Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, US, on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, US, on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple event highlights: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, Apple Watch 4 launched

Highlights from the Apple event in Cupertino where three new iPhones—iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR—and the Apple Watch 4 were launched

Apple Inc. today introduced its largest iPhone ever and a new line of watches that can detect heart problems as it looks to get users to upgrade to more expensive devices in the face of stagnant global demand for smartphones. The relatively small changes to its lineup, following last year’s overhauled iPhone X, were widely expected, but still included many firsts. Here are the highlights from the Apple event (all timings in IST):
12 Sep 2018, 12:42:00 AM IST

New iPhones’ prices in India announced

Apple iPhone XS’s price in India starts at ₹ 99,900, iPhone XS Max at ₹ 1,09,900 and iPhone XR at ₹ 76,900. (read more)

12 Sep 2018, 12:13:00 AM IST

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: Prices unveiled

The iPhone XR starts at $749 and will be available from 26 October. The iPhone XS will start at $999 and iPhone XS Max at $1,099 and will be available from 21 October. Pre-orders for the iPhone XS and XS Max will start on 14 September.

12 Sep 2018, 12:05:00 AM IST

The iPhone XR camera

The Apple iPhone XR has a single 12MP wide angle camera at the back with the same ability to change depth-of-field after a photo has been clicked.

12 Sep 2018, 12:05:00 AM IST

iPhone XR: Battery life

iPhone XR has 90 minutes of more battery life than the iPhone XS.

12 Sep 2018, 11:59:00 PM IST

Apple iPhone XR unveiled: All the goodies of the iPhone XS but with LCD screen, single camera

The iPhone XR with 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display has been unveiled. It will have all the features as that of the iPhone XS except an LCD screen and single 12MP wide-angle camera at the back.

The iPhone XR. Photo: Apple
The iPhone XR. Photo: Apple

12 Sep 2018, 11:56:00 PM IST

Apple’s environmental VP wishes to not mine new materials from Earth

“We hope to one day eliminate our need to mine new materials from the earth,” says Apple’s environmental vice-president Lisa Jackson.

12 Sep 2018, 11:54:00 PM IST

Apple now runs on 100% renewable energy

The iPhone XS uses recycled tin in its logic board and recycled plastic in its speaker module.

12 Sep 2018, 11:50:00 PM IST

iPhone XS gets eSIM: Works with Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone

iPhone XS will feature eSIM, earlier found on the Apple Watches and iPads. eSIM is basically a built in SIM card, which eliminates the need to physically insert one. Indian cellular providers namely, Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone, will support this. Schriller said the iPhone XS will have two physical SIMs in the Chinese models, but the ISPs suggest it might make its way to India.

12 Sep 2018, 11:47:00 PM IST

Dual SIM card support finally comes to an iPhone

iPhone XS will support dual SIM along with dual standby, making it the first smartphone by Apple to have this feature.

12 Sep 2018, 11:46:00 PM IST

iPhone XS has stereo sound recording for audio

The iPhone XS can now record stereo sound along with the existing 4K video recording.

12 Sep 2018, 11:44:00 PM IST

iPhone XS allows you to change depth-of-field after an image is clicked

The new edit slider allows changing of the depth of field after taking a picture.

12 Sep 2018, 11:43:00 PM IST

iPhone XS: Smart HDR mode and new features

The iPhone XS now comes with “Smart HDR” feature that allows better dynamic range. The new A12 chipset can capture four frames with zero shutter lag and better shadow detail as well.

12 Sep 2018, 11:40:00 PM IST

iPhone XS: Camera

iPhone is “the world’s most popular camera,” Phil Schiller says. The iPhone XS features a 12MP wide angle lens and 12MP telephoto lens, with f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures respectively. The 7MP front camera has an f/2.2 aperture with a faster sensor.

