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IPhone XR: Apple unveils iPhone XR starting at £749

IPhone XR: Apple unveils iPhone XR starting at £749”

Today Apple announced new Apple Watches and a handful of new iPhones that all have edge-to-edge, curved displays just like the iPhone X does. In addition to the iPhone XS and the bigger XS Max-this year's follow-ups to the iPhone X-Apple unveiled the rumored "budget" version of the handset, the iPhone XR.

The new watch also has revamped health features that put Apple at the top of its health game.

However, between Apple keeping to a very mobile-centric show and other rumblings in the silicon world, we can imagine two key reasons as to why there weren't any new Macs announced alongside the newApple Watch 4 andiPhone XS.

Unlike the iPhone XS, this one comes in a variety of six different colours including: white, blue, yellow, black, coral and even a Product RED version right off the bat.

It will be available to order from 19 October, and will start shipping on 26 October.

It's an engineering marvel that Apple's been able to pack in so much screen, so many sensors and so much processing power into such a small space. Apple is dropping the "Plus" that started with the iPhone 6 to highlight that this new phone features the largest display Apple has ever packed in a smartphone.

The first iPhone went on sale in 2007 and Apple has sold more than 1.7bn units as of January past year, according to analyst Statista. As expected, the phones will now come with up to 512GB of storage, up from the 256GB max on last year's models. And the upgrades to Apple's already impressive lineup of sensors should enable sharper photos and more immersive videos; the improved Apple Watch now has FDA-approved sensors that could prove to be life-savers. A new dual-camera system with "Smart HDR" and the ability to dynamically change focus depth on photos.

What should I know about the new A12 Bionic processor?

The iPhone XR has ditched the Home button and Touch ID in favor of Face ID and the TrueDepth camera. However, instead of an eSIM (it's not as popular in China), Apple is releasing separate versions of the Xs and Xs Max in China that can use two physical SIM cards simultaneously.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it worked with Apple to develop apps for the Apple Watch and has been taking steps to ease the regulatory pathway for companies seeking to create digital healthcare products.

As for the battery, the iPhone XR has up-to 90 minutes more battery life than the 8 Plus.

Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in regular and Plus sizes.

The story with Apple's AirPower charging mat is murkier. The phone, which costs more than a basic Apple laptop ($1449 in its maxed-out Max configuration), is in many ways becoming a replacement for a laptop - minus the keyboard.



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