September 2018 Event

By MacRumors Staff

September 2018 Event Articles

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Everything Apple Didn't Announce at Today's Event

Wednesday September 12, 2018 7:17 pm PDT by
Today's "Gather Round" Apple event focused on just the iPhone and the Apple Watch, with Apple introducing the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, along with updated Apple Watch Series 4 models. There was no sign of the iPad Pro, AirPower, or new Macs, and because we know these products are in the works, no mention at the September event essentially confirms that an October event...

Apple Offering Pre-Approval for iPhone Upgrade Program in Apple Store App

Wednesday September 12, 2018 5:43 pm PDT by
Following the announcement of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, which will be available for pre-order this Friday, Apple is letting prospective and existing iPhone Upgrade customers get pre-approval through the Apple Store app [Direct Link]. When selecting "View Pricing" on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, there's a banner option to "Get Ready" for the iPhone XS pre-order. Tapping on this...

Apple Requiring All New Apps and App Updates to be Built With iOS 12 SDK by March 2019

Wednesday September 12, 2018 4:57 pm PDT by
Apple today asked developers to begin submitting apps that take advantage of new features in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave ahead of the upcoming launch of the new software updates.You can now submit apps that take advantage of the powerful new capabilities in the next release of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Build your apps using Xcode 10 GM seed, test with the latest releases of iOS 12, ...

Apple's 2018 iPhones Support T-Mobile's 600MHz LTE Spectrum for Improved LTE Performance

Wednesday September 12, 2018 4:17 pm PDT by
The iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR are the first iPhones to support T-Mobile's 600 MHz LTE spectrum (aka Band 71), according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Band 71 is listed as a supported option on the Tech Specs pages for both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR. Apple additionally says its new devices support the most LTE bands ever in an iPhone. T-Mobile purchased the 600 MHz spectrum in ...

New 2018 iPhones Support Background NFC Tag Reading, No App Required

Wednesday September 12, 2018 4:02 pm PDT by
As outlined on Apple's developer site, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR models allow users to scan NFC tags without an app using a new background tag reading feature. On iPhones that support background tag reading, the system scans for and reads NFC data without requiring users to scan tags using an app. The system displays a pop-up notification each time it reads a new tag. After the user taps...

Everything Apple Announced at Today's 'Gather Round' Event in 6 Minutes

Wednesday September 12, 2018 3:05 pm PDT by
Apple today held its annual iPhone-centric event, and this year's keynote saw the debut of impressive new iPhone and Apple Watch models. It took Apple two hours to introduce the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4 models, but we've recapped the entire event in just six minutes for our readers who want a no-frills overview of all the announcements. Subscribe to the ...
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Apple Shares New Pricing for Battery Replacements Starting January 1, 2019

Wednesday September 12, 2018 3:03 pm PDT by
Since the end of 2017, Apple has been offering battery replacements for a discounted price of $29 to appease customers who were upset at device throttling resulting from degraded battery performance. When announcing the new inexpensive battery replacement pricing, Apple promised to offer the discounted price for the entirety of 2018. Now that we're nearing the end of the year, Apple has...
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Apple Watch Series 4 Hands-On: Larger Displays, New Finishes, Slightly Thinner, ECG, and More

Wednesday September 12, 2018 3:02 pm PDT by
Following the introduction of Apple Watch Series 4 models at Steve Jobs Theater today, MacRumors and other media outlets were provided with some up-and-close hands-on time with the new lineup. At first glance, the most obvious difference with Series 4 models is their larger displays, as Apple has significantly reduced the size of the bezels around the screen. The bezels now look similar to...
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iPhone XR Hands-On: Vibrant Colors, Solid Camera/Display, and Cheaper Price Should Entice Many Users

Wednesday September 12, 2018 2:54 pm PDT by
In addition to hands-on time with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, members of the media today got the chance to see the new LCD iPhone XR up close. This is Apple's cheaper alternative to the higher-tier XS models, with the XR starting at $749 in 64GB and rising from there. In person, The Verge said that the six new colors of the iPhone XR are all very vibrant, and the site particularly liked ...

iPhone XS and XS Max Feature Upgraded IP68 Water and Dust Resistance

Wednesday September 12, 2018 2:42 pm PDT by
One of the new features included in Apple's high-end OLED iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is improved water and dust resistance, with the two devices now offering an IP68 rating, equivalent to Samsung's Galaxy S9 smartphones. The IP68 rating means the iPhone XS and XS Max can withstand water up to two meters (6.6 feet) deep for approximately 30 minutes. In this number, the IP6x rating refers to...

