Meet Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR

Joanna Estrada
September 14, 2018

The last time Apple launched a lower-cost version of the iPhone was the iPhone 5c in 2013, when it took the innards of the previous generation's iPhone 5 and wrapped it in a plastic body. In the United Kingdom, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max will start at £999 and £1,099 respectively, with the iPhone XR coming in at £749.

And, Schiller said, the XS line-up features 'the most lovely iPhone we've ever made'.

As predicted, Apple's big September 12 event showcased the tech giant's release of its new iPhone Xs and Xr models.

Chatting is sent over either Wi-Fi or cellular data depending on what you have enabled - and which model of Apple Watch you have.

In Germany, the 512GB iPhone XS Max costs 1.649 euros or $1,917, a $468 difference.

The iPhone XS comes in 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB variants and starts at $999.

The flying elephant of the new lot is the iPhone Xs Max, which sounds like it could be a new flavor of Mountain Dew, or perhaps an extreme sport.

The wearable device will go on sale in the United Kingdom on September 21 but before that, Apple is releasing watchOS 5 for existing Apple Watch customers. The iPhone X S and X S Max will appeal to long-time iPhone owners looking to upgrade, while the iPhone X R offers most of the features of the top-of-the-range devices at a much lower price, albeit with a less capable camera and screen.

Given the XR's budget nature, it's smaller than its Xs and Xs Max cousins, and it only houses a single 12mp rear camera.

Apart from the sizes, the phones are very similar in terms of design, at least from the front - you'd be hard pressed to say which was which if you didn't have the screen size to refer to. Hands-on reports say that the iPhone XR has the best display of any LED iPhone to date.

This includes the $1099 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, the $999 5.8-inch iPhone XS, and the $749 6.1-inch iPhone XR. The phone has a 2.7 million pixel display, is waterproof and comes in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.

To differentiate itself from the iPhone XS series, the XR gets the iPhone 5C treatment with a choice of six colours, namely Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral and Red. With curved corners, it's also slightly thinner, has more reliable reception and two times faster, thanks to a new processor.

As 9to5Mac reported ahead of the Keynote, the phone will feature a 6.1-inch, edge-to-edge LCD screen that Apple calls the Liquid Retina Display. "Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field". An iPhone user might have a physical SIM card for their home network but will be able to take out a short-term deal with a local operator if they are on holiday.

As befits the hype, glitz and glamor of an Apple launch, the company revealed the details of its new smartphone models and a new smartwatch in Cupertino on Wednesday. Instead, it uses haptic feedback like a trackpad when you long-press an icon on the display. Confused? So are we, a little.

There's also Dual-SIM support but for those outside of China would need to use an e-SIM for the secondary connection.

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