Apple pushes largest screens, cheaper models with new iPhones

Todd Singleton
September 13, 2018

This phone features a 6.5-inch OLED display capable of cranking out a 2688x1242 resolution (in other words, it's way sharper than anything should be on a screen this small, and it's going to look amazing).

These features will be available to U.S. customers later this year, but Apple did not say when it would make it to the rest of the world.

Another focus of the new iPhone models is their cameras.

iPhone Xr should be considered the successor to the iPhone 8, and it is the cheapest of the new iPhones.

Joining the XS and XS Max will be the iPhone XR, a lower-cost model that comes in a variety of fun colors including blue, coral, yellow and red.

Apple has some new color options for its mainstream iPhone. This divisive design feature has wormed its way into a plethora of Android phones over the past year, but the iPhone notch is a bit larger than most thanks to the sensors included for Face ID-yes, the fingerprint sensors is well and truly gone now.

The iPhone Xr comes in three storage configurations: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

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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.

The phone has the same TrueDepth Face ID camera (and notch) on the front as the iPhone XS.

The third model, with an expected 15.5-centimetre display, has intrigued analysts the most.

This iPhone Xs will have IP68 water resistance, and it'll have a display that's extremely similar to its predecessor.

Apple also introduced a fourth generation of Apple Watch with a major redesign - and a series of features created to improve its performance as a medical and health device.

With a 6.1-inch LCD display, lower quality than the XS devices' premium OLED panels, and a single 12-megapixel rear camera it skimps on several of the iPhone XS lines bells and whistles. Of course, there's always the possibly of a shocking "One more thing", but true shocks are no longer easy for Apple to pull off. The SoC contains a six-core CPU, a quad-core GPU and an improved neural engine for image processing and facial recognition for FaceID.

A new virtual SIM card, or eSIM, promises to make it easier to use the phone while traveling, allowing you to hop onto a new network without having to take out your regular SIM card. It's got a new walkie-talkie mode in watchOS 5, and a seriously improved operating system. The Xr will be available to order on October 19th and ship on the 26th. This one will cost nearly $1,100, topping last year's iPhone X, which at $1,000 seemed jaw-dropping at the time. The flat white oval charges the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time without having to plug them in.

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