12 Sep 2018, 11:30:00 PM IST

AR Elder Scrolls: Blades unveiled, coming this fall

Todd Howard from Bethesda unveils the AR performance of iPhone XS by demonstrating an AR game, Elder Scrolls: Blades

Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

12 Sep 2018, 11:26:00 PM IST

iPhone XS: Surgical grade stainless steel on back

“It is made of surgical grade stainless steel,” says Phil Schiller. There will be a variant with Gold finish on front and back. Comes in three finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

12 Sep 2018, 11:24:00 PM IST

iPhone XS and XS Max are the largest phones, storage-wise too

The iPhone XS and XS Max will come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

12 Sep 2018, 11:19:00 PM IST

Apple’s A12 chipset unveiled

iPhone XS has faster FaceID which has faster algorithms and faster Secure Enclave. It can do 5 trillion operations per second.

12 Sep 2018, 11:16:00 PM IST

Apple iPhone XS Max unveiled

The Apple iPhone XS Max is the iPhone XS, albeit with a 6.3-inch display, making it the biggest smartphone ever to come out of Cupertino.

12 Sep 2018, 11:13:00 PM IST

Specifications of iPhone XS display

The iPhone XS sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a pixel density of 458ppi and a resolution of 2436x1125. It comes with IP68 certification and three colour variants.

12 Sep 2018, 11:10:00 PM IST

Tim Cook unveils the iPhone XS

The iPhone XS is revealed by Tim Cook. The mystery box on the staged contained the smartphone.

13 Sep 2018, 11:08:00 AM IST

Apple Watch Series 4 price

Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $399 for the GPS edition and $499 for the cellular edition. The WatchOS 5 will be available from 17 September.

12 Sep 2018, 11:00:00 PM IST

New gold stainless steel band introduced for Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a new gold stainless band. All band colours and band styles fit any generation of the Apple Watch.

12 Sep 2018, 11:00:00 PM IST

Battery life of the Apple Watch Series 4

“The Apple Watch 4 has the same 18-hours battery life that the Apple Watch 3 had,” says Apple’s Jeff Williams.

12 Sep 2018, 10:57:00 PM IST

Apple Watch 4 has a fall detector

Jeff Williams says Apple Watch Series 4 has a fall detector and can start an emergency call one minute after a fall is detected.

12 Sep 2018, 10:53:00 PM IST

Apple Watch 4 comes with an electrocardiogram

The Apple Watch 4 is the first ECG product offered over the counter directly to consumers. It also screens for heart rhythm irregularities that appear to be atrial fibrillation. The feature has also received clearance from the US FDA, which is now working with developers to make apps for the watch.

12 Sep 2018, 10:51:00 PM IST

Apple Watch 4: Fitness features

The accelerometer and gyroscope power all-day activity tracking and identify swim strokes. Next-gen units with twice the dynamic range can measure up to 32 G forces and 8 times faster sampling.

12 Sep 2018, 10:50:00 PM IST

Apple Watch 4 has a ceramic and sapphire crystal back

The back of an Apple Watch Series 4 is made of black ceramic and sapphire crystal. Radiowaves can pass through, increasing cell reception.

12 Sep 2018, 10:49:00 PM IST

Apple Watch Series 4: New chipset

The Apple Watch Series 4 features the new 64-bit dual core Apple S4 chipset, which is twice as fast as the S3 chipset.

12 Sep 2018, 10:47:00 PM IST

Tim Cook unveils the Apple Watch

Jeff Williams unveils the Apple Watch Series 4. It’s 30% larger, allows you to keep the photos of your favourite memories as the watch face and follow the latest sports scores. The digital crown is still here but now has haptic feedback. The speaker is now 50% louder. Jeff Williams calls it the Apple Watch the world’s no. 1 smartwatch.

Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

12 Sep 2018, 10:36:00 PM IST

Apple event: Tim Cook takes the stage

Apple Event 2018 begins in Steve Jobs Theater. Apple CEO Tim Cook is on stage delivering the keynote address.

12 Sep 2018, 10:30:00 PM IST

Apple event: There’s a black cube on the stage

There is a mysterious black cube on the stage at the Steve Job’s Theatre in Cupertino.

Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

12 Sep 2018, 10:25:00 PM IST

AirPods and Air Power wireless charger

Apple might also release wireless accessories for the new iPhones. The last iteration of AirPods was released way back in 2016 along with the iPhone 7, so we can definitely expect Apple to work on revamp of this. The AirPods were released to accompany the paradigm shift in the connectivity aspect of the iPhone—the loss of the headphone jack. It was the first step to a wireless future.Following that jump made in 2017, Apple might release the much awaited AirPower wireless charger for the new iPhones. It is a solid possibility, since the trio will also come with glass backs and the leaks reveal they’re much thicker than the iPhone X.

12 Sep 2018, 10:20:00 PM IST

Attendees start filling in the Steve Jobs Theater

Attendees start to fill in seats prior to an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to announce new iPhones with larger screens as well as other product upgrades.

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

12 Sep 2018, 10:15:00 PM IST

What to expect from the iPad pro

The new iPad Pros will come in sizes around 11-inches and 12.9-inches and include slimmer bezels. They’ll remove the home button and fingerprint sensing in lieu of an iPhone X-like gesture interface and Face ID for unlocking the tablet. The iPad mini, which was last upgraded in 2015, and the 9.7-inch iPad, last refreshed in March, won’t be upgraded. (Read more)

12 Sep 2018, 10:10:00 PM IST

Media starts trooping in for the Apple event

Media from around the globe are starting to filter up to the Steve Jobs Theater, which gives event attendees a clear view of Apple’s main “spaceship” headquarters building. Guests will wait here until just before the presentation starts at 1:00 pm ET—giving everyone plenty of time to talk about what’s expected today and what it means for Apple. (Washington Post)

12 Sep 2018, 10:08:00 PM IST

New iPhone names confirmed in a last minute leak

In a last minute leak, Apple’s newest iPhones names, along with a few crucial specifications, have been confirmed. A tweet by Steve Troughton Smith, which reveals Apple’s sitemap, states that the new iPhones would be named the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. This means iPhone Xc and XS Plus are ruled out.

12 Sep 2018, 10:03:00 PM IST

Attendees start coming in for the Apple event

An employee hands a badge to an attendee during check-in ahead of an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, US on Wednesday. Apple will kick off a blitz of new products this week, ending a year of minor updates and setting the technology giant up for a potentially strong holiday quarter

Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

12 Sep 2018, 10:00:00 PM IST

Expected specifications of the new Apple Watch

The Watches will look similar to current models, but will include larger screens that go nearly edge-to-edge. Their overall size will remain similar, making them compatible with existing straps. We can also expect the dial on the side of the Watch to be axed. A solid state button with a vibration motor might replace this.

12 Sep 2018, 09:55:00 PM IST

iOS 12 details at Apple event: What to expect

Apple’s new mobile operating system, the iOS 12, is not only expected to be faster than the iOS 11, but will also come with support for FaceTime conference, which will now be able to hold up to 32 participants at a time. Animojis will also be taken a step further with Memojis, which allows integration of your personality and mood.Much like Google’s Digital Wellbeing, Apple will come up with “screen time” that will let you limit the amount of time you spend on a particular app and even set a bedtime for apps. (Read more)

12 Sep 2018, 09:50:00 PM IST

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: Expected specifications

We expect the iPhone XS and XS Max to feature 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch OLED screens respectively. The two phones will be powered by Apple’s new A12 chipset that is based on a 7nm process. The overall design is expected to be unchanged. We expect three storage variants of 512GB, 256GB and 64GB of both models, according to the sitemap revealed by Steve Troughton Smith. The iPhone XR will be a more affordable model featuring an LCD screen measuring at 6.1-inches. Even though the processor specifications are not revealed yet, we expect storage variants of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. (Read more)

12 Sep 2018, 09:45:00 PM IST

How to watch live stream of Apple event

If you wish to watch the live stream of the launch event, head straight to Apple’s website. You can also watch it on Twitter. Apple claims that the launch event will be “best experienced” on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via Safari browser on iOS 10 or later. Mac users can watch the live stream if they run MacOS Sierra 10.12 or later. (read more)

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