Apple September Event 2018 (September 2018 Keynote) and iPhone XS, iPhone XS max and iPhone XR Specs and Price
Apple has it set as a way of celebration its anniversary now by hosting an event with brand new devices and its technological advancement on display. Last year’s event had changed the way people pursued the devices looks and price it would cost them to live that dream. iPhone X from last year was a biggest leap in Apple’s history with bezels almost gone and a permanent notch on top that we see a lot these days. The expectations were high this year as Apple couldn’t just go back to being old self after the release of notched iPhone X.
The event this year took place as usual on 12th September 2018 with expectations sky-rocketing. They introduced not 1, not 2 but 3 new iPhones this year, 2 being the higher-end and 1 on the lower-side. And to the addition to their Apple watch, they introduced newer Apple Watch Series 4 to the public. Not much happened this event as it was being expected to be but if you are a die-hard Apple lover, it was a magical moment for you last Wednesday.
September Keynote 2018 Opening Film By Apple:
The iPhones unveiled are having same notched design as the previous iPhone X. The phones are named iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, XR being the cheaper variant. Apple has gambled in cheaper iPhone before with iPhone SE and iPhone 5C but their design stood apart from their mainstream device and eventually didn’t last long enough. But this iPhone XR shares the design and most of the specs from the higher-end iPhone this year. It comes in many bright colours with slimmed-down features like a smaller battery than newer iPhones.
iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR Specs
Let us look at the quick specs of iPhones released.
iPhone XS and XS Max Quick Specs
- Two sizes: 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches OLED HDR Screen
- Dual camera: 12MP wide and telephoto lenses
- 7MP front camera that enhances the portrait mode
- A12 Bionic Chip with 7-nanomater processor
- Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 512GB
- IP68 water-resistant
- Dual-sim card support with eSIM Technology
- Face ID
- 3D Touch
- Stereo sound
- iOS 12
iPhone XR Quick Specs: Cheaper iPhone
- 1 inches LCD screen
- Aluminium body with glass back
- Single camera: 12MP wide angle lens with OIS
- Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Portrait mode through software
- Face ID
- A12 Bionic Chip
- IP67 water resistance
- No 3D Touch
- iOS 12
The iPhone XS and XS Max cameras shares the same specs. Apple promises you to get more out of the camera then you did with camera of previous iPhone X. The camera’s Algorithm detect people’s face and bodies and kick into instant red-eye reduction. Advanced HDR comes into action to identify the highlights and find shadow details.
Full Specification of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
|iPhone XS||iPhone XS Max||iPhone XR|
|Display||5.8-inch Super Retina OLED, 2436X1125||6.5-inch Super Retina OLED, 2688X1242||6.1-inch LCD Retina Display, 1792X828|
|OS||iOS 12||iOS 12||iOS 12|
|Camera||Dual 12MP||Dual 12MP||Single 12MP|
|Processor||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic|
|Storage||64GB, 256GB, 512GB||64GB, 256GB, 512GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Battery||Apple claims its lasts 30 min. longer than iPhone X||Apple claims its lasts 90 min. longer than iPhone X||Apple claims its lasts 30 min. longer than iPhone 8 Plus|
|Fingerprint Sensor||None (Face ID)||None (Face ID)||None (Face ID)|
|Special features||Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji||Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji||Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji|
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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR Prices
|iPhone XS Max||$1099||N/A||$1249||$1449|
Apple Watch Series 4
Thanks to the new zero-bezel design and replacing the button with haptic touch regions, the new series of Apple Watch increases its face size to 40mm and 44mm. the speaker too has been buffed up, Apple says it’s 50% louder than series 3 and the microphone has been shifted away from speaker for better call quality.
Apple described the watch as “an intelligent guardian for your health” and backed that up with health-related updates.
The Series 4 is clever enough to work when you fall, it works this out from the movement of your arms which are different while falling or slipping or doing similar actions. If you fall and don’t move for certain time, it will assume that something bad has happened to you and it will contact the emergency services and send your location through SOS feature
The Apple Watch has already got the heart-monitoring ability to detect and warn of a prolonged elevated heart rate when not exercising but its abilities get far more sophisticated with the Series 4 update. The watch looks out for irregular heart rhythms, notifying you of potential atrial fibrillation.
The ECG function of the watch is though the centre of attraction, if you place your finger on the digital crown, it runs an ECG test on you, which is first time an ECG device has been made available over the counter direct to consumers.
All the data is stored in the Health-app and company provides assurance that the privacy will be protected. Having the long-term heart data will help with the visits to the doctor.
Apple Watch Series 4 Specs
Processor: S4 processor chip which is said to offer twice the speed of the previous generation.
Battery: Battery remains same offering 18 hours of usage.
OS: The new Apple Watch comes with watchOS 5 preinstalled which was announced on June
4 at WWDC and will be released on September 17.
Apple Watch Series 4 Price
The Series 4 starts at $399 (with GPS) or $499 (with cellular). Here’s the line-up:
- Series 4 (GPS), aluminium, with sport band, sport loop or Nike strap: £399/$399 (40mm) or £429/$429 (44mm)
- Series 4 (cellular), aluminium, with sport band/loop/Nike strap: £499/$499 (40mm) or £529/$529 (44mm)
- Series 4 (cellular), stainless steel, with sport band or loop: £699/$699 (40mm) or £749/$749 (44mm)
- Series 4 (cellular), stainless steel, with Milanese loop: £799/$799 (40mm) or £849/$849 (44mm)
- Series 4 (cellular), stainless steel, with Hermes strap: from £1,249/$1,249 to £1,499/$1,499
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Apple has been announcing its devices among the uncertainty and speculations from the spectators. The consumers always get thinking about the newer version of Apple devices to be announced next year right from the release of present year’s devices. This time around too, the hype for the devices were pretty high and expected to please the customers at all the ranges.
The devices announced this year keeping apart the Apple Watch, which is moving in very correct direction, hasn’t been up to the mark given the specification. The iPhones announced are just a little step forward then the previous version.
Apple has not been providing its specs to the consumers and just providing the updates just by comparing the latest version with the immediate before one. It isn’t a great way to express the updates.
The keynote has been focused on the “budget-oriented” iPhone XR but starting price of $749 could have been cheap for Apple, but its certainly not cheap for major portion of the population. This gives us the idea that even the cheaper version of the iPhone this year won’t be able to target people in huge numbers as the price might vary given the geographical region of sales and the price speculation there by government rules.
Hence, the hands-on review would have been great but as per the specs provided, the devices seems to be overly hyped. The pre-orders for iPhone XS and XS Max begin on Friday, September 14 and the iPhone XR will be available for pre-order on Oct. 19. The sales starts for XS and XS Max starts from Sept. 21 and XR on Oct. 26. The Apple watch pre-orders start on Friday, Sept. 14, it ships Sept. 21.
The question still remains the same, “How much are you willing to pay just to have a newer device in your hand?”. The Apple brought a solution for most of the users regarding the single sim issue, “The dual-sim”. Seriously, android has been doing this for many years now and Apple has recently thought of it. That too, you won’t be able to slap in 2 physical sim cards, one physical and one eSIM is the only option.
That’s it for the keynote this year, more expectations from the consumers are sure to be there for next year. Apple has to have made this device good enough if they want to replace the Chinese giant Huawei to be the 2nd once again.