A tricked-out iPhone XS Max costs more than a MacBook

Isaac Cain
September 14, 2018

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. 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.

Given the XR's budget nature, it's smaller than its Xs and Xs Max cousins, and it only houses a single 12mp rear camera.

Mind you, it might turn out to be too easy to launch the flashlight or camera if you're not careful. The iPhone XS has a price that starts at $999, but tops out at $1,349. Here's what you need to know about it. The iPhone XR preorders begin on 19 October and the phone will go on sale on 26 October.

Underneath, the XR is powered by the same A12 Bionic chipset that's used on XS and XS Plus. Apple says the camera along with smarter AI-based algorithms can deliver better imaging capabilities than the iPhone 8.

All three new models join the iPhone X in getting rid of the home button to make room for more screen.

As Business Insider revealed, a few stealthy sites were able to dig into Apple's own website code to uncover details about the new phones - the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR - before the official launch.

Instead of an OLED display, the phone uses a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display that Apple calls the "most advanced LCD in a smartphone".

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Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max run iOS 12 out-of-the-box; Apple at the event stated that it will soon ship its two billionth iOS device.

As for the iPhoneXR, the price is €879 and it has a 6.1 inch display.

Battery life, in comparison to the iPhone 8 Plus, is improved by 90 minutes. The iPhone Xs Max is the Supersized Big Mac and fries phone for an era of healthier digital diets.

The new Apple Watch will come with watchOS 5, the latest version of the company's operating system for smartwatches, which will be available from 17 September.

But if that's not enough to convince them it's a worthy upgrade, the XR also offers numerous same cutting-edge features found on the top-of-the-line XS models. The phone is water resistant, it has wireless charging, and no, it has no headphone jack. In real time, the processor in the iPhone instantly detects and displays performance metrics-the speed of the ball as it leaves the player's hand, the release angle of each shot, even the position of the player's legs.

The device only has one camera - a 12 pixel wide-angle camera - but Apple added a similar portrait feature found in its dual camera devices, which blurs the background.

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