Today, Apple took to the stage to unveil three new generation iPhones – the iPhone XS, the gigantic 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, and the cheaper iPhone XR.
Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast significant upgrades on their predecessor, sporting a new A12 Bionic processor which makes the devices “by far the most advanced iPhone we have ever created”. They also have improved displays, wider stereo, and faster Face ID. Water and dust resistance has also been improved and, perhaps most importantly for a lot of customers, they’re now available in gold.
While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will act as Apple’s flagship models, the iPhone XR is a cheaper version at $749 (instead of $999) and has a number of notable differences. Its display is bigger than the iPhone XS at 6.1-inches, but its frame is made from aluminium, not stainless steel, and it’s water and dust protection has a lower rating. The screen is also LCD, not OLED, although it’s still Liquid Retina (1792 x 828 resolution at 326 PPI) and features True Tone technology. There’s also no 3D Touch, which has instead been replaced with a Haptic touch system similar to a MacBook Pro trackpad, and there’s only a single 12-megapixel camera (although it does still have Portrait Mode due to machine learning). The iPhone XR will still be significantly faster than the iPhone X though, as it features the same A12 Bionic processor, found in the XS and XS Max.
All three of the phones will have an improved battery life – as much as 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 8 Plus – and will be available in various storage capacities. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions, while the XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
The 64GB version of the XR will be $749 while the XS will be $999, and the XS Max will start at $1099. Pre-orders open Friday and dispatch is set to begin on 21 September.