Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max bring a ton of new features and innovations to the table, and while they both tout the most premium build and specifications of this year's iPhone models, it's without a doubt the massive new 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max that has us astir (and we’re not alone!)
Fortunately, a few of us here on the iDrop News team were able to get our hands on the first round of iPhone XS Max units shipped out last Friday. Having spent the weekend being utterly captivated by their beauty, brains, and overall abundance of abilities, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the top eight reasons why you’ll love iPhone XS Max, too! Continue reading to learn 8 Reasons Why You'll Love Apple's iPhone XS Max.
8 Bigger IS Better
For 2018, Apple redesigned and re-engineered its iPhone handsets to feature their biggest and highest quality displays yet. The iPhone XS Max is inarguably the creme-de-la-creme with its absolutely massive 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED panel.
While 6.5-inches might seem like it’s crossing the line into tablet territory, it’s worth noting that Apple managed to squeeze the gargantuan panel into a body roughly the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus.
What this means is that you get considerably more display area with iPhone XS Max, in relation to Apple’s former Plus-sized iPhones in a dimensionally similar form-factor. It’s a win-win, especially for those who have a preference for the Plus-size iPhone form-factor.
7 Premium Materials, Construction
Not only does the iPhone XS Max look great, but it’s also built great, too, using some of the most premium materials ever found in a smartphone, including a chassis constructed entirely of aerospace-grade stainless-steel. It’s also covered from head-to-toe, on both sides, with the latest iteration of Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology, which has shown to be quite resilient — though not completely invincible — when pitted against the elements.
6 Stunning Super Retina OLED Display
By far one of its most compelling features, the iPhone XS Max is not only equipped with a massive 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display, but Apple has engineered it in such a way as to cover essentially the entire front-side of the device with it. Less prominent on iPhone XS Max is the front-facing TrueDepth camera notch, which doesn't look quite as pronounced as it does on iPhone X or XS.
5 7 Nanometer A12 Bionic CPU
iPhone XS, XS Max and the upcoming iPhone XR have all been outfitted with Apple’s most powerful and technologically advanced A-series CPU — the A12 Bionic — which Apple said at its event was the industry’s first mobile CPU built on a 7 nanometer process and is demolishing the competition.
The chip itself is based on a hexa-core (6-core) architecture which Apple claims is not only 15 percent faster, but also up to 50 percent more power-efficient that its previous-generation A11 Bionic.
Additionally, the A12 boasts an integrated quad-core GPU, Apple’s second-generation Neural engine for processing more advanced AR tasks, faster Face ID, and an improved image signal processor (ISP) which allows for some remarkable new camera features.
4 Yes, the Camera Is Even Better
While it only represents a one-year jump, Apple claims it's equipped iPhone XS and XS Max with a much better camera than even iPhone X — employing the most advanced sensors, lenses and technologies available.
Thanks to the A12 Bionic’s enhanced image signal processor (ISP), Apple’s latest iPhones are able to capture remarkable photos with incredible new software effects such as:
Smart HDR, which leverages multiple technologies like advanced sensors and new machine learning algorithms to bring more highlights and shadow details to your photos.
Advanced Bokeh and Depth control, meaning more sophisticated and manipulatable backgrounds featuring the signature blur effect that's so synonymous with stunning portrait shots.
The all-new feature for this year’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and upcoming XR, called Depth Control, will even further allow users to adjust the depth of field in their photos even after they've been captured.
The iPhone XS and XS Max’ dual-lens cameras are second-to-none right now, and according to our Editor who recently upgraded to the XS Max from an iPhone 8 Plus, the camera offers a considerable improvement in both photo quality and detail, especially in low-light.
3 Biggest iPhone Battery Ever
Apple’s "biggest" iPhone ever comes equipped with the biggest battery ever used in an iPhone: a generous 3,174 mAh pack. And while that may seem woefully insufficient (especially when some devices with even smaller displays, like the Galaxy S9+, boast far bigger batteries), it’s worth pointing out that Apple devices are incredibly power efficient.
In fact, the company touts that even despite its massive, power-guzzling 6.5-inch display, iPhone XS Max is capable of achieving roughly 1.5-hours of additional usage time in comparison to iPhone 8 Plus.
2 Enhanced IP68 Water- and Dust-Proofing
A popular feature brought to the iPhone 7 was a water- and dust-proof certification rating of IP67 from the International Electrochemical Commission (IEC). Essentially, what this indication means is that iPhone 7, 7 Plus, along with iPhone 8, 8 Plus and even iPhone X, are protected from internal damage in the event they are submerged under water at a depth of up to 3.26-feet (1 meter) for 30 minutes or longer.
The iPhone XS and XS Max have been bumped up in protection (and certification) to the IEC’s IP68 rating, meaning, in theory, that they can withstand even deeper submersion for a longer period of time — though the IEC has left it to each manufacturer to determine their device’s limits.
Funny thing is, Apple publicly claimed that its new iPhones are so incredibly water-resistant, they’re even beer-resistant, too, if you can imagine such a thing.. If not, feel free to check the beer test out for yourself!
1 Speed, UI, Ease of Use
iOS has long been lauded for its fluid, efficient, easy-to-use and secure interface — and Apple has even further built upon all those metrics with its latest iOS 12 software update.
And with iOS 12 on iPhone XS Max, you’ll harness the power of Apple’s A12 Bionic CPU, a generous 4 GB of RAM, and other core features like a 120 Hz refresh-rate display, advanced Taptic and Neural engines and more.
Everything is lightning fast on iPhone XS Max. Whether you’re just unlocking it with Face ID (2x as fast as iPhone X), swiping up to go Home, switching apps, or using any of the other new touch gestures to navigate iOS, you’ll notice after just a few minutes of interacting with it how all these hardware and software features come together to create a truly remarkable iPhone XS Max user experience.