Apple iPhone XS and XS Max
Released in 2018, the successors to the iPhone X, looks almost exactly the same but with upgraded internals including the processor and camera. The XS Max also known as the iPhone X Plus is the bigger version of the same phone, sporting a larger battery and even larger price tag
Both these devices have been cited by some as two of the best handsets ever released by Apple. Of course, technology evolves at breakneck speed, and what people look for in a smartphone can be subjective. However, it does showcase how respected Apple is as a manufacturer, which can be seen by its many iterations of the handset over the years. Apple has learned to adapt to its customer base, meaning that a flagship model would often be released in different variations, and this model is no exception. There are some other differences between the two handsets.
iPhone Xs Max specs in a nutshell
- One of the most noticeable differences in the size of the screen which has been increased to 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm or 6.5-inch which in turn delivers a 2668 x 1242 resolution enclosed in a Gorilla Glass 6
- Another area of improvement is the battery, which can now offer up to 16 hours of talk time due to a 3174 mAh battery.
- Quick charge & wireless charge compatible with A12 bionic chip & 4GB RAM
- Price starts from $749 AUD for basic 64GB Capacity.
- 256GB starts from $849 AUD
- 512GB starts from $949 AUD
- Comes in three colors; Gold, Silver & Space Grey
Full specs sheet found here
iPhone XS Specs in a nutshell
- Its dimensions are 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm containing a 5.8-inch Retina OLED capacitive touchscreen with a 2346 x 1125 resolution sporting Gorilla Glass 6
- 12MP dual camera on the rear along with a 7MP front-facing camera. A 2658 mAh battery delivers an impressive 14 hours of talk time. A 50% charge can be acquired when using fast charging, making it an ideal handset for those constantly on the move.
- An impressive 4GB ram and is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants. IOS 12 out of the box which can be updated to iOS 13.4 and above.
- Apple A12 Bionic Chip and Apple GPU
- Prices start from $679 AUD for basic 64GB model
- 256GB starts from $779 AUD
- 512GB starts from $879 AUD
- Comes in three colors; Gold, Space Grey & Silver
Full specs sheet found here
Despite the minor upgrades compared to its predecessor, both devices have raving reviews and are worthwhile considerations for those searching for a cheap and affordable iPhone with great battery life, snappy performance and a brilliant low light camera.
Price & Availability in Australia
Both these models were being sold up until Jan 2020 alongside the more affordable iPhone XR at leading retailers in Australia. Prices for XS started from $850, $990 & $1050 AUD for 64GB, 256GB, & 512GB storage capacities respectively. Similarly, price of XS Max were $949 for 64GB, $999 for 256GB and $1099 for 512GB at retailers JB Hifi, Officeworks & Phonebot. Keep in mind that since its has been succeeded by the iPhone 11 retailers including Apple store do not stock the device anymore and you can only buy it refurbished from reputable resellers like Phonebot with comprehensive warranty. Mobile networks like Telstra, Optus & Vodafone also offer limited month to month plans as these devices have been discontinued and succeeded by the 11 series launched in Sept 2019
Where to buy accessories from?
As with all the new models, they came with a new round of accessories including screen protectors and leather cases. Third party vendors like Tech21 also released cases like the Tech21 Pure Clear Case which were in huge demand up until recently. Retailers like Officeworks, JB hifi, Harvey Norman & Kogan also sell various cases but its best to pick one up from ebay if you can wait a few days for delivery.