4 Most Notable iPhone XS & XS Max Features

Apple recently debuted its latest iPhone versions, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The XS models shipped Sept. 21, the stripped-down XR comes a few weeks later during October. Aside from a few new letters, what's new? What's improved? And what features can you expect from Apple's latest and greatest?

The reaction to Apple's announcement has been pretty understated compared to past announcements – there are no seismic changes like when Apple eliminated the headphone jack or the home button. Incremental though they may be, the latest iPhone XS features assure the XS and XS Max are the most advanced iPhones, at least until next year.

To help decide if these models are worth ditching your current phone for, Trademore has a quick list of the four most notable iPhone XS features from Apple's latest update.

1) Screen Space to Spare: Picking up where their predecessor the iPhone X left off, the XS models and XR each feature end-to-end OLED multi-touch, Super Retina HD displays. There are plenty more specs to explore if you're into the technical side of stuff, but the bottom line is stuff is going to look crisp, clean, colorful and clear on these screens.

2) The chip that makes all the technology work smoothly is also improved in the XS and XS Max. The A12 Bionic, a step up from the iPhone X's A11, features a next-generation neural engine that uses real-time machine learning to make augmented reality experiences and gaming more immersive and allow for new camera technology (more on that in a moment). The chip is reported to work 15 percent faster than the iPhone X's A11, with 50 percent faster graphics performance, all while using up to 50 percent less power.

3) Back to the camera. The iPhone XS and XS Max feature what Apple calls a dual-camera system. The system uses sensors, processors, algorithms to make capturing the perfect shot even easier. All that tech improves on their popular portrait mode, allowing you to adjust photo depth after a photo is taken.

4) The case and cover that holds all that technology is improved too. With surgical-grade alloy and what Apple says is the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone, the XS and XS Max are water resistant to a depth of two meters for up to 30 minutes. Hopefully all those claims also mean fewer chips and breaks if you drop the phone. The glass back also allows for wireless charging.

So what's the verdict? We have a hard time telling someone to drop nearly a grand on a new phone, but if it fits your budget, the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max might be right for you. If you're looking for some extra cash to make it happen, consider selling your current phone here. You could also buy a used iPhone X, which will still fit the bill for most people.

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