IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

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But it's not much of a surprise - when Apple announced its new smartwatch operating system in June, the Edition and original Apple Watch were not included in the list of devices eligible for the update. The new range now comes with a fullscreen display and FaceID as standard - this was introduced by the trendsetting iPhone X previous year. You should also know that Geekbench scores are to be taken with a pinch of salt for now so we'll update you guys if these scores remain constant once the latest iPhones have officially been released by Apple. As with anything, of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule of global customers generally needing to pony up more now than they would have had to for the iPhone X at launch.

Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials. There's no longer anything showing the iPhone X.

It's pretty unusual for Apple to discontinue phones this way. The base level iPhone is now the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch display, A10 Fusion chip, water proofing and stereo speaker setup. The overall design is much the same. But it doesn't seem like Apple will be making any more. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size. Gareth notes that the industry were expecting this model to be delayed slightly, releasing after the iPhone XS, so a concurrent release is most welcome. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison.


For any iPhone X owners anxious about whether the discontinuation will dent the resale value of their phone, the Forrester analyst Thomas Husson has some reassuring words.

"Apple brand aficionados who want to own the latest device and own the X will be ready to pay anyway to get the XS or XS Max", he told Business Insider via email, adding that for most others "who do not renew their smartphone every year or so, the X is still largely good enough for their needs".

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