Saturday 25 May 2019

The Big Tech Show: Apple’s big iPhone Xs launch (and a scary look into the future)

Apple's latest range of mobile phones, the iPhone Xr, Xs and Xs Max
Apple's latest range of mobile phones, the iPhone Xr, Xs and Xs Max
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

This week, Adrian reports from Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California where he was on hand to test out the newly-launched iPhone Xs Max, Xs and Xr phones.

The big talking points are around that new 6.5-inch screen, a whopper by Apple’s standards.

But the other surprise feature came in the shape of the new Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG sensor and ‘fall detection’ feature.

Separately, Adrian talks to the futurist Lucie Greene about how the big tech companies are likely to affect our lives in coming years.

Greene is the author of 'Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future'.

Greene gives a glimpse of a dystopian near-future while avoiding much of the over-egged hysteria that sometimes compromises work in this genre.

Voting via block-chain or emergency services on demand (with 'surge pricing' models built in) may be on the way, she says, as Silicon Valley ramps up its designs on cities and towns.

Greene also takes a look at the political manoeuvres of big tech companies and their founders, from how Uber and AirBnB riles up local communities to the once-likely presidential ambitions of Mark Zuckerberg.

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