Apple Bows to the Chinese Market Again With Latest iPhones

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Joining the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the new iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge LCD notched display, as well as a single rear camera, glass back, IP67 rating, and more.

Apple also announced a new iPhone XR starting at $749, available in October, with a 6.1-inch display to broaden its pool of buyers.

As before, the dual cameras include a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, with are both equipped with optical image stabilisation.

The new device offers numerous high-end features of last year's iPhone X and this year's XS with a price that's in line with that of the iPhone 8 and older models.

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The phones are updates to last year's iPhone X ("10"), which marks the 10th anniversary of the smartphone - stretching the screen while keeping the overall handset size at or near that of previous models.

Three new iPhone models are reportedly set to be announced, all of which based on the design of the iPhone X. Available for pre-order: Friday, September 14 with availability beginning Friday, September 21.

The iPhone XR will be released next month with pre-orders starting on 19 October 2018 in first wave countries. For the Chinese users, Apple has made an iPhone Xs Max with a SIM slot that can take two SIMs, on either sides.

If you want to connect your wired headphones to your shiny new iPhone, you'll now need to pay £9 for a headphone adapter. According to the company, the 64GB variant of the iPhone Xs will cost Rs 99,900, while the price of 64GB iPhone Xs Max is Rs 1,09,990.

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iPhone XR comes with iOS 12, the world's most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using augmented reality, helps people rediscover and share photos, and makes communications more expressive and fun with new Animoji and Memoji.

The new piece of kit is 50 percent more energy-efficient and faster than the previous processor, with apps loading 30 percent faster, too.

While it appears that Apple is cutting corners with the display, the iPhone XR is packing similar top notch hardware as the iPhone XS. One example is using a press to directly launch the camera, reducing the amount of time needed to access an app. Yes, the Apple Watch 4 now perform ECG with just a tap of few buttons. 2018 was an aberration as most people sitting in the audience let out an nearly gasp like noise collectively when a certain feature of the Apple Watch 4 was revealed. Both phones will be available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold finishes and will come in 64GB, 128GB, 512GB storage options.

A software update is also being rolled out to HomePods, providing users with the ability to pair with a second HomePod for even louder sound.

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