Apple has officially killed the home button on iPhones

Judy Cobb
September 13, 2018

One of the most interesting new features Apple announced had to do with its new iPhone cameras. For more info, head over to Apple.

While we know a lot about Apple's new iPhones we still have no idea what the pricing will be.

Apple said orders for the iPhone Xs and Xs Max will begin September 14, and the devices will ship beginning a week later. And it has the same A12 Bionic processor inside, so will support all the same new features.

Both of these phones have huge gorgeous AMOLED displays, dual cameras, fast performance and tons of fancy features. It also offers improved IP68 water resistance.

The pair are the successor to the iPhone X which was released last November and retailed from £999. The larger model will be called iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR's LCD display (dubbed Liquid Retina HD) looks sharp, and won't disappoint, but the differences in quality are noticeable when compared to its more costly iPhone XS and XS Max counterparts, both of which have OLED displays.

'The new iPhone XR has a gorgeous new aerospace-grade aluminum and glass enclosure that has IP67 protection from liquids and dust, long all-day battery life and comes in six attractive finishes. Max has a starting price of $1,099. The iPhone XR goes on sale October 26.

The iPhone XR has ditched the Home button and Touch ID in favor of Face ID and the TrueDepth camera.

Speaking of which, let's talk about the not-so-headline-grabbing iPhone XR. At $749, it's still more than the $649 that consumers used to pay for an entry-level iPhone, but that's still far less than the $999 iPhone XS.

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The popular portrait mode, which de-focuses the background of a photo to emphasize the subject, has a new setting. There's a 12MP wide-angle camera, 12MP telephoto lens, 7.2MP front camera and improved True Tone flash.

The biggest aesthetic shakeup is that the iPhone XR will arrive in no less than six new technicolour finishes, including blue, yellow and red.

The Apple Watch is getting some big upgrades.

The importance of these new iPhones to Apple and AAPL shareholders can't be understated.

The cameras on the phones are, as usual, "better than ever before", said Apple exec Phil Schiller, who has uttered the same words at previous events. I'm going to hold onto the iPhone 8 and its Touch ID sensor until Apple swallows its pride and combines Face ID and Touch ID into a future iPhone - hopefully in 2019.

The newest version of iOS will be available on existing iPhone and iPad devices on September 17th. There are 512 GB storage options for the first time.

In the quarter ended December 31, 2017 (the first full quarter following the iPhone X launch, and including the all-important holiday season), iPhone sales represented 69% of total AAPL revenue.

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