Friday, 19 October, 2018

New iPhones changing hands below official prices in China

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The awesome folks at iFixit have managed to obtain them as well and diligently pop up the devices to show the world what made these new phones tick. "Rather than using two cells to fill this L-shaped recess, Apple has constructed an all-new single-cell battery".

Tech fix site iFixit posted an extensive joint iPhone XS and XS Max teardown early Friday and found them mostly similar to last year's iPhone X.

At head height (around six feet), the screen on the iPhone X incurred a significant screen crack.

The company's 2018 lineup, specifically the iPhone XS and XS Max, delivers on that promise: They're the smartest, fastest, best iPhones we've seen to date. The iPhone XS suffered no real visible damage but the iPhone XS Max ended up with a sizable scuff across the top and some scratches on the screen.

According to a survey of people in line conducted Friday by Loup Ventures, 70 per cent of respondents were seeking to buy the iPhone XS Max, a model that ranges in price from US$1,099 to US$1,449. It's the first eSIM in an iPhone, but interestingly the same as the one found in the Apple Watch 3, iFixit pointed out.

The iPhone XS is as much as US$200 more expensive than last year's already pricey iPhone X and represents one of the smallest advances in the product line's history. So yeah, the phones appear to be waterproof up to Apple's specs, but don't go beyond them because you'll ruin your phone.

IPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 owners looking for the flawless chargers to both of their new devices just got a lot of love from Belkin with a dock that works on both iPhones and Apple Watch. Apple claims slightly improved battery life in both phones over what we saw past year. But those looking for the latest Apple Watch aren't so lucky.

The other glaring difference is the new A12 Bionic processor, which is Apple's first 7nm chip.

Otherwise, the cameras have largely remained the same, with dual-lens 12MP rear cameras at f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures, and a 7MP TrueDepth front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture.

As noted, the really interesting change is in the iPhone XS' battery. The 512GB iPhone XS will retail at Rs 134,900. Each unit comes with a price tag of around $72.

MacWorld cautions against buying an iPhone the moment a new model is launched.

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