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10 Plus Exciting features of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR


The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, Apple's new iPhones for 2018, are officially here. While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have virtually the same guts, just in two different sizes, the iPhone XR introduces a profound shift in Apple's strategy by folding its "bargain" phone into the premium iPhone mix.


iPhone XS release date, price and specs: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR official

Apple has dabbled in cheaper iPhones before, with the iPhone SE and iPhone 5C, but their designs stood apart from the mainstream iPhones, and didn't last. Here, the cheaper iPhone XR shares the design and many of the same specs as the top-tier iPhones. It comes in bright colors and has some slimmed-down features, like a smaller battery than the new iPhone XSes. The pricing is the most attractive for iPhone loyalists. Although there's nothing "budget" about the iPhone XR's $749 starting price, people looking for a new iPhone this year could easily gravitate to the relatively cheaper, more colorful XR.

Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup figures to change next year. (Credit: Tom's Guide)

iPhone XS and XS Max quick specifications

  • Two sizes: 5.8-inch (458 ppi) and 6.5-inch (458 ppi), with OLED HDR screen (Super Retina displays)
  • Colors: Gold, silver and space gray finishes
  • Dual camera: 12-megapixel wide and telephoto lenses
  • Front-facing cameras: 7-megapixel camera will bring depth to portrait mode photos
  • A12 Bionic chip: 7-nanometer processor promises to launch apps 30 percent faster than 2017 iPhones
  • Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 512GB
  • IP68 water-resistance rating (2 meters depth; up to 30 minutes in water)
  • Battery life: iPhone XS should last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X; iPhone XS Max claims 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X
  • Dual-SIM card support through eSIM technology
  • Face ID promises to work faster at unlocking the phones
  • 3D Touch pressure-sensitivite screen
  • Stereo sound with a wider stereo field than 2017 iPhones
  • iOS 12 software
  • Pricing: Starts at $999 (£999, AU$1,629) for 64GB iPhone XS

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Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max

The iPhone Xs is the first new iPhone to launch, and it’s the sequel to 2017’s iPhone X, which means it has an almost bezel-less 5.8-inch screen with a notch at the top. It has a Super Retina, OLED screen that measures 5.8 inches and has a 2436 x 1125 pixel resolution, for a 458 pixel-per-inch (PPI) density.

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It’s joined by a model with a 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED screen, which Apple calls the iPhone Xs Max. The resolution is increased to 2,688 x 1,242 pixels and matches the iPhone Xs’s 458ppi density. The new models come in gold, silver, and space grey, and the body has an IP68 water-resistance rating. The glass is also new, with a higher durability rating. Like the iPhone X, Apple calls this the iPhone 10, with the X being a Roman numeral.

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Each is powered by a new version of Apple’s A-series processor — the A12 Bionic. The company says it’s the first mobile processor built using a 7 nanometer (nm) process, beating the Huawei Kirin 980, which has been announced but not released yet. It contains a dizzying 6.9 billion transistors, can process 5 trillion operations each second, and has up to 512GB of storage memory. The A12 Bionic is a six-core CPU with two dedicated to high-performance tasks, and is 15 percent faster and has 40 percent lower power consumption than the previous generation. The four remaining cores are for efficiency and consume 50 percent less power.

iPhone XS and XS Max cameras

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max have new cameras. The main six-element lens has a new 12-megapixel, wide-angle sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and a 1.4nm pixel size. The second telephoto lens also has 12 megapixels with OIS, a 2x optical zoom, and an f/2.4 aperture. The front camera has a new 7-megapixel RGB sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, plus an IR camera and a structured light transmitter for Face ID and animojis.  For video, the front camera shoots 1080p at 60fps with video stabilization.

The camera's algorithms detect people's faces and bodies, and kick into instant red-eye reduction. Smart HDR can identify highlights and find shadow detail.

Even more interesting, you can now adjust the depth of a portrait mode photo (called the bokeh effect) after you take the photo, which gives you complete control over the blur. All editing happens in the Photos app through a slider.

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iPhone XS and XS Max Battery & Other features

Apple has boosted the iPhone Xs battery life. You’ll get 30 minutes more time from the iPhone X on the iPhone Xs, and 90 minutes more from the iPhone Xs Max. Apple has not disclosed the capacity of the batteries at this time. Apple also says it has improved the wireless charging but has not gone into detail about how.

Other features include Gigabit-class LTE and dual-SIM with dual-standby technology. This uses eSIM, just like the iPad and Apple Watch, so there is no need to put in an extra physical SIM. In China, the eSIM option won’t be offered; instead, a traditional dual-SIM phone will be sold. The phones will also have Bluetooth 5.0, wider stereo sound from the speakers and stereo recording for video.

The iPhone XS and XS Max will be available with a choice of 64GB, 256GB, 512GB of storage, and in Gold and Silver, Space Grey colour options. 

Apple iPhone XR

The third new iPhone is the iPhone XR, which is the more affordable model, essentially replacing the iPhone SE. It has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD screen, which Apple calls the most advanced LCD display available, and it has a 1792 x 828 pixel resolution for a 326ppi density. There’s no 3D Touch, but Apple has added a similar feature it calls Haptic Touch, which provides clever shortcuts, just like the full 3D Touch feature. It shares the same camera, Face ID system, and A12 Bionic chip with the iPhone Xs range, while the battery promises 90 minutes longer use than the iPhone 8 Plus.

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iPhone XR specs: Apple's cheaper iPhone

  • 6.1-inch LCD screen with 1,792x828-pixel resolution and 326ppi (Retina display)
  • Aluminum body with glass back
  • Single camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, with OIS (same as iPhone XS)
  • Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Portrait mode photos through software
  • FaceID with same True-Depth camera system as iPhone XS
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Battery life claim: 1.5 hours more per day than the iPhone 8 Plus
  • IP67 water resistance
  • No 3D Touch on iPhone XR. Instead, you get haptic touch, like a trackpad
  • iOS 12 software
  • Colors: Blue, coral (pink), yellow, white, black, Product Red
  • Price: Starts at $749 (£749, AU$1,229)

The iPhone XR also offers dual SIM support with one physical card slot and a digital eSIM and, in terms of battery life, Apple claims you'll get an hour and a half more than the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB configurations and white, black, blue, coral, red and yellow colour options.

Price and release date

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available for pre-order on September 14, and go on sale September 21, through Apple stores and other retailers. The iPhone Xs starts at $1,000 and the iPhone Xs Max at $1,100. Expect to pay considerably more for the biggest 512GB versions. The iPhone Xr comes in October and starts at $750. Apple will continue selling the $450 iPhone 7 and $600 iPhone 8.

Watch the Unveiling video of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR below





iPhone XR, XS, XS Max US pricing

64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone XR $749 $799 $899 N/A
iPhone XS $999 N/A $1,149 $1,349
iPhone XS Max $1,099 N/A $1,249 $1,449

New iPhone XR, XS, XS Max starting prices

iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone XS Max
US $749 (64GB) $999 (64GB) $1,099 (64GB)
UK £749 (64GB) £999 (64GB) £1,049 (64GB)
Australia AU$1,229 (64GB) AU$1,629 (64GB) AU$1,799 (64GB)
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