First of all, dual-SIM functionality will not be available out of the box on any of the three new iPhones. Though the phones look identical to the iPhones of the past, they come with a few new changes.
And for all you travel photographers out there, Apple also updated the camera on the phone to come with a wider aperture for its telephoto lens and larger pixel definition. Trying them just after listening to the iPhone XS Max, they don't seem to have the insane, nearly room-filling stereo separation that the Max's speakers do.
Here are some of the cool ways that the new iPhone XS and its counterparts take a step further into the future. Apple is calling this "Super Retina".
Apple's 12-inch MacBook laptop starts at $1,299. 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. This means the phones can withstand up to 30 minutes underwater at a depth up to 2 meters without sustaining permanent damage. The 12-megapixel dual camera system returns as well, though this time its image sensor is twice as fast. There is an improved TrueTone quad-LED flash as well.
The front camera can also be used for Portrait Mode selfies.
You'll be able to preorder the iPhone here.
It has an S4 processor, with a 64-bit dual-core processor that makes it up to 2x faster. It can handle 5 trillion operations each second.
On Tuesday, at Apple's latest event at the Steve Jobs Theater, CEO Tim Cook announced the launch of three different iPhone devices: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Another notable addition: Both the XS and XS Max support a dual-SIM card system, enabling multiple phone numbers and easier global travel.
The iPhone XS directly replaces last year's iPhone X at the now standard iPhone price of $999 (around R15,000 in the US) to start. With two SIMs available to them, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR users will be able to use two numbers at the same time. The other guidelines - internet use, video playback and so on - are all similarly better on the cheaper iPhone. The phone also comes in coral, which is a pale pinkish colour, as well as black and white, but really, go bold. The iPhone X model has a larger screen than other iPhones, covering nearly the entire face of the handset while retaining the overall handset size at or near that of previous models. Thanks to its neural engine and ISP that's identical to the iPhone XS, the performance is still excellentl.
And like the XS and XS MAX, the XR features Smart HDR, which preserves better highlight and shadow details across photos. It offers an hour and a half more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus and features haptic touch and Face ID.
You can preorder the iPhone XR for $749 on 19 October, with shipping starting a week later on 26 October. You can preorder it beginning October 19, and shipping begins October 26.