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A tricked-out iPhone XS Max costs more than a MacBook

15 September 2018

The most interesting fact here is that Apple has managed to pack a 6.1-inch display in a body that's shorter and narrower than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, though at 8.3mm, the iPhone XR is 0.8mm thicker.

The new £1,099 iPhone XS Max houses a 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display, the largest ever placed on an iPhone, and is joined by the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, the same size as last year's iPhone X. Apple first introduced the new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, which are the successors to the iPhone X.

Apple is also rolling out its largest smartphone to date: the iPhone (ten-S-Max) Xs Max. The company will make iPhone Xs devices in gold, space gray, and silver finishes. LCD is still the standard display technology in the mainstream iPhone lineup.

'These phones really look wonderful, but "iPhone XS Max" is the worst product name Apple has come up with in this century, ' Twitter user @gilbert said. Yep, Apple is ditching the "Plus" branding in favor of "Max" to denote it largest iPhone. Wider stereo playback creates a more immersive soundstage. It also is expected to release a wireless charging mat that will be able to charge several devices at once. The iPhone 7 series is powered by the A10 Fusion chip and is IP67 certified against water and dust. The three new iPhones have an average starting price of $949.

All of this unlocks new experiences for games, photography, video editing and graphics-intensive apps.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are available in three storage variants. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster.

This enables new capabilities like faster plane detection for ARKit and new features that use real-time machine learning.

The neural engine works up to 9 times faster on Core ML operations and uses less than 1/10 the energy.

iPhone Xs continues to bring innovations to photography, things not possible before iPhone.

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Two cameras remain on the back at 12-megapixels, but are able to take better quality photos with the help of the new chip and a Smart HDR feature, that captures more frames, before analysing and merging them for the best possible shot.

What's new with the camera?

If it's the sheer size that has kept you away from joining the "Plus club", you will find that the iPhone XR to be less intimidating.

New Depth Control allows users to dynamically adjust the depth of field in the Photos app both in real-time preview3 and post-capture to create portraits with a handsome background blur.

The iPhone XR has ditched the Home button and Touch ID in favor of Face ID and the TrueDepth camera. This includes features (Face ID instead of a fingerprint reader) and design choices (the notch).

Both devices also have even greater storage capacity, now at a maximum of 512GB.

Touch ID is dead, long live Face ID.

Apple has unveiled the most expensive iPhone it has ever made, as part of a range of new product announcements.

Plus, an update to Mac, featuring a dark mode and a redesigned Mac App Store, would be coming to compatible devices.

A tricked-out iPhone XS Max costs more than a MacBook