quality, as it reduces the noise and increases the luminosity at night. In the iPhone Xs and Xs Max we find a dual 12 megapixel camera array.

It takes pictures in HDR and in real time, allowing the phone to collect a lot of color and light information in each photo. This allows us to adjust the light and the depth of field. We can also blur the background completely. Or adjust colors without losing quality, as if images were in raw format.

In addition, the camera is so precise that it allows facial recognition, making a fingerprint cumbersome (although we’re not sure that this option is as secure as Apple taunts). This option, beyond comfortable, reinforces the security with which Apple reminds us that we can make payments from our iPhone.

With these features, we need a large processor to keep the smartphone working. But we also need some great graphics, and that’s where the A12 bionic chip plays another interesting role. It uses the neural engine to analyse shots, stitch them together to get the best parts of each and produce the best quality image with a massive amount of post processing,

Graphic design for virtual reality and augmented reality

The A12 bionic chip of the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max and iPhone Xr includes in the silicon a four core that streamlines the loading and rendering of graphics by 50%. This enable us to play games in high resolution and at high speed. But above all, it displays a more fluid use of virtual reality.

Why do we need such a powerful speed? We all know that virtual reality is still in its infancy and many of us do not know what to do with it beyond playing a game. It is clear that it’ll be the new boom in mobile technology since Google, Samsung, Facebook and more are playing with it. But Apple wants to be the winner of this competition.

For this, Apple has already launched an SDK for developers (ARKit). And now, it has given developers more power to create the next-gen era of augmented reality apps.

We probably won´t notice it too much in our daily tasks. However, it ensures that the quality of applications will continue to raise the bar of what is possible. This is a competition, both for developers and suppliers, and the maximum beneficiary is the end user.

One step beyond the A12 bionic chip

The capacity of the A12 bionic chip is so great that it could exceed the inches of the smartphone and land on their own computers. There is only one month to announce the new models, so we will have to wait to see the real life performance this powerhouse will deliver.

The bar has remained high, as high as the huge price of output of the iPhones Xs and Xs Max. We can only wait and see how Google the new Pixel 3 and the flagships of Samsung and the new competitor, Xiaomi, respond to the “king of the hill”

You can watch the full Apple keynote here:

https://www.apple.com/es/apple-events/september-2018/

Drop us a line in the comments and let us know your thoughts!

 

Oktoberfest 2018: a survival kit with the best apps and news

The farewell to the summer holidays tastes better with a beer in the sun or just with a good excuse to eat, relax and enjoy time with your friends. The best occasion to do this is the Oktoberfest 2018. This is the German beer festival held originally in Munich and celebrated as well in other parts of the world.

To survive such an excitement, especially for those who can’t say are that young anymore, we have shortlisted the latest information about Oktoberfest 2018. And for your convenience, the best 5 apps to take the most of this event worldwide.

What is the origin of the Oktoberfest

If you want to know more about the History of Oktoberfest, it has a romantic origin. About 200 years ago the king of Bavaria, Ludwig I, married Theresa of Saxony and celebrated the wedding with all his subjects hosting a race of horses and offering food and beer in an open field. He named the placed after his beloved, Theresenwiese, which means ‘the prairie of Theresa’.

The great joy with which the people in the kingdom celebrated the event set a precedent that has been replicated every year for almost two centuries. With some exceptions by wars or epidemics. The date recently changed from October to September, due to the weather.

Oktoberfest 2018 is still held in the same enclave, a vast meadow surrounded by nature in the heart of Munich. And it gathers more than 7 Million people each year. What if it rains or it gets cold, you may wonder? Well, there is no better way to cope with it than with a beer in your hands… Or that is what organizers claim! Oktoberfest 2018 takes place from the 22th of September to the 7th of October this year.

In addition to the meat, the ribs, the German beer Hofbräu-Festhalle and the Bavarian music, the regional costumes bring colorfulness and a certain feel of folklore to the party. We actually feel like we are back in 1800. Sounds interesting, right? Whether in Munich or in another region of the world, check out the following apps for your trip to the Oktoberfest!

Find your friends at the Oktoberfest 2018

7 Million people is just about the population of Switzerland – the number expected to attend  Oktoberfest in Munich in 2018. Amazing, right? To avoid getting lost and losing our friends in the huge crowd we suggest you download Wave. This is a free app for iOS and Android in which we can share our location with our friends on a map in real time and privately.

The best part is that, unlike other apps, we can see all of our friends on the same map. Feel free to explore and don’t be afraid to lose your friends, for you can check their location anytime!

When needed, the app tells you how to reach your friends. Look for them on the map, set a meeting point and it will give you directions to get there. As this is a social app, it comes with a chat to type, speak and share memories.

More than 11 Million people use Wave already, so it is likely that our crush at the Oktoberfest has it too so we can find him/her any time among the crowd.

The best thing about Wave Application is not just its convenience, but also its purpose: it is all about location. We can avoid typing in those long group chats, moving back and forth through plenty of messages and asking over and over again for others’ location.

