It’s that time of the year again, and new iPhones are on the way!
During a press event from Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced expansions to the iPhone X line, revealing new versions of the luxury device: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR, which all come with edge-to-edge displays similar to the debut model.
The XS features a 5.8-inch Super Retina display and a surgical grade stainless steel backing that comes in gold, silver and space gray. While it is vastly similar aesthetically to the original iPhone X, it comes with enhanced hardware that may entice some consumers who may be on the fence about upgrading. The company says the glass is more durable than before and features improved water resistance, and features faster FaceID and wider stereo sound.
While the XS and XS Max are both outfitted with OLED displays, the latter comes with a whopping 6.5-inch screen, making it Apple’s largest iPhone ever.
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Because the XS Max comes with a 6.5-inch display (for comparison, the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen), users will be able to run two apps at the same time in split screen mode — a feature the company debuted in iPads, but wasn’t available on iPhones until now. This will likely prove useful for people who need to quickly copy and paste text from one app to another. The larger size of the XS Max also means it will have a longer battery life compared to other editions.
Tim Cook also announced that the company was on the verge of shipping its 2 billionth iOS device.
One of those devices is the Apple Watch. The company also announced its new Series 4 version of the smartwatch on Wednesday. The S4 model comes with a 30 percent larger screen than last year’s edition (44mm versus 40mm), and its body is thinner. The speaker has been upgraded and is much louder than before — which will make it easier to interact with Siri. It’s also equipped with a new dual-core 64-bit processor and a new GPU, giving it two-times faster performance.
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The battery life, though, remains the same, clocking in at 18 hours — and six hours during outdoor workouts.
Also, something that may be handy for elderly users, the Apple Watch can now detect when a person trips or falls, and will send your location and call emergency services if you remain immobile for 60 seconds afterward.
Series 4 will ship September 21 at $399 with GPS and $499 for cellular.
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