Apple Announces iPhone XS Release – Here’s a summary

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APPLE HAS SURPRISED NO ONE with the unveiling of the iPhone XS and XS Max.

The 5.8in iPhone XS is the direct successor to last year’s iPhone X, while the Max model, which offers the same footprint as Apple’s previous 5.5in smartphones despite its larger 6.5in OLED display, essentially replaces Apple’s now-defunct Plus-branded models.

We’ve rounded up everything we know about Apple’s new iPhones below, and will update this article as we hear more.

Release date
Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max will be available to pre-order from 14 September, with shipping to begin on 21 September.

Price
Apple has yet to announce pricing details, but according to rumours, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max look set to fetch $999 (likely £999) and $1,049 (£1,049), respectively.

Here in Blighty, the smartphones will be available to buy through all major operators, including EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Latest news
12/9/18: Apple has officially unveiled the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at its much-hyped ‘Gather Round’ event.

The 5.8in iPhone XS is the direct successor to last year’s iPhone X, while the Max model, which offers the same footprint as Apple’s previous 5.5in smartphones despite its larger 6.5in OLED display, essentially replaces Apple’s now-defunct Plus-branded models.

Both the XS and XS Max feature Super Retina resolution screens, which carry the notch that debuted on last year’s flagship. This is to accommodate Apple’s souped-up Face ID tech, which the firm is now touting as the “most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone”.

Both also come crafted from surgical-grade stainless steel and the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone”, with the new iDevices now boasting souped-up IP68 certification.

Under the hood, the new iPhone XS models pack Apple’s A12 CPU, the first commercially available 7nm chip. The processor, which comprises of a four-core CPU, six-core GPU and an eight-core neural engine, promises to deliver a 15 per cent performance boost compared to last year’s A11 chip, 40 per cent lower power consumption and support for real-time machine learning.

On the photography front, the iPhone XS and XS Max pack a dual 12MP camera setup, which boasts a larger sensor than that found on the iPhone X and an improved TrueTone flash. There’s a bunch of new Camera software features incoming too, including a new ‘Smart HDR’ mode and the ability to adjust a photo’s depth of field after it’s been taken.

Around the front, you’ll find an upgraded 7MP sensor that’s “twice as fast” as before, according to Apple.

In terms of battery life, Apple boasts that the iPhone XS will last, er, 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max will deliver an extra hour and a half.

The iPhone XS and XS Max also offer both e-SIM support and dual-SIM functionality for the first time.

Apple also showcased the iPhone XR at its 12 September launch event, which arrives as the spiritual successor to last year’s iPhone 8. It hasn’t escaped the notch treatment, though, with Apple equipping the lower-end smartphone with a display cutout to accommodate its previously iPhone X-exclusive Face ID tech.

The handset, which takes cues from the iPhone 5C with its jazzy colour options, comes crafted from aluminium and glass, which houses its 6.1in LCD ‘Liquid Retina’ display that boasts a 1792×828 resolution. It packs the same A12 Bionic CPU as the XS and XS Max,

The iPhone XR lacks the dual-camera setup of its more expensive siblings and instead touts a single 12MP wide-angle lens on its rear. You’ll find the same 7MP TrueDepth camera around the front, though.

And in terms of battery life, Apple claims you’ll get an hour and a half more than the iPhone 8 Plus.

12/9/18: Apple’s iPhone XS, the direct successor to last year’s iPhone X, has been exposed in hands-on images (below) with just hours to go until its official unveiling. A Weibo user posted images of the soon-to-be-unveiled smartphone, confirming that it’ll look almost identical to its predecessor with its notched display and chamfered edges. The leak doesn’t tell us much else about the iPhone XS, but we don’t have long to wait until all is revealed.

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