The new range of Apple iPhones have been announced.

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Meet the iPhone XR, XS, and XS MAX.

Connor James Ibbetson, Editor-at-large
@connoribbetson

Apple unveils huge upgrades to its iPhone line up, and we’ve got all the details.

The iPhone XR

(Starting price £749 (64GB))

A colourful new addition to Apples handset range at a more affordable price.

Specifications overview:

The iPhone XR comes with an impressive set of premium features for a lower cost. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

The iPhone XR comes with
an impressive set of premium features for a lower cost. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

Colors: Blue, coral, yellow, white, black, Product Red

6.1-inch LCD screen with 1,792×828-pixel resolution and 326ppi (Retina display)

Aluminum body with glass back

Single camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, with OIS (same as iPhone XS)

Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Portrait mode photos through software

FaceID with same True-Depth camera system as iPhone XS

A12 Bionic chip

Battery life claim: 1.5 hours more per day than the iPhone 8 Plus

IP67 water resistance

Ships with iOS 12

The new iPhone XR in Coral. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

The new iPhone XR in Coral. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

Premium features at a lower cost

Apple’s new ‘budget’ handset comes with a lot of premium features, and a similar feel according to those who have had hands on – and at a fraction of the cost of some of the other new handsets.

Despite not having the OLED display of its more expensive big brothers, the LCD screen is a Retina Display, and holds its own against other displays on the market. Apple has worked its magic on the LCD with some snazzy tricks to get a good anti-aliasing finish on the notch and rounded corners.

The XR lacks the steel construction of the XS series, and instead comes with an Aluminium body and glass back, meaning the phone will feel noticeably lighter than the other new handsets.

The new iPhone XR has an aluminium body and a glassback, and comes with a well blended and rounded LCD screen with no obvious  pixelated edges. Image from the Apple Newsroom

The new iPhone XR has an aluminium body and a glassback, and comes with a well blended and rounded LCD screen with no obvious pixelated edges. Image from the Apple Newsroom

Among the other features the XR has done away with to cut costs is the pressure sensitive screen, the so-called 3D touch feature – it is debatable as to whether many users will miss this feature or not.

Under the hood, the new device is just as impressive as the XS, with the same A12 chip as the more expensive handsets, and a battery that is promising an additional 90 minutes of power over the iPhone 8 Plus from last year.

The handset will also feature FaceID technology used in the iPhone X and XS.

The XR also borrows the camera from the XS/XS MAX albeit only the wide angle one, and portrait mode photos are rendered using special software – more than enough to satisfy most users we think.

The iPhone XS and XS MAX

(XS Starting price £1,049 (64GB) XS MAX £999 (64GB))

Upgrade to the iPhone X sees new cameras, better battery life, and a high price tag.

The iPhone XS MAX is the biggest iPhone ever with a 6.5 inch screen. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

The iPhone XS MAX is the biggest iPhone ever with a 6.5 inch screen. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

Specifications overview:

Color options include: Gold, silver and space grey finishes

Two sizes: 5.8-inch (458 ppi) and 6.5-inch (458 ppi), with OLED HDR screen (Super Retina displays)

Dual rear cameras: 12-megapixel wide angle and a telephoto lenses

Front-facing cameras: 7-megapixel camera

A12 Bionic chip: 7-nanometer processor promises said to be 30 percent faster than 2017 iPhones

Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 512GB

IP68 water-resistance rating

Battery life: estimated additional 30 minutes extra battery over the iPhone X

Dual-SIM card support

Face ID with enhanced speed

3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen

Shipping with iOS 12

Pushing the boundaries, the iPhone XS

Many suggested that people would not be willing to spend £1,000 on a phone, and last year Apple took the plunge and proved them wrong. Following on the from the success of the iPhone X, the new XS and XS MAX push the boundaries even more, with prices nearing £1,500 for some of the high storage models.

(Both models are identical apart from their screens, so we will discuss them as one after looking at the screens).

The XS MAX is a true beast, bigger than even the latest Galaxy Note phone, known for their large screens and sometimes dubbed phablets. The OLED screen is an impressive 6.5 inches across.

The XS expands slightly on last years iPhone, measuring 5.8 inches across, as opposed to 5.5 on 2017’s iPhone X. The screen is said to have a 60% higher dynamic range for increased colour vibrancy.

Both phones have the same pixel density at 458 ppi, meaning there is no loss of sharpness by going large.

Unlike the cheaper XR handsets, the XS/XS MAX are so far only available in the more traditional iPhone colours we are used too: Gold, Silver and Space Grey. (Sorry to those fans out there praying for return to the classic black and white handsets of old).

The iPhone XS and XS MAX boast an impressive camera array. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

The iPhone XS and XS MAX boast an impressive camera array. Image from the Apple Newsroom.

The XS phones boast an impressive camera array, with two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear, one wide angle and one telephoto. The front camera is a 7-megapixel with a faster portrait mode. The rear dual camera set-up allows you to play with your focus, and just the blur in the photos after taking the shot.

Like it’s cheaper younger brother the XR, both XS handsets are powered by the new A12 bionic chip. The chip promises to be 15% faster than the A11 of the iPhone X – more rigorous stress testing will needed before we can be sure however.

The XS handsets also come with IP68 water resistance, meaning 2 meters and up to 30 minutes underwater before damage occurs.

More information is sure to come in the following days as Apple sends out handsets for full review, and we will keep this article updated as new information is available.

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