Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr

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A Chinese woman reacts while setting up the facial recognition feature on her iPhone X inside an Apple showroom in Beijing

The new top model is expected to have a 6.5-inch (16.5-cm) screen with an edge-to-edge display and be called the iPhone X Plus or Max. What it lacks in dual-camera-ness it makes up for with computational photography: the iPhone XR can - like the Google Pixel line - do Portrait Mode using its single camera thanks to improvements to the image signal processor, neural engine, and algorithms. The iPhone Xr, a cheaper version also announced on Wednesday, has a starting price of $749.

The iPhone Xr is also splash and water resistant, with a rating of IP67, and will also come in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and the exclusive (PRODUCT) RED edition, which helps raise awareness and inspire action to fight HIV/AIDS.

Switching over to cellular connectivity, Dual SIM support is coming with these new iPhone models via a software update this fall. Battery life is said to be 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus.

CEO Tim Cook and other executives will announce the latest Apple hardware updates in front of a packed room of media members, analysts, special guests and employees.

But it's not just physically larger - the XS Max and it's little sibling the XS will be available with up to 512 gigabytes of storage, which doubles the X's maximum capacity of 256 GB.

It was the first mass-market smartphone to demand a $1,000 starting price. It still has the edge-to-edge design and Face ID, replacing Touch ID entirely in the new iPhone lineup. While displaying the discounted prices for the older models, (which included the 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus), no iPhone X was to be seen. "The iPhone X came out".

The primary upgrade in this year's iPhones is the new Apple-designed A12 Bionic system-on-a-chip (SoC). This new SoC is claimed to be up to 15 per cent faster than the A11 Bionic and use 50 per cent less power for CPU tasks, and it is up to 50 per cent faster than the A11 Bionic in GPU tasks.

A new set of photos has leaked that could hint at unique color options for this year's mid-range, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. The watch also packs an improved accelerometer and gyroscope with twice the dynamic range, which allows the new wearable to do things such as detect when you've fallen down - and start an emergency call if you can't get up.

Pre-orders for the new phone will open on Friday, October 19 while the on-sale date will be October 26 here in the UK. There may have been gasps when the price of the iPhone X was revealed a year ago, and there is likely to be a repeat of this when people hear price tag that will be attached to this phone when it goes on sale.

New Airpods with Wireless Charging - not surprisingly, these didn't launch since the AirPower charging mat still isn't done.

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