These are just the headlines. We will have much more in-depth looks at the various additional features and upgrades of the new iPhones in the next few days.
All the rumors were true. The newest iPhones are indeed upgrade versions of the iPhone X in two sizes. Dubbed the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the new iPhones have bad names, but come with some very welcomed upgrades. We have the addition of a new gold color option, an improved display with enhanced dynamic range, and an increased waterproof rating.
Apple is also claiming that it has new glass on the front and the back that is the “strongest glass ever on a smartphone.” Curiously, they made no mention of Corning or its Gorilla Glass brand, so we don’t know who is actually making this new glass.
On the audio side, Apple says there are more powerful speakers in the new iPhones with better audio processing for a wider stereo soundstage. Sadly, there is no in-screen integration of Touch ID for fingerprint authentication, but Apple says that Face ID has been improved and made faster.
Storage space has also been boosted, with Apple selling models with up to 512 GB of space.
Most crucially for many users, battery has been improved. Apple claims a small boost of 30-minutes extra usage for iPhone XS and 90-minutes more battery life for the XS Max.
You can pre-order thee new phones starting on September 14, and they will be shipping on September 21st. Pricing starts at $999 for the iPhone XS and $1099 for the iPhone XS Max model.
But what if you don’t have the cash to snag one of these fancy OLED-screened phones? Apple also announced a more affordable iPhone XR.
First off, its made using an aluminum shell instead of stainless steel, and it features an LCD screen instead of OLED to save money. But the most striking change is the new colors. Available in blue, red, white, black, yellow and coral pink.
It looks beautiful.
That new screen is what will make most of the headlines though. It’s called the “Liquid Retina” display, and it’s an edge-to-edge display that mimics the look of the OLED models. It is a 6.1″ display, splitting the size between the XS and XS Max, but it has a lower resolution. So it might look great, but it won’t look quite as sharp as the OLED models.
Otherwise, it looks like a cheaper version of the XS models. It features Face ID, all the upgraded hardware, and it even features the upgraded camera from the XS phones. The only thing it is missing is the second telephoto lens camera sensor. Storage options are a little smaller, maxing out at just 256GB.
Battery is also improved, with a 90-minute boost over the last generation iPhone 8 Plus. Honestly this feels like the more important phone, as it provides all the benefits, with very little downsides. And all with a smaller price tag.
The iPhone XR starts at $749 and will be available for preorder on October 19th.
This story is in progress and will be updated