Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Apple launches iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Apple launches iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Remember when Apple past year announced a wireless charging pad that could simultaneously power an iPhone, smartwatch and AirPods?

The new model will have the ability to take high-quality heart readings to detect irregular heart rhythms and other potential problems. Apple explained that it wanted to differentiate its Plus models from the Max as although the new 6.5in device is the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, you get a much larger screen with the edge-to-edge display.

Others pointed out that it was a missed opportunity, arguing that the firm should have called its XS Max - which has the biggest iPhone display yet - the iPhone XL. In 2016, Apple's Twitter account accidentally leaked the iPhone 7 before the handset was unveiled by the company.

All the upgrades to this year's iPhones are internal.

Apple will reveal an iPhone model known as the XR, which is a rare "budget" offering by Apple.

The phones largely ditch the looks and heritage of the iPhone 8, instead building on last year's iPhone X in terms of looks and features. Like those, the phone doesn't have a home button; rather, you simply tap to wake it and swipe up to return to the home screen. The XS and XS Max have stainless steel sides, while the XR's aluminium railings aren't as sturdy or dense and it doesn't feel as premium.

While the iPhone has made Apple the world's most valuable company, worth more than $1 trillion, it has slipped to third place among smartphone makers as Chinese-based Huawei has grabbed the number two spot behind Samsung.

A new Apple Watch and software with advanced heart-monitoring capabilities could boost the detection of abnormal heartbeats in millions of people, but it could also raise the chance of false positives, a cardiologist and researcher says. "It's acutely aware that customers are holding onto their iPhones longer than ever, but by increasing prices and selling services such as Apple Music, apps and iCloud storage the company can keep revenue flowing in during the lifetime of a device".

People will be able to buy the Apple Watch Series 4 with Global Positioning System for $399 while the version with cellular connectivity will cost $499.

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The wearable device will go on sale in the United Kingdom on September 21 but before that, Apple is releasing watchOS 5 for existing Apple Watch customers. The new iPhones will also have the best video quality of any smartphones on the market, according to the company.

"This is the first ECG product offered over the counter directly to consumers", Williams said.

So this is the first time it's come to a "standard" iPhone, if you will.

"Identifying a fall may sound like a straightforward problem, but it requires a lot of data analysis", Williams said.

Moorhead said the health features for the new devices were notable.

I'll need to start saving if I want one won't I?

The Apple Watch Series 4 is an update, but not a major one.

Apple did not mention its AirPower wireless charging mat this week at its annual iPhone event. It also means developers might have a harder time taking advantage of those features if Apple decides to remove any more.

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