IPhone XR revealed: notched LCD, Face ID, and advanced single camera

Angelica Greene
September 15, 2018

Nothing has been confirmed by Apple, but 9to5Mac has shared tons of details about the new iPhones, including a new second-gen 5.8-inch model and rumors of an updated Face ID and improved rear camera.

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller touts the A12 Bionic processor in the new iPhone XS and XS Max phones. But it also killed six models in the process, retiring the aging iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and the iPhone X. While Apple won't sell these particular phones in store, it doesn't mean they're just going to disappear. The standard Global Positioning System model will be available on the same date in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the US and US Virgin Islands; and then on September 24 in UAE.

Both are loaded with Apple's new A12 Bionic chip, which Apple claims runs run 15 per cent faster than the A11 chip in the iPhone X.

They are available in gold, silver and space grey.

Revealed at Apple's special event in California, the iPhone XR is available in six colours and will cost £749 when it's released in the United Kingdom on the 26 October. The iPhone Xs Max will start at $1099.

One new iPhone was likely to be priced slightly lower than the X model to "capture the next wave of buyers" in markets such as China, western Europe and the United States, according to Moorhead. Both Xs models go on sale in South Africa on 28 September.

The Max is the Xs' bigger brother.

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These features will be available to USA customers later this year, but Apple did not say when it would make it to the rest of the world.

The screen supports TrueTone technology as well as 120Hz input like the previous generation iPhone X. Apps can now work in split mode, much like they did on the Plus sized version of previous iPhone models. Expectations for Apple's lineup have been fueled by reports from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is based in Taiwan, where numerous contracts manufacture that also make Apple products are based.

We'll be making sure to give the battery a full workout when we get our hands on the review devices.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max deliver the highest quality video capture in a smartphone. Consumers love these devices... It's strictly a two-handed device though but very close to the actual size of the Plus model so if you are comfortable with an iPhone Plus, you'll feel right at home with the iPhone Max.

Like the regular Retina display found in other iPhones, the Liquid Retina Display relies on a higher level of pixels-per-inch to create a paper-like screen effect where pixels are not visible to the naked eye.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max introduce Gigabit-class LTE for even faster download speeds4 and Dual SIM5 through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM.

"You can see it's about the same size (as the iPhone 8 Plus) phone with a much larger display".

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