Apple’s Gather Round September Event Reveals iPhones XR, XS, XS Max & Apple Watch Series 4

At iPhone Life, Apple events are a highlight of the year, and we spend a lot of time researching and anticipating what may or may not be revealed at each one. We've been looking forward to this September special event for months and pouring over the rumors to learn what new hardware may be revealed this year. All of our wish lists certainly weren't fulfilled; the AirPods 2, new iPad Pro, StudioPods, and AirPower charging mat weren't unveiled or even mentioned. We were, however, excited to watch as the anticipated three new iPhones made their debut, along with the Apple Watch Series 4. Let's go over Apple's new product lineup from at the September 12 Apple Conference. 

Related: iOS 12 Roundup: Memojis, ARkit, Smarter Siri, Group FaceTime, More!

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Three New iPhones for 2018

iPhone XS  

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  • Price starts at $999
  • Preorder begins Friday, September 14
  • Shipping starts Friday, September 21
  • Finish choices: Gold, Silver, Space Gray
  • IP68 water resistance in up to two meters for up to 30 minutes (as opposed to one meter for the iPhone X and XR)
  • Three Storage Options: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
  • Dual SIM (nano and e SIM)
  • A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina custom OLED edge-to-edge, True Tone, 3D Touch enabled, Multi-Touch, HDR display
  • 2436 X 1125 resolution, 458 pixels per inch
  • Photos: 60 percent greater dynamic range for photo color than the iPhone X, dual wide-angle and telephoto lens cameras with Portrait mode and lighting (including depth of field control), Smart HDR, Wide Color Capture, and auto image stabilization 
  • Video: 4K HD video recording with extended dynamic range and four microphones for stereo recording 
  • Sensors include Face ID, barometer, three‑axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor
  • Battery lasts up to 30 minutes longer than iPhone X battery
  • Wireless charging and Lightning port

 To compare the iPhone Xs to the rest of Apple's new lineup, read our in-depth iPhone roundup.

iPhone XS Max

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  • Price starts at $1,099
  • Preorder begins September 14
  • Shipping starts September 21
  • Finish choices: Gold, Silver, Space Gray
  • IP68 water resistance in up to two meters for up to 30 minutes (as opposed to one meter for the iPhone X and XR)
  • Three storage options: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
  • Dual SIM (nano and e SIM)
  • A12 Bionic Chip with next-generation Neural Engine
  • 6.5-inch Super Retina custom OLED edge-to-edge, True Tone, 3D Touch, Multi-Touch HDR display
  • 2688 X 1242 Resolution 458 pixels per inch
  • Dual wide-angle and telephoto lens cameras with Portrait mode and lighting (including depth of field controls), Smart HDR, Wide Color Capture, and auto image stabilization 
  • 4K HD video recording with extended dynamic range and four microphones for stereo recording 
  • Sensors include Face ID, barometer, three‑axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor
  • Battery lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X battery
  • Wireless charging and Lightning port

Read our in-depth iPhone roundup to understand how the iPhone Xs Max compares to the other iPhones in Apple's new lineup.

iPhone XR

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  • Price starts at $749
  • Preorders starting October 19
  • Ships starting October 26
  • Finish choices: Red, Yellow, White, Coral, Black, or Blue
  • IP67 water resistant up to one meter for up to 30 minutes (as opposed to IP68 rating of iPhone Xs and Xs Max)
  • Three storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
  • Dual SIM (nano and e SIM)
  • 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display with True Tone (Apple says it's the most advanced LCD in the smartphone industry)
  • A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine
  • 12 MP wide-angle rear camera with Tru Depth, Portrait mode and lighting (including depth of field controls), Smart HDR, and wide color capture
  • 4K, HD Video recording with continuous auto-focus, extended dynamic range  
  • Sensors include Face ID, barometer, three‑axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor
  • Battery lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Plus
  • Wireless charging and Lightning port

Read our in-depth article for more on the iPhone XR and to compare it to the other new arrivals in Apple's iPhone lineup.

The New Smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

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  • Preorder starting September 14
  • Ships starting September 21
  • Finish choices: Gold, Silver, Space Black
  • Price starts at $399 for standard GPS version, starts at $499 for cellular version
  • Black ceramic and sapphire crystal back for improved cellular connection
  • 30 percent larger edge-to-edge display with rounded corners
  • Advanced heart monitoring capabilities include electrocardiogram with first-ever direct-to-customer ECG app
  • 18-hour battery life (same as Series 3)
  • Haptic feedback on digital crown
  • Two times faster due to 64-bit dual core
  • Speaker is 50 percent louder than Apple Watch Series 3 speaker
  • New workout features and alerts with up to five metrics at a glance
  • Accelerometer and gyrometer detect hard falls and trigger SOS

Read our in-depth article for a deeper dive into the Apple Watch Series 4.

Apple's GiveBack Trade-In Program

Today Apple announced GiveBack, a program completely powered by renewable energy. This program enables customers to trade in their used iPhones and other devices, then compensate them for the value of the device or recycle the device for free. 

 
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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.