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What iPhone XS’ eSIM inclusion means for India

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Alongside the trio of new iPhone designs revealed by Apple last night, the firm updated its smartwatch. The Max has a larger display than the usual Plus size phones but a similar body.

Apple aficionados in the Middle East will not have long to wait before they get their hands on what the company are calling the "most handsome and advanced" iPhones.

As 9to5Mac reported ahead of the Keynote, the phone will feature a 6.1-inch, edge-to-edge LCD screen that Apple calls the Liquid Retina Display. Its physical size sits somewhere between an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, only with a much larger screen.

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max still sport the same vertical configuration as the iPhone X with a 12MP wide-angle camera and telephoto lens. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

These upgrades apply to the front camera too, so your selfies can look like they were taken by a professional photographer.

On Tuesday, at Apple's latest event at the Steve Jobs Theater, CEO Tim Cook announced the launch of three different iPhone devices: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This time around, the iPhone XS will stay at the $999 mark while the iPhone XR will use cheaper materials and sell for about $750.

Meanwhile, MacOS Mojave, which will launch Monday September 24, features dark mode, a tool to clean up your messy desktop, and some classic iOS apps including News, Voice Memos, Stocks and Home. Apple has also added support for Core ML as well as AR Gaming and tracking.

Earlier, Apple Watch Series 3 featured an eSIM and so did the Google Pixel 2 (but only in the United States markets).

United Kingdom mobile network O2 has announced that it will also be accepting preorders for the Xs and Xs Max from 14 September, with iPhone XR preorders opening on 19 September.

Apple also showed off an upgrade to its 3-year-old smartwatch. (This feature was previously only available via the screen).

Its "next-generation gyroscope" means the Watch 4 is capable of detecting when the user has a fall, based on the arm motions of its user as they tumble, and is also fitted with software that lets users take an electrocardiogram, the first over-the-counter device to do so. Additionally you have the data from the optical heart sensor plus new accelerometer and gyroscope which can detect the wearer has fallen and emit an emergency SoS.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will cost $499 for built-in connectivity and $399 for a standard model. The company says it's the first EKG available over the counter.

The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099 (or about R16,300 in the US), with 64 GB of storage, and goes all the way up to $1,499 (just on R22,300) with 512 GB of storage. Apple's Watch Series 4 built-in speaker is now 50 per cent louder, optimized for phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie, and the microphone has been relocated, to reduce echo for better sound quality. The company also reiterated that it's now completely powered by clean energy.

Did Apple announce anything else?

Apple likes surprises, but don't expect the first Apple auto to rise from the floor of the Steve Jobs Theater.

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