Apple iPhone XR: First impressions

Big hitters

Big hitters

Both the new iPhones will be succeeding the existing iPhone X.

Apple unveiled three new versions of the iPhone today, with some new capabilities under the hood and some fun apps and games that will move the smartphone wars ahead another step. Not only is that the biggest iPhone display to date, it's also just a hair bigger than the 6.4-inch display of the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note9. The Apple product pages now state that the Phone 7 - Apple's new entry-level phone - the iPhone 8, and the new iPhone XS and XR models don't include the free dongle in the box.

Apple appears to have leaked the names of its new iPhone line-up on its website just hours before its live event to launch the products. The iPhone XS is available in Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.

It introduced the iPhone XS, 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. This is exactly when you can pre-order the new models from Telstra. The Apple Watch Series 4 now has a 30% larger edge-to-edge display.

The new Apple watch with Global Positioning System is available for $399 and the LTE variant comes in at $499 and are both available starting September 17, with preorders starting this Friday the 14. Apple demonstrated one app, HomeCourt, that uses the camera viewfinder to track and analyse basketball shots to provide real-time feedback that can help players improve their technique. The new Apple Watch Series 4, starting at $399, is $70 more expensive than the previous Series 3 version, and the LTE version will run you an extra $100 if you're into paying the premium (along with a data connection) for your wearable.

As many as 6.1 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, a heart disease involving irregular heart rhythm for which the Watch could offer an early warning. Apple has expanded the capabilities of the Watch 4 significantly with a new set of sensors.

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The Watch now contains an electrical heart rate sensor which enable it to carry out an electrocardiogram (ECG), said to be a first in a smartwatch.

Apple has bolstered the batteries loaded into each phone too.

"This does have a lot of potential for patients", said Dr Michael Valentine, president of the American College of Cardiology and a cardiologist at Central Health in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The device brings a design overhaul to the Apple Watch as the iPhone-maker is now using a new dual-core 64-bit chipset, custom created to improve performance.

Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller talked about an addition Apple's portrait mode that now lets people adjust a photo's depth of field after it was taken.

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