Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

X marks the slot as Apple moves to eSIM

X marks the slot as Apple moves to eSIM

The iPhone Xs, starting at $1,629, succeeds last year's iPhone X flagship model with a faster A12 processor and updated cameras.

It's the biggest iPhone ever, with a whopping 6.5 inch display (up from the 5.8 inch screen on the XS model).

Interestingly it's got a bigger screen than the XS, coming in a 6.1 inches. At the heart of the iPhone XS Max is the Neural Engine, which according to Apple is able to perform five trillion operations per second.

There's also Dual-SIM support but for those outside of China would need to use an e-SIM for the secondary connection.

In the middle of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR launch, Apple also announced a new smartwatch. Apple calls this 6.1-inch display "Liquid Retina", and it's 1792 x 828 resolution with 326 pixels per inch. Its physical size sits somewhere between an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, only with a much larger screen.

Both models come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB options.

This applies to all the iPhone that are part of the 2018 lineup, including the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. You'll have to wait a bit longer for the iPhone XR, which launches on 26 October, with preorders from 19 October.

The biggest aesthetic shakeup is that the iPhone XR will arrive in no less than six new technicolour finishes, including blue, yellow and red.

There's a minor yet very important difference that unlike iPhone XS, iPhone XR comes with older IP67 certification, which offers water resistance maximum depth of 1 metre up to 30 minutes. Both devices can be preordered from 14 September, with shipping starting on 21 September, and both come in either gold, silver or space grey colour varieties.

In the Unites States, the XR will be going for $749 (Sh74,900) making it the cheapest gadget that they unveiled while XS will cost $999 (Sh100,000), and XS Max will be among the most expensive with the price set at $1,099 (Sh110,000).

The XR lasts 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X in terms of battery life and supports a dual SIM. Compared to last year's Series 3, the Apple Watch Series 4 is touted to have over 30 percent larger display that comes in a thinner and smaller case as well as a 50 percent louder speaker. The edges are noticeably rounder, though it still retains the square look. The design also confirms what we saw a couple of weeks ago, with a slightly redesigned rotating crown and side button, as well as a new microphone placement. The Digital Crown on the new Apple Watch has haptic feedback, while the back panel sports a black ceramic and sapphire crystal.

These latest models also take advantage of the fastest cellular speeds available today, but on 4G networks, not on 5G.

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