Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch today: Here's everything you need to know

Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch today: Here's everything you need to know
September 21 is the day that many of you have certainly been anticipating. It's the day that Apple scheduled as the launch date for their latest shiny wares, the iPhone XS and XS Max which were both announced during a keynote a week ago. The latest heavy-hitters in Apple's portfolio will have to carry the company on their backs for the next 12 months, and the initial sales that are about to commence will be a pretty good indication of whether these would set a new slew of records.

What time are Apple stores opening today?

So, the iPhones are launching in stores today, but what time are Apple's stores opening? As you likely know, Cupertino's outlets usually open doors at 10am from Monday through Thursday and close shop at 10pm, while on Friday and Saturday they'd close at 11pm.

Today's a special day, however - consumers in the first batch of supported markets should expect Apple stores to open 8am local time and close at 11pm local time today. Surely, you'd know that since you've been camping in front of the store since Tuesday, of course.

How much does it cost?

A cool $999 + a couple of hundred more for tax is the minimum amount you should prepare for your shiny new iPhone. The iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64GB version, while the 256GB and 512GB versions will set you back $1149 and $1349, respectively. 

The larger and more respect-inducing iPhone XS Max commands a $1099 price tag for the starting 64GB version, a $1249 for the 256GB, and the mind-boggling sum of $1449 for the top-end 512GB model. 

iPhone XS and XS Max country availability

The first batch of countries that will be getting a taste of the iPhone XS and XS Max today are:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

Traditionally, among the very first countries to receive the newest batch of iPhones is Australia, while Apple's own hometurf is one of the last global markets to receive the new Apple wares. Here's a time breakdown of when the stores are opening in different.

A week later, on September 28, the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in the second batch of countries: 

Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa.

What about the iPhone XR?

Alas, the most affordable new iPhone, the colorful iPhone XR, will not launch alongside its more premium brethren. In a move that's likely to prevent it from stealing some thunder and sales opportunities, the cheapest new phone will be launching October 26.

The launch will be simultaneous in nearly 60 countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

You will be able to pre-order it starting October 19.

How much would it set me back?

The iPhone XR is currently one of the cheapest ways to get into the cool Apple club. $749 is what you will have to pay for the base 64GB version, while the 128GB one will cost you $799. If you're a data hoarder, you might as well go for the 256GB version, which costs $899.

Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

"Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch today: Here's everything you need to know" Your getting ripped off. That's everything you need to know.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Who cares what this click bait artical says. Wait till quarterly results are in. Last year sales of the x were suposed to be bad. They had record sales. All these articals put out there to get sombody to read it because it says something negative about apple. It is actually is part of the reason why Apple stock constantly go up and up and up well besides the record sales. Last your old is horribly fake stories about the iPhone X feeling horrible really a driving force to drop the price of the stock for Apple down then when the actual sales figures came out Apple stocks shot through the roof making them $1 trillion company. All I know is that if I didn’t order my phone within five or 10 minutes of them going on sale I wouldn’t of been able to get it until October. I’m kind of over the fact of having all these trolls on the site just talking s**t just to talk s**t because you have some weird fascination with eating apple. I personally love android phone I prefer an Apple phone it’s not a big deal and I would like to discuss The stories in a normal way without having to deal with a bunch of dip s**ts. Since it’s never going to happen mostly because phone arena don’t take charge of this comment sections I’m just gonna take my time in not worry about it and hopefully everyone small call you freaking idiots out hold your feet to the fire and yet a figure speech idiots

5. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Wow!! You mad huh..............

8. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

iSheep spotted

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Wow man....u really need to visit some doctor....but I think every isheep need to do is simply ripping off people, and isheeps are allowing apple to rob them, and even defending this robbery....for the price apple are charging for XS and Xs max they shoul have bundled in air pods, air mats, premium quality ear phones, and fast charger in the box....but instead of doing this, they even removed 3.5mm dongle from the box....yes, they will continue to make profit, as they are robbing people, and robbery is always pure profit for any robber.........yes they will continue to reap profits, because they have blind isheeps who will support them, and purchase all of their cheap products for high prices...........I used to like apple products a lot, and even gifted my relatives iphones in past.....but now I dont have any love or sympathy for apple, they are greedy just like samsung, one plus, or any other corporations...but they should never forget downfall of Nokia, or HTC or anyother company.......

2. Pcworld1976

Posts: 177; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Waiting rewiew inflads

6. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Apple has proved that there is a sucker born every minute. Never the less they do make great products! This is too much money to be spent on "great products". There are a lot of great products available at half the cost.

7. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Why didnt u mentiom india prices... Its never before prices in india.... 1500$-2000$

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