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Apple unveils its 2018 iPhone lineup at a press event in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday. The company is replacing last year’s iPhone X with a new model dubbed the iPhone Xs, which comes with a bigger-sized Xs Max variant. In addition, Apple also unveiled a more affordable iPhone Xr, which effectively replaces last year’s iPhone 8, and comes in a range of new colors.

The iPhone Xs looks very similar to last year’s iPhone X, and features a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED screen with a resolution of 2436 by 1125 pixels. The display consists of a total of 2.7 million pixels, features a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch, and has a notch cut-out for the front-facing camera. The phone will be available in three color options: silver, gold, and space gray. Storage options for the phone include 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB.

The iPhone Xr will be available in white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and red, and come with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage, with pricing starting at $749.

The iPhone Xs, meanwhile, will be priced $999 and up, and the Xs Max will sell for $1,099 and up. Consumers will be able to pre-order the new devices starting this Friday, and shipping will start on Sept. 21.

Just like last year’s model, the iPhone Xs once again makes use of Face ID for unlock and authentication, which is why there is no fingerprint reader included on the device. Also once again missing, just like on many other phones these days: a headphone jack.

The phone includes a dual camera with a 12 megapixel wide-angle lens as well as a 12 megapixel telephoto lens. On the front side, it features a 7 megapixel RGB camera as a well as an infrared camera used for Face ID.

The cameras are being powered by smart algorithms working under the hood, which also enable a new smart HDR feature as well as the ability to adjust the depth-of-field of a photo after the fact. Essentially, all that computational power makes it possible to blur the background of a portrait photo, HDR-style, with a simple slider.

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