We’ve not had to wait long for Apple to update last year’s well-received iPhone X, with not just one, but three new models: the Xs, the XsMax and the Xr, which becomes available to pre-order on October 19th. If you’re eager to get your hands on the latest crop, here’s a rundown of what to expect.
There’s been no price increase for this update of the iPhone X. The 64GB model is priced at £999, the 256GB model at £1149 and an even larger model, not previously available, 512 GB at £1,349. The phone comes in silver, ‘space gray’ and gold, is coated with an oleophobic coating, resistant to fingerprints and has greater resistance to water and dust than its predecessor. Its screen size of 5.8 inches is the same as that of the iPhone X. Apple claims that the Xs features ‘the smartest and most powerful chip ever integrated into a smartphone’. The Face ID, which was a feature of the X, is now faster, as is the wireless charging, though there are concerns that prolonged wireless charging degrades battery health. Perhaps the most significant improvement over the iPhone X is the double ‘avantgarde’ camera. Image and colour are significantly improved as is the quality of low light photography. The depth of field can even be adjusted after shooting.
iPhone Xs Max
This is essentially the same phone as the Xs but with a bigger screen of 6.5 inches, consequently it’s a little more expensive. The 64 GB model retails at £1099, the 256 GB at £1249 and the 512 GB at £1449 and is available in the same range of colours.
Yet to be released, this iPhone will actually be cheaper than its predecessor. The 64GB model will retail at £749 and the 128GB model at £899. Slightly larger than the Xs, the Xr has a screen size of 6.1 inches. Instead of the stainless steel and glass used on the other two models, this phone features an aluminium and glass body, which will be available in black, coral, yellow, blue and red. The Xr has a slightly lower pixel density on its screen and only features one rear camera but otherwise has all the enhanced capabilities of the Xs and the Xs Max. The consensus seems to be that it’s a phone worth waiting for before you decide which model to buy.
These are phones built to accommodate future technology and may not really show their true potential until new apps come on the market. If you are in search of a new phone but feel that the latest models are just too expensive and are far more complex than you actually need, then this is a great time to pick up a deal on previous models.