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Apple’s new iPhones will be available in South Africa on September 28

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Yesterday at its big event, Apple officially revealed its brand new iPhones. And yes, as suggested by those earlier rumours, the biggest of them all has a terrifically stupid name. It’s called the iPhone Xs Max, and shall henceforth be known as the iPhone X Smacks. Or, if you prefer to stick with Apple’s pronunciation, it’s the iPhone Tennis Max.

It features a realllly big 6.5-inch Super Retina display (That’s OLED, in case you were wondering), along with a faster camera dual camera system that Apple claims offers “breakthrough photo and video features.” It’s powered by apple’s new A12 bionic chip, which brings – along with generally faster processing, much faster Face ID and wider stereo sound. The device also has a new gold finish and, for the first time, brings dual sim capabilities to iPhone. The second sim is an eSim though, so may or may not work as intended when it launches locally on September 28.

It’s joined by the smaller iPhone Xs, which is also a stupid name. Yes, it’s pronounced “Ten S” but in text it’s homophonous with “excess” and will lead to much derision about its cost. There’s no real difference between the Xs and the Xs Max beyond the screen size, though.


“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever in an iPhone with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”

The Xs has a starting price of $999 (around R15 000), while the Xs Max starts at $1099, which is closer to R16 500.

Apple also announced a new, cheaper model of phones – though it’s far from what you’d call a budget device. The $749 (R11 200) Xr retains the same general hardware, but uses an older LED screen and aluminium edges instead of stainless steel. The Xr will be available in six different colours (black, white, red, yellow, coral, and blue) and comes packing either 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB of internal storage.

Last Updated: September 13, 2018


  1. Gavin Mannion

    September 13, 2018 at 11:46

    Would getting the Xr be a waste of time and rather just stump up for the Xs? I need to hoof this Android rubbish and get a real phone back


    • Admiral Chief

      September 13, 2018 at 11:52

      Yes, because you got a lemon phone you are judging all Androids the same way.

      Sies Gav


      • Gavin Mannion

        September 13, 2018 at 12:11

        kids have Androids, wife’s entire family have androids, most of my friends have androids…

        never seen one I prefer over an iPhone. I don’t want to customise my phone, I just want it to work


        • Draco Lusus

          September 13, 2018 at 12:14

          What you got now? How about a Xiaomi Mi 8 or OnePlus 6T?


          • Gavin Mannion

            September 13, 2018 at 12:16

            I like the OnePlus but I also have the ipad and prefer the closed ecosystem of Apple. I went through 4 or so iphones before trying out android and never once had an issue with any of them.

            Not really open to putting down even more money on another Android only to find out I still don’t like it. I’d rather just pay the premium and get what I know works

          • Francois Knoetze

            September 13, 2018 at 12:45

            Know the feeling dude. I am on the Apple bandwagon because the stuff works and I have never had issues.SO basically same as you. Had an android once.(worst experience of my life with so many bugs and crashes I lost count). Love the tech behind the new iPhones. Will pick up a max next year when upgrade is due.

          • Gavin Mannion

            September 13, 2018 at 12:50

            my problem now is that I’m not on a contract so I need to stump up the cash, which is why I went Android to save cash. R20k is a huge amount of money to spend on a phone

    • Geoffrey Tim

      September 13, 2018 at 15:24

      same internals, cheaper screen, sem sem but different but still sem.


  2. WickedMONK3Y

    September 13, 2018 at 14:09

    New iPhones normally only launch in SA with Wave 2 of rollout, so I doubt we will be in the Wave 1 Rollout? Can’t find anything in the list of launch countries for Sep 28th that mentions 🙁 Might be her unofficially…


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