The three new iPhones are finally here and have been priced very exorbitantly. While all three phones represent an upgrade, the iPhone XS (pronounced the “Ten Es”), the larger variant iPhone XS Max, as well as the iPhone XR build upon the design of the iPhone X.
As such many things remain the same as last year’s flagships but some things have definitely improved. The new iPhones come with bigger and crisper displays, new surgical-grade aluminum and stainless steel design and immaculate finish, and more power under the hood. Powered by the all-new A12 Bionic chipset, the new iPhones are much faster and more power efficient than 2017’s iPhone X. Let’s see how the new iPhones improve on last year’s flagship:
Now that we know that the new iPhones are more powerful than the iPhone X, let’s have a quick look at the exciting features offered in these upgraded models:
A12 Bionic Chipset
The A12 Bionic is not only smarter but also the industry’s first commercially available chipset manufactured with a 7nm process – although Huawei recently announced Kirin 980 with the same process.
New Face ID
All three new iPhones now feature a newer and improved version of Apple’s Face ID which was introduced last year with the iPhone X. While Apple did not share specific numbers, the new Face ID is faster at assessing faces and unlocking the iPhone XS, XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Needless to say, Touch ID has been dropped completely from the lineup.
As we’d been hearing in rumored for a long time, Apple also unveiled an LCD iPhone this year with what Apple calls the “Liquid Retina” display. The 6.1-inch display has a resolution of 1792×828 with a pixel density of 326ppi. It’s not even full HD but Apple made some tall claims about color reproduction and accuracy on this display too.
The displays on all of the three iPhones also get 120Hz touch-sensing which will ensure better haptic feedback, faster touch recognition, and speedier typing. However, this is not the 120Hz refresh rate which we get on the Razer Phone.
Improved Stereo Speaker
The iPhones XS, XS Max, and XR also get stereo speakers which are improved over the iPhone X. The speakers now produce a wider stereo effect, giving you an immersive sound experience with enhanced spatial sound and better clarity while gaming or watching videos.
For China only, Apple will be changing the functionality and use a dual-sided SIM tray which will allow users to use two different physical SIM cards simultaneously.
The cameras on the new iPhones are getting a feature called Smart HDR which automatically improves images by taking four different shots at very small intervals and inter-frames which record lighting and depth in the images. This multi-level image processing with the new ISP and enhanced by the better NPU on the A12 Bionic chipset.
Better Battery Backup
Besides iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR, iOS 12 will be available for older devices starting September 17 which is actually before the new iPhones start shipping.