Apple Launches New iPhones, New Health Features for Watch
Apple announced three new iPhones and improved health features for its watches during a launch event on Wednesday.
The event was held inside the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.
One of the new phones is a larger version of the company's pricey iPhone X, which launched last fall. The new model is called iPhone Xs Max. It has a screen size of 16.5 centimeters, making it Apple's biggest smartphone yet.
As with the iPhone X, the Xs Max has a screen that runs from edge to edge to provide more viewing space. The phone's screen also needs no backlight, so black and other colors are supposed to appear truer than on previous devices.
The iPhone Xs Max will cost $1099, up from the $999 price of the iPhone X.
Another new model, called iPhone Xs, is smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, but actually has a larger, 14.7 centimeters, viewable display.
The company says both the Xs and Xs Max models are equipped with an improved version of Face ID, which first launched with the iPhone X. Face ID permits users to unlock their devices just by looking at them. The iPhone Xs is priced at $999.
Apple says the Xs and Xs Max versions include the "most powerful chip" found in any smartphone.
In addition, the devices use a "dual-camera system" the company says produces much-improved picture quality. This system combines faster processing speeds with what Apple describes as a "neural engine." With these tools working together, the camera can automatically improve things like lighting, sharpness and depth of field, Apple says.
The third newly launched device is called iPhone XR. Made of aluminum, it has an edge to edge LCD display measuring 15.5 centimeters. The iPhone XR comes equipped with Face ID, but only a single lens camera. It is designed with fewer features than the other models to cut costs. The iPhone XR sells for $749.
The new iPhone models will be available in the coming weeks in the United States and many other parts of the world.
At its launch event, Apple also announced new versions and expanded features of its Apple Watch devices. The new Apple Watch Series 4 will be a bit larger than current models, coming in 40 millimeter and 44 millimeter versions. Apple says this will provide a screen that is about 30 percent larger than the Series 3 models. The Series 4 will also be built with a stronger back made of ceramic.
Some of the Apple Watch's most popular features deal with tools to help users improve their health and fitness. Several improvements were announced related to these features. For example, the Series 4 will be able to detect when someone has an irregular heartbeat and send a warning message to the user.
Apple said the devices can also gather more detailed heart health information known as an electrocardiogram. The watches also have a feature that is supposed to detect when a person falls. Apple says the watch can even automatically make a 911 emergency call for help if the person does not begin moving within a minute.
Dual SIM card
Apple also used the launch event to announce that its new iPhone X devices will be equipped with dual SIM card technology. This means the devices will be able to hold both a nano-SIM and eSIM inside.
An eSim can be controlled virtually and does not have to be placed physically inside the phone. This dual SIM technology can permit users to use two phone lines with their device. It will also make it easier for users to change phone service carriers without having to get new SIM cards directly from company providers.
Apple announced that new phones launched in China will be equipped with spaces for two physical SIM cards, since eSim technology has not fully developed there.
The technology had already been available on some of Apple's iPad and Apple Watch devices. Apple CEO Cook said the company is already working with phone carriers on how the new technology will be used.
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其中一款新iPhone是去年秋天发布的天价手机iPhone X的加大版 。新型号名为iPhone Xs Max 。其拥有苹果智能手机迄今最大的16.5厘米显示屏 。
和iPhone X一样，iPhone Xs Max仍然采用端到端的全面刘海屏，提供更多的观看空间 。这款手机的显示屏同样不需要背光，因此黑色和其他颜色应该会比以前的手机更真实 。
iPhone Xs Max售价1099美元起，较iPhone X的999美元价格有所上涨 。
另一款新型号名为iPhone Xs，这款手机比iPhone 8 Plus小，但实际上显示屏更大，尺寸为14.7厘米 。
苹果公司表示，X和Xs Max改进了脸部识别功能，这一功能最先搭载在iPhone X手机上 。脸部识别功能使用户只要看着手机就可以解锁 。iPhone Xs售价999美元起 。
苹果公司表示，X和Xs Max搭载了智能手机中最强大的芯片 。
另外，这两款新机型配备“双摄像头系统”，苹果称这可以极大地改善画质 。这一系统将更快的处理速度与苹果所称的“神经网络”结合起来 。苹果公司说，这些工具的结合使相机可以自动调节光线、清晰度和景深 。
第三款新机型名为iPhone XR 。这款手机采用铝合金材质，搭载15.5厘米端到端LCD屏幕 。iPhone XR支持脸部识别功能，但是只有一个摄像头 。为削减成本，这款机型的功能比前两款少 。iPhone Xr售价749美元起 。
苹果在新品发布会上还推出了新款苹果手表，这款手表增加了多个功能 。Apple Watch Series 4比前几代的屏幕尺寸大，提供40毫米和44毫米两种尺寸 。苹果公司表示，新款手表的显示器尺寸比Series 3增大了30% 。Series 4背面由更为坚固的陶瓷制成 。
苹果手表最受欢迎的功能由可以帮助用户改善健康的工具实现 。新款手表有多个改进之处均涉及这些功能 。比如，Series 4能够检测到用户的心率失常，并向用户发出警告 。
苹果公司表示，新款手表还可以收集更多详细的心脏健康信息，即心电图 。另外，Series 4还搭载了可以检测出用户是否摔倒的新功能 。苹果公司表示，如果用户在1分钟之内没有开始移动，那手表甚至可以自动呼叫911急救电话求助 。
苹果在发布会上还宣布，新款iPhone X手机将装备双SIM卡技术 。这意味着新款iPhone X将能同时容纳一张nano-SIM卡以及一张eSIM卡 。
eSim卡可以虚拟控制，无需在手机内放置实体卡 。这种SIM卡技术使用户可以在手机上使用两条电话线路 。这还将使用户更易更换手机服务运营商，不必直接从运营商那里获得新SIM卡 。
这一技术已在一些iPad和手表设备上应用 。苹果首席执行官库克表示，苹果公司已经与手机运营商展开合作，研究如何应用这项新技术 。