Now that Apple’s annual press conference is behind us, let’s take a minute to focus on the most important part – the three new iPhones.
On the high end of the phones’ spectrum, we’ve got the new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Both phones have a stainless steel body and improved dust and water resistance. Another thing they have in common are the cameras – the pixel count is the same as it is on the X (12 MP back dual camera setup, 7 MP front-facing camera), but – unlike the cheapest model that will be discussed in a bit – they come with a new picture taking technology named Smart HDR which should make it possible to take even better photos. Also, none of the devices has a home button – instead, they rely on the next generation of Face ID technology instead of a fingerprint scanner. The new A12 Bionic chip and two plus four cores processor is supposed to bring a longer battery life and faster response time to these phones. According to what we could hear at the event, apps open up to 30% faster on these phones, while Xs has a battery that lasts 30 minutes longer than the one on the X model, while S Max gives you an extra hour and a half of battery life. This is due to the size difference – Xs has a 5.8 inches screen, while Max is the largest iPhone to date, spanning 6.5 inches diagonally.
Stuck somewhere in the middle is the Xr, a phone that is meant to be an entry level device. With a single 12 MP camera in the back and a 6.1 inches screen in an aluminum body, the Xr still has the same processor as its big brothers and many of the same features. One thing it’s missing is the 3D Touch feature, which is replaced by haptic feedback, meaning that the screen vibrates when touched. Another point of its appeal is the fact that it comes in six regular colors, plus the seventh being the Project RED model, while the other two phones have only three basic colors. However, the two more expensive models will be the first iPhones to support Dual SIM, while the Xr remains the only single SIM iPhone in this generation.
Apple will keep on selling all the models starting with 7 upwards, and the prices are as follows – iPhone 7 has a starting price of $429, while 8 starts at $599, last year’s flagship’s price drops at $749, while S and Max have a starting price of $999 and $1099 respectively.
All the devices starting from iPhone 5S and newer will be getting an iOS 12 update, which is set to roll out on Monday, September 17. As for the phones themselves, the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available to pre-order on Friday, September 14, and ship Friday, September 21 in the US and selected countries. The iPhone Xr model will have a wider initial release, starting Friday, October 26, in more than 50 countries. You’ll be able to preorder it a week before that. Things look a bit steeper in the rest of the world, however, since iPhone S Max will have a starting price of 1259 Euros in France, while in Germany it will be ten Euros cheaper.
If you allow, I’d like to end this piece with a personal dilemma: if the Xr has a Portrait mode, the same chip and dust/water resistance as the more expensive models, and it does, same as wireless charging, what is the point in getting the more expensive phones? Is it a larger screen? Better battery life? The chance to change Depth of Field on photos? I simply don’t get it. Please let me know what you think in the comments. Thank you.