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iPhone XS/Max: time for older generation iPhone users to upgrade.

The nights have started to draw in and temperatures drop. This can mean only one thing - we are now in what is traditionally Apple's main season for new product launches.

After ten years of the first appearance of iPhone, Apple has brought the revolutionary changes in it's appearances and features. After the commendable appreciation of iPhone 8, it reached the ultimate experience of iPhone X. On September 21, 2018 Apple released the Iphone XS and finally my favorite version, the iphone XS MAX. Despite all the rumors of it being the limited stock and overly priced, there were queues of people all around the globe, waiting impatiently to hold this phenomenal creation. The iPhone XS seems to lead the industry into a new direction just as the earlier version of iPhone X.

I've now had nearly a week with my new iPhone XS MAX (gold), so I thought that I would share some experiences and early opinions.

There is plenty to admire about the Iphone XS MAX. Straight from opening the box, that screen, that screen, that amazing screen.

The OLED Screen:

The OLED screen met the high standards of Apple with over two million pixels and the iPhone XS looks amazing. The display size of the screen is 5.8 inches (IPhone XS) and 6.5 inches (IPhone XS MAX) which makes it look stunning, their sharpest display ever. It simply means that you are going to have the clearest texts to read, brilliant image quality and sharp video playback and many more. The great thing is that it has the edge to edge viewing area to give you enough large display without carrying a larger phone.

Face Recognition:

A unique feature of iPhone X series is its face recognition unlock which means that you can register your face as the owner of the phone so that it will automatically unlock next time you view it. One such unlocking system was viewed in Galaxy S8 but iPhone x actually used 3-D imagery which makes it even more secure as its new technology can’t be fooled by any mask that looked like you.

Animoji's and Memoji's:

Introducing the next level of emojis, you will find Animoji's and Memoji’s in iPhone XS. This is related to the face recognition technology and it’s soooooo much fun that you will love this feature. It actually allows you to create your own emotion-connected emojis in animated form; a short clip which you can send to your friends and family. The fun part is that it captures the exact facial expressions that you make to create this animojis.

Latest Camera:

The iPhone XS and XS Max have the same back cameras, which have the same specifications as the iPhone X: 12-megapixels resolution, dual lens system, 51mm telephoto with a ƒ/2.4 aperture, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, and optical image stabilization. There is a difference in the wide-angle lens: it’s 26mm with a ƒ/1.8 aperture, while the iPhone X had a 28mm lens with the same aperture. The result is that you get wider shots with the iPhone XS. It also has a larger sensor that captures more light. You can expect to have sharper videos with less light and brilliant images even in low light.

Wireless Charging:

One of the remarkable features is the quality of completely wireless charging what makes traveling much easier as most of the major airports are providing wireless charging pads.

The matter of size:

Measuring 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches, the iPhone XS has the same dimensions as the iPhone X. At 6.2 ounces, the new phone is 0.1 ounce heavier. If you’re used to an iPhone X, you’re not going to feel a difference with the iPhone XS.

The iPhone XS Max measures 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches, which is a tiny bit different than the iPhone 8 Plus, and at 7.3 ounces, the iPhone XS Max is about .2 ounces heavier. But if you’ve used an iPhone Plus in the past, the iPhone XS Max is practically the same size.

If you like big phones, you have a couple of choices here. But if you like small phones, you don’t have a choice anymore. Apple has discontinued the iPhone SE, and there’s no official word from Apple if they will follow-up with a 4-inch version. The upcoming iPhone XR, with its 6.1-inch display, falls between the iPhone XS and XS Max in terms of size. If you want the smallest iPhone available, you might be able to find an iPhone SE with your carrier, but otherwise you’ll have to opt for the iPhone XS, iPhone 7, or iPhone 8. (The iPhone 7 and 8 have 4.7-inch displays and their overall size is only marginally smaller than the iPhone


Bottom line:

The iPhone X was a smartphone that re-energized the iPhone line after what seemed like a long period of stagnation. So the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a difficult job following up a tough act. But the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max do a great job on their own and they do not disappoint.

If you already have an iPhone X, you probably won’t find a super compelling reason to upgrade to an iPhone XS. The main difference is speed: a CPU boost of up to 15 percent (according to Apple) over the iPhone X convincing enough? The graphics and AR performance boost is more substantial, so if you're heavily into iPhone games or AR apps, you should seriously consider upgrading. The iPhone XS takes better pictures than the iPhone X, but the improvements are situational and may not necessarily feel like a big payoff for most people. All things considered, you’ll be fine sticking to your iPhone X for at least another year, when the upgrade payoff will be greater.

If you’re thinking about an upgrade from an iPhone X to an iPhone XS Max, however, there is more to consider. The bigger screen leaves a bigger impression than I imagined, and I still get a bit of a thrill simply using the iPhone XS Max.

Purchasing an iPhone XS or XS Max is most compelling for users of iPhones 6/7/8. The improvements to the processor, camera, and display have more impact for owners of the iPhone 8 and older.

If price is a big consideration, and starting at $999 it probably is, you might considering waiting a few days for the iPhone XR. This is Apple’s upcoming less-expensive model. It has the same processor as the iPhone XS, but it has a single-lens back camera instead of a dual-lens one, and it also uses a lower-resolution LED display. Starting at $749, its price is a little more consumer friendly.

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