Apple announced its newest iPhones at an event at its Cupertino, California HQ. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are what Apple is calling its 2018 lineup and this ends all the speculations regarding the naming prior to launch. Unsurprisingly, all three iPhones are based on the design of the iPhone X. Apple last year said that the iPhone X marks a new direction for the company and will set the path for future iPhones, and that’s what we are getting this year. The new iPhones bring edge-to-edge displays and glass on the front and back along with a new gold color finish. Other highlights include a massive 6.5-inch display on the Max model, a new A12 Bionic chip and up to 512GB of internal storage, among other things.
The iPhone X saw a 98 percent customer satisfaction and the Apple announced that’s it’s ready to take things to the next level. The iPhone XS and XS Max both bring Super Retina OLED displays. The former has a 5.8-inch screen size with a 2436×1125 pixel resolution and 458 ppi while the Max model gets a 6.5-inch size with a 2688×1242 resolution. The displays get a 60 percent bump in dynamic range compared to the display on the iPhone X. Both the iPhones get a stainless steel frame which is sandwiched between glass on the front and back, so wireless charging is supported. The new iPhones now get a gold color all around, something that was previously expected with the iPhone X. The iPhones will also come in silver and space gray colors as well. They are IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
Notably, 3D Touch lives on inside the new iPhones. The iPhone XS and XS Max offer a wider stereo sound. Of course, the notch is still there and continues to stay wide so as to house a number of sensors inside for cameras and Face ID. Apple says Face ID is faster now with faster algorithms and Secure Enclave. As for the battery, Apple doesn’t go into the specifics but claims that the iPhone XS will offer 30 minutes more battery than last year’s iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max gets the biggest battery yet, offering an hour and a half more battery.
Powering the iPhone XS and XS Max is a A12 Bionic chip that’s based on a 7nm processor, which is an industry first. The chipset brings a 6-core CPU with 2 performance cores that deliver up to 15 percent faster performance compared to A11 Bionic and up to 40 percent more battery efficient. The GPU is also 50 percent faster than its predecessor. Apple also said that the A12 chip can do 5 trillion Neural Engine operations per second compared to 600 billion operations of the A11. Apps will also launch 30 percent faster than before and photo search will also be faster. Basically, everything will now be faster than ever.
As for the cameras, both the iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras on the back that includes a 12MP sensors (one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens) with dual OIS. Apple has thrown in features like Smart HDR, Portrait Mode with Depth Control that lets you adjust the blur after taking a photo, and extended dynamic range in the video. The front TrueDepth camera also gets video stabilization and support for 1080p video recording at 60 fps.
The iPhone XR was Apple’s “one more thing” at the event. It’s the cheapest iPhone among the lot thanks to a 6.1-inch LCD display (1792×828) instead of OLED. Apple is calling this a Liquid Retina display. Notably, the iPhone XR doesn’t have a chin like most other notched LCD Android phones. This is because the bezels are more evenly thick all around so the chin doesn’t stand out. The iPhone XR gets a number of attractive color options that include white, black, blue, coral and yellow, glass front and back with an aluminum frame, and most of the same hardware as the iPhone XS and XS Max.
The iPhone XR is also powered by an A12 Bionic chip and comes with Face ID. Notably, the XR gets a Haptic Touch feature. There’s a single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The single-camera is able to capture portrait shots, much like the Pixel. The front sees a TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones. It also comes with an IP67 rating.
As expected, the new iPhones will ship with iOS 12. To recall, iOS 12 brings a bunch of new features and improvements to performance and reliability, something we can confirm having tested the public beta version a while back. iOS 12 brings features like Grouped Notifications, Measure App with a new ARKit 2.0, Screen Time, Memoji and Siri Shortcuts among other things.
Coming to the pricing, the iPhone XR is the cheapest of the three starting at $749. It will be offered in three storage variants – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Pre-orders for this one will start on October 19 and shipments will commence on October 26. The iPhone XS will start at $999 and will also have three storage variants – 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max will start at $1099 and will have similar storage options as the XS. Pre-orders for these two will start on Friday and the devices will start shipping September 21.
IPHONE XS, XS MAX, XR INDIA PRICE, AND AVAILABILITY
Apple has announced that the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in India starting September 28 while the iPhone XR will be available in the country starting October 26. As per the company’s press release, the 64GB iPhone XS will cost Rs 99,900 while the 64GB iPhone XS Max will carry a Rs 1,09,900 price tag. The 64GB iPhone XR will come in cheaper at Rs 76,900.