Apple unveils new iPhones and Apple Watch

Apple have finally revealed the new iPhone series that will replace the iPhone X, plus the new 4th generation Apple Watch at their event in California.

There are three new iPhones available to suit different budgets.  Alongside the older iPhone 7 and 8, still on sale at Apple Stores, will be an iPhone XR, which is Apple’s new budget full screen phone and the iPhone XS and XS Max.

All three take their design cues from last year’s iPhone X; the borderless design with the notch at the top for the face sensor which so many other phones have since copied, the XS and XS Max also supporting the dual rear camera setup with wide-angle telephoto lenses, with the XR providing just a single rear camera.

Both the flagship XS phones come with an OLED Retina display capable of 458 ppi, the 5.8″ XS has a 2436×1125-pixel resolution while the 6.5″ XS Max has 2688×1242-pixel resolution.  The 6.1″ XR has an LED screen with a 1792×828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi.

All three phones use the new A12 Bionic chip, Apple’s most powerful processor so far and come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options, with the XR starting at £749.99 and the XS Max topping out at £1,449.00 for the 512GB model.

In addition to the 3 phones, a new generation of Apple Watch arrives with a redesigned digital crown that now supports haptic feedback to make it feel more like a mechanical dial.  The watchface now uses the majority of the screen’s real estate with much smaller edges and a clearer picture, providing 40mm and 44mm size screens, while new technology in the sensors mean that the watch can take ECG readings (FDA-certified).

Software, too, is getting an update with iOS 12 for iDevices and WatchOS 5 for Apple Watch both adding much requested features.  Both are expected to hit next week for existing devices.

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