The iPhone XS has a smaller battery capacity than the iPhone X

Gerald Bowen
September 22, 2018

People stood, sat and slept in the queue, hoping to be the first ones to own Apple's latest iPhone releases - the XS and the XS Max. The awesome folks at iFixit have managed to obtain them as well and diligently pop up the devices to show the world what made these new phones tick.

The couple purchased 18 XS Max models at a Lincoln Road Apple Store and tucked them into the trunk of their rental auto before driving to a nearby Starbucks.

It is no secret that the new iPhone XS only has 2,658mAh battery (downgraded from the iPhone X's 2716mAh battery) compared to Huawei's P20 Pro, which boasts of a 4,000mAh battery.

"I bought the iPhone X past year, but I took it back the next day and stuck with my iPhone 7 Plus", she said.

As for whether he would ever consider using a Huawei phone in the future, Zheng said: "Maybe one day, when Apple has really screwed themselves up with their hardware, I may make the switch", he added.

The iPhone XS is as much as US$200 more expensive than last year's already pricey iPhone X and represents one of the smallest advances in the product line's history. And just like that new Ferrari, these new iPhones are going to cost you a lot of money.

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The teardown experts at iFixit have disassembled the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max in a new side-by-side comparison. The edge-to-edge screen creates the illusion the device itself is 21% larger than its predecessor, but it'll fit in your hands just as easily (or not) as older Plus models. But, what about that older model iPhone you have? Comparably, South Korean giant Samsung's Galaxy S9 comes with a 3,000mAh battery.

As far as repairability goes, the iPhone XS and XS Max both got a decent score of 6 out of 10.

For a select few, however, purchasing a new iPhone is little more than a race to see who can destroy it first (and reap the YouTube ad revenue rewards).

I actually feel as if the iPhone XS Max is more comfortable to hold than the Note 9.

"You might be happy to wait a month or two after the launch and wait for supply to catch up with demand, and for any problems with the new phones to be identified and (hopefully) fixed", wrote MacWorld's Karen Haslam. The iPhone XS survived the drop with no cracking at all but the same couldn't be said about the iPhone XS Max as it landed on its corner and the front glass was ruined.

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