Apple today announced the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the most advanced iPhones ever. The devices, as the name suggests, are the successor to last year’s iPhone X, with a whole lot of improvements and surprises in the box.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are identical in specs and features, with one major difference being the screen size. The former is a 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina device, and the later is a 6.5-inch OLED Super Retina. While the 6.5-inch display may sound a gigantic deal (well, it is!), the iPhone Xs Max has a body no larger than the Plus-sized iPhones. Larger yet compact.
Why Max? Well, that’s what comes after Plus in Cupertino.
The new flagship iPhone Xs line-up is powered by A12 Bionic chipset. Apple says the A12 Bionic is designed specifically for the iPhone Xs, and pushes the bar way further than A11 Bionic. One of the many features of A12 Bionic is that it’s the mobile industry’s first 7nm chip on a phone. Thanks to the new Neural Engine, real-time machine learning is now on-the-fly.
The iPhone Xs family sports a dual-camera setup that’s tweaked to take things even further, making use of Core ML for Augmented Reality. Apple also demoed how Apps like The Elder Scrolls: Blades and HomeCourt are making use of the new camera configuration.
The 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens are paired with an improved set of True Tone LED flash, with all new lenses inside. Apple also introduced Smart HDR, which performs a ton of image processing with different conditions on-the-fly, as “a new era for photography.”
For a real surprise that hasn’t happened ever before, Apple has included Dual SIM support for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. One iPhone, two networks. And you don’t even require a physical SIM, provided your carrier supports Apple’s eSIM feature that lets you pick a wireless service and plan directly from the device.
The new iPhone Xs come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants, in Space Gray, Silver and Gold finishes. This is the first time Apple is offering gold finish for an edge-to-edge iPhone.
The iPhone Xs starts at $999, with an additional $100 for the iPhone Xs Max. Pre-orders open later this week, and worldwide sales commence on September 21.
Apple fans get their hands on the new iPhones and Apple Watch
No other day is like iPhone launch day! September, here.
On the occasion of iPhone Xs and Apple Watch Series 4 launch, Apple has shared images of customers brandishing their new Apple handsets or watches. Yes, it’s September 21 in this part of the world.
While the Apple Stores in the US are still a few hours away from 8am local time, Apple fans in Asia Pacific have already got their hands on the brand new iPhone Xs and Apple Watch Series 4.
Photos coming from Apple Orchard Road in Singapore, Apple Kyoto in Japan, and Apple Sydney in Australia show how happy Apple fans are after getting the 2018 Apple hardware line-up in their hands.
Apple Orchard Road in Singapore
Apple Kyoto in Japan
Apple Sydney in Australia
Leak reveals battery and RAM sizes for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone X
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spilled the details.
New details about the new iPhones have emerged from China. These are the details that Apple never shares during its keynote — some major tech specs that Android makers bragg about in general.
Regulatory filings from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (TENNA) have revealed the internal RAM and battery size on the latest iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR.
According to the documents, first spotted by China’s MyDriver, the iPhone Xs has a 2,658mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than the iPhone X’s 2,716mAh unit. Yet, Apple claims the handset will offer up to 30 more minutes of life than its predecessor.
The iPhone Xs Max has a battery with 3,174mAh in capacity, offering 90 more minutes of usage than the iPhone X in a single charge case, touts Apple. The more affordable iPhone XR is equipped with a 2,942mAh battery, promising 90 more minutes of usage against the iPhone 8.
As far as volatile memory is in question, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max both have 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone XR has 3GB. For the record, last year’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 had 3GB and 2GB of memory, respectively.
The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max arrive in stores on Friday, September 21 with pre-orders open now. If you’re awaiting iPhone XR, then pre-orders open on Friday, October 19 with sales commencing the following week on Friday, October 26.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director Jon M. Chu shoots short film on iPhone Xs Max
“There’s a shot at the end where I’m rushing toward the garage–that’s using the built-in stabilizers. It’s pretty smooth.”
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has shot a short film entirely on the iPhone Xs Max. The two-minute-long film, called ‘Somewhere,’ focuses on dancer Luigi Rosado’s rehearsal space in 4K.
WIRED provided Chu with an iPhone Xs Max to test Apple’s best camera yet, with ‘zero equipment.’ Chu didn’t use any professional lighting or stabilizer, in fact, the video was shot handheld in a garage under fluorescent lights using the native camera app and stabilizer.
The video was edited on a computer without any color correction or post-production tricks, preserving the native iPhone Xs flare.
“I’m moving around a lot, and the focus was adjusting as I was moving, but it was finding the subject really well,” says Chu. “There’s a shot at the end where I’m rushing toward the garage–that’s using the built-in stabilizers. It’s pretty smooth.”
Chu says he’s going to upgrade to the iPhone Xs Max from the iPhone X, as the former is lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus, and doesn’t even feel like a Plus-sized phone.
Handheld. No equipment. No effects. Amazing work by Crazy Rich Asians director @jonmchu — shot on iPhone XS Max. Moves by @Luigiskmz. More from @WIRED: https://t.co/E897Me2w6fpic.twitter.com/DkdjT2ZpMA
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 19, 2018