Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event

The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event

While unveiling its new devices, Apple usually does not reveal all the important details of their specs sheet, and the same applies to this year's iPhones as well - iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr.

According to Geekbench 4, the iPhone XS and the XS Max both have 4 GB of RAM. There's the same A12 bionic chip, Face ID with the front-facing TrueDepth camera as well as a bunch more color options (yellow, coral, white, black and blue).

In other words, Apple isn't treating the iPhone XR as some shabby relation. But the company did announce new color options for its urBeats model, created to match Apple's new iPhone Xs and iPhone XR. The Xs and Xs Max both feature OLED screens, while the 6.1-inch XR uses a Liquid Retina display with LCD technology.

Gareth does note though that the camera system also supports Smart HDR, which allows the iPhone XR to "really capture the high-end elements of a photo, fusing the light and dark elements well", and that the pictures he took were clear, sharp and colourful. While there was no reason given for the withdrawal of the model, it is evident that manufacturing costs for the iPhone X didn't drop enough over the last 10 months.

So why bother discontinuing the iPhone X, its most significant phone upgrade in years? However, you can still launch the camera app and flashlight from the lock screen and feel some haptic vibration when you do.


Pre-orders for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are going to be live tomorrow, but what we have is an early glimpse of how thee devices might perform when they are officially released by the company. Apple gave us cryptic guidance like "it lasts 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus".

People getting into watches thanks to an Apple product were more likely to buy a Swiss timepiece later on, he said in emailed comments.

We also got a 108 second recap of the event that highlights all the key moments.

This has led to the iPhone XR being variously described as "cheap", "entry-level", or the "budget" iPhone for this year. If you want a 2018 iPhone (and not the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone 7), you can keep a little more money in the bank.

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