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Apple iPhone XS and XS Max: new iPhones unveiled

The new iPhones are official! After a fake 'accidental' Tweet and a Mission Impossible spoof, Apple presented the iPhone XS and XS Max today. So what's new on Apple's latest (and as they didn't fail to mention multiple times during the unveiling, "most advanced" and "best ever") smartphones?


This article will be constantly updated with photos, videos, statements and experiences of event participants who have had the opportunity to experience the new Apple iPhones.


You can breathe out again, the iPhone XS and XS Max are official!

Apple just unveiled three new iPhones during its keynote presentation at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. The follow-ups to last year’s iPhone X, the XS and XS Max, are now confirmed. Tim Cook says Apple is about to ship its two billionth iOS device. Here are all the details.

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max: when can it be yours?

  • The iPhone XS will launch on September 21 and will start at $999 in the US. 
  • The iPhone XS Max, the larger of the two devices, launches on the same day and starts at $1099 - that's $100 more than 2017’s iPhone X. If you want the 512 GB version, you will have to stump up a whopping $1449.
  • Pre-orders for the devices start on Friday, September 14.

Two models with different display sizes

Both devices look similar to last year’s flagship from Apple. The iPhone XS features 5.8-inch OLED display, whilst iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display. Apple is calling this an 'edge-to-edge' display. The smaller super retina display is a 2436 x 1125 resolution, whilst the larger screen on the XS Max is a 2688 x 1242 resolution. It's the biggest screen on an iPhone, ever. The iPhone XS Max is the same size as the old iPhone Plus, despite the larger display. The phones are made of a surgical-grade stainless steel. It comes in three finishes; gold, silver and space grey.

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The new iPhone XS in gold. / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Both devices come with dual cameras. The setup is a 12 MP wide-camera and a 12 MP telephoto camera, plus an improve True Tone flash. The fingerprint sensor, and therefore Touch ID, does not return. Apple claims that Face ID is the most secure facial recognition system out there.

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The notch houses a whole lot of stuff! / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

The is a new Smart HDR feature, which is like HDR but it works for moving shots as well. The software will take multiple shots at different exposures to merge in order to give you the best shot of a moving subject. Apple is calling this 'zero shutter lag'.

For portrait mode, a new depth slider allows you to adjust the depth of field after you have taken the shot using post-processing. The slider goes from f1.4 to f16. On stage, the 'smart bokeh' feature looked mightily impressive and will be a huge USP for the iPhone XS in terms of photography.

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You can adjust the depth of field after you have taken a portrait mode shot. / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

The "most powerful ever" A12 bionic processor

Both new smartphones are packing Apple’s own A12 Bionic processor. It is made using a 7 nm processor and features 6.9 billion transistors. The new phones also feature a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU. The A11 could process 600 billion operations per second, but the A12 is capable of 5 trillion. Apple claims its new chip is also 50% more efficient than the A11. This will go up against the Kirin 980, for sure.

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The new A12 Bionic processor does look impressive on paper. / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Both the XS and the XS Max come with 4 GB of RAM. There’s plenty of horsepower available with those numbers. In terms of internal storage, both the XS and the XS Max come in either 64 GB, 256GB or 512 GB versions. No extra storage space is packed into the larger XS Max, then. The iPhone XS and XS Max are also waterproof.

In terms of battery, Apple says the iPhone XS will last 30 minutes longer than last year's iPhone X, and the XS Max will last around an hour and a half longer than the 2017 anniversary device. This is Apple biggest ever smartphone battery.

Oh, and dual-SIM is available in the new iPhones. It's the same one hardware SIM plus one eSIM system that we've seen before with the iPad and Apple Watch.

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The new Apple iPhone XS and XS Max will finally be DualSIM / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

"Fastest ever" performance

We’ve already seen the new iOS 12 software in action, thanks to the beta. Both phones will launch with Apple’s latest operating system. The stand out feature is more optimization. Apps open 40% faster, the keyboard is 50% faster and the jumping to the camera from the lock screen now takes 70% less time than it did before. Real-time learning is now possible on the iPhone XS and XS Max, which opens up some cool AR potential.

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Augmented reality should be a lot better on the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Apple iPhone XS vs. Apple iPhone XS Max technical specifications

  Apple iPhone XS Apple iPhone XS Max
Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
Weight: 177 g 208 g
Battery size: 2658 mAh 3174 mAh
Screen size: 5.8 in 6.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2436 x 1125 pixels (463 ppi) 2688 x 1242 pixels (456 ppi)
Front camera: 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED LED
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB

64 GB
512 GB
256 GB

Removable storage: Not available Not available
Number of cores: 6 6
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 5.0 HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 5.0

 

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  • Please set the price to be $ 998, not 999 (!), or at most $ 998.99, because the 3 out of 9 signify that reversed number that brings bad luck. Ahh, what prices ...

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