TECH BREAK: Apple unveils its first dual-SIM iPhone

14 September, 2018, 19:57 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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Other than the larger screen on the Xs Max, there aren't many new features on the new pair of phones that you wouldn't also find on last year's model.

Apple launches the new, affordable iPhone XR. iPhone XR will have a display measuring 6.1 inches with an LCD display.

Apple continues to manufacture some of the most sought after phones in the world. While this new Watch looks evolutionary when compared to the Series 3, there is one feature that is revolutionary. The 512GB iPhone XS Max will put a €1,300 dent in your pocket.

Both phones will be available in three colours this year: Space grey, White and Gold. The devices are made of surgical grade steel (in case you decide to remove an organ or something?) and the "most durable glass ever in a smartphone", likely Gorilla Glass 6. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size. Apple is calling this "Super Retina". Its physical size sits somewhere between an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, only with a much larger screen.

It's no surprise that Apple would discontinue the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This means the phones can withstand up to 30 minutes underwater at a depth up to 2 meters without sustaining permanent damage.

Both the Xs and Xs Max come with a dual camera setup, featuring a 12mp wide-angle lens and a 12mp telephoto lens on the rear, and a 7mp RGB camera, paired with an IR camera on the front. Apple's iPhone XR has a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture.

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


Other features and specs of the phone include IP67 water resistance, the new A12 Bionic chip, Face ID, LTE Advanced, Dual SIM, and iOS 12. Now you can set some hard limits (so at least you'll know when you're breaking those limits).

Apple on Wednesday unveiled the trio of successors to the iPhone X at its Gather Round event at Steve Jobs Theatre, Cupertino. It's a personalised version of the Animoji tech it revealed previous year. The company also plans to announce an updated version of its 5.8-inch OLED device with a faster processor for improved performance. The A12 Bionic can process 5 trillion operations per second.

It claims the iPhone XS runs for half an hour longer than last year's X, while the XS Max lasts an additional 1.5 hours. This time around, the iPhone XS will stay at the $999 mark while the iPhone XR will use cheaper materials and sell for about $750.

The Xr which starts at $749, won't be available for pre-order until October 19. Unlike its more expensive models, it only pushes a resolution of 1792×828 pixels, which is below Full HD.

The biggest aesthetic shakeup is that the iPhone XR will arrive in no less than six new technicolour finishes, including blue, yellow and red.

iPhone XR camera: What's the camera like on the iPhone Xr?

Apple first added dedicated on-device machine learning to last year's chipsets, but this new generation is supposed to be around 9 times faster that last year's model while using less energy.

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