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Sep132018

Apple Unveiled iPhone Xs Max, Xs, XR, Watch 4, HomePod with Siri, iOS 12

The largest even iPhone launched by the Cupertino based Apple along with a new line of Apple Watch and HomePod on Wednesday.

Apple’s new iPhones are the XS Max, a 6.5–inch screen, an XR with a 6.1–inch liquid retina display, and the XS comes with a 5.8-inch display.

Both the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max offerings feature super retina HD displays, faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, and a new gold finish.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores starting on Sep 21. With a starting price of $999 and $1,099 in the US.

Both these models will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity in space gray, silver, and a new gold finish.

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

Apple also introduced a lower-cost 6.1-inch iPhone XR, which is made of aluminum, with a Liquid Retina HD display. It starts at $749.

Here is a 360–degree video animation showing iPhone XR:

All 3 phones offerings are powered by an Al2 Bionic chip with next-gen Neural Engine, have 7MP TrueDepth camera in front, while the rear sports a 12MP camera (both XS models have dual, wide-angle & telephoto capability), dual SIM (nano & eSIM).

They also have a wireless charging capability and work with Qi chargers as well as runs on latest iOS 12 mobile operating system.

iOS 12 comes with new AR experiences, helps people rediscover and share photos, and makes communications more expressive and fun with new Animoji and Memoji.

  • Screen Time helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices,
  • Siri Shortcuts give any app the ability to work with Siri and new privacy features help protect users from being tracked on the web.

Apple uses the ‘S’ suffix when it upgrades, components, but leaves the exterior of a phone largely the same. Last year’s iPhone X —pronounced “ten” — represented a major redesign.

In addition to the new iPhone line, Apple also announced a new Apple Watch Series 4 and HomePod.

The fourth-generation Apple Watch has been redesigned with breakthrough communication, fitness, health, and fall detection capabilities. It features 30% larger stunning display seamlessly integrated into the thin and smaller case.

Apple’s new Watch runs on watchOS 5 also brings revolutionary health capabilities, including a new accelerometer and gyroscope, capable to detect hard falls, as well as an “electrical heart rate sensor” that can take an electrocardiogram (ECG) using the new ECG app to detect an irregular heartbeat. And start an emergency call automatically if it detects a user falling down.

A screenshot below shows taking an ECG with a touch of the Digital Crown:

Apple Watch Series 4 Taking ECG with a touch of Digital Crown

It is available in two variants a GPS and a GPS +Cellular model, starting at $399 and $499; respectively.

Apple also has updated its innovative wireless speaker HomePod, that now offers new abilities to do more with Siri on HomePod, including search by lyrics, set multiple timers, make and receive phone calls and more.

With HomePod, after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally on the device, information will only be sent to Apple servers via an encrypted and anonymous Siri identifier.

On HomePod, Siri can be used for:

  • Search by lyrics: Now ask Siri to “play the song that goes like this…” or asks Siri to “play the song that goes ‘I’m a rebel just for kicks now.'”
  • Set multiple timers using just the voice.
  • Make and receive phone calls by simply asking Siri to call someone from Contacts or say the number to call.
    Incoming calls now automatically direct to HomePod from iPhone. Asking Siri to answer the phone, and for missed calls, ask “Hey Siri, who just called?”
    To move calls from HomePod to iPhone, just use the audio picker on iPhone at any time.
  • Find My iPhone by pinging any of nearby devices to find them.
  • Siri Shortcuts on the iPhone and iPad are now also accessible on HomePod.

Intelligence built-in enabled HomePod to automatically adjust the audio to sound great wherever it is placed and with AirPlay 2, it’s becoming easier to create a wireless multi-room audio system to play music in any room from any room using HomePod, an iOS device, Apple TV or by asking Siri.

Using control center users can quickly view of what’s playing in every room and simple controls to adjust volume and more.

Here is an image of a side-by-side photo of the HomePod and iPhone displaying Control Center:

Apple HomePod and iPhone X Control Center

The new HomePod is available in white and space gray at a price of $349 in the U.S.

Here is a Photo Gallery of new iPhone lineup, Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5 and HomePod:

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