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It's official: This is the iPhone XS

Business Insider Australia logo Business Insider Australia 12/09/2018 Kif Leswing
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CUPERTINO, California - Apple unveiled its new line-up of iPhones on Wednesday, introducing several new versions of the flagship iPhone X model, in various sizes and configurations.

The iPhone XS -pronounced "iPhone 10 S" - is the new version of Apple's middle-size smartphone, with a 5.8-inch screen and a starting price of $US999. Preorders start on Friday, and the device hits store shelves on September 21.

In keeping with Apple's usual two-year product cycle cadence, the XS is an update to the year-old iPhone X , with a nearly identical design - a refinement, rather than a completely new phone.

At the launch event in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, Apple executives reeled off a list of new features and improvements including longer battery life, faster photo capture, and a new dual SIM capability that allows the phone to have two separate phone numbers.

The XS comes in gold, silver, and dark grey.

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The phone can be configured with as much as 512 GB of storage, which is enough to store 200,000 photos, Apple's marketing head, Phil Schiller, said at the event.

There's also a larger version of the iPhone XS, called the iPhone XS Max, which has a 6.5-inch screen.

Here are some specs:

Other new details and features:

  • It's equipped with a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone.
  • Its battery lasts 30 minutes longer than last year's iPhone X.
  • The camera has "zero shutter lag" so it should be able to snap photos fairly quickly.
  • It also supports two SIM cards, which allows you to use two phone numbers on one phone.
  • It has IP68 water resistance, so it can be submerged in water about 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.
  • Apple's chip is called A12 Bionic and has special hardware for machine learning.
  • Apple says its facial recognition software, Face ID, is the "most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone"
  • The display is covered with a "new formulation" of glass that Apple says is stronger than that of previous iPhones.
  • The display has a high-dynamic colour range that's 60% wider than previous models.

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