Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

Noel Cummings
September 14, 2018

That is, in everything except the names.

Apple will no longer provide the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with the iPhone.

The news was met with instant ridicule across social media, as Twitter users likened it to everything from energy drinks to commentary on its "excessive" cost. However, battery life lasts a full 1 hour and 30 mins longer than the iPhone X, the same upgrade found on the Xs Max.

Here are five of the biggest announcements from Apple's annual iPhone event, held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif.

In comparison, the starting price point for the iPhone Xs is listed at $999 USD, while the Xs Max is just one hundred dollars more, $1,099 USD, both for the 64 GB model.

Apple also touted the iPhone's durability, saying the front and back glass design is tougher than any other smartphone and is more resistant to scratches.

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As a result, many have pointed out that it sounds much like "excess" and 'excess Max'.

Apple's "Gather Round" event kicked off today, and company executives revealed quite a few exciting new products.

"We are going to take iPhone X to the next level", chief executive Tim Cook said.

Ben Wood, chief of research at analyst firm CCS Insight, said Apple's popularity would offset the price for many.

What if I don't want to buy a new iPhone?

It features the same A12 Bionic chip as the Xs, and houses the same bundle of sensors in its "notch", meaning it has the exact same Face ID capabilities. Preorders start Friday and the phone ships on September 21. There aren't many differences between the two models: the screen is Apple's biggest ever at 6.5in, the display resolution is higher (2,688 x 1,242), the battery is slightly larger - presumably to accommodate that massive screen - and naturally, it's more expensive. The front camera is the same as the iPhone XS with a 7MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera that also supports Portrait Mode and Animoji.

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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The biggest news of the day was the iPhone Xs, Apple's new flagship smartphone and successor to last year's iPhone X. The device features IP68 dust and water resistance, allegedly allowing you to drop the phone into a swimming pool, dive down to retrieve it, and continue to use it as normal after a drying-out period.

Let's break down Apple's new iPhone release dates.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are offered in three colours: gold, silver, and space grey.

In any case, the new products have garnered a lot of excitement.

The new Apple Watch Series 4 features sensors that can detect when wearers suffer a heavy fall as well as alert them if it clocks abnormal heart rates.

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