Apple just unveiled its biggest and best iPhone lineup to date.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max come packing a brand new A12 Bionic chip with greatly-improved performance and sound, as well as Apple’s best displays and even better designs. They can also juggle two SIM cards simultaneously.
iPhone Xr delivers the flagship iPhone look at a more affordable price.
iPhone X marked “the future of the smartphone,” Apple told us last September. It sacrificed beloved features like Touch ID in favor of an all-new design with a stunning Super Retina display and Face ID. It was a gamble that paid off for Apple.
Despite its $1,000 price tag and controversial “notch,” iPhone X has consistently outsold every other iPhone in Apple’s lineup since it went on sale last November. It has also been praised by fans and critics, and scored a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating last quarter.
One year on, it’s hard to imagine going back to big bezels and buttons.
It’s no surprise, then, that this year’s iPhones follow suit. iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr all look like last year’s flagship at first glance, with edge-to-edge displays and smooth glass front and back — but they’re bigger, better, and more powerful in every way.
Meet Apple’s new iPhone lineup
iPhone Xs is “by far the most advanced iPhone we have ever created,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. It’s available in two sizes: A 5.8-inch model that replaces iPhone X, and a 6.5-inch model that shows Apple hasn’t forgotten about iPhone Plus lovers.
Both feature OLED screens with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, with a 1-million-to-1 contrast ratio, 120Hz touch-sensing, True Tone, and 3D Touch. They also offer a wider and richer stereo sound experience, Apple says.
They’re the first iPhones to offer dual-SIM functionality, allowing users to juggle two numbers simultaneously. That’s thanks to a traditional SIM card slot and a built-in eSIM that can be connected to a whole bunch of supported carriers.
In China, where the eSIM can’t be supported yet, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will ship with two SIM cards slots.
A12 Bionic will blow you away
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are powered by an A12 Bionic chip — the industry’s first 7-nanometer processor. It’s packed with 6.9 billion transistors, with a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU that’s up to 50 percent faster.
Apple has also introduced a new 8-core Neural Engine that’s dedicated to machine learning. Last year’s A11 Bionic was capable of processing 600 billion operations per second, but the A12 can process a staggering 5 trillion in the same time.
This new Neural Engine allows for improved Portrait mode in the Camera app, even better Animoji, and more immersive augmented reality experiences. Face ID also works faster than ever before, thanks to faster algorithms and a snappier secure enclave.
Apple’s best cameras
The iPhone is the world’s most popular camera. Apple helped its handset secure this crown by delivering the best smartphone shooters every year. The cameras packed into iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are its best yet — and they deliver jaw-dropping results.
There are two sensors on the back of each device: one 12-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens and an f/1.8 aperture, and one 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and an f/2.4 aperture. There’s also an improved True Tone flash.
Even better designs
Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are protected by the most durable glass ever installed on a smartphone, and they have an improved IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance. They’re also available in gold for the first time, alongside silver and space gray.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in gold, silver, and space gray with up to 512GB of storage.
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