Apple Reveals New Iphone Models, Apple Watch Series 4

13th September 2018

Apple has updated its iPhone handset with three more powerful models, and added a new smartwatch with a new fall-detection function.

After months of rumours and leaks, Apple has officially unveiled its 2018 iPhone lineup, as well as the Apple Watch Series 4.

The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5in (16.5cm) display, the largest iPhone model ever. The iPhone XS has the same 5.8in-sized component as the original. The iPhone XR's screen is 6.1in but is lower quality.

The iPhone XS Max will be the most expensive Apple handset sold to date, features a 6.5-inch display with a 2688×1242 resolution at 458 pixels-per-inch. It supports landscape two-column applications like the iPhone 8 Plus and other ‘Plus’ model devices.

The phones' camera tech has also been updated with improved True Tone flash, a larger sensor in the 12MP wide camera, and a faster sensor in the 7MP front-facing camera. Users can alter the depth-of-field of their photos after they have been taken, changing the degree to which the background is blurred.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are powered by A12 Bionic processors, the first 7nm processor, with an upgraded 8-core Neural Engine. Their water resistance is improved, touting IP68 certification, and according to Apple, the glass design has also been updated to be far more durable.

Last but not least, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max support dual-SIM technology using eSIM across the world. In China, eSIM is not supported, so the SIM tray supports two physical SIM cards instead.

During the same event, Apple also launched Apple Watch Series 4, which features a 30 per cent larger display. The new watch face shows more information and stretches all the way to the edges of the display. It has also significantly improved its health features compared to its predecessor - there’s ECG support for measuring electrical activity of the heart, irregular heart rate detection, and fall detection, which calls emergency services if you suffer a severe fall.

Apple said the app that provides these functions had been given "De Novo" clearance by the Food and Drug Administration - meaning that it is recognised as being an entirely new category of product.

While it can legally be marketed in the US as being capable of providing health readings safely and efficiently, the paperwork makes clear it should not be used as a replacement for traditional diagnostic equipment.

The new phones will be available in Malta from September 28th.

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