Battery power grows in Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

Doris Richards
September 14, 2018

In a worst-case scenario, the iPhone SE will mark the last compact iPhone model to ever appear in an Apple store.

The iPhone XS, XS Max and XR hope to appeal to those seeking a premium device, while price reductions for the iPhone 7 and 8 will look to attract more price-conscious buyers.

That price point makes it less expensive than the iPhone 8 Plus; its affordable price combined with state-of-the-art technology is something the company is "very proud" of.

The accessory is the cheapest Apple product you can buy today, at just $9. Apple has discontinued all of its phones that use headphone jacks, and it's no longer including a lightning dongle in the box with phones to allow you to use a traditional headset.

The XR's two key features are both visual, and they're both things that pop when you're handling the phone in person. With iOS 12, Apple promises benchmarking performance.

The iPhone X ushered us into the "expensive iPhone" era.


The company is no longer selling the iPhone X, 6S, 6S Plus, or SE through its website.

Its "next-generation gyroscope" means the Watch 4 is capable of detecting when the user has a fall, based on the arm motions of its user as they tumble, and is also fitted with software that lets users take an electrocardiogram, the first over-the-counter device to do so. We don't have much information on the specifications here other than the new dual-CPU is 64-bit capable and is promised to perform twice as fast as it's predecessors - which used Arm's Cortex A7. The phone comes in three different storage sizes-64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB-and will be available in six finishes: black, white, red, yellow, blue, and coral. It's a lot like an X that way.

Instead of a dual camera, the iPhone XR features a single 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens. On the top of the device is a notch which houses the front camera and the Face ID.

Tech analyst Patrick O'Rourke joined in, tweeting: 'I want to go on the record now as saying that iPhone Xs Max is a bad name for a smartphone...'

There's still some mystery around the XR's modem. So what's in the new phones? Highlights of the new timepiece are its significantly larger screen options, twice-as-fast processor, new sensors, and watchOS 5. For operators struggling with the shift to SIM-Only tariffs and SIM-free handsets, it's an opportunity to sell more contracts. Shortly afterward it was confirmed that Apple had bought a wireless-charging company, PowerbyProxi, to "help create a wireless future", according to Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio. Yet despite this, the iPhone XR can manage to pull of portrait mode, previously only available in iPhone's with two cameras. the full name for this feature in the new iPhones is Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control. At $749, I think this is really the sweet spot for iPhones this year.

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