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Apple announces iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with Watch Series 4
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Apple announces iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with Watch Series 4

Rounak Jain

Apple has just announced their second-generation iPhone X models at the Steve Jobs Theater in California. The Cupertino tech giant has unveiled three iPhones, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone XS and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS Max.

At its annual event, Apple also unveiled the revamped Apple Watch Series 4 with a bigger display, improved design and the new S4 SoC. The main highlights of the watch are the new sapphire and ceramic back, fall detection and SOS, Electrocardiogram (ECG), AFib detection and a digital crown with haptics.

Apple announces iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with Watch Series 4

Coming back to the iPhones, the company has made several improvements to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, offering the biggest ever display on the XS Max, which despite having a much bigger display, is similar to the iPhone 8 Plus in size. The new iPhones are powered by the 7nm A12 Bionic chipset with a 4-core GPU and an improved Neural engine.

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max specifications

Apple announces iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with Watch Series 4

The new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are now more water resistant than earlier generations and are rated IP68 for water and dust resistance. In addition to that, the glass has been made more durable, offering increased protection during falls. The new iPhones will support landscape two-column apps like the earlier generation iPhone models and feature 3D Touch support.

The iPhone XS features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display with 2.7 million pixels, a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and a pixel density of ~458 PPI. On the other hand, the iPhone XS Max features a bigger 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display with 3.3 million pixels, a resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels and a pixel density of ~458 PPI.

The notch has several sensors such as the front camera, infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone and the dot projector. The Face ID will reportedly be faster due to a faster Secure Enclave and faster algorithms.

In terms of performance, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are powered by the new A12 Bionic chipset that is based on the 7nm process. The maximum storage has been increased from 256GB to 512GB for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.

Coming to the optics, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera features dual optical image stabilization, Optical zoom, six element lens, improved true-tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps and Slo‑mo 1080p recording at 240 fps.

Apple has claimed that the iPhone XS will offer a 30-minute longer battery and the iPhone XS Max is claimed to feature the largest iPhone battery that will provide 90 minutes longer usage. Connectivity options on the phones include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with Reader mode and GPS.

A new feature announced during the launch was dual-SIM support. While international phones will depend on an eSIM for the second connection, the iPhone XS will be sold with a special SIM tray that will support two SIM cards in China as eSIMs are not allowed there.

Apple iPhone XR specifications

Apple announces iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with Watch Series 4

The much affordable iPhone out of the three launched today, the iPhone XR is crafted out of aerospace-grade aluminum and is resistant to dust and water (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). It features a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD LCD panel which has a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels and supports True Tone display feature. The display is covered with an oleophobic coating which is resistant to fingerprints.

Apple's iPhone XR is also powered by the company's new A12 Bionic chipset which is supported by the next-generation neural engine. All the three iPhone's are powered by the same new A12 Bionic processor.

On the optics front, the iPhone XR sports a single 12-megapixel rear camera which has a wide f/1.8 aperture and supports up to 5x digital zoom. Working in tandem with the Bionic chipset, the XR can create stunning portrait pictures with advanced control over depth-of-field. The primary camera module has a sapphire crystal lens cover which acts as a shield against scratches, drops among other things.

On the front, there's a 7-megapixel camera which works with the TrueDepth system for face recognition. The front camera carries an aperture of f/2.2 and also does bokeh selfies along with Animoji and Memoji.

The iPhone XR will last up to 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 8 Plus and supports fast charging by up to 50% in 30 minutes. The XR also supports wireless charging and works with Qi chargers.

Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max pricing and availability in India

The Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray color options. On the other hand, the Apple iPhone XR will come in a myriad of color options to choose from including Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue along with a Product RED edition.

The iPhone XR is the affordable one of the lot and starts at ₹76,900 for the 64GB variant. It will also be available in 128GB and 256GB storage options at a tag of ₹81,900 and ₹91,900 respectively. Apple iPhone XS and the XS Max both come in storage variants of 64GB/256GB/512GB. For the XS, consumers will have to shell out ₹99,900 for the 64GB variant, ₹1,14,900 for the 256GB variant and ₹1,24,900 for the variant with 512GB storage. On the other hand, the XS Max will go up on sale starting from ₹1,09,900 for the 64GB variant, ₹1,24,900 for the 256GB variant and ₹1,44,900 for the new 512GB storage variant.

The new Apple iPhone's will be made available in India starting from September 28 through Apple Authorised Resellers.

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