After No Sign of AirPower at Today's Event Apple Wipes Most Mentions From Website

Wednesday September 12, 2018 2:21 pm PDT by
The long-awaited AirPower charging mat, which is designed to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once, did not make an appearance at today's iPhone-centric event that saw the launch of new iPhone XS and iPhone XR models. Apple did not mention the AirPower at all on stage, despite the fact that it's now been an entire year since the device was announced in September 2017...

Apple Releases New Beats Solo3 Wireless and UrBeats3 to Match iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Wednesday September 12, 2018 2:11 pm PDT by
Apple today unveiled Beats headphones in fresh color options that are designed to match the newly announced iPhone XS and iPhone XR models. The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear headphones, priced at $299.95, are available in Satin Silver and Satin Gold, two new shades that match the silver and gold iPhone XS models. There is no Space Gray option. The UrBeats3 Earphones with Lightning...
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iPhone XS Max is Apple's Most Expensive iPhone Model to Date at $1,449 for 512GB

Wednesday September 12, 2018 2:05 pm PDT by
Now that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have officially been announced, has been updated with detailed pricing information for all versions of the new iPhones. We've rounded up the prices for the new iPhone XS models below, and note that these prices relate to the one-time payment option on To start, the iPhone XS is priced the same as last year's iPhone X, now with the ...

eSIM in iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR Won't Be Available at Launch, Apple to Activate Later

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:55 pm PDT by
The new iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR models all come equipped with support for dual-SIM functionality through the inclusion of a standard nano-SIM slot and an eSIM, a feature that has previously been used in iPad models. According to Apple's website, eSIM functionality will not be available when the new iPhones launch, with the company instead planning to introduce it later this year...
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iPhone XS Hands On: XS Max Feels 'Shockingly' Light, Killer Features are Depth of Field Slider in Photos and Dual SIM

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:49 pm PDT by
Apple's latest event has come to a close, and that means the press is now getting a chance to go hands-on with the newest iPhones: the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. While largely similar in design to the 2017 iPhone X, the new models pack in a few new features that are distinct from the previous generation, namely the XS Max's large new 6.5-inch display. According to The Verge, the iPhone XS...

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to be Available SIM-Free at Launch

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:41 pm PDT by
Apple will offer SIM-free iPhone XS and iPhone XS models for pre-order according to Apple's website, which means customers will be able to purchase the new smartphones without a carrier. The SIM-free models are not always offered for newly launched iPhones, especially when supplies are tight, so the availability of SIM-free models suggests iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max supply will be plentiful...

Apple Debuts New AppleCare+ Theft and Loss Plan Priced at $299 for iPhone XS and XS Max

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:35 pm PDT by
Alongside the launch of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, Apple has introduced a new AppleCare+ plan that's designed to protect against theft and loss. AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss is priced at $299 (or $14.99 per month over 24 months) for the iPhone XS and XS Max and allows for two incidents of accidental damage, theft, or loss coverage, so long as the purchaser pays the...
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Apple Discontinues Apple Watch Edition

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:24 pm PDT by
Apple's new Series 4 Apple Watch lineup is missing the higher-end ceramic Apple Watch Edition models that were first introduced in 2016. In fact, there are no higher-end Apple Watch Edition models at all this year, with Apple offering only GPS and GPS + Cellular Aluminum and Stainless Steel Series 4 Apple Watch options. "Edition" models were first introduced alongside the original Apple...

Apple's 2018 iPhones Continue to Ship With 5W Power Adapter

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:10 pm PDT by
Despite rumors suggesting Apple's 2018 iPhones might ship with an 18W adapter and a Lightning to USB-C cable to enable fast charging right out of the box, that didn't end up being the case. The iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR ship with the same standard 5W Power Adapter that's traditionally included with iPhone models. The three devices also include a standard Lightning to USB-A cable,...
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Apple Watch Gains New Band Colors in Sport, Sport Loop, Leather, and Stainless Steel

Wednesday September 12, 2018 1:02 pm PDT by
Amid the reveal of the Apple Watch Series 4, today Apple refreshed its band lineup with new colors for Fall 2018. There is no major new Apple Watch band style this season, like the introduction of the Sport Loop and Woven Nylon following previous events, but there are quite a few new colors to match the new iPhone cases. To start, there are three new Sport Band colors: Nectarine, Blue...