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What changes from iPhone X to iPhones XS and XS Max?

Initial reactions to new XS and XS Max iPhones they can be classified, at least for the moment, as controversial especially by the prices of the two devices, which turned out to be superior to those predicted by Ming-Chi Kuo and other normally reliable sources.

It also didn't please Apple that he had mercilessly killed the iPhone X after only a year of existence even though, looking coldly, there is no reason to maintain the existence of the device considering its proximity to the younger brothers. new. Next, let's look at exactly what has changed between the previous and current generation of the most expensive iPhones to know exactly what we are dealing with.

First of all, it's good to make it clear once and for all: iPhones XS and XS Max are basically identical in features and components, changing only the screen size between them (consequently, iOS behavior in landscape mode, ie when horizontally ) and the battery; Perhaps that is why Apple has opted for a different nomenclature from the traditional "Plus", which has always symbolized some extra benefits, such as the dual camera (present here in both versions).

The iPhone XS is physically almost identical to its brother last year, even allowing iPhone X cases to be used in the new model (Update: As we explained in this post, there is a millimeter difference in the iPhone XS camera module that causes some iPhone X cases not to fit into the new device). Also similar between the two handsets are the display type and technology, resolution and extra features such as 3D Touch, True Tone and P3 wide color spectrum. Almost nothing in this area changes the difference because of the 120Hz ringtone registration, which promises even greater responsiveness (and, you see, it's not the screen itself that has this refresh rate, but the touch screen no ProMotion on iPhones yet).

The biggest difference between the iPhone X and the XS / XS Max is in the processor: the A11 Bionic comes out and the A12 Bionic, the first SoC (system-on-a-chip) mass manufactured with 7 nanometer architecture. Apple rates its new chip as "the most powerful" ever placed on a smartphone, being 15% faster than its predecessor and 50% lighter in energy use; 50% more powerful integrated GPU and Core ML machine learning platform runs 9x faster on the new chip!

A12 Bionic Chip

They are just numbers, of course, and we will have to prove everything in practice the demonstrations made so far, however, are quite encouraging.

In terms of camera, the components themselves remain almost unchanged, with the dual rear dual 12MP lens system each with the /2.4 telephoto lens, which allows a 2x optical zoom, and the wide-angle aperture /1.8. This second slightly different, with a sensor that captures larger pixels compared to the iPhone X now, they are 1.22m (as in the highly praised Google Pixel 2) and therefore can receive more light. True Tone flash has also been enhanced with more natural colors.

The rest of the difference is all in the software: due to improvements, the new iPhones bring a new, more advanced Portrait Mode, with later depth-of-field control (ie you adjust how blurry the photo background is to any time); This even works on the front camera, which also has not physically changed and continues with the same 7MP module. We also have a new Smart HDR mode, which utilizes the device's artificial intelligence skills to take even more accurate and vibrant color photos.

The capture of video It has also improved, with extended HDR support at 30 frames per second and close audio capture across all four microphones. What's more, you can still record 4K movies at 24, 30 or 60fps and slow-motion video support is still the same, with movies at 120 or 240fps in 1080p.

THE drums of the new iPhones a bit better, although the exact numbers (mAh) have not yet been discovered this is a task for iFixit. According to Apple, the iPhone XS lasts 30 minutes longer than its predecessor under similar conditions of use; The iPhone XS Max, in turn, lasts 1h30 more than its larger size, naturally allows the installation of a significantly larger battery.

Another change between devices in liquid resistance: while iPhone X is IP67 certified, the new XS and XS Max come certified. IP68, resisting dives up to 2 meters deep for a maximum of 30 minutes. Nonetheless, Apple still does not warrant liquid damage on new devices, so do not do very extreme pet testing.

We also have occasional changes to established features: narrow speakers, for example, now receive technology called Wide Stereo No one knows what it means, but the components are capable of reproducing sounds with greater fidelity and loudness (for a cell phone speaker, of course). Face ID, in turn, remains essentially the same, but slightly faster due to updates on Secure Enclave, the system inside the A12 chip responsible for the biometric security of the devices.

Finally, it is important to highlight the technology support Dual sim in the new devices, something in the history of Apple. Basically around the world, this is due to the inclusion of an eSIM (electronic chip) along with the “ordinary” physical chip; Only a special tray supporting two physical chips will be offered in China, as the country does not allow the use of electronic SIMs. Still, good news for those who need to use more than one number as long as our operators embrace the technology, that's it.

We also have here the option of 512GB storage, doubling the maximum capacity of the iPhone X.

Bottom of left iPhone XS; iPhone X rightBottom of left iPhone XS; iPhone X, right

An aesthetic detail, but one that can not go unnoticed in the eyes of the attentive lower part of the iPhone that, as rumored to say, even has an asymmetry: there are only three holes on one side and six on the other iPhones XS and XS Max (for example). it has a new antenna positioned at the bottom), while on iPhone X we have a much more interesting visual consistency.

Otherwise nothing changes. The iPhone XS costs exactly the same as its predecessor, starting at $ 1,000; the most expensive $ 100 XS Max and the most expensive model of all, at $ 1,450 (512GB XS Max), the most expensive iPhone in Ma's history.

In general, there is so much news and certainly the recipe will not be very seductive for those who already have the iPhone X or even an iPhone 8 Plus, especially at these prices. What do you guys think?

Update 09/18/2018 s 19:00

We've added some extra information that was originally left out of the post, such as the new narrow speaker technology and the slight difference in the rear camera's main lens.