The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event

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The company said the new iPhones would start at USD 750, USD 1,000 and USD 1,100. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores beginning Friday, September 21.

Announced at a press event late last night, Apple's A12 Bionic is the company's latest in-house SoC design - and, like the Kirin 980, is built on TSMC's 7nm process node.

Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone XR, a lower-cost new iPhone that sits beneath the American maker's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships. Although there's only one 12-megapixel camera on the XR's glass backing, some software work with iOS 12 means you don't sacrifice portrait mode shots.


Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials.

It's surprising that Apple discontinued the iPhone SE, since it's only a 2-year-old phone, and Apple just gave it an upgrade last year.

Throughout 2018, Apple has been offering out-of-warranty battery replacements at a discount for some iPhone models.


Connections-wise Gareth confirms there is no headphone port, but that a pair of Lightning connector earbuds come packed in the box. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models.

Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. There are still other important details we need to know about iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr, such as the clock frequency of the chipset. If you want a 2018 iPhone (and not the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone 7), you can keep a little more money in the bank. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size. "I think, by far, the best-selling iPhone product over the next year is going to be the iPhone XR".


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