Apple announced new iPhones, the two new flag high-end phones are called the iPhone XS (pronounced “ten S”) and the iPhone Xs Max. Here’s everything we learned today about the new hardware!
With the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max a few days away from release, users are dying to get as much details about the new phones as possible. Today, SpeedSmart, a service that lets you test your wireless connection speed, has posted its initial tests of LTE speeds across the three major U.S. carriers, on the new set of iPhones.
Most interestingly, SpeedSmart tests the iPhone XS up against the outgoing iPhone X. From the first round of tests, it looks like the iPhone XS has massive gains against its predecessor, the iPhone X.
For those unaware, it may look like Apple has finally cracked the code on wireless networking. However, this is simply due to the fact that Apple has added 4×4 MIMO to their iPhone XS line of phones. This technology has been available on Android handsets for quite sometime, and it’s nice seeing Apple finally joining the club.
The outgoing iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and even the upcoming iPhone XR only include 2×2 MIMO. This means you unfortunately won’t see these improvements, even in the upcoming iPhone XR, unless you have the iPhone XS or XS Max.
Aside from 4×4 MIMO, the new iPhone XS and XS Max also gain support for QAM and LAA, which are other radio technologies that will help improve speed and range on the new phones.
Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are set to release this Friday, alongside the new Apple Watch Series 4. Are you picking up any new gear this Friday?
iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display and the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display, meaning the iPhone Xs Max is larger; however, other than that, there is no difference between the two new phones on the inside.
One notable difference is the battery. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are both going to outperform last year’s iPhone X when it comes to battery life, but the iPhone XS Max does have a bigger battery than the smaller iPhone XS.
Here are some main specs of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
Apple states that the iPhone XS will last up to 30 mins longer than the iPhone X, while the bigger iPhone XS Max is quoted as lasting 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X from last year.
The iPhone Xs and iPhone XS Max use the new A12 Bionic chip. Both phones have a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, both of which are faster and more powerful than iPhone X from last year.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both come with a dual camera system on the back that consists of an f1.8 12MP wide-angle lens and an f2.4 12MP telephoto lens. The cameras have new and upgraded sensors over the iPhone X last year and Apple claims it will produce pictures with greater detail and sharpness.
The same front-facing selfie camera that was on the iPhone X is back on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The selfie cam is a 7MP camera with an f2.2 aperture that can record 1080p video and Portrait Mode photos as well!
The new A12 Bionic chip has a new feature Apple calls SmartHDR, which is able to produce HDR photos in faster and with much better detail and exposure.
Plus, the Portrait Mode can not only let you apply lightning filters, but the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will let you adjust the depth of the photo with a slider in the edit screen. This will allow you to take a photo and adjust the level of blur in the background!
The video capabilities are the same as the last year’s iPhone X, meaning you can expect the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to have the following video specs:
- 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
- 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
- 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
- Optical image stabilization for video
- Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Apple says that with the new A12 Bionic chip combined with the new sensors in the cameras on the back will provide better low-light video and performance.
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