Apple Unveils iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR: Here’s What You Need To Know

Get ready for the biggest and fastest iPhone yet

Less than a year after the iPhone 8 and X were released, Apple introduced not one, not two, but three new iPhones at yesterday’s big keynote event. They are the iPhone XS (pronounced “ten-S,” not like “excess”), the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.

Building on the iPhone X’s all-screen display and Face ID recognition system, the new phone models take those radical features to a whole new level. We’re talking a much larger display, with the iPhone XS Max boasting a grand 6.5 inches – yet speed isn’t compromised. Thanks to the 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip installed in all three models, we’re getting the fastest and most durable iPhones yet.

At the keynote, Apple also introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, but we’re zeroing in on the iPhones today. So what features do the phones have, and how do they compare with one another? And when can we get our hands on them? Here are the essential things you need to know about the newest line-up of iPhones.

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2. What’s the A12 Bionic chip?

All three new models run on the A12 Bionic chip. Apple calls it “the smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone.” Using advanced technology, the new chip allows the new iPhone models to perform up to 15% faster than last year’s iPhone X. The 50% faster graphics processing also means an enhanced experience when you’re playing games, taking photos, editing videos, and other graphics-intensive apps. You can use the new models longer too, as they are up to 50% more battery-efficient than the iPhone X.


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