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Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in Gold Finish

Apple launches iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Logically, it makes sense to discontinue last year's flagship model, given the iPhone XS has the same design as the iPhone X. For many reasons, the iPhone X was a special device for Apple. Early adopters might want to acquire it for bragging rights, but this year Apple's phone story is mostly about speeding up and optimizing what's already under the hood, rather than rolling out new goodies-so unless you opt for the bigger screen, you probably will soon forget you even upgraded at all. Here's a look at the new phones, their main features, and when you'll be able to get your hands on them.

The iPhone Xr comes in three storage configurations: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

They come in gold, silver, and space gray. The devices are made of surgical grade steel (in case you decide to remove an organ or something?) and the "most durable glass ever in a smartphone", likely Gorilla Glass 6. Apple is calling this "Super Retina".

Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Premium Build

"History tells us that every time Apple introduces a new larger-screen iPhone, it prompts a surge in upgrades by existing owners".

Apple also showed off a cheaper iPhone, called the iPhone XR. This means the phones can withstand up to 30 minutes underwater at a depth up to 2 meters without sustaining permanent damage.

Given the XR's budget nature, it's smaller than its Xs and Xs Max cousins, and it only houses a single 12mp rear camera.

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Apple is a believer in augmented reality technology, and brought on stage NBA Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash to demonstrate why seeing digital images overlaid on the real world is a big deal.

The iPhone XR also sports the same Face ID tech as the iPhone XS.

Isn't it unbelievable that you can now get half a terabyte of storage in a phone?

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Apple appears to have leaked the names of its new iPhone line-up on its website just hours before its live event to launch the products. Most folks keeping tabs on the brand were expecting updated AirPods, and at least some mention of the AirPower wireless charging mat that was previewed previous year. The company also plans to announce an updated version of its 5.8-inch OLED device with a faster processor for improved performance. Also, there is a new neural engine with an 8-core dedicated machine learning (ML) processor. Apple said the A12 can process 5 trillion operations per second, compared to 600 billion operations with the A11 chip.

Apple's new iPhone Xs and Xr models represent the next iteration of the company's previous iPhone X model it debuted a year ago. The iPhone XR preorders begin on 19 October and the phone will go on sale on 26 October.

Two of the models will be available for preorder on Friday, and should ship within a few weeks. In comparison, iPhone XS has 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi pixel density. It has a similar look to the others but has a 6.1-inch LCD display. "The smartphone's base model starts at $749, and comes in six surprisingly vibrant colors - white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and the oddly-named "(PRODUCT) RED". Overall, its size is halfway between an iPhone 8 and an 8 Plus. FBN's Hillary Vaughn discusses some of the details and the newest features.

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