Apple shares early iPhone XS reviews

Gerald Bowen
September 21, 2018

The new phones, due in stores on Friday - starting at $999 and $1,099 for the XS and XS Max, respectively - feature OLED screens, Apple's sharpest yet, and best-ever cameras, most reviewers found, but the incremental improvements won't be felt by anyone with last year's iPhone X.

Apple's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch on September 21 followed by the iPhone XR on October 26.

The new A12 Bionic processor likely has something to do with this.

In terms of CPU performance the world's first at-scale 7nm architecture has paid dividends.

Update: Filings discovered by MacRumors have also revealed the iPhone XR's battery size as being 2,942mAh. While the host doesn't really speak to how easy or hard it'll be to carry out DIY repairs on the new iPhone, the video certainly suggests that performing your own repairs won't exactly be a walk in the park. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max pack 4GB of RAM, meanwhile the lower-end iPhone XR has 3GB of RAM to work with.

In terms of dimensions, iPhone XS is identical to the X, which means all older cases and accessories will be compatible.

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If these numbers are accurate, the iPhone XR, which is significantly more affordable than the iPhone XS, has a 10.7% bigger battery. This smart Super AMOLED display phone comes with a 6.5-inch display.

"They don't spark strong feelings - except maybe chagrin that they cost so much", Goode said.

If you're looking to get your hands on one of these newer models, its worth comparing the plans available from Australia's major telcos - Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - to see which one is right for you.

Theoretically Apple is offering the XR at a cheaper price, but I don't think they have lowered their profit margins because of it. Display adds a significant amount to a phone's manufacturing cost, so Apple is saving a lot of money by packing in a very inferior display. Then you should be in for a nice new zippy smartphone experience. I've spoken to many people who claim their iPhone Plus model can last them two days on a single charge, and that's with a below 3,000mAh battery on board. Basically, the words you use to describe it are usually reserved for Beyonce, Ellen, or Oprah. He pointed out several apps have not adapted for the bigger screen, making things look a bit funky. But unlike a fast charger, a wireless charger is not an accessory included with most - if any - smartphones, and fewer smartphones support wireless charging.

Unlike most Android handset makers, Apple doesn't disclose precise details about the iPhone's battery or RAM.

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