Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

IPhone Xs and Xs Max hands-on: The new normal

Phil Schiller Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino Calif Apple Showcase Cupertino USA- 12 Sep 2018 CREDIT Marcio Jose Sanchez AP REX Shutterstock
Johnnie Parks | 14 September, 2018, 16:30

By now you have probably heard that Apple's new launch this year will consist of the iPhone XS and XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4.

The new iPhones have more powerful processors and cameras, and a dual-SIM card feature for top-of-the-line devices.

Ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack in favour of a sole Lightning connection, pushing consumers towards wireless earphones, the company has continued to bundle a free headphone adapter with all new iPhones to give users the choice. With new models released, the iPhone X would have needed to see a price drop if it stayed on the market. The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch (14.7-cm) screen. While we still don't know what the R stands for (Regular, Rookie, Rad?), it's obvious this is the iPhone for Apple fans with a smaller budget, with a design that isn't quite as flashy, a single 12-megapixel camera and a 6.1in LCD display.

Apple's new iPhone Xs and Xr models represent the next iteration of the company's previous iPhone X model it debuted a year ago.

If you're interested in the iPhone Xr, the new entry-level device in the X family that comes in six colors, you'll have to wait a little longer though.

The phone includes a dual camera with a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera as well as a 12 megapixel telephoto camera.

The front camera can also be used for Portrait Mode selfies. Customers can adjust the depth of field after they take the picture. The Series 4 feature the new S4 processor, an electrical heart sensor, and better displays.

The app incorporates various iPhone sensors to monitor a person playing basketball, and can display digital graphics on a person's phone that tells them statistics about that player's performance.

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How about a new operating system instead?

On Tuesday, at Apple's latest event at the Steve Jobs Theater, CEO Tim Cook announced the launch of three different iPhone devices: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

While online sentiment was mixed, an obvious key focus was the high price tag - also a target of criticism around the launch of the iPhone X previous year.

Preorders for the XS start at $1629, and the XS Max starts at $1799.

"Now you can take an ECG any time, anywhere, right from the wrist".

United Kingdom mobile network O2 has announced that it will also be accepting preorders for the Xs and Xs Max from 14 September, with iPhone XR preorders opening on 19 September. The iPhone Xs Max starts at $1,099, which is only $100 more than the starting price for the iPhone Xs.

In the Unites States, the XR will be going for $749 (Sh74,900) making it the cheapest gadget that they unveiled while XS will cost $999 (Sh100,000), and XS Max will be among the most expensive with the price set at $1,099 (Sh110,000). It comes with a big 6.5-inch screen, which really should qualify it as a small iPad. The iPhone XR starts at $750 with 64 GB of storage, and goes all the way up to $900 for 256 GB of storage. But, as rumoured beforehand, it will be more affordable than the premium models.

It's been a whole 4 years since Apple last redesigned their smart watch, and now, Series 4 has arrived.

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