Apple goes big screen, dual SIM with new iPhone Xs Max, Xs and XR

By David Flynn , September 13 2018
Apple goes big screen, dual SIM with new iPhone Xs Max, Xs and XR

  • iPhone Xs Max: 6.5-inch screen, dual SIM, on sale Sept 21 from $1,799
  • iPhone Xs: 5.8-inch screen, dual SIM, on sale Sept 21 from $1,629
  • iPhone XR: 6.1-inch screen, dual SIM, on sale Oct 26 from $1,229

Apple pulled back the curtains on a trio of new iPhones overnight, although the usual flurry of pre-launch leaks stole most of the tech giant's thunder.

The iPhone Xs, starting at $1,629, succeeds last year’s iPhone X flagship model with a faster A12 processor and updated cameras.

The iPhone Xs Max is a higher-end version with a 6.5-inch OLED screen, making it one of the biggest on the market – and one of the most expensive, at $1,799 and up.

Both models introduce 512GB storage options for the first time, which lifts pricing to $2,199 for the iPhone Xs and $2,369 for the iPhone Xs Max.

The third model, called the Xr, is Apple’s biggest hardware bet of 2018. It retains the key advances of the first iPhone X – facial recognition and an edge-to-edge display – but is more affordable, from $1,229, while being noticeably larger at 6.1 inches. Apple used older LCD screen technology and aluminium, rather than stainless steel, edges.

All three models offer dual SIM technology which pairs a conventional microSIM card slot with a virtual eSIM module like that already used on the Apple Watch and iPad, although Apple notes "Dual SIM support will be available via a free software update later this spring."

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max both boast a faster and improved 12-megapixel dual camera system with dual optical image stabilisation with 2x optical zoom, Apple's latest A12 Bionic processor and work with high-speed Gigabit-class LTE cellular networks.

Apple also unveiled a new Watch Series 4 with larger 40mm and 44mm faces than the 38mm and 42mm displays of the Watch Series 3, which now sees a drop in price to $399.

The fourth-gen smartwatches also include more health capabilities, a faster processor and haptic feedback for the 'digital crown' controller.

The Apple Watch Series 4 goes on sale alongside the iPhone Xs and Xs Max on September 21, starting at $599 for the standard model and $749 if you want cellular coverage.

Additional material by Bloomberg.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Given the lack of eSim support from carriers at present, the HK/China models which are reportedly true Dual SIM might be popular with travellers

21 Feb 2018

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Micro sim or nano sim?

All iPhone models use Nano Sims

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How about battery strength?

14 Oct 2018

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hi,i want to buy iphone xs in australia and take to china , will this work, thanks

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