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Apple September 12 event wrap-up: new iPhones, Apple Watch, and more

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference in San Jose California on June 4.   Elijah Nouvelage  REUTERS Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference in San Jose California on June 4. Elijah Nouvelage REUTERS
Katie Ramirez | 14 September, 2018, 10:01

For those of you who have been hoping that the prices of the phones would pale in comparison to last year's models, there is some disheartening news for you. The pricing for those three levels are £749/$749, £799/$799 or £899/$899, so you can see your saving quite a bit of cash when you compare them against the iPhone Xs varieties.

Your choice might come dowv to color. It comes equipped with a 12MP wide-angle camera with an all-new sensor and 1.4 million pixels (the same as in the iPhone XS and XS Max). Battery life in the new watch remains at 18 hours, meaning it needs a nightly recharge. As 9to5Mac notes, the only place where Apple had even mentioned AirPower was on the iPhone X product page, which has since been removed to make way for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr. While they all might look pretty similar on the surface, there are actually some key differences between them, so read on to decide which iPhone is the right one for your next purchase. This year, it's the cheapest- the iPhone XR (that's pronounced ten-R). The phone has a 12 megapixel camera and offers much of the same photo features as the Xs, including smart HDR.

All three new phones are expected to follow the iPhone X design in that there will not be a home button and instead facial recognition technology will be used to unlock the device.

The iPhone XR has an aluminum band, whereas the iPhone XS has steel.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are styled similarly to the iPhone X with an edge-to-edge display and glass back.

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iPhone XR price: How much does the iPhone XR cost? This is, though, the exact same unit as the wide camera in the XS.

If you're not already foaming at the mouth at the £999 starting price, you might also be interested to discover that the iPhone Xs represents the next era of Apple smartphones: it's the first IP68-rated iPhone; the one with the biggest screen (6.5in on the Max); has the biggest battery; and its display is fitted with a buttery-smooth 120Hz panel with HDR10 support.

The Watch 4 is available from $279 in either silver, gold, or space grey, or you can opt for the more expensive stainless finish which brings polished, space black or gold varieties.

The XS model will set you back $1,629 for the 64GB model and $2,199 for the 512GB. Not only does it combine multiple images into a single, better composite, the camera app also has a depth slider that lets you adjust the depth of field from f1.4 to f16 after the fact, increasing the blur or sharpness of things in the background of a shot.

To emphasize the new screen, Apple provides new watch faces with configurable information. The "cheap" iPhone this year is as good - relatively speaking - as the flagship models of previous years. Most folks keeping tabs on the brand were expecting updated AirPods, and at least some mention of the AirPower wireless charging mat that was previewed past year.

One of the other downgrades the XR comes with is a lower overall maximum storage capacity.

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