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In most ways, this year's iPhones look like last year's iPhone X. There's no home button on any of them - love it or hate it, Apple is putting the fingerprint reader permanently out to pasture.
Thanks to the larger display, there's a new watch face that features up to eight complications that can be customized. Apple's brought back the "S" model, which means this model looks largely the same as the X from past year, but the guts of the phone have been beefed up in all the ways you'd expect.
While it appears that Apple is cutting corners with the display, the iPhone XR is packing similar top notch hardware as the iPhone XS.
Some of you might rightly be wondering: What about my not-so-huge hands?
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The new Apple Watch will start at $399 and be available on September 21.
Both Bloomberg and Kuo also expect Apple to announce new AirPods this year with support for "Hey Siri" voice commands, along with a wireless charging case for both new and existing AirPods.
The flying elephant of the new lot is the iPhone Xs Max, which sounds like it could be a new flavor of Mountain Dew, or perhaps an extreme sport.
Because of its bigger display size, the pixel density is lower at 326ppi which is on par with the regular iPhone 8. Apple says it has "totally re-engineered", this method of interacting with haptic feedback now providing a click-like feel as you scroll.
The US Food and Drug Administration said it worked with Apple to develop apps for the Apple Watch and has been taking steps to ease the regulatory pathway for companies seeking to create digital healthcare products. Samsung launched its Note line in 2011 with a 5.3-inch phone that seemed comical at the time.
With two of them starting at $999 or higher in the United States, Apple appears to be taking advantage of a strong U.S. economy, low unemployment, and rising household wealth. That might have eaten too much into Apple's preferred levels of profit margin.
As a result, many have pointed out that it sounds much like "excess" and 'excess Max'. Apple has done coloured phones before, with the iPhone 5c, but these colours are shimmery aluminium under glass, and they have a rich, enamel-like look to them. Will it be augmented reality, auto, wearables?