Apple sticks to higher prices for iPhones in Europe

Phil Schiller Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino Calif Apple Showcase Cupertino USA- 12 Sep 2018

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are going to be available unlocked from Apple, which means you won't have to tie yourself to any carrier when preordering the phone.

"The device features a 6.1" "Liquid Retina" all-screen LCD display (with Apple's signature notch), Apple's "most durable" glass to date.

But Apple's decision to drop the iPhone X was least expected. The A12 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone is supposedly the real scene stealer.

Instead of a dual camera, the iPhone XR features a single 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens.

The biggest news for most smartphone users was the announcement of the new phone's dual-Sim capability, meaning users will have access to two phone numbers on the same iPhone at the same time.

iPhone XR supports fast and fluid iPhone gestures like tap to wake, swipe up to the home screen, swipe down to access notifications and the Control Center, and the new haptic touch feature for pressing on the home screen to instantly launch the camera or flashlight. Unlike its more expensive models, it only pushes a resolution of 1792×828 pixels, which is below Full HD.

The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099 (or about R16,300 in the US), with 64 GB of storage, and goes all the way up to $1,499 (just on R22,300) with 512 GB of storage. The ISP now works with the phone's neural engine (more on that momentarily) for improved image quality as well as features like facial landmarking, which allows the software to detect a face or eyes on an image and then remove red eye; perform better segmentation masks, which is useful for creating the depth effects that make Portrait Mode so good; and better understand the scene that's being shot. There will also be 128GB and 256GB models.

Others pointed out that it was a missed opportunity, arguing that the firm should have called its XS Max - which has the biggest iPhone display yet - the iPhone XL.

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You'll be able to pre-order the XR on October 19, and it'll ship out a week later on October 26.

But it has one incredible feature that neither the XS or the XS Max has: It comes in yellow. Well, both the Xs and Xs Max will launch on 21 September, with preorders starting on 14 September.

Blink and you might have missed it, but Apple announced Wednesday that its new and relatively cheap iPhone XR will come with a feature we've been wanting for years - a way to easily turn on the flashlight and launch the camera with a single hand.

Falling in line with the previous speculation, the new Apple Watch has significantly reduced the size of its bezels and now accommodates a 35% on the smaller model, while the larger one has seen a 32% increase in screen size. The edges are noticeably rounder, though it still retains the square look.

On Twitter, Apple fans are simultaneously hailing the sleek new products and dragging the company for its name choice.

These latest models also take advantage of the fastest cellular speeds available today, but on 4G networks, not on 5G.

The device brings a design overhaul to the Apple Watch as the iPhone-maker is now using a new dual-core 64-bit chipset, custom created to improve performance. However, those expecting a better battery will be disappointed, as the Watch 4 promises the same 18-hour lifespan.

They are available in gold, silver and space grey.

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