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Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max: 5 coolest features

Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max: 5 coolest features

2018 is no different, with Apple holding its annual debut event on Wednesday morning at its Cupertino headquarters in California. But with Apple boosting the average iPhone selling price by almost 20 percent, it still meant a bumper year for the tech firm.

The iPhone Xs succeeds last year's flagship model with a faster A12 processor and updated cameras.

Apple on Wednesday introduced three new versions of the iPhone, including the premium Xs and Xs Max.

However, the Apple iPhone XS and XS Max are not the first electronic devices to use an eSIM.

Apple said the XS models would be sold from Sept 21 and the XR from Oct 26.

The iPhone XS comes in 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB variants and starts at $999.

Adding on the camera capabilities of the iPhone X with its 12-megapixel dual camera system, iPhone XS and XS Max introduce Smart HDR, which increases detail and dynamic range of photographs. In short, the function is meant to make photos look sharper and have more natural light. You can also now adjust the intensity of that creative blurry background feature called bokeh AFTER you take a picture.

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The watch will be available in 3 aluminum finishes: silver, gold, space gray. It was a low-priced, colourful version of the iPhone 5S that used slightly less expensive materials to produce a very nice, less expensive phone.

Apple released this photo on Weibo of CEO Tim Cook (right) and chief designer Jony Ive looking at the iPhone XR.

Coming in at $749 (R11,000 in the US) to start, it's not exactly low-priced. But it is still selling its old 4.7-inch iPhone 7 for $449 and the iPhone 8 for $599, both of which are slightly shorter and thinner than the new lineup. As a point of comparison, the regular Xs costs £999 (the same price as last year's iPhone X) and the iPhone XR will start at £749. Thanks to its neural engine and ISP that's identical to the iPhone XS, the performance is still excellentl.

The Max is the Xs' bigger brother.

Biggest and most-expensive ever: iPhone Xs Max ($1,099).

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are fueled by Apple's latest A12 Bionic chipset built on 7-nm design, which allows for 6.9 billion transistors on the chip. The front camera is the same as the iPhone XS with a 7MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera that also supports Portrait Mode and Animoji.

But it has one incredible feature that neither the XS or the XS Max has: It comes in yellow.

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The company announced that it will start shipping the gadgets at the end of September with XR expected to be shipped in mid-October. Despite being a "budget" phone, the iPhone XR also gets dust and water resistance rated at IP67.

The iPhone X is the blueprint for three new iPhone models comprised of the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr.

Also, going strictly by first-hand experience, setting up an eSIM was a complete nightmare for me while setting up an Apple Watch earlier. However, those expecting a better battery will be disappointed, as the Watch 4 promises the same 18-hour lifespan. The accelerometer has been improved to detect falls, and can auto-dial emergency services when necessary. The function has even been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to Apple. Touching the Digital Crown will provide an ECG waveform in just 30 seconds, and this can help you and/or your doctor check for signs of atrial fibrillation or sinus rhythm.

When you fire up the app, you get a list of cards with all the Apple Watch owners you've spoken to recently at the top and underneath each card is an "available" slider which can be toggled on or off depending on whether or not the person is open for a chat.

Better still: It'll get the update to Watch OS 5 when the new software arrives next week, before the Series 4 is even available. The phone, which costs more than a basic Apple laptop ($1449 in its maxed-out Max configuration), is in many ways becoming a replacement for a laptop - minus the keyboard.

For everyone, regardless of iPhone age, iOS 12 is fundamentally reorganising notifications: From now on, alike notifications will stack rather than overflow your notification tray. With Shortcuts, you can arrange a series of functions for Siri to perform, and then tie that series of functions to a single command. You don't have to do a thing to work this magic. Of course, you can swap the two at any time.

It's hard to choose which model you might buy.

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