Newly re­leased gad­gets and gear.

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Ap­ple’s iphone XS is avail­able in two sizes: the 5.8-inch XS and the 6.5-inch XS Max. Other than dis­play size, though, ev­ery­thing about these two hand­sets is iden­ti­cal. Both are pow­ered by the new A12 Bionic chipset. These are the first com­mer­cially avail­able phones with the new 7 nm chipset. Com­bined with the Neu­ral En­gine, the A12 Bionic means that you have a phone that learns from you and can ad­just its pro­cess­ing- and bat­tery-sav­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties de­pend­ing on your us­age pat­terns.

In terms of de­sign, both the XS and XS Max are larger ver­sions of the iphone X (which Ap­ple has dis­con­tin­ued), which means that it has the now-ubiq­ui­tous notch, no home but­ton and no 3.5 mm head­phone jack.

Both hand­sets have a rear-fac­ing 12 MP dual-cam­era set-up with dual op­ti­cal image sta­bil­i­sa­tion, smart HDR and new ad­justable bokeh and depth con­trol.

Un­like the iphone XR – which goes on sale later this year – the iphone XS and XS Max are only avail­able in three colours: Gold, Space Gray and Sil­ver.

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