Looking to buy a new iPhone? Here are a few pointers

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 14, 2018 03:22 PM IST

For the second year in a row, Apple has announced three new iPhones at once and has taken the market by surprise as the phone-maker once again lifted the bar in terms of technology, but, most importantly, price.

Revealing the phones on Wednesday, the company announced its most expensive iPhone ever, the iPhone XS Max. It starts at $1,099 and can cost up to $1,449 for the model with the most memory.

To put that into perspective, the price conversion into rupees alone puts the top model well above the six digit currency mark. Add to it the taxes and we are looking at a mobile that will cost nearly Rs 1.5 lakh.

To make the price reasonable, Apple is putting the same core hardware into each one of its new iPhones. However, there are differences when it comes to screen size, battery capacity and camera.

Here are a few pointers as to what your new prized possession will have in store:

* Processor: All three new iPhones share Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor, a 7nm chip that, according to the company, represents a breakthrough in mobile computational power. Its two performance cores are up to 15 per cent faster than the iPhone X, while the four efficiency cores are up to 50 per cent more efficient. The GPU is up to 50 per cent faster. Each new iPhone also contains Apple’s updated, eight-core Neural Engine for handling AI tasks, which can handle 5 trillion operations per second.

* Camera: The XR might lack a telephoto / zoom lens, but it has the exact same 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera as the XS and XS Max. Apple says that on each of the three models, the camera uses an all-new sensor with larger pixels and it’s capable of smart HDR, which produces photos with greater dynamic range and less noise in low light. The new camera is also better at freezing motion shots, according to Apple. Like last year, all of the new iPhones can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and 1080p slo-mo at 240 fps.

* Front cam: The camera system used for selfies, Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji is the same across all three new iPhones. It’s a 7-megapixel f/2.2 sensor camera.

* Display: Though they use different display technology, the iPhone XS and XR each include Apple’s True Tone tech, which adjusts the display’s temperature to match the ambient lighting around you. They’re also capable of showing a wide P3 colour gamut.

* Dual-SIM: The new iPhones are all capable of supporting two phone lines by including both eSIM and one physical nanoSIM card in the phone.

They all come with a slow 5W charger and lack a headphone adapter. Apple continues to bundle a sluggish charger with its most expensive mobile phones, and the company is no longer including its $9 headphone dongle in the box.

PRICEY

XS Max: $1,099 (64GB) | $1,249 (256GB) | $1,449 (512GB)

XS: $999 (64GB) | $1,149 (256GB) | $1,349 (512GB)

XR: $749 (64GB) | $799 (128GB) | $899 (256GB)