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Apple announces 3 new iPhones 2018 iPhone XS iPhone Xs Max iPhone XR
2018-09-13 10:06:59

Apple announces 3 new iPhones 2018 iPhone XS iPhone Xs Max iPhone XR

The iPhone XR

Apple surprised with a third smartphone, the "lower-end" iPhone XR ($749). The 6.1-inch features a bright LCD screen and comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, blue, coral and red. It's missing a home button and is activated by swiping up.

The device only has one camera -- a 12 pixel wide-angle camera -- but Apple added a similar portrait feature found in its dual camera devices, which blurs the background. The device kills the 3D touch feature but added some haptic feedback, so the screen vibrates a bit in response to touch.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

The high-end iPhone X is getting an upgrade and new size options: a 5.8-inch iPhone XS ($999) and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max ($1,099). The Max has a larger display than the usual Plus size phones but a similar body.

The devices don't have a home button and feature Face ID in lieu of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

The cameras on the phones are, as usual, "better than ever before," said Apple exec Phil Schiller, who has uttered the same words at previous events. The new 12 megapixel cameras have bigger sensors and an improved HDR mode.

What's the difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max?

iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display and the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display, meaning the iPhone Xs Max is larger; however, other than that, there is no difference between the two new phones on the inside.

The Insides

The iPhone Xs and iPhone XS Max use the new A12 Bionic chip. Both phones have a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, both of which are faster and more powerful than iPhone X from last year.

The Camera

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both come with a dual camera system on the back that consists of an f1.8 12MP wide-angle lens and an f2.4 12MP telephoto lens. The cameras have new and upgraded sensors over the iPhone X last year and Apple claims it will produce pictures with greater detail and sharpness.

The same front-facing selfie camera that was on the iPhone X is back on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The selfie cam is a 7MP camera with an f2.2 aperture that can record 1080p video and Portrait Mode photos as well!

The new A12 Bionic chip has a new feature Apple calls SmartHDR, which is able to produce HDR photos in faster and with much better detail and exposure.

Plus, the Portrait Mode can not only let you apply lightning filters, but the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will let you adjust the depth of the photo with a slider in the edit screen. This will allow you to take a photo and adjust the level of blur in the background!

The Video

The video capabilities are the same as the last year's iPhone X, meaning you can expect the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to have the following video specs:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps

Apple says that with the new A12 Bionic chip combined with the new sensors in the cameras on the back will provide better low-light video and performance.

The Augmented Reality (AR)

The new GPU is much better at handling AR and has been tailored made for ARKit 2 meaning everything from games to animoji is going to look better and run more smoothly!

Apple showed off a few new apps that took advantage of the new specs of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The most amazing one was a basketball training AR app called Homecourt.

The app can watch you take shots around a basketball net and give you real-time feedback of shot percentage and other important stats — super neat!

The Wireless Charging

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will both have Qi wireless charging and Apple

Waterproofing

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come with an IP68 ingress protection rating, meaning it's even more water-resistance than last year's iPhone X.

The IP68 theoretically means the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is "protected from long-term immersion up to a specified pressure by the manufacturer." Apple hasn't announced that pressure as of yet.

When will it be available?

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available to order on September 14 and will ship on September 21!

How much will it cost and how much storage will it have?

iPhone XS

The iPhone XS will come in three different storage options (listed below) and pricing starts at $999.

  • 64GB will cost $999
  • 256GB will cost $1,149
  • 512GB will cost $1,349

iPhone XS Max:

The iPhone XS Max will come in three different storage options (listed below) and pricing starts at $1099.

  • 64GB will cost $1,099
  • 256GB will cost $1,249
  • 512GB will cost $1,449

What colors will it come in?

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will come in space gray, silver, and gold!

Will the iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max come with iOS 12?

Yes! Both models will ship with Apple's newest operating system iOS 12 right out of the box!

Will I need to buy new tempered glass and a case?

The iPhone XS is the exact same size in all measurements as last year's iPhone X, so you shouldn't need a new tempered glass or a case for the iPhone XS if you already have those for iPhone X.


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