Apple has done it again: Introducing the iPhone XR,
iPhone XS, Apple Watch 4, and MORE
Just when you thought Apple’s tech couldn’t get any juicer, GUESS AGAIN! With the latest unveiling on Wednesday, Apple product lovers got a taste of the newest phones and gadgets to come.
Take a look!
The iPhone XR
Apple just introduced the iPhone XR, a new iPhone that starts at $749 and has a 6.1-inch screen — giving it more screen space than the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen. The phone will be available to order on October 19 and will start shipping on October 26.
Here are the specs:
- A 6.1-inch “Liquid Retina” LCD edge-to-edge display.
- No home button.
- Apple’s A12 Bionic chip.
- Face ID using Apple’s True Depth camera system.
- Wireless charging.
- 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus.
- A single 12-megapixel rear camera lens.
- Portrait-mode photos using a software feature Apple called “Depth Control.”
The iPhone XS: (pronounced “iPhone 10 S”)
The newest version of Apple’s middle-size smartphone, with a 5.8-inch screen and a starting price of $999. Preorders start on Friday, and the device hits store shelves on September 21.
There’s also a larger version of the iPhone XS with a 6.5-inch screen, called the iPhone XS Max.
Here are some specs:
- It’s equipped with a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone.
- Its battery lasts 30 minutes longer than last year’s iPhone X, Apple said.
- The camera has “zero shutter lag,” Apple said, so it should be able to snap photos fairly quickly.
- It also supports two SIM cards, allowing you to use two phone numbers on one phone.
- It has IP68 water-resistance, so it can be submerged in water about 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.
- Apple’s chip is called A12 Bionic and has special hardware for machine learning.
- Apple said its facial-recognition software, Face ID, is the “most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone.”
- The display is covered with a “new formulation” of glass that Apple said is stronger than that of previous iPhones.
- The display has a high-dynamic color range that’s 60% wider than previous models.
The new Apple watch
The new watch has new features, like the ability to measure your heart rate with an electrocardiogram, and a hardware redesign that gives it a larger display. The Apple Watch Series 4 will come in two versions, aluminum or stainless steel, in three colors: gold, silver, and space gray. The watch will start at $399.
Here’s a rundown of the specs:
- A nearly edge-to-edge display — Apple says the screen is 30% larger than previous versions.
- Two new, larger sizes: 40 mm and 44 mm.
- New watch faces, including one with up to eight customizable complications, or special features.
- A digital crown now with haptic feedback.
- A speaker that’s 50% louder, meaning it’s better for making phone calls and using the Siri voice assistant.
- A back now made from ceramic and crystal, meaning radio waves can pass through the front and back for better cellular reception.
- A new S4 chip.
- A faster 64-bit processor.
- A new accelerometer and gyroscope that let the watch detect falls.
- New heart-rate tracking, including a new low-heart-rate notification and atrial-fibrillation detection.
- Built-in sensors that let you take an electrocardiogram, or ECG. Apple says it has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its heart-rate-tracking features.
- Water-resistance and built-in GPS, like the Apple Watch Series 3.
- 18 hours of battery life.
- Apple’s new smartwatch operating system, watchOS 5.
The new operating system: iOS12
If you’ve been itching to try Apple’s latest operating system, you’re in luck — iOS 12 will be available to download on Monday, Apple announced at its keynote event on Wednesday.
Significant updates include a speed boost for older iPhones, a change to the notification system, a new augmented-reality app, and more.
Here are some of the most notable iOS 12 features:
- A speed boost for older iPhones: Apple says it boasts 40% faster app launches, 50% faster keyboard opening, and 70% faster camera opening.
- With notification grouping on the lock screen, push notifications will be stacked and grouped by app and topic.
- With “Siri Shortcuts,” you’ll be able to tell Siri to complete certain strings of commands and tasks.
- CarPlay, the iPhone integration with certain car infotainment systems, will support Google Maps and Waze.
- “Screen Time” adds the ability to monitor and limit your time in certain apps.
- The Photos app will be updated with new search suggestions.
- A new augmented-reality Measure app will let you — ahem — measure distances with only your phone camera.
- Apple plans to add FaceTime calling with up to 32 participants later this year, but it won’t be in the iOS 12 release on Monday.
This Untold tech highlight showcases the continuous push for innovation Apple prides itself on! Think Apple is holding back some of their tech for the next big release…you probably aren’t wrong, but only time will tell! Until then, enjoy the newest sleuth of Apple gadgets!