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5 things to know about the iphone XS Max & More

Everything you need to know about the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

IPhone XS Max Specifications

The iPhone X, meanwhile, has been discontinued. Here’s everything you need to know about the company’s 2018 iPhone X update, including its price, release date, specs, and how to pre-order the new iPhones.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max key features at a glance

  • Release date September 21 (pre-orders open September 14
  • 5.8-inch/6.5-inch Super Retina OLED screen
  • iPhone X-style ‘notch’
  • Face ID (no Home button)
  • Faster Apple A12 Bionic 7nm SoC
  • Dual-camera
  • IP68 water- and dust-resistant (up to 2m for 30 minutes)
  • Gold, silver and space grey colour options

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max − Screen

The XS Max is the biggest-screened iPhone ever made. However, thanks to that, ahem, “edge-to-edge” screen, the XS Max is physically smaller (0.9mm less, to be precise) than the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch, 2436 x 1125 resolution Super Retina OLED screen, with the Max model featuring a 6.5-inch 2688 x 1242 Super Retina OLED screen. Pixel density stands at 458ppi on both models.

There’s also HDR10 and Dolby Vision support on both handsets, and Apple says the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max offer a million-to-one contrast ratio and 60% greater dynamic range of colours for HDR photos than the iPhone X. And, of course, there’s rounded corners and that notch again!

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max − Design and build

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can both be easily mistaken for the iPhone X, with Apple deciding against updating the look of its flagship this year.

Both little and large versions of the XS feature a “surgical-grade” stainless steel frame, which joins the glass front and back panels up.

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And yes, that means support for Qi wireless charging is back. The phones are IP68-rated for water- and dust-resistance too, which Apple saying they’ll survive a 30-minute dunk to a depth of two metres.

Unsurprisingly, the 3.5mm headphone jack has not made a comeback.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max − Specs and features

Both phones are powered by the Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core 7-nanometer chip, which should apparently help apps launch 30% faster.

Apple says it’s up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic, and up to 50% more power-efficient. Graphics performance, meanwhile, is claimed to be up to 50% faster with the A12 Bionic than the A11 Bionic.

“A12 Bionic features a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 percent more efficient, a four-core GPU that is up to 50 percent faster, powerful Apple-designed Image Signal Processor (ISP), video encoder and more,” the company says.

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are also dual-SIM-compatible, and support gigabit LTE speeds. Apple is also promising wider stereo sound from the stereo speakers and faster Face ID.

There’s no word from Apple on RAM yet. Regardless, we’ll have to wait to spend some time with the XS phones before jumping to any conclusions about performance enhancements.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max − Camera

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both feature the same dual-camera setup around the back.

It’s an upgraded version of the dual-camera setup we saw on the iPhone X, and combines a 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle sensor and a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, with dual optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.

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Portrait mode is back, and there’s a new feature called Smart HDR for photos, for improved shadow detail. The XS and XS Max will also let you adjust the depth of field after a photo has been taken, letting you swing between f/1.4 and f/16.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max − Battery life

Apple says it has improved battery life from the days of the iPhone X, and is promising up to 30 minutes of extra stamina with the XS, and up to 90 minutes more with the XS Max.

Claimed talk time for the iPhone XS is up to 20 hours, claimed internet use is up to 12 hours, claimed video playback is up to 14 hours and claimed audio playback is up to 60 hours. It’s also fast-charge capable, with Apple saying a 30-minute charge can get you up to the 50% mark.

Claimed talk time for the iPhone XS Max, meanwhile, is up to 25 hours, claimed internet use is up to 13 hours, claimed video playback is up to 15 hours and claimed audio playback is up to 65 hours. It’s fast-charge capable too, with Apple once again saying a 30-minute charge will get you up to the 50% mark.

The iPhone X’s battery is good enough to get you through a day of use quite comfortably, so we have high hopes for the XS and XS Max.

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