How to pre-order the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

At 12:01am PDT/3:01am EDT on Friday morning, pre-orders will start being accepted for the Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max. The price for the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64 GB model and goes up from there for 256 GB and 512 GB. The retailer will have reservations available both in-store and online, just like they did previous year for iPhone X.

Perhaps the most shocking news to come out of the iPhone event was that Apple has made a decision to kill off the iPhone X. Most surprisingly, despite including only a single wide-angle lens, Apple has managed to bring Portrait Mode to the iPhone XR by using the A12 ISP and Neural Engine to create depth segmentation maps.

In terms of price, the iPhone XR retails for less than the iPhone XS, costing $749 to pick up at launch. The iPhone SE was a high selling model in developing markets due its cheaper price.

Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed. In a "What's in the Box" listing on its product pages, Apple said that you'll find an iPhone, charger, and its wired Earpods earbuds. The 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max feature Super Retina displays, a faster and improved dual camera system, the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone among other features. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison. Why pay $US999 for the awesome screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $US100 less?

Gareth does warn though that "we've been burned by iPhones not lasting as well as we'd like in the past", and reiterates that proper testing will be needed to evaluate how good the iPhone XR's battery is. Let us know your views in the comment section below!

Until it was killed off on Wednesday, the iPhone SE had been a rare budget-conscious device from Apple, priced at $US350.