Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Apple touts its largest screens, cheaper models in iPhone revamp

How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info Meet the new iPhones: Here’s all the smartphone news Apple announced today
Katie Ramirez | 14 September, 2018, 05:28

It has the same basic design of the iPhone X and Xs, with a large edge-to-edge screen.

Executives spent a lot of time boasting about the A12 Bionic chip that powers the new phones.

"While it's now the cheapest new iPhone of the lot, the iPhone XR gets a large 6.1" edge to edge display that uses IPS instead of OLED. The original version featured a heart-rate sensor that fed data into fitness and workout apps so they could suggest new goals and offer digital "rewards" for fitness accomplishments.

Not only is the iPhone XS Max the biggest iPhone ever, it's also the most expensive.

In terms of battery life, the iPhone XS can reportedly last "30 minutes longer" than the iPhone X, which itself had a 2,700mAh battery and generally got most users through a day of moderate usage. There will also be 128GB and 256GB models. Also, don't forget that Apple has its own iPhone Upgrade Program, which you may combine with some of these new deals, like US Mobile's offer.

Because of its bigger display size, the pixel density is lower at 326ppi which is on par with the regular iPhone 8.

The iPhone Xs, like its predecessor, has a screen that occupies nearly the entirety of the phone's frontage.

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You'll have to wait a bit longer for the "budget" iPhone XR. Yet despite this, the iPhone XR can manage to pull of portrait mode, previously only available in iPhone's with two cameras. the full name for this feature in the new iPhones is Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control. The 6.1-inch features a bright LCD screen and comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, blue, coral and red. With iOS 12, Apple promises benchmarking performance.

The iPhone XS comes in gold, space gray, and silver. Pricing starts at $599 for the GPS version and $749 for the GPS + LTE model.

With the introduction of iPhones ditching the Apple-made feature of 3D Touch, it could spell the death of one of Apple's most promising features, even if no one really uses it.

"The larger screen will be very important in China to turn around the trend there, because they have lost some share in the last few years, partly because of screen size", she added.

The new iteration brings a number of upgrades, including UI tweaks and the option to apply the device's Breathe app to the watch face.

It is positioning the new watch as a more comprehensive health device, able to take an electrocardiogram to detect an irregular heartbeat and start an emergency call automatically if it detects a user falling down, potentially appealing to older customers.

The Series 4 range will have an edge-to-edge screen like the new iPhones and is packing a bunch of features aimed at turning it into serious medical device. However, those expecting a better battery will be disappointed, as the Watch 4 promises the same 18-hour lifespan.

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