Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Apple’s budget-friendly iPhone Xr will start at $749

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Mandy Jefferson | 15 September, 2018, 00:50

Apple's announced a new smartphone model on Wednesday, the iPhone XR.

Apple's brand-new iPhone XS Max - unveiled on Wednesday - is super-sized in more ways than one. The Max has a larger display than the usual Plus size phones but a similar body. It has a larger screen and a built-in heart sensor that the company said can detect irregular heart rates and perform an electrocardiogram.

In addition, the OLED-based Retina displays found in the iPhone X. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast significantly higher pixel-counts, pixel-density and contrast-ratios. This year, we're getting three new iPhones. The company also reiterated that it's now completely powered by clean energy.

The new A12 Bionic chip has a new feature Apple calls SmartHDR, which is able to produce HDR photos in faster and with much better detail and exposure. In terms of architecture, the processor features two performance cores to handle heavy computational tasks and four efficiency cores for everyday tasks. Under the hood, it gets the new S4 chip which claimed to perform twice as fast compared to its predecessor.

For everyone else, many of whom are still using iPhones they purchased several years ago, there's the XR. Apple's iPhone XR has a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture. As a primary camera, it has a 12 megapixel wide angle lens.

Apart from unveiling the latest iPhone Xs range and the iPhone Xr, Apple also announced its next generation smartwatch, the Apple Watch 4. These include silver, gold and space grey.

One major change is that Apple has done away with the home button on the iPhone XS and XS Max, meaning the phones can be unlocked only with Face ID unlock.

In the U.S., the phones will get one physical SIM and one e-SIM option, whereas in markets like China and India, these phones will get dedicated dualSIM slot for two physical sim cards.

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But this time around each new model takes inspiration from the iPhone X, which means edge-to-edge screens and no home button. Just like most other "S" updates, the difference between this year's phones and last year's model is mostly a spec upgrade.


As for the iPhoneXR, the price is €879 and it has a 6.1 inch display. The device kills the 3D touch feature but added some haptic feedback, so the screen vibrates a bit in response to touch. The thicker, less flexible LCD display panel results in slightly larger bezels all around the XR than on the OLED iPhones. The camera is backed by optical image stabilisation. The phone also records videos with stereo audio.

The iPhone Xr is prices starting at $749 for the 64GB model.

The iPhone Xr will come in white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and Product Red.

The iPhone XR also gets dualSIM support.

And sure, you can use the company's AirPods, which Apple will, of course, happily sell you for $159.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will cost $499 for built-in connectivity and $399 for a standard model.

Superfans of Apple technology were on the edge of their seats as CEO Tim Cook explained all the flashy new phones dropping this year.

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