The Coolest Features in the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Apple to enable the eSIM chip on the 2018 iPhone models with a future iOS 12 update

While much of the hype was predictably around the three new iPhone models, the Series Four watch was treated to some major upgrades that did not go unnoticed. Thanks to its neural engine and ISP that's identical to the iPhone XS, the performance is still excellentl. It features all the same sensors as the iPhone X, including light and proximity, but boasts faster algorithms that promise to make it easier and faster to unlock your device using FaceID. The A12 Bionic can process 5 trillion operations per second.

The biggest news for most smartphone users was the announcement of the new phone's dual-Sim capability, meaning users will have access to two phone numbers on the same iPhone at the same time.

From there, the differences are minor, with one huge exception: The iPhone XS Max will be the company's largest phone ever.

We run down all the most important updates and features on this episode of Geared Up - plus, do some complaining about all the things we wanted to see that Apple didn't announce. But it also killed six models in the process, retiring the aging iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and the iPhone X. While Apple won't sell these particular phones in store, it doesn't mean they're just going to disappear. There's no home button on any of them - love it or hate it, Apple is putting the fingerprint reader permanently out to pasture. Its physical size sits somewhere between an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, only with a much larger screen. Even with all this power, iPhone XR lasts up to an hour and a half longer than iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone Xr will be available in white, black, blue, coral, yellow and red.

You will be able to pre-order the handset from 19 October, with shipping a week later.


On the other hand, the iPhone X presently retails in India for Rs 96,800 for the 256GB version and its successor, the iPhone XS starts at a massive Rs 99,900 for just the 64GB model, thereby just in touching distance of the Rs 1 lakh mark. The XS will set customers back $99 while the XS Max will cost $1,099. Apple doesn't release sales figures, but estimates from two analysts suggest the company shipped roughly 18 million watches in 2017.

"Apple Watch Series 4 is the ultimate guardian for your health, the best fitness companion, and the most convenient way to stay connected", Apple COO Jeff Williams during the press conference. The edges are noticeably rounder, though it still retains the square look.

The XR is Apple's new budget option. The crown has been improved and now gives haptic feedback, trying to mimick the "clicking wheel" feel such as in more mechanical dials, or more aptly, the clicking of a mouse wheel when you scroll with it.

Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams discussed the company's health technology features that it was embedding in its new Apple Watches.

For one, The Verge noted, they are both available in gold, something iPhone loyalists have been waiting for. Apple confirmed that all band colours and styles will fit all generations, so existing straps can be fitted to the Watch 4.

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