The iPhone XS and XS Max
…called Max because its bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone X is available in only silver or space grey, whereas the iPhone XS and XS Max will be adding gold into the mix.
The iPhone X and the new XS are pretty comparable spec-wise, with both having the 5.8-inch super retina HD display (bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus), 12 MP dual cameras, 7 MP true depth camera, Face ID (although its supposedly faster in the XS and XS Max models), and wireless charging. However, the XS is water resistant for up to 2m depth (vs the X at 1m) and comes with an A12 bionic chip with next-generation Neural engine (compared to the A11 in the iPhone X).
The display specs are the exact same, except the XS has cinematic video stabilization that the X doesn’t, which I personally think is pretty neat. Also, the XS will be available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities (vs the X only having the choice of 64GB or 256GB). Now, the only difference between the XS and XS Max is, you guessed it, the size. The iPhone XS Max has a massive display of 6.5 inches (which, to put in perspective for you, is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S9+’s 6.2-inch screen). The iPhone XS and XS Max will be available September 21.
The iPhone XR
…available in multiple colors: blue, white, black, yellow, coral, and (Red)
Apple also announced the iPhone XR, which has a slightly larger screen than the iPhone X at 6.1 inches. It’s a liquid retina HD display instead of the super retina HD display, which means it relies on an LCD display instead of an OLED one. For those of you who don’t speak techie, the difference is that with an OLED display, each pixel provides its own illumination, but with an LCD display, all of the pixels are illuminated by an LED backlight. The iPhone XR will be available in multiple colors: blue, white, black, yellow, coral, and (Red).
The XR has a standard 12MP camera, instead of the dual wide-angle and telephoto cameras in the X, XS, and XS Max. It has the same 7MP TrueDepth camera, Face ID (let’s face it, Touch ID is dead), A12 bionic chip next generation Neural Engine, and wireless charging. The iPhone XR is only water resistant for a depth of 1m like the X. The iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities. The display in the XR is significantly less eye-popping (due to the liquid retina HD display) with a 1400:1 contrast ratio (vs the 1,000,000:1 ratio in the XS). There is also no 3D Touch in the iPhone XR (whomp whomp). It will be available for pre-order October 19.
I think that the iPhone X and XS are very similar. Being that I already have the X, I don’t know as I would be rushing out to get the XS any time soon (that’s a pretty penny to be dropping on a phone that’s so similar to the one I already have. However, I would like to play around with the camera and see the change in picture quality.
Up until now, the Google Pixel phone has been the king of photos so I’d like to see how the new iPhones compare. I do think it’s nice that Apple is offering the higher capacity for the XS and XS Max, although, what someone would need with 512GB in their phone is beyond me. Maybe if they are a heavy YouTuber or something, I don’t know. The other thing I’d like to play around with is the processor.
Being the techie that I am, I’d like to get my hands on the new models and see just how fast the A12 bionic chip can go. I think that the iPhone XR is Apple’s more “cost-friendly” offering (starting at $749), but I personally would need to see just how different the display is.
I enjoy watching videos on my phone, so high quality video is important to me, personally. This would probably be a good phone for a college student who isn’t a gamer or YouTuber or anything like that, someone who just does the basics on their smartphone. The iPhone XS price is starting at $999 and the XS Max starts at $1099.
On to the Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple Watch Series 4 is available in a 40mm or 44mm case (which is bigger than the Series 3, which is available in 38mm or 42mm case). The Series 4 is slightly thinner at 10.7mm, compared to the Series 3 at 11.4mm. The Series 4 will have a 64-bit dual-core S4 processor, which is up to 2x faster than the Series 3’s dual-core S3 processor (Nice!).
It will have an electrical heart sensor (with an ECG app coming later this year), as well as fall detection. The Series 4 will be available in stainless steel finish (silver, space black, and gold) as well as an aluminum finish (silver, space grey, and gold). The Series 3 is only available in an aluminum finish in silver or space grey).
The display is an LTPO OLED Retina display with Force Touch (vs the OLED Retina display with Force Touch in the Series 3), which means a longer battery life (I know, Nice right?). The Apple Watch Series 4 will come in both GPS and Cellular models (like the previous series) and will be $399 and $599. It will be available September 21.
What do I think?
I think that the ECG feature coming to the Apple Watch Series 4 is a pretty cool feature. That, combined with the fall detection feature would be great for an elderly person or someone with certain medical conditions. If you’re unresponsive for 60 seconds after a fall, an emergency call will be placed and a message will be sent to your emergency contacts. That feature could be life saving! The only problem I think might occur is that an elderly person might need assistance in learning how to properly operate their Apple Watch. I’m curious to see how accurate the ECG app will be. It’s supposed to be able to detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. I think the larger and more eye-popping displays will be nice to see and I’m excited, again, to see just how much faster the new processor is.
Well, there you have it, folks. There are the introductions and specifications of each of the new pieces in the 2018 Apple Family, as well as my thoughts on them. Hope you enjoyed it.