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Apple has unveiled its iPhone 11 range of handsets, which feature more cameras than before and a processor that has been updated to be faster while consuming less power, Trend reports citing BBC.

The company said the two Pro models would last between four to five hours longer than their XS predecessors.

But it did not launch a 5G model, and some rumored features were missing.

Apple also revealed a new version of its smartwatch, which features an "always-on" display for the first time.

The Series 5 Watch adjusts how often it refreshes the screen to as little as one frame per second to promise the same 18-hour battery life as the previous version.

It also introduces a compass and sleep-tracking software as well as the new option of a titanium case.

The company added that it will keep its Series 3 model on the market, which will cost $199 – or £199 in the UK – marking a new entry price point for the wearable.

Camera features

The new iPhones are notable for introducing an "ultrawide" rear camera, offering 2x optical zoom-out.

The Pro models retain the telephoto and normal lenses found in the last generation's XS and XS Max, while the basic iPhone 11 only has an ultrawide and standard lens.

Apple made a virtue of a new Night Mode, which automatically brightens the image when required while taking steps to minimize the digital noise produced as a result. Google, Samsung, and Huawei had already introduced a similar feature to their handsets.

And it teased a new facility called Deep Fusion, which takes nine snaps with a variety of exposures and then picks through them "pixel by pixel" to combine the best parts from each to create a superior image.

Other enhancements include the ability to shoot slow-motion videos with the front camera as well as the rear.

The handset's processor – the A13 Bionic – has also been upgraded.

Apple claims its CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) is more powerful than those featured in any Android phone.

In addition, the chip's "neural engine" has been optimized to better handle matrix calculations – a type of algebra used by neural networks – and is said to be 20% faster than the A12.

However, the new models are not compatible with Apple's Pencil stylus, as had been expected by many. That feature was already offered by its lowest-end iPad.

Nor can they wirelessly recharge other accessories, unlike Samsung and Huawei's premium phones.

The iPhone 11 is slightly cheaper than its XR forerunner in the UK, ranging between £729 and £879 depending on the amount of storage.

But the Pro models are more expensive than the XS ones, costing between £1,049 and £1,499.

They go on sale in 10 days time.

Slowing demand

Apple experienced a bigger drop in demand for new handsets than many of its rivals last year.

But the firm recently reported that its active install base – the number of iPhones in use – was at an "all-time high".

"Several forces play here," commented Marta Pinto from market research firm IDC.

"Apple designs devices that last longer than an average Android device, and it's been very good at rolling out new versions of its operating system.

"There's also a very good second-hand trade in iPhones, and the overall smartphone market is slowing down.

"But Apple doesn't mind because its focus is now turning to services, and its wearables are also doing well."

The new iPhone line-up does ana not feature a 5G model, in part because Intel struggled to develop the required modem.

At a time when consumers are holding onto their handsets for longer before upgrading, that could place a further constraint on sales – especially in countries where 5G networks have already launched, such as the UK.

"Given people's loyalty to iPhone, if they really want 5G they'll probably just wait," said Ben Wood from the consultancy CCS Insight.

"That said, don't be surprised to see rivals, particularly Samsung, positioning 5G devices as 'future-proof' options.

"I'm sure they will be arguing that buying a premium-priced 4G smartphone right now would be like buying a TV a few years ago that was not HD-Ready."

Subscription services

Earlier at the event, Tim Cook revealed that its two forthcoming subscription services would each cost $4.99 – or £4.99 in the UK – per month.

Apple Arcade – a video games deal offering exclusive access to games that do not feature in-app fees – will become available on 19 September.

It will be followed by Apple TV+ – a TV show and movie-streaming platform with content not available elsewhere – which will make its first programs available on 1 November.

The latter will be cheaper than rival services from Disney and Netflix but appears to promise less material at this stage.

There was no mention of Apple bundling the new services with its existing cloud storage, news, and music offerings for a discount, as had been speculated.

But it will offer one year's membership to Apple TV+ to consumers buying one of its computers or set-top boxes.

In addition, the company unveiled a new iPad.

The seventh-generation model has a 10.2in (25.9cm) screen – making it bigger than before – and will go on sale at the end of the month.

It will start at £349, a £30 increase in the earlier model.

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Southern Gas Corridor to bring needed diversification of supply to Europe Intl Gas Union

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Southern Gas Corridor project, which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, will bring needed diversification of supply to Europe, the International Gas Union (IGU) told Trend.

The Southern Gas Corridor project is a welcomed development for diversification of supplies into Europe, according to IGU.

"Domestic production in Europe is on the decline and more imports will be needed. Projects such as the Southern Gas Corridor not only bring more needed supply to Europe, but they also bring needed diversification of supply thus enhancing the security of supply," said IGU.

The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

The launching ceremony of the first stage of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku on May 29, 2018, while opening ceremony of TANAP was held on June 12, 2018, in the Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor – from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) were connected on the Turkish-Greek border.

The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931. It is a worldwide non-profit organization registered in Vevey, Switzerland with the Secretariat currently located in Barcelona, Spain.

The mission of IGU is to advocate gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. The more than 160 members of IGU are associations and corporations of the gas industry representing over 95% of the global gas market. The working organization of IGU covers the complete value of gas chain from exploration and production, transmission via pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as distribution and combustion of gas at the point of use.

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Azerbaijani FM meets Holy Sees secretary in Vatican

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As part of his official visit to the Vatican, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State.

At the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of relations between Azerbaijan and the Vatican.
Referring to the significant projects implemented with the direct support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Gallagher highly appreciated the restoration of a number of historical monuments in the Vatican.

In turn, Mammadyarov noted that Azerbaijan has historically been a place where the representatives of different cultures and religions co-exist peacefully. The minister reiterated that on the basis of national traditions of tolerance Azerbaijan promotes the ideas of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect, and multiculturalism in the world.

At the meeting Mammadyarov briefed his counterpart about the settlement process of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, just and fair position of Azerbaijan, as well as Armenia’s plundering and destruction policy of the cultural heritage of Azerbaijani people in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

At the meeting, the sides also exchanged their views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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President Ilham Aliyev congratulates his Chilean counterpart

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera Echenique.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and the people of your country on the occasion of the national day of the Republic of Chile-Independence Day,” Ilham Aliyev said in his letter.

“I hope that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Chile will continue developing and expanding in the spirit of friendship and cooperation to the benefit of our nations. On this remarkable day, I extend my best regards to you, and wish the people of your country everlasting peace and prosperity.”

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