Apple discontinues iPhone X, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus

Apple discontinues iPhone X, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus

Apple discontinues iPhone X, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus

The latest launches mark the upgrade-and-tweak phase of the iPhone cycle, having unveiled the more fundamentally redesigned X a year ago.

The company also announced the iPhone XR, a cheaper alternative that replaces the expensive OLED screen with LCD technology, and a larger version of the XS, the XS Max, at its launch event in California.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled updated versions of its priciest iPhones along with a new smartwatch that allows users to take their own electrocardiograms, as the U.S. tech giant looks to boost its momentum in a sputtering market.

The iPhone Xs will have 30 minutes of additional battery life compared to the current iPhone X. The iPhone Xs Max, which was designed with the largest battery ever used in an iPhone, will get 1.5 hours more.

Apparently it's the strongest glass Apple has ever used on a smartphone, although considering how much the iPhone X's fix bills are we're not willing to test that theory any time soon.

Apple first added dedicated on-device machine learning to last year's chipsets, but this new generation is supposed to be around 9 times faster that last year's model while using less energy.

The company has been affected by leaks in the past.

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The removal of the headphone dongle listing on Apple's iPhone product pages was first spotted by The Verge. Also, there is a next-gen accelerometer and gyroscope that both are able to detect hard falls. It's got the same A12 Bionic chip, powered by the same supporting hardware. Unlike the other two models, this phone comes in a variety of different colours - blue, white, black, yellow, coral and red.

As far as specs go, the Apple Watch series 4 is powered by a new 64-bit dual-core chipset that should offer twice as much performance as previous iterations. The phones will start shipping on 21 September.

Instead of a dual camera, the iPhone XR features a single 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens.

Briefly returning to the XR's camera tech, Apple says the device will come with "TrueDepth" camera sensors, which reportedly paves the way for significantly faster Face ID authentication.

The iPhone XS, XS Max and even XR devices that will sell in the Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau markets will receive dual SIM smartphones without eSIM. Williams said the new Apple Watch could help detect atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), although he hedged that it won't "catch every instance".

Apple has officially unveiled the Apple Watch Series 4. As a point of comparison, the regular Xs costs £999 (the same price as last year's iPhone X) and the iPhone XR will start at £749.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is an update, but not a major one. The FDA has also approved the Watch for use as a medical device in the US.

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