The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have been officially launched by Apple. The new models bear a striking resemblance to their predecessor, with the exception of two things. Unlike the iPhone X, which was only available in the colors Silver and Space Grey, its successors are also available in a brand new color, with the iPhone Xs Max being the biggest iPhone the company has ever launched. That new color is the Gold variant and let us take an in-depth look at the devices that were unveiled by Apple.
iPhone XS: Specifications, Features
The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch OLED 120Hz display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 and is powered by Apple’s new A12 Bionic chipset, the company’s first 7nm FinFET. The Neural Engine has been upgraded from a 2-core to an 8-core configuration to improve machine learning features. The phone also has the most durable glass ever seen on a smartphone and also has the IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.
Storage has been bumped up from 256GB to 512GB. The camera has also been upgraded with a larger sensor in a 12MP dual-rear unit and it comes with an improved True Tone flash. The 7MP selfie camera also has a faster sensor, with the device featuring an improved image signal processor that has improved the camera quality by miles. The phone also has the Smart HDR feature with adjusting exposure, zero shutter lag and portrait photos are blurred as needed.
The iPhone Xs also boasts a four-microphone system which means it can also record sound in the stereo format too. The company claims that users will be able to experience 30 minutes of longer battery life along with dual-SIM support. Thankfully, 3D Touch is still present and the Face ID facial recognition has been improved with Secure Enclave.
iPhone XS Max: Specifications, Features
Staying true to its name, the iPhone Xs Max is one of the biggest smartphones out there and offers more screen estate than any Plus-sized phone that Apple has ever launched. It has a 6.5-inch OLED 120Hz display with a resolution of 2688 × 1242 at 458 PPI. Like the previous Plus phones, the iPhone Xs Max screen also supports landscape two-column apps. The phone is IP68 certified, has a more durable glass, and surgical-grade steel. Like its predecessor, the iPhone Xs Max also has 3D Touch, which is terrific, as it was rumored to be a feature that would no longer be retained.
The phone also has a better speaker system and wider stereo sound. The phablet is fueled by Apple’s A12 Bionic SoC, the first chipset in the industry made using the 7nm process. The chip, which has a hexacore CPU, quad-core GPU, and a Neural Engine, promises 15 percent faster application processing than its predecessor. Apple claims that the GPU is 50 percent faster and AI processing and AR performance has also improved considerably. Running nine times faster, the CoreML will just use just 1/10th of the energy now.
The phone has two 12MP cameras on the back (one wide-angle sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 and one telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.4). Both the sensors have a 6-element lens, and optical image stabilization, with the wide-angle sensor, also sporting Focus Pixels tech and 1.4-micron pixels. The camera also has a better True Tone flash with a flicker-detection system. The front shooter is 7MP and has an aperture of f/2.2.
The phone has a faster Face ID, thanks to the Secure Enclave and faster algorithms, and offers up to 512GB of storage. It packs the largest battery ever seen on an iPhone, as it will be able to offer 90 minutes longer usage. Two SIMs can also be inserted and the dual-SIM system is reliant on eSIM support, except in China. In that country, special SIM trays which support two physical SIM cards will be available for buyers.
iPhone XS, XS Max: Price, Availability
The iPhone Xs starts at $999 (approximately Rs. 71,843), while the iPhone Xs Max starts at $1,099 (approximately Rs. 79,034). The phones will be available in three storage configurations: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. As for pre-orders, they will go live on the 14th of September with shipping beginning in select markets on the 21st of September and more markets will start receiving shipments by the 28th of the same month.