Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple's 2018 iPhone Event: What You Need to Know

Apple's 2018 iPhone Event: What You Need to Know

The Cupertino-based company has positioned the iPhone XR as its budget offering and it comes with toned down specifications. The new watch is much more than a sophisticated exercise-tracking timepiece, with a series of notable features for the new ($399 on up) Apple Watch Series 4.

These launches follow last year's iPhone X - pronounced "ten" - that represented a major redesign. However, it does contain TrueTone Face ID technology, allowing for automatic device unlocking and Apple Pay integration. Like the home button, it's gone and, probably not coming back.

However, that's not all.

This results in a display that's more than 30% larger and that has more real estate for showing the sophisticated, customisable watch faces and modular widgets offered by watchOS 5.

The A12 Bionic processor that powers the new iPhones is a 7nm chip with 6.9 billion transistors, a 6-core CPU (2 high power cores and 4 high-efficiency), a 4-core GPU that's up to 50% faster than before, and an 8-core neural engine that can process 5 trillion machine learning operations per second. The casing is also thinner but the width is about the same as the Series 3 watch. The Series 4 comes with a new digital crown that offers haptic feedback, and Apple moved the mic to the other side of the watch from the speaker to reduce echo and make phone calls clearer.

Size-wise, the iPhone XS max measures 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm which puts it around the same levels as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with dimensions of 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm. The iPhone XR will be available in Black, White, Yellow, Coral, Blue, and (Product) Red colours, which is twice as many options as will be on the more expensive iPhone models of the year.

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Despite the discounted option, Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said Australian Apple fans were likely to accept the top iPhone XS Max's significantly higher cost this year, but warned that prices could not keep rising at their current rate. Pricing in the U.S. starts at $1,099, with global pricing to be confirmed.

You can begin ordering the new watches Friday, September 14, and they'll begin shipping a week later on September 21.

The Apple iPhone XR price starts at $749 for the 64GB variant; the 128GB variant has been priced at $799 and the 256GB variant at $899. You can start pre-ordering the new iPhone Xr on October 19th and it will ship on October 26th.

Instead of an OLED display, the phone uses a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display that Apple calls the "most advanced LCD in a smartphone". Instead of the impressive IP68 dust and water resistance rating that the XS range has, the iPhone XR will only have IP67, which is an worldwide scale judging how water or dust resistant something is.

For imaging, the iPhone XR uses a single 12 MP standard shooter which has 1.4 um pixels and a f/1.8 aperture 6-element lens.

The iPhone XR will feature an aluminium frame, a 6.1-inch LCD screen, just one rear 12-megapixel camera, facial recognition, and the company's new A12 chip. The iPhone XR uses the same processor as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as well as Face ID and the TrueDepth camera, but uses different display technology and a single rear camera.

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