South Africans to officially get the new iPhone and Apple Watch later this month

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The new iPhones Xs, Xs Max and Apple Watch will be available in South Africa from 28 September.

An iStore spokesperson told Business Insider South Africa last night that pricing has not yet been released. Apple released three new iPhones and a new watch last night at an event in California.

The iPhone XS

Pronounced “iPhone 10 S”, it is the new version of Apple’s middle-size smartphone, with a 5.8-inch screen and a starting price of $999 (around R15,000) in the US.

In keeping with Apple’s usual two-year product cycle cadence, the XS is an update to the year-old iPhone X , with a nearly identical design — a refinement, rather than a completely new phone.

New features and improvements include longer battery life, faster photo capture, and a new dual SIM capability that allows the phone to have two separate phone numbers.

The XS comes in gold, silver, and dark gray.

The phone can be configured with as much as 512 GB of storage, which is enough to store 200,000 photos, Apple’s marketing head, Phil Schiller, said at the event.

  • It’s equipped with a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone.
  • Its battery lasts 30 minutes longer than last year’s iPhone X.
  • The camera has “zero shutter lag” so it should be able to snap photos fairly quickly.
  • It also supports two SIM cards, which allows you to use two phone numbers on one phone.
  • It has IP68 water resistance, so it can be submerged in water about 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.
  • Apple’s chip is called A12 Bionic and has special hardware for machine learning.
  • Apple says its facial recognition software, Face ID, is the “most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone”
  • The display is covered with a “new formulation” of glass that Apple says is stronger than that of previous iPhones.
  • The display has a high-dynamic colour range that’s 60% wider than previous models.

The iPhone XS Max

It has the largest iPhone screen to date. It’s about the same size as the existing iPhone 8 Plus, but with much more screen real estate.

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