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Telstra: iPhone XS and Max pre-orders 14 Sept, sales + Watch S4 21 Sept

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Apple's newest iPhones and the Apple Watch have finally been announced, and Australia's biggest telco has confirmed Apple's dates, as obviously expected.

Want one of the new XS or XS Max model iPhones, which you can read all about here? You'll have to wait until October for the more affordable XR model, but the crème de la crème of Apple's iOS-powered smartphones can be pre-ordered from tomorrow.

Apple's own pages for the iPhone XS and XS Max can be seen here

The precise pre-order time for the XS and XS Max is from 5.01pm AEST on 14 September, and one presumes that delivery times for orders will quickly stretch from days to weeks and longer, just as has happened in all the years past thus far.

Of course, some may want to spend less on their brand new iPhone, especially if they have been waiting a few generations for this year's latest and greatest. For those people, the iPhone XR may well fit the bill and take fewer bills from your wallet, with full details of the XR here, and Apple's pages on the XR here, with XR pre-orders starting on 19 October from 6.01pm at Telstra's website, and the unit going on sale on 26 October.

But if you can't wait, Telstra tells us you can pre-order the XS or XS Mac from 5.01 on 14 September, with actual sales starting on 21 September, which is the same date the Apple Watch Series 4 will become available.

Telstra says it is yet to share more details of its plans on the above Apple products, but that it will do so soon.

It makes me wonder how popular Telstra's $199 plan might well be, given it is supposed to offer any phone, with truly unlimited 4G downloads, so we'll see soon enough whether this plan magically gets more expensive, or whether Telstra's $199 plan really does cover the lot.

Until then, each major telco will, no doubt, offer special pricing plans, so if you're in the market for a new iPhone, and the XR isn't something you want to wait for, the XS and XS Max await your beck, call and order.

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