A step up from the much-loved iPhone X, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are two of the latest handsets to be announced at Apple's launch event in California. Out of the three iPhones revealed on 12th September, the XS and XS Max promise to be the most advanced iPhones yet.

We’ve taken a closer look at the duo. Take a look and discover everything you need to know before the official release date on September 21st.

The sharpest iPhone display yet

One of the biggest draws of the iPhone XS and XS Max has to be the all-screen design. Both devices boast a Super Retina custom OLED display with the highest pixel density found on any iPhone yet, while the HDR display amplifies colours to create a vibrant, clear user experience.


Just like the iPhone X, Apple's True Tone feature will automatically adjust the white balance on-screen to adapt to your surroundings to ensure your display always looks true-to-life.

Interestingly, despite being the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus the iPhone XS Max also boasts the largest display on any Apple phone ever thanks to borderless design. The XS Max measures 6.5 inches, while the iPhone XS measures 5.8 inches - the same size as the iPhone X.


The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have adopted the same sleek, stainless steel frame found on the iPhone X. Both models share the familiar front and back glass casing which not only gives the device a premium feel, but also aids wireless charging.


The home button has been removed once again to make room for the all-screen design, which is only briefly interrupted by the iPhone X’s signature notch where you’ll find everything you need for speedy Face ID.

The iPhone XS and XS Max also come with improved water and dust resistance and can survive dips of up to two meters for 30 minutes, as well as spills from drinks like coffee and tea.

Cutting-edge camera technology

Both handsets are equipped with dual 12 MP rear cameras, complete with dual optical image stabilisation, 4K video recording capabilities and a 10x digital zoom. The wide-angle and telephoto lenses draw in light when you need it and keep it out when you don’t, so you can shoot impressive photos in all conditions.


Portrait mode just got a whole lot more exciting thanks to Depth Control which allows users to adjust the depth of field after it has been taken. Smart HDR brings even more detail to snaps too and Apple has introduced zero shutter lag.


On the front you’ll find a familiar 7MP TrueDepth camera with all-new video stabilisation and 1080p video recording capabilities - perfect for Animoji and the iOS 12 exclusive Memoji.

Innovative A12 Bionic chip for faster processes

Meet the A12 Bionic chip, the most powerful chip to ever be used on an iPhone. Up to 15% faster than the A11 Bionic and using up to 50% less batter power for core processes, the A12 is a welcomed addition to XS and XS Max.


Complete with an 8-core Neural Engine, the A12 chip uses machine learning to analyse your behaviour and predict your next move, creating an even more personal user experience. Machine learning is also used in gaming and augmented reality apps to aid an overall more immersive experience.

Under the hood of the XS you’ll also find 4GB RAM and a battery that supports up to 21 hours talk time. The iPhone Xs Max lasts over an hour and a half longer, offering up to 25 hours of talk time.

Introducing iOS 12

To be released alongside the latest iPhones and pre-installed on the XS and XS Max is Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 12.

One exciting feature is the introduction of Screen Time, where you can keep an eye on how much time you're spending are using certain apps and set restrictions to ensure you’re using your device how you want to. Great if you're ready to cut down how long you spend on your device with the brand-new iPhone XS and XS Max.


iOS 12 also brings several improvements to the True Depth camera system. Following the success of Animoji, Apple have now introduced Memoji where users can turn themselves into their own customised Animoji. FaceTime has finally been updated to support calls with multiple users too, so you can now FaceTime up to 32 people at once.

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