Apple announces 3 new iPhones, a new watch, not much else

Angelica Greene
September 14, 2018

Similar to the iPhone X, the XR gets a notch which also houses the same advance sensors which enable Face ID authentication.

FYI, the iPhone XS is on the left of the graphic and the iPhone XS Max is on the right.

Mind you, it might turn out to be too easy to launch the flashlight or camera if you're not careful. Prices for Hong Kong have not been announced, but US pricing has the XS starting at US$999, XS Max US$1,099, and XR at US$749.

We'll let you know how it feels when we review the phone. In India, the iPhone XR will be available slightly late on October 26.

Underneath, the XR is powered by the same A12 Bionic chipset that's used on XS and XS Plus.

There were no big reveals at Apple Inc.'s annual gadget-fest this year, but plenty of little ones-impressive upgrades to the company's flagship iPhone and Apple Watch lines.

Apple announces 3 new iPhones, a new watch, not much else

So mark your calendars, if you're ready to pay Apple's highest price point yet, the new phones will be out in Malta on September 28th. Rather than luring millions of new iPhone users, Apple's goal these days is to steadily raise average prices, while expanding the total number of active devices to support sales of accessories and digital services like iCloud storage, streaming music and video.

While most of us were enjoying our recommended hours of sleep last night, Apple announced three new additions to their iPhone lineup - their latest, greatest, and verily, expensivest pieces of smartphones that fanboys will sell their firstborn for. (There's a 7-megapixel, f/2.2 camera on the front.) Like the Google Pixel phones, the XR can do software bokeh or portrait mode; using iOS 12, it can also fool with the extent of the bokeh after the fact, blurring or sharpening the background of the image.

That combination of price, design, and features could make it popular with Apple fans who have been holding on to ageing phones.

Instead of an OLED display, the phone uses a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display that Apple calls the "most advanced LCD in a smartphone". The iPhone XS Max fits into the same footprint as the iPhone 8 Plus. Both of these phones sport surgical-grade stainless steel body with glass casing on both sides, much like the iPhone X. These are Apple's first iPhone models with IP68 water and dust resistance - last generation was IP67 rated. It supports Qi-standard wireless charging and fast charging as well - up to 50 per cent charge 30 minutes.

Moving to the camera, both the iPhones will have two 12-MP cameras one of which will be a telephoto lens and the other will be a wide-angle lens.

The iPhone XR comes in an assortment of colors.

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