iPhone XS and iPhone XR: Australian launch details

iPhone XS and iPhone XR: Australian launch details

Matt Blowes September 13, 2018 Hardware, IT Trends, Technology

The first $2000 iPhone has arrived in Australia. Several models unveiled by Apple at their September product event are priced over $2,000, including the larger model iPhone XS Max. Continuing the ongoing trend of rising mobile phone prices.

It had been rumoured the next iPhone would actually have a price drop, but that did not eventuate. In fact, the iPhone XS is more expensive than its predecessor, likely due to the recent poor performance of the Australian dollar.

Here is a quick round-up of all the announcements, including some bundled accessories changes. 

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max & iPhone XR

Apple unveiled three iPhone models for the coming year. The top of the range iPhone XS (pronounced 'iPhone Ten S'), a larger Max version, and a lower-cost model, the iPhone XR. 

Here is a summary of the key features, with storage, pricing and colour details below. 

iPhone XSiPhone XS 

  • 5.8-inch OLED display, 2436‑by-1125‑pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • Dual, rear-cameras: 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras with optical zoom; Single front-camera: 7-megapixel camera with Face ID
  • Stainless steel frame
  • Apple A12 Bionic chip, Next-generation Neural Engine
  • Dimensions & Weight: 143.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.7 mm; 177 g
  • Almost identical design to the iPhone X and replaces it as the flagship device

 

iPhone Xs MaxiPhone XS Max

  • 6.5-inch OLED display, 2688‑by-1242‑pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • Dual, rear-cameras: 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras with optical zoom; Single front-camera: 7-megapixel camera with Face ID
  • Stainless steel frame
  • Apple A12 Bionic chip, Next-generation Neural Engine
  • Dimensions & Weight: 157.5 mm x 77.4 mm x 7.7 mm (HxWxD); 208g
  • Larger alternative to the iPhone XS

iPhone XR

  • 6.1-inch Active LED display with aluminium frame
  • Single rear-camera: 12-megapixel camera; Single front-camera: 7-megapixel camera with Face ID
  • Apple A12 Bionic chip, Next-generation Neural Engine
  • Dimensions & Weight: 150.9 mm x 75.7 mm x 8.3 mm (HxWxD); 194g
  • Similar design to iPhone XS
  • Lower-cost alternative to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, more diverse colours available.
iPhone XR
Model Storage Price (in AUD) Colour
iPhone XR 64GB, 128GB, 256GB $1229, $1299, $1479 White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral, Red
iPhone XS 64GB, 256GB, 512GB $1629, $1879, $2199 Space Grey, Silver, Gold
iPhone XS Max 64GB, 256GB, 512GB $1799, $2049, $2369 Space Grey, Silver, Gold

 

The new iPhone XS and XS Max will be available for pre-order on September 14 at 5pm AEST.
Deliveries and in-store sales will commence on September 21.

The new iPhone XR will be available for pre-order on October 19 at 5pm AEST. 
Deliveries and in-store sales will commence on October 26.

Apple had been expected to make some of its models cheaper, after the top-of-the-range iPhone X 256 GB model was sold for $1,829 until this announcement. Unfortunately, the struggling Australian dollar has kept prices high, and iPhone prices are still high compared to previous years. 

Accessories

Apple will no longer include a Lightning-to-3.5 mm adapter with the iPhone. Meaning if you want to connect to traditional, audio cables, you will have to pay $12 for additional adapter. 

Meanwhile AirPower is still not available for purchase. AirPower is a wireless charging mat capable of wireless charging for three devices at once (iPhone, Apple Watch & AirPods). There was no mention of the device or announcement regarding its availability, despite being unveiled in 2017. 

Of course, if you're not happy with the new iPhone pricing, the infamous Nokia banana-style slider phone will be on sale from September 20 for $129

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