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Apple Watch announcements proved more exciting than new iPhones, again

Apple Watch announcements proved more exciting than new iPhones, again”

That size, The Verge noted, also makes it one of the largest phones across the entire market. That's the magic of aspect ratios: The XR's screen is taller and narrower and goes right up to the edge of the phone, with the infamous notch at the top, so Apple can quote 6.1 inches while making a physically smaller phone. There are new software camera tricks, too, such as the ability to adjust the blur in bokeh shots after the shot has been captured, and "smart HDR" that uses the A12 chipset to identify shadows during photography in real time to enhance dynamic range. Prices for Hong Kong have not been announced, but US pricing has the XS starting at US$999, XS Max US$1,099, and XR at US$749.

The iPhone Xr is also splash and water resistant, with a rating of IP67, and will also come in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and the exclusive (PRODUCT) RED edition, which helps raise awareness and inspire action to fight HIV/AIDS.

The home button is gone, but the screen acts much like the X's, with Face ID and swiping to go home.

Instead of a dual camera, the iPhone XR features a single 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens. However, the XR loses out on 3D Touch and relies on Taptic Feedback for launching the camera or the flashlight. Apple Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, said that this gives the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes more battery life, respectively, compared to the iPhone X. Contrary to rumours a few weeks ago, Apple has stuck to the Type-A to Lightning 5W charger for the power adaptor instead of going for USB Type-C to Lightning 18W charger.

At the launch, Tim Cook confirmed the names of the new models - which had been leaked earlier in the day - as iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, as well as revealing release dates for global regions.

The third model, called the Xr is Apple's biggest hardware bet of 2018. In 2016, the price of the iPhone 7 Plus topped out at $969.

At 5.94 by 2.98 by 0.33 inches (HWD), the XR is between the size of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

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

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.

Apple also showed off an upgrade to its 3-year-old smartwatch. With curved corners, it's also slightly thinner, has more reliable reception and two times faster, thanks to a new processor. (This feature was previously only available via the screen). The company says it's the first EKG available over the counter. With the redesigned Apple Watch Series 4, it will automatically detect if you've fallen and ask you if you want to send an Emergency SOS. The phones will be available for pre-order and shipped this month. At the launch, Apple called it a "breakthrough".



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