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Apple iPhone event 2018: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR go official; specifications, features

The new iPhones feature edge-to-edge displays with a notch, and up to 512GB storage option.

  • Updated: September 13, 2018 9:37 AM IST
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As expected, Apple has announced three new iPhones at its special event today. One of the key highlights of the new iPhones is that all of them feature front and back glass design, and an edge-to-edge display with a notch on top. The phones also drop support for Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and come with Face ID, 3D facial scanning instead. The new iPhones will be called iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Here’s everything you need to know.

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR storage and color variants 

Successor to last year’s iPhone X, the new iPhone XS will be offered in three storage variants – 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. The slightly larger and more premium iPhone XS Max will also be offered in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage variants. Talking about color options, you will be able to choose between Silver, Space Gray and Gold color options.

The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is the budget iPhone of the lot, and it will be offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. You will be able to pick between 6 colors – Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue and Coral.

Watch: Apple iPhone X review

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR pricing

The iPhone XS starts at $999 in the US (India price Rs 99,900), the iPhone Xs Max starts at $1,099 in the US (India price is Rs 109,900), while the iPhone XR starts at $749 (India price is Rs 76,900). The new iPhones will launch in India on September 28.

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR specifications and features

The iPhone XS retains the same screen size of 5.8-inch (as the iPhone X, whereas the new iPhone XS Max comes with a 6.5-inch screen (2668x1242pixels). Both feature OLED Super Retina displays, and support HDR10 to make the content lively. They also support 3D Touch. They are now made from stainless steel frame.

They are powered by the new A12 Bionic chipset that is built on 7nm fabrication process. It has a hexa-core CPU, with 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. The chipset also has a quad-core GPU to offer better graphics performance. There is also an 8-core dedicated Neural Engine for on-device machine learning which can now run 9 times faster. Apple says the new chipset can launch the apps 30 percent faster.

And as usual, Apple didn’t reveal the RAM size on its phones, so that is unknown for now. The budget iPhone XR, on the other hand, comes with a 6.1-inch (1792x826pixels) LCD Liquid Retina display, but misses out on 3D Touch. It is powered by the same A12 Bionic chipset.

In the photography department, both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max get dual rear camera setup, both 12-megapixel sensors – with one being wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture and the other being telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also come with zero shutter lag feature and smart HDR mode.

The iPhone XR gets a single rear camera of 12-megapixel resolution. Up front, all three smartphones come with a 7-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling with f/2.2 aperture.

Security wise, all three iPhones get the upgraded Face ID feature for 3D face recognition and unlock. Face ID can also be used for authenticating payments. The new iPhones are also IP68 water and dust resistant, and include wireless charging feature, whereas the iPhone Xr comes with IP67 certification. But as usual, Apple has not revealed the battery size on the new iPhones, but the company is promising better battery life compared to the iPhone X.

And yes, the new iPhones come with Gigabit Class LTE and Dual SIM card support with dual standby, but that is only in China. For global variants, the iPhones get one SIM card and one eSIM card support. Apple has also added eSIM support. On the software front, all three iPhones will run on iOS 12 OS out-of-the-box.

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  • Published Date: September 12, 2018 11:58 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 13, 2018 9:37 AM IST