Apple iPhones get bigger and pricier, watch turns to health

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The news was met with instant ridicule across social media, as Twitter users likened it to everything from energy drinks to commentary on its "excessive" cost. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and it's bigger and wider.

While the iPhone XS and XS Max take the limelight, let's not forget Apple's third new phone, the iPhone XR, which comes in 6 vibrant colours, and begins at $1,229. Apple used older LCD screen technology and aluminum, rather than stainless steel, edges. But, people are already reading it as X, and that's likely to catch on.

On Twitter, Apple fans are simultaneously hailing the sleek new products and dragging the company for its name choice.

Preorders for the XS start at $1629, and the XS Max starts at $1799.

On the other hand, the iPhone X presently retails in India for Rs 96,800 for the 256GB version and its successor, the iPhone XS starts at a massive Rs 99,900 for just the 64GB model, thereby just in touching distance of the Rs 1 lakh mark. The XR's blue, red, and yellow are much more appealing than the XS's gold, which honestly looks pretty brown.

Others found the company's lack of creativity to be a bigger issue, with many simply calling the new names "dumb" and 'lazy'.

In addition to a physical Nano SIM card, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max include support for a software-powered electronic SIM card. The iPhone XR goes on sale October 26.

"We all knew this was going to be a transitional but not transformational phone update", said Trip Miller, managing partner at hedge fund Gullane Capital, which owns Apple shares. It shares numerous same features as the Xs - including the processor, Face ID and no home button.

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At the launch, Tim Cook confirmed the names of the new models - which had been leaked earlier in the day - as iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, as well as revealing release dates for global regions. It comes with a enormous 6.5-inch screen, which really should qualify it as a small iPad. Buyers get a 12MP sensor alongside optical image stabilization, twice the number of focus points, an improved True Tone flash, and a wide-angle lens.

Apple has bolstered the batteries loaded into each phone too.

Apple introduced its first £1,000 smartphone - the iPhone X - last year, and despite a slight drop in sales, the company has reported increased revenue and profit during 2018.

Apple's newest phones feature faster processors and better memory capacities than their predecessor.

Fall is a time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and new iPhones.

That brings me to pricing, a real issue when it comes to the iPhone XR. "We expect the iPhone XS Max to have exactly the same effect despite its price tag".

In any case, the new products have garnered a lot of excitement. Williams said the new Apple Watch could help detect atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), although he hedged that it won't "catch every instance". The "A12 Bionic" chip is said to make the iPhone more powerful than ever.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are fueled by Apple's latest A12 Bionic chipset built on 7-nm design, which allows for 6.9 billion transistors on the chip.

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