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

Much-anticipated Apple line-up will include a range of smartphones a new mini Mac and accessories. AFP Much-anticipated Apple line-up will include a range of smartphones a new mini Mac and accessories. AFP
Mandy Jefferson | 13 September, 2018, 06:46

Earlier today, Apple held its annual event in the Steve Jobs Theatre where it announced a bevy of updates and new products.

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The iPhone X also got rid of the home button to make room for more screen and introduced facial-recognition technology to unlock the device.

Many hardcore tech fans had seen this coming as Apple looks to fight off competition from the likes of Samsung and Huawei.

We were hoping for a lot of new stuff... and it just didn't happen.

This even-bigger iPhone, which will be available on September 21 - with orders open the week before - represents Apple's attempt to feed consumers' appetite for increasingly larger screens as they rely on smartphones to watch and record video, as well as take photos wherever they are.

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The company is expected to unveil a new Apple Watch that comes closer to an edge-to-edge display and offers new fitness features, analysts say. What it lacks in dual-camera-ness it makes up for with computational photography: the iPhone XR can - like the Google Pixel line - do Portrait Mode using its single camera thanks to improvements to the image signal processor, neural engine, and algorithms. We're talking some small upgrades on last year's iPhone X model (which at the time was billed as "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone"). It boasts the same set of features found in other iPhone X models. It has a 6.5-inch Liquid Retina LCD screen instead of OLED, a single 12 MP rear-facing camera, front-facing Face ID camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, stereo speakers, and NFC support for Apple Pay contactless payments. All while retaining an overall design that's roughly the EXACT same size as old 5.5-inch iPhone 6/7/8s Plus models. The iPhone XS claims 30 minutes more life compared to the iPhone X, while the XS Max delivers an hour and a half extra juice. It also features a king-size price of $1,099. The iPhone XR goes on sale October 26. The original iPhone X is now $200 cheaper. It's also powered by the same A12 chip the new flagship iPhones use.

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max still sport the same vertical configuration as the iPhone X with a 12MP wide-angle camera and telephoto lens.

The iPhone Xr is also splash and water resistant, with a rating of IP67, and will also come in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and the exclusive (PRODUCT) RED edition, which helps raise awareness and inspire action to fight HIV/AIDS.

This bigger display will allow for richer, more customizable watch faces, which you can outfit with new complications including your favorite contacts and multiple time zones.

The importance of these new iPhones to Apple and AAPL shareholders can't be understated.

Basically, after one of its launch events, Apple updates its streaming page to add a rundown of what it announced during the event.

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