XR, XS and XS Max: Comparing the new iPhones
Unless you’ve managed to completely avoid social media and TV for the last few days, you’ve probably seen that Apple held their annual release event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in California yesterday.
Here’s the lowdown on the three new iPhones and the latest Apple Watch developed by the tech giants, from the cheapest to the most eye-wateringly expensive.
The all-new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and Apple Watch Series 4 are here. #AppleEvent
— Apple (@Apple) September 12, 2018
Apple Watch Series 4
— The Verge (@verge) September 13, 2018
Prices for the new smartwatch start at £399, but it’s much more than just a timekeeper.
The main new features are health-related; the watch has been designed to notify you if your heart rate becomes abnormal, and will give out an SOS if it detects that its owner has collapsed.
All your health data will be available on your phone for easy availability.
You can also call, text and access Siri from your wrist - if you’re willing to part with almost £400. Alternatives are being readily produced for less money by brands such as Garmin and Fitbit, so it’s worth shopping around.
The cheapest of the three new iPhones released yesterday—just a smidge at only £749 for the cheapest model—is the XR.
Its 6.1” display has a so-called ‘Liquid Retina’, which essentially means it’s the only one of the three not to have been upgraded from an LCD screen to an OLED. It’s also the only one without a dual rear camera.
It still runs the same new software features of its two big brothers, using iOS 12. The faster Face ID proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the fingerprint scanner, as the home button has now been removed entirely. Oh, and this one also has the most colour options, if that’s your thing.
The primary difference between the XS and the XR are the display: The XS has a 5.8” screen with a Super Retina OLED display (which is actually produced by Samsung, although Apple skipped over this in the launch).
The XS and the Max have stainless steel frames, rather than the aluminium of the XR. Besides this and the dual rear camera, there isn’t really that much difference between the XR and the XS- besides £250. Just make sure you don’t drop it!
iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS (64GB) – £999
iPhone XS (256GB) – £1,149
iPhone XS (512GB) – £1,349
iPhone XS Max (64GB) – £1,099
iPhone XS Max (256GB) – £1,249
iPhone XS Max (512GB) – £1,449
— Jumia Kenya (@JumiaKenya) September 13, 2018
This phone is huge. It’s got the biggest display of any iPhone, and at 6.5” you might need to invest in some bigger pockets.
If you do choose to buy the XS Max, you probably won’t want to invest in anything else for a while, seeing as it comes with a price tag of £1099. Besides the screen, there’s not much difference between the XS and XS Max, besides the amount of space it takes up. Maybe the fact it lightens your wallet so much is justification for its size?
It's clear that Apple is still operating at the cutting-edge of innovation—the new A12 Bionic processor alone shows this. The continually inflating prices with every release do mean that you'll need admirable brand loyalty not to have your head turned by cheaper Android alternatives.