By Damilola Faustino
Apple has launched two new iPhones-iPhone XS and iPhone XS at its #AppleEvent held at its Cupertino headquarters in California on 12th September. The company with a market capitalisation of $1 trillionalso unveiled a relatively affordable iPhone it named iPhone XR. So, if you missed the event, here are some of the key announcements.
New iPhones: iPhone XS (ten-ess) and XS Max
The #AppleEvent is incomplete without the unveiling of a new iPhone and they launched three new main versions of the iPhone this year: the iPhone XS (ten-ess), XS Max and a third phone-iPhone XR. In the past, Apple has released its new iPhone alongside a “Plus” model — since the Max is “bigger than Plus size,” Apple’s calling it something different.
With a 6.5-inch “Super Retina” OLED display, the iPhone XS Max is a giant. It’s got a giant-sized price tag to match: The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099, with 64 GB of storage, and goes all the way up to $1,499 with 512 GB of storage. The iPhone XS directly replaces last year’s iPhone X at the now standard iPhone price of $999 to start. The screen size stays at 5.8 inches, and the phone in general looks very similar to last year’s model.
Pre-orders for both phones are planned to start this week, on Friday, September 14; the phones are otherwise scheduled to be available in stores starting on the following Friday, September 21.
iPhone: The iPhone XR.
Remember the iPhone 5C? It was a low-cost, colourful version of the iPhone 5S that used slightly less expensive materials to produce a very nice, less expensive phone. The iPhone XR is a bit similar to that.
Coming in at $749 to start, it’s not exactly inexpensive. It is, however, comparatively less expensive than the iPhone XS ($999). It’s also, size-wise, directly in between the new iPhone XS and XS Max — the iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen.
That LCD bit is important because it’s part of why the XR costs $250 less than the XS. A big part of the absurdly high price tag of the $1,000 iPhone X that launched last year was the OLED screen. The same thing applies to this year’s iPhone XS and XS Max, which also have OLED screens.
The iPhone XR, internally, is nearly identical to the more expensive XS and XS Max. It’s got the same A12 Bionic chip, powered by the same supporting hardware. It’s got a similarly powerful battery that should carry most users through at least one day of use.
It loses 3D Touch — perhaps another measure of the LCD screen — and only has one of the two 12 megapixel cameras found on the back of the iPhone XS and XS Max. But it has one incredible feature that neither the XS or the XS Max has: It comes in yellow.
The iPhone XR launches a bit later than the XS and XS Max: It’s scheduled to arrive in stores on October 26, with pre-orders starting the prior Friday, October 19. The iPhone XR starts at $750 with 64 GB of storage and goes all the way up to $900 for 256 GB of storage.
The Apple Watch Series 4
There are two new versions of the Apple Watch in two new sizes: 40 and 44 mm. The screens are 30% larger, according to Apple and they stretch further to the edges than ever before. The Apple Watch Series 4 is an update, but not a major one.
It’s got a new, more powerful chip (the “S4”) at its core that promises “up to two times better performance.” The accelerometer has been improved to detect drops and can auto-dial emergency services when necessary.
The Apple Watch Series 3 upgrade
If you’re in the market for an Apple Watch, and you’re looking at the Apple website’s comparison page trying to make up your mind, it’s hard to argue with hard numbers: The Apple Watch Series 3 is $120 less expensive than the equivalent Series 4, and it’s nearly identical.
Better still: It’ll get the update to Watch OS 5 when the new software arrives next week before the Series 4 is even available.
Bonus: iOS 12 will launch on September 17th
With iOS 12’s arrival next Monday, September 17, Apple is making some major upgrades to its mobile operating system.
Perhaps most importantly of all, iOS 12 brings a major boost to older iPhones: 40% faster app launches, 50% faster keyboard pop-up, and a 70% speed increase in camera opening. In short, it will make older iPhones feel new-ish again.
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