Apple Watch's cool Walkie-Talkie mode finally arriving on September 17

Yesterday's Apple keynote was surprising in that it only featured new iPhones and a refreshed Watch, and no accessories for these products.

Apple Watch Series 4 models rest on display during a launch event on September 12, 2018, in Cupertino, California.

A year removed from last year's 10th anniversary celebration-the first to be held at Steve Jobs Theater on the company's new campus-look for Apple to get back to basics. Both versions come in gold, space grey, or silver finishes.

The iPhone XS Max is available with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage and cost £1,099, £1,249, and £1,449 respectively. What it lacks in dual-camera-ness it makes up for with computational photography: the iPhone XR can - like the Google Pixel line - do Portrait Mode using its single camera thanks to improvements to the image signal processor, neural engine, and algorithms.

This year's three top phones are all more expensive than last year's models. Greater screen area allows for app icons and fonts that are bigger and easier to read, while "complications" have been "beautifully enhanced to be more precise and informative", says Apple.

Apple has just announced the new iPhone XS and its bigger brother XS Max. Apple's Watch Series 4 built-in speaker is now 50 per cent louder, optimized for phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie, and the microphone has been relocated, to reduce echo for better sound quality.

Ahead of Apple's big keynote event on Wednesday, the company's website accidentally revealed the names of three new iPhone models.

Apple has bolstered the batteries loaded into each phone too.

"The larger screen will be very important in China to turn around the trend there, because they have lost some share in the last few years, partly because of screen size", she added. The processor is a new A12 Bionic, which results in apps opening 30% faster and Face ID working to unlock your phone quicker. Even the depth effect - a strong suit of dual rear cameras - was quite good.

You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone XR beginning Friday, October 19, and it will hit stores on Friday, October 26, in more than 50 countries. The 6.1-inch features a bright LCD screen and comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, blue, coral and red. We fully expect this phone to deliver solid performance on all counts.

The iPhone XR starts at $749 United States dollars, which we anticipate translating as £749 and will be available to order from 19 October. We conduct the test using a robotic finger that simulates what a person might do with a phone throughout an average day-without taking a break.

  • Arturo Norris