IPhone XS vs iPhone X: has Apple's best been bettered?

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

The iPhone XR (along with the iPhone XS and XS Max) was announced today at Apple's September special event. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max support dual-sim, a feature that most iPhone users were desperately awaiting.

Featuring the same OLED displays as the iPhone X, standard XS models are expected to have 5.8in panels.

We expected the AirPower to ship in 2018, shortly after the iPhone X was launched - but it was delayed to this September, because - let's face it - this can not be an easy thing to build. This year, new iPhones and a new Apple Watch, as well as possible upgrades to Macbook and more are on deck.

The company has been affected by leaks in the past. However, this time around, Apple is also live streaming the event on Twitter. It's being held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, which is in Cupertino, California. Despite being a "budget" phone, the iPhone XR also gets dust and water resistance rated at IP67.

Based on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus prices, it was speculated that the iPhone XS price would start at $799, while the iPhone XS Max price would start at $999. Both the Xs and Xs Max are fitted with a dual 12-megapixel camera arrangement, dual-SIM support and can be equipped with up to 512GB of storage.

The trade war could make life even harder for Apple in China, where overall smartphone shipments suffered their biggest decline ever in the first quarter of 2018. And on the more minor side of things, Apple is expected to finally replace the 5W USB charger that has come included with all of its phones with a more powerful 19W USB-C brick that can fast-charge newer iPhones, along with a USB-C to Lightning cable to go with it.

However, compared to its more expensive counterparts, the new iPhone XR does have some compromises that were made to shrink it down. The last two iPhones that had a headphone jack are now discontinued.

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Apple has also agreed to shift storage of data for Chinese users of Apple's iCloud services to server farms operated by Guizhou Cloud Big Data, a company with local government ties.

Nearly all the new iPhones released worldwide will support two SIM cards, even though they have only one SIM card slot-the second SIM support comes from the eSIM technology.

The new series 4 Apple Watch will go on sale starting at $399 for the Global Positioning System variant and the Cellular model will start at $499. They do so at the cost of some capacity, but for rural users who would give anything for a 10Mbps LTE signal, and don't really care if it's 50Mbps, 600MHz is going to be key.

The iPhone XS looks more or less identical to the iPhone X, which is no surprise given that this is an "S" model.

It runs on Apple iOS 12 out of the box.

"Apple doesn't have to prove anything, other than that they are willing to segment the market more", Technalysis Research chief analyst Bob O'Donnell said, while pointing out that the company will likely be "offering a wider array of choices".

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