Apple iPhone XR - Hands On

Apple iPhone XR - Hands On

Apple's new iPhone XS, pronounced "ten S", has a 5.8-inch (14.7-cm) screen, and will be sold at a starting price of $999.

The phones largely ditch the looks and heritage of the iPhone 8, instead building on last year's iPhone X in terms of looks and features.

Apple's strategy of selling pricier phones amid waning demand for smartphones has propelled the Cupertino-based company to become the first publicly traded United States company to hit a market value of more than $1 trillion (€860 billion). While buying the newest model means you won't suffer the "outdate blues" so quickly, you'll be paying a significant premium to do so. It will come in Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Polished Space Black, and a new Gold Stainless color.

The display stretches edge-to-edge and is protected by the most durable front glass ever found in a smartphone. Apple is calling this "Super Retina".

The XR, which has a 6.1-inch display, has a body size that falls between the XS and XS Max.

So, when can you get your shakingly impatient hands on Apple's latest trio of phones?

The largest screen Apple has produced represents the firm's attempt to feed consumer appetite for watching and recording videos, as well as taking photos.

The XS and XS Max have dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and a dual 7-megapixel selfie camera - just like the iPhone X.

The real improvement, however, is how its Apple-designed image signal processor (ISP) works.

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You'll have to wait a bit longer for the "budget" iPhone XR. IPhones fetched an average price of $724 during the April-June period, a almost 20 per cent increase from a year earlier. It also has a four-core graphics processing unit that is up to 50 percent faster than the GPU on the A11. Both numbers would work simultaneously on one device.

Tech analyst Patrick O'Rourke joined in, tweeting: 'I want to go on the record now as saying that iPhone Xs Max is a bad name for a smartphone...'

Preorders for the XS start at $1629, and the XS Max starts at $1799.

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

The XR uses the LCD screens of Apple's past, and lacks the pressure-sensing 3D Touch feature that debuted on the iPhone 6S. Or skinny jeans? Unfortunately, Apple didn't update its 4-inch iPhone SE with a new processor and camera. Thanks to its neural engine and ISP that's identical to the iPhone XS, the performance is still excellentl.

In China, the new iPhones will feature two physical SIM cards, while the rest of the world will get a software-based SIM standard using the eSIMs with support from telecom carriers.

The pair have a similar design and features to the existing iPhone X - including its much-hyped Face ID unlock system - with a few key additions.

Battery life, in comparison to the iPhone 8 Plus, is improved by 90 minutes. Preorders start Friday and the phone ships on September 21.

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