Friday, 16 November, 2018

Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info iPhone XS release date, price, photos, and specifications
Olivia Ford | 13 September, 2018, 11:23

There aren't many differences between the two models: the screen is Apple's biggest ever at 6.5in, the display resolution is higher (2,688 x 1,242), the battery is slightly larger - presumably to accommodate that massive screen - and naturally, it's more expensive. Violet, schmiolet, Samsung - this is an interesting color for a phone. Particularly, Google's upcoming Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

The smaller Pixel 2 previous year started at $650, but its dated and comparatively crude design made that feel like less than a bargain. An updated iPhone X, now called the XS, stays at $1,000.

At $749, the iPhone Xr is $250 cheaper than the iPhone Xs, and $350 cheaper than the iPhone Xs Max, both of which Apple also announced on Wednesday. The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have OLED screens, and the iPhone Xr sports a lower price tag and LCD screen.

Along with Memojis iOS 12 includes four new Animoji: ghost, koala, tiger, and T. rex which also now feature winks and tongue detection to capture even more expressions. For some consumers, this might be a sacrifice they're willing to make to save money. What it lacks in dual-camera-ness it makes up for with computational photography: the iPhone XR can - like the Google Pixel line - do Portrait Mode using its single camera thanks to improvements to the image signal processor, neural engine, and algorithms. What's new is that Apple filled out the "forehead" and "chin" area with screen, giving you the whopping 6.5 inches.

Will those people stubbornly holding on to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 finally be tempted by the iPhone XR?

Other smartphones in the market, like Google's Pixel devices, also ditched a home button equivalent for a couple of generations ago.

Apple has launched a trio of iPhones and upgraded smartwatches that can detect heart problems at its annual product launch event in Cupertino on Wednesday.

With these features contributing to the lower price point on the Xr, the Xr does boast the same A12 Bionic chip found on the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, while battery life is noted to be one and a half hours more per day than the iPhone 8 Plus.

As mentioned before, the XR has just one rear camera. There's no way the Pixels will be offered in such a wide range of hues.

Apple's website has seemingly leaked the names, storage sizes and colours of all the new iPhones set to be unveiled this evening at a special event.

There was a subtle re-branding from fitness to overall health during today's Apple Watch introduction. At the very least, we are hoping to see a proper Airpods competitor from Google in an updated Pixel Buds launch in October, but we just don't know yet. To be accurate, only one version will have the ability to accommodate two physical SIM cards: a dual-SIM version of the iPhone Xs Max intended for China. The bright, multicoloured phone made from aluminium glass and with an edge-to-edge screen, is the smaller newest iPhone.

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