Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, health features for watch

Much-anticipated Apple line-up will include a range of smartphones a new mini Mac and accessories. AFP

Much-anticipated Apple line-up will include a range of smartphones a new mini Mac and accessories. AFP

And while they may not be as radical a change as the iPhone X was past year (or bring back highly requested features like normal headphone jacks) these new iPhones do present their own unique improvements.

Apple shares closed lower in the US Wednesday, ahead of the tech innovator's event at which it unveiled three new versions of its iPhone X and a new Smart Watch with FDA approval.

Mr Cook said the updates took the iPhone "to the next level".

Folks here could be forking out as much as S$2,349 - the price of a decked out gaming computer - to get the best iteration of Apple's latest iPhone.

As for battery life, Apple promises that the new phone will last one and a half hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple also claims it has improved the speaker system so if you fancy talking to your wrist like Dick Tracy that's going to become a lot easier.

Falling in line with the previous speculation, the new Apple Watch has significantly reduced the size of its bezels and now accommodates a 35% on the smaller model, while the larger one has seen a 32% increase in screen size.

In addition, the OLED-based Retina displays found in the iPhone X. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast significantly higher pixel-counts, pixel-density and contrast-ratios. The larger model will be called iPhone XS Max. Both the new iPhones will be succeeding the existing iPhone X.

Kicking things off is the iPhone Xs - essentially the follow-up to the iPhone X. Made from surgical-grade stainless steel and featuring a new glass screen that's the most durable in any smartphone, the phone is available in gold, silver, space gray, and offers IP68 water resistance. S4 is available September 21 with preorders starting Friday. It is also running on the new 7nm A12 Bionic Chip and it retains the same 12MP f/1.8 main camera that's assisted with OIS.

The XS and XS Max have dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and a dual 7-megapixel selfie camera - just like the iPhone X.

So, that appears to be a nail in the coffin for the rumoured "iPhone XS Plus" and "iPhone XC" names, then, which were widely rumoured to be the monikers of the gadgets.

Traditionally, Apple has kept quiet on the specific sales figures for the Apple Watch since it first launched more than three years ago.

Also running on the A12 Bionic chip, iPhone XR is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, making for a pretty good, slightly more affordable option. You can start pre-ordering the new iPhone Xr on October 19th and it will ship on October 26th. In video mode, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max can record stereo sound.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will feature a larger screen, more than 30% larger than previous generations, as well as a thinner body.

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