Apple has finally revealed its new iPhones for this year. The company revealed 3 new iPhones namely iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are pretty much the same in hardware specifications but different sizes. The iPhone XR is Apple’s bargain phone with a $250 price drop and a few specifications.
While Apple has already tried their bargain phones in the form of iPhone SE and iPhone 5C, these didn’t last long in the market because they stood apart from what iPhone’s are usually known for.
Unlike Apple’s last attempt at bargain phones, the XR has everything that a mainstream high-end iPhone has. The only few changes are that it has a smaller battery, no 3D touch, and single-camera setup.
Specification highlights of iPhone XS and XS Max
- Sizes – 5.8-inch (458 ppi) and 6.5-inch (458 ppi), with OLED HDR screen (Super Retina displays)
- Colors – Gold, silver, and space gray finishes
- Dual camera setup – 12-megapixel wide and telephoto lenses
- Front-facing cameras – 7-megapixel camera will bring depth to portrait mode photos
- A12 Bionic chip – 7-nanometer processor promises to launch apps 30 percent faster than 2017 iPhones
- Storage options – 64GB, 128GB, 512GB
- IP68 water-resistance rating (2 meters depth; up to 30 minutes in water)
- Battery life – iPhone XS should last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X; iPhone XS Max claims 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X
- Dual-SIM card support through eSIM technology
- Face ID promises to work faster at unlocking the phones
- 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen
- Stereo sound with a wider stereo field than 2017 iPhones
- iOS 12 software
- Pricing – Starts at $999 for 64GB iPhone XS
Specification highlights of iPhone XR
- 6.1-inch LCD screen with 1,792×828-pixel resolution and 326ppi (Retina display)
- Aluminum body with glass back
- Single camera – 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, with OIS (same as iPhone XS)
- Storage options – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Portrait mode photos through software
- FaceID with same True-Depth camera system as iPhone XS
- A12 Bionic chip
- Battery life – 1.5 hours more per day than the iPhone 8 Plus
- IP67 water resistance
- No 3D Touch – Instead, you get the haptic touch, like a trackpad
- iOS 12 software
- Colors – Blue, coral (pink), yellow, white, black, Product Red
- Price – Starts at $749
iPhone’s new Dual-Sim feature
This year’s iPhones for the first time will have Dual-Sim feature built right into the phones. But unlike other dual-sim phones out there, Apple has chosen to go with eSIMs.
The term eSIM simply means embedded SIM Card. In simple words, a pre-installed SIM is on the phone and there are no physical SIMs involved.
eSIMs need to be supported by the network you are on. For example, if you are on ZonG, you would have to call them to activate your electronic SIM on their network.
However, a lot of cellular networks around the world including Pakistan’s don’t support eSIMs yet. But with Apple iPhone’s eSIM, the networks will eventually start supporting these sims.
For now though, don’t expect to be able to use Dual-SIMs in Pakistan on an iPhone XS, XS MAX or iPhone XR