The new iPhones have just landed and if you are one of those 95% people, who missed out on the launch events couple of days ago, here’s everything you need to know. Starting off, like previous year, three phones were announced but this time around, Apple has skipped the iPhone 9 or 9s and instead they opted to stick to their iPhone X (10) zone naming the successors: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the so-called “iPhone that many can afford”, as annotated by Tim Cook, the iPhone XR.
Let’s start with the iPhone XS. Starting off at a price of $999, the all-new iPhone XS packs in a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixel which provides it a pixel density of 458ppi, plus the presence of the similar looking notch to its predecessor gives it the aspect ratio of 19.5:9. According to Tim Cook,” The iPhone XS is the most advanced iPhone we’ve ever created.” Surely, there’s been some advancements in the face unlocking technology, which is even faster and secure, but the most exciting thing has to be the new Apple A12 Bionic chip inside that runs the show. The chipset is what all three iPhones share in common.
The biggest iPhone, as you might have guessed by the name, the iPhone XS Max, boasts a 6.5-inch OLED display in spite of being the same size of the iPhone 8 Plus, that too with a resolution of 1242 x 2688 with a 458ppi pixel density and the good old 19.5:9 aspect ratio that pushed the devices into the “Notch” bandwagon. It not only is bigger but also the more expensive one out of the bunch, starting at $1099.
The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max shares a lot of hardware features in common. Both their OLED panels are Dolby Vision/ HDR 10 compliant. They both share the exact same optics. Both of them are having dual camera setup with a 12MP primary f/1.8 lens and 12MP secondary telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. Both the cameras are optically stabilized. Both the devices have improved water resistance than last year. This time around, the iPhone XS and XS Max come with an IP68 water and dirt resistance rating rated to survive 2m depth for 30 minutes.
Let’s talk about the most affordable of the bunch, the new iPhone XR. Starting from $749, this actually seems to be the iPhone that many will buy but the pricing to call it a budget-friendly iPhone is still debatable. This device packs a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 828×1792 that gives it a pixel density of 326ppi. It doesn’t skimp on performance though, with the same A12 Bionic chip, this should be the sweet spot for price to performance, on the iOS side of things at least. It rocks the same 12MP primary camera as that of its elder brothers with a f/1.8 aperture. This device comes with an IP67 water and dust resistance rating. This, however, skips the 3D touch feature.
The real eye-candy has to be the A12 running the show. This time around, the new Apple A12 Bionic chip has been manufactured on the 7nm FinFET process which not only should provide these phones with improved performance, but also should improve power efficiency. On top of that, the new A12 chip supports up to 512GB of internal storage, which translates to the top end variants of all three models max out the storage at 512GB. All these three phones are powered by the same chip, so the performance should not be an issue. The feature that remains unheard or unrevealed as of now is the battery capacity of any of these phones. Theoretically, the new XS is said to have 30 minutes of extra battery life a day than that of the iPhone X and the XS Max is to have 90 minutes more battery life than the iPhone X.
The XR is said to have 90minutes more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus. All these three phones share an identical 7.0 MP front camera with an aperture of f/2.2. And the glass back across all these devices makes way for Qi wireless charging. Similarly, all these three phones rock a stereo speaker setup.
The good news here is that the new iPhones now support dual SIMs: nano SIM and e-SIM. e-SIM refers to an embedded SIM card and it is present in the form of a small chip in the new iPhones. These chips are re-writeable and can be accustomed according to your network carrier requisites. However, only Nine countries have advanced to the stage where they can actually configure these e-SIMs according to your needs and carrier plans.
Expect all three phones to officially launch in Nepal within a month or two. As for the pricing in Nepal, just get ready to shell out some hefty cash as all three models are assured to carry a price tag of at least 1 lakh in Nepal.