New iPhones Revealed With eSIM, Bigger Battery, New Camera
By David Richards in the USA: Big improvements under the bonnet are the only difference with two new model iPhones announced today, new processor a new camera bigger battery, and an eSIM are the standout features.
Called the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max the new models look almost identical to their predecessor with the exception that they are now available in Gold.
As for the new XS Max the big difference is that it is huge. It’s not just the biggest iPhone ever, it’s one of the biggest phones out there, period.
Like the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Note 9 the exterior of the devices look like past models the big difference is the display with more dynamic range, wider stereo sound from the speakers, and speed increases to Face ID. The processor has been boosted with the use of Apple’s newly unveiled A12 Bionic processor, a six-core chip that’s among the first in the industry to use a 7nm process.
Tim Cook called the devices “by far the most advanced iPhone we have ever created.”
Resistance to water has also been improved on both models. There’s a new edit slider that adjusts the depth of field by simulating different aperture settings after a picture has been taken.
Portrait mode improvements as well — the quality of bokeh has improved. “We studied some of the highest end full-frame cameras and expensive, fast lenses to characterize the quality of the bokeh.”
the iPhone XS lasts 30 minutes longer than the X. The XS Max has biggest iPhone battery ever, up to 90 minutes longer than X.
Because the iPhone XS and XS Max have a wider screen ratio than the traditional iPhone, neither phone will be quite as big as it sounds.
The iPhone XS, for instance, which has the same 5.8-inch screen size as the iPhone X, is actually smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus.
On battery, the XS has a 30 minute lead on the X, and the XS Max – with the largest battery ever on an iPhone – gets you 90 minutes more.
The iPhones XS are also shipping with dual sim support, through something called “Dual Sim Dual Standby”. It doesn’t work with two real Sim cards, though – just with Apple’s eSIM support for the second Sim.
What we do know is that the technology is already supported by Vodafone in some Countries.
Marketing Director Phil Schiller also revealed a third iPhone, a series of colorful lower-cost handsets called the iPhone XR.
‘We hope it reaches even more customers,’ he said.
The aluminium handset is available in white, blue, black, coral and yellow, along with a special Product Red version.
The XR has a 6.1inch LCD display, rather that the more expensive OLED used in the other models, which Apple has called Liquid Retina.
‘It’s a bigger display that the iPhone 8 plus in a smaller case’
The new lower cost iPhone will also use FaceID, and the same A12 bionic chip and its new siblings.
It has a single 12mp camera, but Apple has developed software for it to use the firm’s portrait mode.
Apple also said it will give users 1.5 hours battery more that the firm’s 8 Plus.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in Australia in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity models in space grey, silver and a new gold finish starting at RRP A$1629 inc.GST (64GB) and A$1,799 inc. GST (64GB), respectively, from apple.com/au, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED starting at RRP A$1,229 inc. GST (64GB) from apple.com/au and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone XR beginning Friday, 19 October with availability beginning Friday, 26 October.