Apple has announced iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, their premium smartphones for 2018. The new phones are direct successors to 2017’s iPhone X and ship with OLED displays and dual cameras. The only differentiating factors between the two phones are screen size and battery size. Xs has a 5.8-inch display, while Xs Max has a 6.5-inch display – both phones are still smaller in dimensions compared to iPhone 8 Plus, thanks to their edge-to-edge displays. Here is everything that you need to know about these phones, including price, features and availability.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max – Features
Since these are ‘s’ year phones, the design of iPhone Xs and Xs Max is the same as iPhone X. The big change is the addition of a gold version. In terms of display, Apple has used the same beautiful Super Retina OLED Display that won many praises last year. The displays support True Tone, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, along with Apple’s amazing color management. iPhone Xs Max also supports landscape mode for apps, just like Plus version iPhones.
The internals have been upgraded to a 7nm A12 Bionic, the fastest smartphone system-on-chip in the market, with a GPU that is 50% faster than A11, last year’s processor. To put things into perspective, most competitors still haven’t caught up to A11 or even A10. A faster and better battery efficient Neural Engine is included in A12, which supports real-time machine learning. This means that apps that use machine learning or augmented reality are faster than ever, thanks to the new Neural Engine’s capability of performing 5 trillion operations per second. A11 Bionic supported only 600 billion operations per second.
The cameras have also received a major upgrade. The new sensor is faster than before and has larger pixels. Thanks to the new Neural Engine, supports new features like Smart HDR, post-capture Bokeh adjustment via Depth Control, and the usual features like Portrait Mode and Portrait Lightning. Smart HDR enables the camera to capture more highlights and shadows, which improves picture detail in all light conditions. Apple will be adding real-time preview in Depth Control via a software update this fall.
The True Depth camera on the front supports faster FaceID and face tracking for augmented reality apps, by utilizing the new Neural Engine.
Video capture is also improved thanks to the larger and faster sensor. Improved low light performance and optical stabilization, along with stereo audio capture for video combine to help create great looking videos.
Thanks to faster and more efficient chips, battery life is also better than ever. Compared to iPhone X, iPhone Xs offers 30 minutes more battery life while iPhone X Max provides 1.5 hours more battery life.
Other features include:
- Wider stereo sound
- IP68 water resistance for up to 2 meters for 30 minutes
- Gigabit-class LTE
- Dual SIM support (will be available via a software update)
Both phones will ship with iOS 12, which includes new features like Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, Memoji and much more.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs – Price and Availability
If you are hoping for a price reduction, these are not the phones you are looking for. You might want to checkout iPhone XR. The prices for start from $999 and there is a 512GB version available for both iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. The phones will be available in silver, black and gold colors. Here is what you should expect to pay:
iPhone Xs Max
Both new iPhones will be available in the following countries starting September 21: 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. Pre-order starts on September 14.
From September 28, both iPhones will be available in the following 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