Apple had its big September event recently and, to no one's surprise, announced three new iPhones. The iPhone XR is meant to be a cheaper alternative to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but with a starting price of $749, the XR doesn't exactly feel budget-friendly.
Still, the most surprising thing might be how little the three models differ from each other. Below are all the things you need to know about the new iPhone lineup.
When Will the New iPhones Be Released?
How Much Will the New iPhones Cost?
The iPhone XR starts at $749 for the 64GB model. You'll face a price hike with the other phones: the iPhone XS begins at $999 for the 64GB model, and the iPhone XS Max begins at $1,099 for the 64GB model.
What Are the Specifications for the New iPhones?
As it turns out, the newest iPhones share a lot of the same specs. Here's how the similarities stack up across the entire lineup.They All Have the Same Chip
The iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max are all equipped with the A12 Bionic chip. The 7 nanometer processor will reportedly open apps 30% faster than the 2017 iPhones.They All Have 12MP Cameras
Granted, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both have dual cameras, while the iPhone XR only has a single camera. While the iPhone XR won't boast both a wide-angle and telephoto lens, it will still be capable of taking excellent photos.
Additionally, all models also have the same 7MP True-Depth front-facing camera for better selfies.They All Have 4K Video Capture
All new iPhones have the capability to film 4K video at 24, 30, or 60 frames per second. They also have extended dynamic range, optical image stabilization, slo-mo video support, time-lapse video with stabilization, and stereo recording.They All Lack a Fingerprint Sensor
Instead, the new iPhones will all be unlocked using improved Face ID. The security system has adaptive recognition in order to recognize any changes in your appearance, and allows you to easily log into apps and accounts.They All Have Dual-Sim Capabilities
All three of the latest iPhones will offer dual-sim capabilities with nano-SIM and eSIM. Having dual-sim capability means one iPhone will be able to have two different phone numbers and even two different carriers.
This is a relief for anyone who might be tired of having to worry about both a work phone and a personal phone. It could also make international travel easier, since you could theoretically keep your regular phone number and then buy a prepaid SIM from a local carrier for whatever country you're visiting.They All Have Better Battery Life
Apple didn't provide specifics on the number of hours each battery will have. However, in the keynote, the iPhone XS was said to have 30 minutes more than the iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max boasts 1.5 hours more than the iPhone X. The iPhone XR should have 1.5 more hours per day than the iPhone 8 Plus.They'll All Use iOS 12
The latest iOS iteration will release on September 17 and be available on all the new iPhones. It's a massive update, with new features spanning 14 different categories. These include everything from performance and AR to messages and Do Not Disturb.
So How Are the New iPhones Different?
The new iPhones aren't that different, aside from the obvious things like screen size and display. Unless you need certain features such as dual cameras, you can save yourself a decent chunk of change by opting for the so-called "budget" iPhone XR instead of the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
Size: The iPhone XS comes in at 5.8", iPhone XS Max is 6.5", and iPhone XR is 6.1".
Display: Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast an OLED Super Retina screen, while the iPhone XR has an LCD Liquid Retina screen.
Colors: The iPhone X successors come in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, while the iPhone XR will be available in Blue, Coral, Yellow, White, Black, and a Product (RED) version.
Storage Capacity: Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB sizes. The iPhone XR also includes 64GB and 128GB models, but its highest tier is only 256GB.
Water-resistance: All three models are protected from contact with harmful dust. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both have IP68 ratings, which means they're water-resistant up to 6.5 feet for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone XR is rated IP67, which means it's only water-resistant up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes.
3D Touch: Only the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are equipped with 3D Touch (but that might not be much of a loss for XR users).
Readers, will you be buying one of the latest iPhones? Which model are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments below!