Apple Unveils Its Largest, Most Expensive iPhone

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Valley News (White River Junction, VT)

September 14, 2018

Cupertino, Calif.ó Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the productís appeal amid slowing sales.

CEO Tim Cook showed off the iPhone XS Max, which has a bigger screen than the one on last yearís dramatically designed model, the iPhone X. Itíll cost about $1,100, topping the iPhone X, which at $1,000 seemed jaw-dropping at the time. An updated iPhone X, now called the XS, stays at $1,000.

As with the iPhone X, both new phones have screens that run from edge to edge, an effort to maximize the display without making the phone too awkward to hold. The screen needs no backlight, so black would appear as truly black rather than simply dark. The Max model looks to be about the size of the iPhone 8 Plus, though the screen size is much larger.

The iPhone XS Max, which will be available on Sept. 21 ó with orders open the week before ó represents Appleís attempt to feed consumersí appetite for increasingly larger screens as they rely on smartphones to watch and record video and to take photos wherever they are.

Apple also showed off a cheaper iPhone, called the iPhone XR. It has a traditional, lower-quality screen and an aluminum body; itís physically smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus but has a bigger screen. Itíll cost roughly $750 and come out on Oct. 26.

All three new models join the iPhone X in getting rid of the home button to make room for more screen. They will have facial-recognition technology to unlock the device.

Apple also announced updates that push its Apple Watch further into medical device territory. It has a larger screen and a built-in heart sensor that the company said can detect irregular heart rates and perform an electrocardiogram. The latter feature has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said.

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