All about the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
THE NEW FLAGSHIP IPHONES FEATURE DUAL SIM, A1 2 BIONIC CHIP AND ADVANCED CAMERA.
september is usually time for Apple to unveil the iPhones for the year that the Cupertino giant has been working on for years. This year, it unveiled three new iPhones -- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Built on the same design as iPhone X, the new phones packs in a lot more power and, in a first for Apple, support dual SIM too.
5.8-inch iphone XS & 6.5-inch iphone XS max
Retiring the last year’s iPhone X (not in India yet), Apple has announced two new successors — 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max — with the latter having the biggest screen on an iPhone ever. They also support dual SIM and are IP68 certified (they can withstand up to two metres water for 30 minutes). Apple has also replaced the ‘Plus’ on the bigger variant with ‘Max’. Unlike the previous years, when there used to be different cameras for the Plus and the regular variant, both iPhone XS and XS Max feature a 12-megapixel dual camera system with dual optical image stabilisation with 2x optical zoom, apart from a new two times faster sensor. New depth control settings allow users to dynamically adjust the depth of field in the Photos app both in realtime preview and post-capture to create portraits. Portrait mode with depth control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies.
The A12 Bionic chipset onboard is a seven-nanometre chip that Apple claims will deliver industry-leading performance in a more power-efficient design. This is a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 per cent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 per cent more efficient and a four-core GPU that is up to 50 per cent faster.
The new iPhones will feature iOS 12 out-of-the-box and introduce new features such as group notification where notifications from one source are stacked together. The much talked about feature of iOS 12 is Digital Health, which keeps track of activity such as the number of times the phone is unlocked, notifications responded to, the app you spent the most time on, and more. There is a 'Downtime' option for staying away by greying out the selected apps for the set time duration. Group FaceTime will support 32 participants in a group video call. Improvising Siri experience, iOS 12 introduces Siri Shortcuts. Putting augmented reality at the forefront, the new iPhones also feature Measure app that is pretty accurate in measuring objects by using the camera.
“iPhone XS is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. iPhone XS is not one but two new iPhone models, and iPhone XS Max offers the biggest display and the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour-anda-half more battery life in your day,” says, Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. As per the company, iPhone XS lasts 30 minutes longer than the X, and the XS Max up to 90 minutes longer. The new iPhones will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity models in space gray, silver and a new gold finish starting at $999 for iPhone XS and $1,099 for iPhone XS Max.
6.1” Apple iphone XR
Entering the six-inch segment, Apple has announced an iPhone XR that will not burn as big a hole in your pocket as its predecessors did. But a price tag of $749 comes at the cost of a compromise — an LCD display instead of the OLED on iPhone X, and a single camera module at the rear.
But don’t lose heart as the 6.1-inch edge-to-edge display comes in a 1,792 x 828 pixel resolution with 326 PPI. Apple claims it is the most colour accurate in the industry with wide colour support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience.
The 12-megapixel camera at the back is the same as the wide-angle camera and features optical image stabilisation, apertu ref /1.8, a six- element lens, focus pixel with a quad LED true tone flash, and more. Improvements to ISP, neural engine and improved software algorithms enable portrait photos with beautiful bokeh effect. New depth control allows users to adjust the depth of the field both in real-time preview and post-capture to create portraits with a beautiful bokeh effect.
There is also the true depth camera module at the front, including an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, flood illuminator, infrared camera, front camera and Dot projector; it also supports FaceID for unlocking the phone.
“iPhone XR helps us reach even more people with the latest innova-
tions. iPhone XR makes it possible for more people to have the great experience of the latest iPhone X technology, in beautiful new designs, at a more affordable price,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
Made from a 7,000-series aerospace-grade aluminium and more durable glass, iPhone XR is IP 67 certified that makes it dust and water resistant. Phone XR will support gestures as Apple bids goodbye to its iconic home button for iPhones. Powered by the A12 Bionic chipset with next-generation neural engine, the XR features a sevennanometer chip that Apple claims will deliver industry-leading performance in a more power-efficient design. This is a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 per cent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 per cent more efficient, a four-core GPU that is up to 50 per cent faster, powerful Apple-designed image signal processor, video encoder, and more.
iPhone XR will also come with iOS 12 out-of-the-box, which will introduce new features such as group notification, Digital Health, 'Downtime' option and Group FaceTime to support 32 participants. Improvising Siri experience, the iOS 12 has introduced Siri Shortcuts. Putting augmented reality at the forefront, the new iPhones also features Measure app that is pretty accurate in measuring objects by using the camera.
iPhone XR uses LTE Advanced for fast download speeds and introduces Dual SIM through the use of a nano-SIM and a digital eSIM. Available in three storage capacities, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, iPhone XR hopefully will be starting at $749 onwards.
While iPhone XS and XS Max w i l l launch i n India on September 28, a week after it goes on sale in the US and some other countries, iPhone XR will be launched globally on October 26, including India. iPhone XS price in India starts at 99,900 for the 64GB variant and goes up to 1,14,900 and 1,34,900 for the 256GB and 512GB variants, respectively. Similarly, iPhone XS Max will cost
1,09,900, 1,24,900 and 1,44,900 for 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants, respectively. The much affordable is iPhone XR starting at
76,900. This year, the India pricing is slightly higher compared to the last few years due to rising dollar, higher import duties, and more.
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