Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales.

New Depth Control allows users to adjust the depth of field both in real-time preview and post-capture to create striking portraits with a lovely bokeh effect.

Here are some of the cool ways that the new iPhone XS and its counterparts take a step further into the future.

"This is the biggest display ever on an iPhone", he said.

Apple's pricing of its new iPhone XS Max has been defended despite plans to charge up to £1,449 for some models of the new device. It's got a lower resolution screen than the flagship models, and, unlike them, its display is based on LCD technology, not OLED.

"I am going to go out on a limb and say the XR is going to become Apple's top-selling iPhone", said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights. The cheapest phone in the iPhone line up is the iPhone 7, starting at $449.

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Apple also launched an updated version of it smart watch.

The iPhone XS will cost $1,649 and up, while the iPhone XS Max begins at $1,799, available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB, and with the choice of space grey, silver, and a new gold finish.

Like the regular Retina display found in other iPhones, the Liquid Retina Display relies on a higher level of pixels-per-inch to create a paper-like screen effect where pixels are not visible to the naked eye.

The iPhone XR (along with the iPhone XS and XS Max) was announced today at Apple's September special event.

The new iPhones have more powerful processors and cameras, and a dual-SIM card feature for top-of-the-line devices. Instead of the impressive IP68 dust and water resistance rating that the XS range has, the iPhone XR will only have IP67, which is an worldwide scale judging how water or dust resistant something is.

The iPhone XR will feature an aluminium frame, a 6.1-inch LCD screen, just one rear 12-megapixel camera, facial recognition, and the company's new A12 chip.

The camera system also boasts optical image stabilisation, a flood illuminator, an ambient light sensor and comes offering the wildly popular Portrait Mode. The Max has a larger display than the usual Plus size phones but a similar body. The iPhone XS Max fits into the same footprint as the iPhone 8 Plus.

Appearing at the Apple event, Dr. Ivor Benjamin, president of the American Heart Association, called the heart-monitoring features "game changing", especially the ability to detect an irregular heart rhythm, known as atrial fibrillation.

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