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All You Need To Know About iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Apple’s new iPhones for 2018, are officially here, the new arrivals are iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The company announced three new iPhones in the Apple September Event yesterday to celebrate it ten years of existence of iPhones.
Apple September Event is always the place to announce the new consumer gadgets and accessories. Apple do this yearly just before Christmas so that you can either buy now or save for it before Christmas.

The first two new models announced are called the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Whiles they both have the same features,  they are very different in size.  One of them is the biggest iPhone ever made and it’s one of the biggest phones out there, believe me.

Not all the news on Wednesday was appealing. The company is no longer selling the iPhone X, 6S, 6S Plus or SE models through its website. The four phones are surprisingly missing and most shockingly the best selling SE.

Phil Schiller, Apple's marketing head worldwide, shows off new line up of iPhones to be sold on the website

Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing head worldwide, shows off new line up of iPhones to be sold on the website

The apparent discontinuation of the SE was not expected. That iPhone model was popular with consumers looking for a smaller or inexpensive iPhone.

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX

iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX

About iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

The company have improved  almost all part of the new iPhones. The main difference is in the size.

The iPhone XS, for instance, which has the same 5.8-inch screen size as the iPhone X while the XS Max model has a huge 6.5-inch screen. That’s far bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 inches) and bigger even than the Galaxy Note 9 (6.4 inches)

That improvement  includes a display with better dynamic range, wider stereo sound from the speakers, and speed increases to Face ID.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX

Gold Case variant  iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

Apple is introducing a new method called “Smart HDR” that sounds very similar to what Google does with the Pixel it takes many photos and stitches them together into one properly captured image.

The two iPhone models have passed IP68 so they are now water resistant. The processor is getting a big boost as well, using Apple’s newly unveiled A12 Bionic processor, a six-core chip that’s among the first in the industry to use a 7nm process. Tim Cook called the devices “by far the most advanced iPhone we have ever created.”

The phones will both come in three capacities: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The 512GB version is a new height even for Apple. It’s not the first company to hit that incredible storage point in a smartphone, but it’s still relatively quick to get there. Both models are available for  orders.  Preorders start tomorrow  (Friday), with the phones shipping out September 21st.

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IPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Quick Spec

  • Two sizes: 5.8-inch (458 ppi) and 6.5-inch (458 ppi), with OLED HDR screen (Super Retina displays)
  • Colors: Gold, silver and space gray finishes
  • Dual camera: 12-megapixel wide and telephoto lenses
  • Front-facing cameras: 7-megapixel camera will bring depth to portrait mode photos
  • A12 Bionic chip: 7-nanometer processor promises to launch apps 30 percent faster than 2017 iPhones
  • Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 512GB
  • IP68 water-resistance rating (2 meters depth; up to 30 minutes in water)
  • Battery life: iPhone XS should last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X; iPhone XS Max claims 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X
  • Dual-SIM card support through eSIM technology
  • Face ID promises to work faster at unlocking the phones
  • 3D Touch pressure-sensitivite screen
  • Stereo sound with a wider stereo field than 2017 iPhones
  • iOS 12 software
  • Pricing: Starts at $999 ( ₦350,000, £999, AU$1,629) for 64GB iPhone XS. The XS starts at $1099 (₦385,000)

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About iPhone XR



The iPhone XR  is scantily similar  to both XS iPhones above.  The similarities can be found  processors and camera. The iPhone XR comes with Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor, just like the iPhone XS and XS Max. Apple says offers improved speeds and performance. That is much better than last year’s model, particularly for Apple’s “Neural Engine” AI processing. The XR  also have a 12MP camera with wide view capture just like the XS and XS Max. Same advance Face ID is used here. That is where the similarities end.

The new iPhone XR features a notched 6.1-inch LCD display and Apple’s Face ID system, similar to last year’s iPhone X.

Apple is calling the 6.1-inch screen a “Liquid Retina” display, which offers a 1792 x 828 resolution at 326 PPI, featuring Apple’s True Tone technology.

Other differences includes the frame is aluminum, not stainless steel.  XR has IP67 rating on water and dust protection. That is significantly lower rating to XS’ model which has IP68 as I mentioned earlier.

The screen is LCD and not OLED.  iPhone XR also has no 3D Touch,  instead there’s  a new Haptic touch system by Apple.

While the XR model is slightly less powerful to both XS iPhones it does have an advantage of cheaper price. The iPhone XR starts at $749 (₦ 260,000) for a 64GB model, with 128GB and 256GB models also available. You can Preorder it from October 19th. Shipping will start  a week later on October 26th.

iPhone XR specs: Apple’s cheaper iPhone option

  • 6.1-inch LCD screen with 1,792×828-pixel resolution and 326ppi (Retina display)
  • Aluminum body with glass back
  • Single camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, with OIS (same as iPhone XS)
  • Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Portrait mode photos through software
  • FaceID with same True-Depth camera system as iPhone XS
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Battery life claim: 1.5 hours more per day than the iPhone 8 Plus
  • IP67 water resistance
  • No 3D Touch on iPhone XR. Instead, you get haptic touch, like a trackpad
  • iOS 12 software
  • Colors: Blue, coral (pink), yellow, white, black, Product Red
  • Price: Starts at $749 (₦260,000, £749, AU$1,229)

Watch the Apple video on the released phones below:

iPhone XR, XS, XS Max  General specs

iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436×1,125 pixels 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792×828 pixels
Pixel density 458 ppi 458 ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.7×2.8×0.3 in 6.2×3.0x.3 in 5.9×3.0x0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm 157.5×77.4×7.7 mm 150.9×75.7×8.3
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.24 oz; 177g 7.3oz; 208g 6.8oz; 194g
Mobile software iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12
Camera Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel Single 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID 7-megapixel with Face ID
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery N/A, but Apple claims it will last 30 min. longer than iPhone X N/A, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone X N/A, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone 8 Plus
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) None (Face ID) None (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No
Special features Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB)

New iPhone XR, XS, XS Max starting prices

iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone XS Max
US $749 (64GB) $999 (64GB) $1,099 (64GB)
UK £749 (64GB) £999 (64GB) £1,049 (64GB)
Nigeria ₦260,000 (64GB) ₦350,000 (64GB) ₦385,000 (64GB)



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