As expected from weeks of leaks and hints, the new Apple devices are now official announced, taking the form of Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr. Our focus will be on the phones this time around, so let’s get to it.
First up, we have the iPhone Xs (Ten S, calling it xs would be excessive). It comes packed with a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display, and powered with the latest Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine that allows for some AI controlled features. Right out of the box, it will also be running the latest iOS12 that was announced last night as well. As for the iPhone Xs Max, it will be coming with all the same specs aside from one major change – the display. It is packed with a massive 6.5-inch display! So definitely grab the Xs Max if a large display is what you need.
Continuing with the specs of the Xs and Xs Max, the camera specs are bumped up as well. Now it sports a dual 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lens at the back of the phone. The wide-angle lens is equipped with an f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens sports an f/2.4 aperture. Apple is also touting improved bokeh and depth control that allows for more fantastic pictures, along with Portrait Lighting effects that changes the lighting of your portrait shots, along with other improvements in the camera department. For video recording, you can shoot 4K videos at 24 fps, 30 fps and even 60 fps. Optical image stabilisation is also available for recording and photo taking. The notch on the front of the phone is still present, and this time it comes with a 7-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture. Animoji and Memoji is now available, and Memoji even allows you to create your very own avatar to be used in messages.
According to Apple, the Xs can last up to 30 minutes longer compared to the iPhone X, while the Xs Max can last up to 1.5 hours longer compared to the iPhone X. Both models come with capacity options of 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. They also have Dual SIM capability now with a use of a nano-SIM and a digital eSIM. The eSIM requires no physical SIM to work as it is embedded on the phone, provided that your carrier supports it. Both phones are also IP68 rated.
Lastly, we have the iPhone Xr. It is dressed with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, and a notch as well, wrapped in an aluminium and glass design. Compared to the Xs that comes with an all-glass design, the Xr is slightly bulkier than the Xs. For the cameras, you have a 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide angle lens on the back of the phone, and a 7-megapixel front camera for all your selfies. It also runs on the latest iOS12, and can be wirelessly charged, just like the X and Xs models. The Xr does not have access to Gigabit-class LTE, but can function on 4G LTE. And according to Apple, the battery can last up to 1.5 hours longer compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. The Xr has three storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Currently, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max comes in three colours of Gold, Silver and Space Grey, while the Xr has six colour finishes of White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral and (PRODUCT) RED. As for the pricing, the Xs starts at $999 (approx. RM4139), and the Xs Max starts at $1099 (approx. RM4554), while the Xr starts at just $749 (approx. RM3103). The price will be without a doubt, higher when it lands on local grounds.