Pick the best beer at the Oktoberfest 2018

Some of us are not experts in beer or prefer to drink only the famous Hofbräu-Festhalle Bavarian beer. However, if we want to make the most of our experience at the Oktoberfest 2018, we should be able to distinguish and taste different sorts of beers.

If an amateur in this field, just jump into Untappd, and app that presumes to have the best directory of beers in the world. The app enables you to look for different brands and discover the properties and flavors of each type. It also tell you its origin, color and the popularity it has among the app’s community of users.

We have tried it and we are happy to say that this year they have also included a chat to talk about beers with other community members. The app is free and available for iOS and Android.

Be aware of what goes on around you

Oktoberfest wiesn 2018 app

Gathering all the information related to Oktoberfest is easier with the app Wiesn 2018. It informs you about every single detail of the event, such as the concerts, stages, the different breweries or even the weather condition.

Along with all the information, we are impressed by its features aimed to ensure we survive the Oktoberfest 2018 safely. For example, we can check on a map the location of the security points, toilets or the beer counter that calculates our BAC. It also helps you meet new people as it has a Bavarian translator, so we can actually order a beer in Bavarian!

Wiesn 2018 is an app to use exclusively if you are lucky enough to attend to the Oktoberfest in Munich and it is free for Android.

Pay for a round and get invited without losing your mind

Paying a beer at the Oktoberfest in Munich follows an unwritten rule: each friend pays a round of beers for their friends, especially among the locals. To deal with this habit, we suggest you use Venmo, an app where to add to your fellow travelers and pay them directly from the app. It will make the balance updated, so you can keep track of when to pay or get invited. Get it for free for iOS and Android.

Discover all the events of each day at the Oktoberfest 2018

Apart from drinking beer, there are different events that vary from year to year. Attendants will enjoy parades, music concerts, activities for children and great surprises. We can discover them all with the EventBrite event app. It is equally interesting for those who go to Munich and want to enjoy the full pack of activities, as well as for those who celebrate Oktoberfest in other parts of the world. Get it for free for iOS and Android.

 

 

Wave Interviews – Android Developer, Javier Rebollo

As users become more demanding, it’s a real challenge to be a an Android Developer. Look at how our the developer at Wave, Javier Rebollo, sorts out the new reality in building apps.  Get to know all his tricks and secrets at this interview and get inspired by a well job  done that has taken Wave to the next level. 

1.- Why do you love Wave?

I think it’s a very interesting project and we have seen a great evolution. If before people were reluctant to share their location and were afraid of it, now they feel it as a necessity and they understand how powerful and useful it really is.

Some time ago, when I was meeting my family or friends I was asking them about their location, now that they use Wave, all these questions are over. I share my location with them and there are no more questions that can distract me, for example when I am driving. That’s amazing.

2.- How do you keep yourself organized with all the new projects coming in?

One of the best things about Wave is its startup soul and hopefully that will never change. This soul means that we have a way of working in which it is very simple to communicate and organize things with the team.

This is very complicated in companies with excessive bureaucracy where processes become slow and awkward. We don´t work like that here and that is the best point of the company.

3.- Do you feel identified with any proverb, movie character or particular habit?

Well, there’s a sentence by John D. Rockefeller that says: “Do not be afraid to leave something good to go for the big thing”. This is something that is linked to my personality, as I do not like to accommodate.

I believe that I can always improve in all aspects of my life and avoid getting stuck. I firmly think that this is the very essence of the human being.

4.- You have worked in the sports and travel industry before joining Wave, why did you choose to start in the lifestyle and location area?

I actually do not choose companies for the sector they belong to, but because of the technological challenge they face. When I started working at Wave, I had to deal with several challenges that are now solved. One of the best and more motivating realities in this company is that there are always new challenges to conquer.

5.- What stage of the development process, from the draft of a project to the execution do you enjoy the most?

The parts that I like the most are the beginning and the end. The beginning because it is when we see how the product is being developed little by little, and the final stage, because it is when we see that everything is finished and we have that satisfaction of a job well done.

At the same time, we know we would have done the development a bit different if we would do it again. That’s amazing. We start applying our new knowledge and when we finish, we have learned so much that, when we look back, we know that now we would do it better.

6.- What innovation in tech most inspires you for your work?

I’m inspired by the Internet Of Things. Some people see it as a bad thing, and they fear of having devices connected all the time, but really if you know how to take advantage of it, it’s great.

All the information you need is at your fingertips to make better decisions and, if done correctly, the information that arrives to you is the only one that you need at every moment … that’s great.

7.- Do you think that users of apps are becoming more demanding? If so, how does your team continue to offer a level of excellence?

Yes, I firmly believe it. We are always trying to reduce all possible errors to the minimum and to correct the ones that we have. We also bet on the best and most modern technologies to always offer users the latest, so they can enjoy all the new advantages before anyone else.

8.- What would you like to achieve in your team with Wave within the next 2 years?

I would like to make us a reference in geolocation. Just like when people thought of Messenger and now think of WhatsApp. I want that when people think about location, they think of Wave.

It does not matter how much time passes by, we will continue being their ‘Messenger’ and they will never forget us because we will have marked a before and after in the location’s world. That is what I hope to achieve.