The iPhone XS will make eSIM a mainstream mobile technology

Phil Schiller Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino Calif Apple Showcase Cupertino USA- 12 Sep 2018

Phil Schiller Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino Calif Apple Showcase Cupertino USA- 12 Sep 2018

If you need a brand new iPhone but not willing to spend more than RM4,000, Apple has also announced a cheaper version that's called the iPhone XR. Hands-on reports say that the iPhone XR has the best display of any LED iPhone to date.

Apple just announced that its lower-cost iPhone is officially known as the iPhone XR. It's certainly a little bit wider than I'd prefer, but recently I've been using the 3.06-inch-wide OnePlus 6 as my primary phone, and it's fine.

Isn't it fantastic that you can now get half a terabyte of storage in a phone? The display consists of a total of 2.7 million pixels, features a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch, and has a notch cut-out for the front-facing camera. It appears to have been chosen to keep the dot pitch at a standard iPhone density, which lets apps work properly.

Its next generation of Apple Watch features edge-to-edge display with smaller bezels, which is 30 per cent bigger. With the iPhone X now discontinued, there's no longer any mention of AirPower. It's a very good, very saturated, very deep LCD. Here all you have to do while wearing the watch is to touch the crown - which serves as an anode and closes the loop created across your arms and heart. Apple has done coloured phones before, with the iPhone 5c, but these colours are shimmery aluminium under glass, and they have a rich, enamel-like look to them.

"Apple is having to make a careful trade-off with these new products", adds Wood. The phone also comes in coral, which is a pale pinkish colour, as well as black and white, but really, go bold. Home buttons were replaced with screen swipes, taps and facial recognition capabilities. And some will carry other new features such as two SIMs-microchips that allow smartphone users to connect to a wireless network-making it easier for travelers to use their phones overseas, these people said. It's a lot like an X that way.

Moving to the camera, both the iPhones will have two 12-MP cameras one of which will be a telephoto lens and the other will be a wide-angle lens.

Briefly returning to the XR's camera tech, Apple says the device will come with "TrueDepth" camera sensors, which reportedly paves the way for significantly faster Face ID authentication.

The XR has dual speakers, one on the bottom and one at the top of the phone. 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. Whereas the Xs' flash storage can be upgraded to a whopping 512GB, the XR caps out at 256GB.

There's still some mystery around the XR's modem. The phone doesn't have gigabit LTE like the XS does, although it does support T-Mobile's new rural Band 71.

Fall detection could also be significant, especially for elderly users. For operators struggling with the shift to SIM-Only tariffs and SIM-free handsets, it's an opportunity to sell more contracts. In terms of feature fragmentation, Apple had been doing what Google couldn't when it came to ensuring almost every device had the same (or comparable) hardware.

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