It's official: This is the iPhone XS

Kif Leswing

CUPERTINO, California – Apple has unveiled its new lineup of iPhones, introducing several new versions of the flagship iPhone X model in various sizes and configurations.

The iPhone XS – pronounced “iPhone 10 S” – is the new version of Apple’s middle-size smartphone, with a 5.8-inch screen and a starting price of $1,629. Preorders start on Friday, and the device hits store shelves on September 21.

In keeping with Apple’s usual two-year product cycle cadence, the iPhone XS is an update to the year-old iPhone X, with a design nearly identical to it – a refinement, rather than a completely new phone.

At the launch event here on Wednesday, Apple executives reeled off a list of new features and improvements, including longer battery life, faster photo capture, and a new dual SIM capability that allows the phone to have two separate phone numbers.

The XS comes in gold, silver, and dark grey.

The phone can be configured with as much as 512 GB of storage, which is enough to store 200,000 photos, Apple’s marketing head, Phil Schiller, said at the event.

There’s also a larger version of the iPhone XS with a 6.5-inch screen, called the iPhone XS Max.

Here are some specs:

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Other new details and features:

  • It’s equipped with a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone.
  • Its battery lasts 30 minutes longer than last year’s iPhone X, Apple said.
  • The camera has “zero shutter lag,” Apple said, so it should be able to snap photos fairly quickly.
  • It also supports two SIM cards, allowing you to use two phone numbers on one phone.
  • It has IP68 water-resistance, so it can be submerged in water about 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.
  • Apple’s chip is called A12 Bionic and has special hardware for machine learning.
  • Apple said its facial-recognition software, Face ID, is the “most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone.”
  • The display is covered with a “new formulation” of glass that Apple said is stronger than that of previous iPhones.
  • The display has a high-dynamic colour range that’s 60% wider than previous models.

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