Everything Apple didn’t announce at its event: Macs, iPads, and more
Sep 13, 2018, 02:34
The iPhone XS Max will sell for about $1,100, or $100 more than last year's iPhone X.
The company announced on Wednesday its largest smartphone ever: the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max ($1,449).
Apple'snew iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will become available for pre-order beginning this Friday, September 14th, and they'll start shipping a week later on Friday, September 21st.
The price starts at $749 for the 64GB version, which is cheaper than the iPhone 8 Plus, and climbs to $900 for the 256GB version.
Instead, Apple has some big plans for this device. For example, the new iPad Pro and updated "smart" watches. All the three phones are based on this chipset. A new 4-core GPU is 50% faster than the A11's GPU, and the A12 has an 8-core neural engine as well. From 600 billion instructions now it can compute 5 trillion instructions. It has more reliable reception and is two times faster. The iPhone Xr comes in with a 6.1-inch display, and the iPhone Xs still boasts that 5.8-inch screen.
Other hardwares that are also expected at the Apple event are the new iPad Pro and a low-cost MacBook that will support Touch ID fingerprint authentication. These displays also run at 120Hz, which is game changing for not only gamers but will improve responsiveness and fluidity across the device. This also gets a 120hz display and true tone technology, and Apple calls it liquid retina.
The cameras themselves have been beefed up. The iPhone XS was spotted in live images on Weibo and it looks like iPhone X with the same notch display and vertical dual cameras. Notably missing: the iPhone X, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and the iPhone SE. Apple is adding a Google pixel like feature called smart HDR which enables the phone to take multiple photos together and stitch them to take enhanced photos.
It seems that if you just want a camera that can take a nice picture when needed, and no fancy bells and whistles, the iPhone XR will do you just fine. On this phone, Apple is doing bokeh through software.
The camera on the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max also got a big upgrade. Despite the fact that it has an LCD screen and not an OLED, it still features tap to wake and no home button. The iPhone KHS will also be a version with two SIM cards for some countries. The front facing camera retains its 7-megapixel resolution but now the true depth camera system enters its second generation which makes it more reliable and secure. While iPhone Xs is the incremental update of last year's iPhone X, iPhone Xs Max is the company's largest ever iPhone with a massive 6.5-inch screen. We've known since then that this year's iPhone lineup was going to be fantastic, so waiting for Apple to finally make the announcements seemed like it took forever.
The iPhone X didn't sell as well as analysts anticipated, but fared well enough to help Apple boost the average iPhone selling price by almost 20 percent. This is probably the same module as the one in the Xs and Xs Max, with a larger 1.4µm sensor, an f/1.8 aperture with the six element lens, optical image stabilization, and more. The battery will last an estimated 90 minutes longer than Apple's iPhone 8 Plus, which is very impressive. In India, this is supported by Airtel and Jio.
It still feels like an iPhone in the hand, something that has the curved edges that fall away from the side of the screen, and the two speaker grilles at the bottom of the iPhone XR (even though only one is actually functioning). This feature also brings dramatic improvements to photos captured using Apple's Portrait Mode.
The iPhone XS and XS Max will be available to pre-order on Friday September 14, and ship Friday September 21 in the USA and other countries.
In the build-up to the iPhone launch, much of the talk was around the screen of the iPhone XR. Sheesh! Talk about cost of entry.
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