Apple's big 2018 iPhone event just wrapped up after introducing us to the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as well as the cheaper iPhone XR and the Apple Watch Series 4. Here's a rundown of the most important bits to know about each.
Yes, it's here, the new iPhone X. Meet the iPhone XS (pronounced 'iPhone Ten S'). It has a stainless steel body and comes in three finishes (gold, silver, and space grey) and two sizes. It's also waterproof for two meters of water for up to 30 minutes.
As for the sizes, the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch screen that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 8 Plus, but owing to the edge-to-edge design, it's actually smaller than an iPhone 8 Plus.
The larger iPhone XS, dubbed the iPhone XS Max, has a 6.5-inch display that brings it up to the size of the entire iPhone 8 Plus, but it's all screen. Those screens are also OLED displays, a technology from last year's iPhone X that offers deeper blacks and brighter colors than the iPhone's traditional backlight LCD display.
The iPhone XS's brain is the Apple-made "A12 Bionic," a 7nm chip that sports a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an 8-core machine-learning subchip called the "neural engine." The latter is designed to increase the performance of AI-heavy procedures like those required by Apple's mug-scanning Face ID as well as camera features like Animojis and Portrait Mode.
The iPhone XS sports two new sensors on both its front-facing and its rear-facing cameras, but is pinning most of the advancements in the iPhone XS's camera on its A12 chip. These features include things like Smart HDR, which allow the camera to take nearly a dozen photos with different settings and exposures at the press of a finger, and then stitch them together algorithmically into one picture. It's not a novel feature, but the results all rely on the chip and software under the hood that's doing the heavy lifting.
Apple is also updating the camera's Portrait Mode feature, which uses software and image processing to emulate the results that traditional cameras achieve with lenses, to be able to edit a photo's depth of field (i.e. how blurry its background is in comparison to the in-focus subject) after the photo has been taken.
The iPhone XS starts at $1000, and the XS Max starts at $1100.