Apple mistakenly releases new iPhone information ahead of official release date

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By Julia Kasabian ’21

Information for Apple’s next generation of iPhones was released in a now deleted file on the Apple website on Sept. 12.

The information concerned three new models of iPhones: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will come in silver, gold and space gray. The iPhone XR will come in black, white, red, yellow, blue and coral.

“The colors seem more fun and cool than the boring grey and normal ones,” Madeline Michalowski ’22, Apple user, said. “But students won’t care as much because they are basically the same as the last iPhones.”

In an update from CNET,  it was revealed that all three phones feature an A12 Bionic chip that will launch apps 15 percent faster than the iPhone X’s A11 chip. The iPhone XS should have a battery that lasts 30 minutes longer than the X, and the iPhone XS Max should have a battery that lasts one hour and 30 minutes longer than the X.

They will both feature Face ID that will work faster than that of the X and stereo sound with a wider stereo field than 2017 iPhones and iOS 12 software. The phones should be able to last up to 30 minutes in water up to two meters deep, which is more water resistant than the X.

The iPhone XR will start at $749. It will feature water resistance that is the same as the iPhone X and the same Face ID as the XS. The battery life claims to last 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than the iPhone 8.

According to the information from All Things How, an Apple how-to site that discovered the leak, the XS Max will have a display size of 6.5 inches, Apple’s biggest display size for an iPhone so far. The iPhone XS will have a display size of 5.8 inches, the same size as the iPhone X. For the first time, storage options will include 512 gigabytes.

While pricing for the XS starts at $999 like the iPhone X, the XS Max will start at $1,099.

“I think that the increase in price doesn’t match the increase in quality,” Amanda Kline ’21, iPhone owner, said. “The improvements made to the phone are not what we asked for and aren’t practical. There are better upgrades in the free iOS 12 update.”