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Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: Your First Look

Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: Your First Look

Sitting in between the iPhone XS (5.8 inches) and iPhone XS Max (6.5 inches), the iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch display with a resolution of 1792x828, with a pixel density of 326ppi.

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The new iPhones are likely to start at $800 for the LCD model, $900 for the iPhone X update and $1,000 for 6.5-inch OLED model, up from last year's starting prices of $699, $799 and $999, according to Nomura Group.

The cameras on the phones are, as usual, "better than ever before", said Apple exec Phil Schiller, who has uttered the same words at previous events.

"The Xs and Xs Max will essentially be new versions of the OLED iPhone X-the screen on the Max is an enormous 6.5" size with an edge-to-edge display, and the regular XS is 5.8" just like the regular X was.

Nash showed off a version of the HomeCourt mobile app built for the new iPhones that can track a person's movements on a basketball court without the help of additional sensors scattered around the area.

If you were hoping the dual-camera system on the iPhone X would make its way over the the iPhone XR, I've got some bad news: the iPhone XR only uses a single rear camera like the iPhone 8.

Besides the wide stereo sound on this new device, the larger screen may excite those looking for a better display. The phones now use Apple's eSIM technology and include a standard SIM slot. While past models have been available in up to three colors, this year, Apple is offering the iPhone XR in six: Black, White, Product (Red), Yellow, Coral, and Blue. It offers an hour and a half more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus and features haptic touch and Face ID.

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As for the new A12 Bionic chip, the industry's first 7nm SoC, it was hard to tell just how that held up in Apple's crowded demo area. It is rumored to feature a larger display, faster processor, improved battery life and more. The lack of those niceties, coupled with a $749 price point, means deciding which iPhone you really want is a bit more complicated than before.

The Apple Watch Series 4 received plenty of attraction during the event as it brought a brand new design with more screen real estate and major forward-facing additions.

People will be able to buy the Apple Watch Series 4 with Global Positioning System for $399 while the version with cellular connectivity will cost $499.

iPad may also get some attention, with two new and improved models possibly on the schedule.

The Watch Series 4 can also send notifications if your heart rate is too low, screen your heart for atrial fibrilation, and even provide an electrocardiogram (ECG) - the first over the counter consumer device to do so.

The AirPods will offer water resistance and perhaps new colors that can broaden their appeal, analysts say.

You will be able to pre-order the handset from 19 October, with shipping a week later.


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