Apple September 12 event wrap-up: new iPhones, Apple Watch, and more


The new XR will feature numerous same technologies as the new flagship XS and XS Max devices but has a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display. The iPhone X model has a larger screen than other iPhones, covering nearly the entire face of the handset while retaining the overall handset size at or near that of previous models.

The iPhone XS is expected to be the "S" version of 2017's iPhone X, with upgraded internals and a similar design. Apple is calling this "Super Retina".

The iPhone Xr will come out slightly later than the iPhone Xs. The phone, which costs more than a basic Apple laptop ($1449 in its maxed-out Max configuration), is in many ways becoming a replacement for a laptop - minus the keyboard. This means you might not have to carry around a work and personal phone anymore. In the past, your option was either an iPhone or a larger version of that same iPhone.

The real improvement, however, is how its Apple-designed image signal processor (ISP) works. And the front camera on the new phones will now let you shoot slow-motion video in HD. It has an improved dual camera (still arranged vertically) with adjustable depth of field.

iPhone XR is the so-called "budget" iPhone.

That astronomical price is up about 50 percent in two years.

Powering all three iPhones is Apple's own 7nm six-core A12 Bionic CPU.

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In comparison, the starting price point for the iPhone Xs is listed at $999 USD, while the Xs Max is just one hundred dollars more, $1,099 USD, both for the 64 GB model.

For those who travel or want to swap between different phone numbers on a single device, the phones support a dual SIM.

You will be able to pre-order the handset from 19 October, with shipping a week later. While the former has an OLED display, Apple has opted for an LCD display for the latter.

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The iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT) RED for $749. Overall, its size is halfway between an iPhone 8 and an 8 Plus.

Apple's 12-inch MacBook laptop starts at $1,299. Thanks to its neural engine and ISP that's identical to the iPhone XS, the performance is still excellentl. My pick is the iPhone Xs Max in a 256-gigabyte configuration, as you get the most features, screen and storage for your buck at that level. Both are also expected to get a bit more battery life, with the XS getting roughly 30 minutes more and the XS Max getting an hour more.