Apple announces iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, colorful iPhone XR in phone line revamp

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The long wait for new iPhones is now officially over. 

At its annual September event, Apple introduced three new iPhone models the iPhone XS (pronounced "ten-ess" not "ex-ess"), iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR (pronounced "ten-are" not "ex-are"). The new models are successors to last year's iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 

 

As rumors anticipated, the new models ditch the home button in favor of the iPhone X's edge-to-edge display with Face ID facial recognition replacing the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. 

All three phones have the company's faster A12 Bionic processors and are water resistant. Storage will start at 64GB on all models, with other options available including a 256GB option for the top XR phone and a 512GB option for the top XS line.  

iPhone XS and XS Max 

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the two premium iPhones and direct successors to last year's popular iPhone X. Similar to the iPhone X, the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display. 

The XS Max can be equated to a "Plus" sized device, packing a supersized 6.5-inch OLED screen into a phone that is roughly the same size as Apple's previous Plus devices, which had 5.5-inch screens. 

Apple says battery life on the iPhone XS will be 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X's, while the larger XS Max will last an hour an a half longer than the iPhone X. 

A new virtual SIM card, or eSIM, promises to make it easier to use the phone while traveling, allowing you to hop onto a new network without having to take out your regular SIM card.  

Both phones will have dual 12-megapixel rear cameras as well as a 7-megapixel front sensor. Among the new improvements are bigger sensors and the ability to adjust the depth of field of a picture to blur the background even after a photo has been taken.

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