Apple fanboys and girls all over the world were holding their breath, waiting for the event on September 12, 2018, to see what Apple will be revealing during the event. And to some, the reveal was… slightly disappointing.

Essentially, they revealed three of the same thing – the iPhone XS and XS Max, iPhone XR, and the Apple Watch Series 4. So what’s new about these phones in comparison to the old iPhone X?

Well, for one thing, the X here is pronounced Ten, to the company launched the Ten S, the Ten S Max, and Ten R.

iPhone XS and XS Max

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Questionable naming aside, the iPhone XS Max has the biggest display of any iPhones so far, with a 6.5-inch display, while the XS has a 5.8-inch display. The new XS and XS Max have Apple’s new A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, promising faster processing speed than their previous chip. The XS has more storage capacity, up to 512 GB. Now there’s even more space for those selfies and food photos.

In terms of camera, not much has changed. The iPhone XS will have a more advanced bokeh and depth control and a Smart HDR technology. Otherwise, the camera remains pretty similar to the iPhone X. For video recording, The rear camera will have an extended dynamic range up to 30fps and the ability to do stereo recording. The front camera will have cinematic video stabilisation and 1080p HD video at 30 fps or 60 fps.

The iPhone XS also claims to have better battery than the iPhone X, lasting up to 30 minutes longer for the iPhone XS while the iPhone XS Max can last up to 1.5 hours longer.

A new, interesting feature is the iPhone XS dual SIM capability, though it doesn’t work like most dual SIM phones currently out there. The kind of SIM the iPhone XS will take is one nano-SIM and one eSIM. Apple introduced the eSIM since the Apple Watch Series 3, and now they’re introducing it on the iPhone XS and XS Max. This eSIM capability of course only works if your operator supports such features.

Now, there is a dual SIM version, for those who want to run two numbers, but that model is only available in Hong Kong and China.

While it does have a better processor, at its core the iPhone XS and XS Max are not too different from the iPhone X. It seems like almost everything else stayed relatively the same. It’s also worth taking note that the iPhone X is no longer available on the Apple website, signalling that these phones are here to replace the iPhone X entirely. The iPhone XS and XS Max are already available for pre-order on the Apple website and in stores from September 21, 2018.

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iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is Apple’s attempt at covering more of the market with a cheaper entry price point. (Though at S$1,229, it’s still a pretty steep price.) The iPhone XR doesn’t have a dual camera, and houses a single 12MP camera, and with advanced software, will still have the bokeh feature.

Instead of the Super Retina HD display that the other iPhone X have, the iPhone XR will have a Liquid Retina HD display instead. Though it does have a bigger screen than the iPhone XS, at 6.1-inch, it has a smaller pixel resolution of 1792 x 828. The iPhone XR won’t have the 3D touch, a feature that many people deemed unnecessary. What the iPhone XR does have that the other iPhones don’t is a wider range of colour options.

The iPhone XS only has three colour options (Silver, Space Grey, or Gold) while the iPhone XR has a whopping seven options (Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, and PRODUCT (RED)). The iPhone XS comes in very classy colours, but the iPhone XR does have a more fun and whimsical feel to it.

The iPhone XR isn’t currently available just yet. It will be available for pre0order on October 19, 2018, and in stores from October 26, 2018.

Specification iPhone X iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR
Screen size 5.8-inch 5.8-inch 6.5-inch 6.1-inch
Camera Dual 12MP rear camera
7MP front camera
Auto HDR
Dual 12MP rear camera
7MP front camera
Smart HDR
Dual 12MP rear camera
7MP front camera
Smart HDR
12MP rear camera
7MP front camera
Smart HDR
Chipset A11 A12 A12 A12
Water resistance Up to 1m for up to 30 mins Up to 2m for up to 30mins Up to 2m for up to 30mins Up to 1m for up to 30 mins
Storage Capacity 64GB
256GB
64GB
256GB
512GB
64GB
256GB
512GB
64GB
128GB
256GB
Display Super Retina HD Display
HDR display
3D touch
Super Retina HD Display
HDR display
3D touch
Super Retina HD Display
HDR display
3D touch
Liquid Retina HD Display
SIM Nano-SIM Nano-Sim and eSIM Nano-Sim and eSIM Nano-Sim and eSIM
Battery Up to 12 hours of internet use
Up to 13 hours of video playback
Up to 12 hours of internet use
Up to 14 hours of video playback
Up to 13 hours of internet use
Up to 15 hours of video playback
Up to 15 hours of internet use
Up to 16 hours of video playback
Colour option Silver
Space Grey
Silver
Space Grey
Gold
Silver
Space Grey
Gold
Blue
White
Black
Yellow
Coral
PRODUCT (RED)
SRP Starting at S$1,648 Starting at S$1,649 Starting at S$1,799 Starting at S$1,229

Apple Watch Series 4

The new Apple Watch receives an overhaul in their newest series, Series 4. The watch has bigger sizes and bigger screens, yet still thinner than the previous model. Coming in two sizes, the 40mm and the 44 mm, the watch is 10.7mm thin, in comparison to the previous Series 3 at 11.4mm. The watch has a new 64-bit dual core processor that claims to be twice as fast as the previous processor.

It also has a new electrical heart sensor along with a second-generation optical heart sensor. With the new electrical heart sensor and electrodes built into the Digital Crown, users can take an ECG reading using the new ECG app. Seems like a little too much for a smartwatch, but Apple thinks this can help people catch heart diseases early, therefore decreasing the death toll due to unforeseen heart conditions. Another safety feature is fall detection. The watch can sense when the wearer takes a fall and can emergency services for them should they need it.

Design-wise, the Apple Watch finally got rid of a very annoying design feature, the giant red dot of the Digitial Crown. Customers hated it so much that some people started selling stickers just for the purpose of covering the red dot. The red is not gone completely, but instead, it’s now a ring around the perimeter of the Digital Crown. It’s still not a necessary feature, but at least it looks so much better than an obnoxious red dot.

The Apple Watch Series 4 comes in three colours (Silver, Space Grey, and Gold), but for extra style points, the Apple Watch Hermès and Apple Watch Nike+ are available for purchase.

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Like the iPhone XS and XS Max, the Apple Watch Series 4 is already available for pre-order now and will be in stores from September 21, 2018.

Specification Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch Series 3
Size 44mm and 40mm case
10.7mm thin
42mm and 38mm case
11.4mm thin
Processor 64-bit dual-core S4 processor Dual-core S3 processor
Heart sensor Electrical heart sensor
Second-generation optical heart sensor
Optical heart sensor
Fall detection Yes No
Colour options Silver
Space Grey
Gold
Silver
Space Grey
SRP Starting at S$749 Starting at S$569


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Dea Ratna

Dea Ratna

Dea wishes she could play the latest Tomb Raider or Uncharted, but she can’t, so instead she reads and watches other people play. On her down time, you can probably find her re-reading Captain Marvel. The Carol Danvers one.