Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info

How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info

The phones are updates to last year's iPhone X ("10"), which marks the 10th anniversary of the smartphone - stretching the screen while keeping the overall handset size at or near that of previous models.

The new iPhone XS has now been officially announced and our colleague Gareth Beavis over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some quality hands-on time with it.

For this post, I'll leave out the iPhone XS Max. The Xs, pronounced like 10-S, not excess, features a 5.8-inch "plus-size" display.

It is also running on the new 7nm A12 Bionic Chip and it retains the same 12MP f/1.8 main camera that's assisted with OIS. "Apple seems to be diving into heart disease first, the most common cause of death around the world, making serious moves as a health company".

Not only is the iPhone XS Max the biggest iPhone ever, it's also the most expensive. From our experience, the iPhone 8 Plus can last longer than the iPhone X on a single charge, so the iPhone XR could be the best model for battery life. There will also be 128GB and 256GB models. The good news? You don't really need an iPhone to perform these experiments and get them on camera. With the XR, which was until recently rumoured to be the XC, the physical home button on iPhones has now officially been consigned to history.

The XR comes with a 6.1in, 1,792 x 828 resolution display, inside an aluminium casing with a glass front and back. And the price? Well, let's just say that it's going to be the most expensive smartphone on the market. Hold it right next to an iPhone XS and yes, you can tell the difference, but it definitely looks more saturated and OLED-like than your average LCD.

Unfortunately, there's no 3D Touch but Apple is replacing it with Haptic Touch that claims to offer a similar feedback as their MacBook Pro trackpads.


The iPhone XR is the successor to the iPhone 8, with prices starting at $749 in the US.

The new Apple Watch has a 30 percent bigger display than its predecessor.

The core new characteristic of the new watch is the larger screen which now achieves a higher screen-to-body ratio on the watch. The edges are noticeably rounder, though it still retains the square look. Customers will see a benefit, with storage of up to 512GB on the new iPhones as well as an enhanced machine learning engine.

But it's still too early to assess the impact of the most significant addition to the new devices - eSIM technology.

When you fire up the app, you get a list of cards with all the Apple Watch owners you've spoken to recently at the top and underneath each card is an "available" slider which can be toggled on or off depending on whether or not the person is open for a chat.

The new Apple watch with Global Positioning System is available for $399 and the LTE variant comes in at $499 and are both available starting September 17, with preorders starting this Friday the 14.

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