Apple announced only three brand new phones at its September event. The iPhone XS, an update to the iPhone X, combines with a larger 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, a new 6.1 inch model that we suspect will be a major seller.
The XS models will be available for pre-order from 1
Given that there are some differences between the iPhone XS and XR models, it is worth investigating further so that you can choose the right iPhone for your needs.
We at AppleInsider are quite surprised by how much Apple offers with the new XR model. It has the same A12 Bionic processor, which is the fastest mobile CPU market on the market, a 6.1-inch rounded screen that covers most of the front, a glass design for wireless charging, Face ID, Dual Sim, IP67 water resistance, and an updated 12MP rear camera with Smart HDR and Portrait mode.
Pricing and Storage
Getting into the differences is what you notice for the first time, the price tag, with the iPhone XR costs $ 250 less than XS and $ 350 less than XS Max. That's quite a big deal, because you can buy a new Apple Watch or iPad with the money.
If 64GB of storage is enough, Apple gives you the option to get a 128GB version for $ 50 more. The XS models require you to jump all the way to 256GB for an additional $ 150.
If you're someone who really needs space, the iPhone XS offers a 512GB model, but it's definitely not for the budget, with a price tag on either $ 1349 or $ 1449 depending on the screen size.
LCD, OLED, Screen Size and Resolution
Now let's move on to another clear difference: the display. The XR comes in between 5.8 inches XS and 6.5 inches XS Max. The 6.1-inch screen will be a really good size for the average person, but the smaller hands will have an easier time management of XS, now Apple's smallest current model phone.
Alternatively, if you love to have extra screen capabilities like i do, the XS Max's massive 6.5-inch screen is the only new iPhone that supports Apple's new landscaped user interface. For first-hand applications, the special user interface will not only show more content, but will present options for the iPhone XS Max. Only.
Although everyone has screens with slightly pivoted corners and smallest elements, XR uses an LCD monitor that Apple calls liquid retina and claims is the best LCD screen it has designed. The XS and XS Max uses OLED technology to be more efficient and have amazing contrast conditions, as individual pixels can be completely disabled. While both phones have the same maximum brightness, they allow much deeper blacks in the OLED displays to support HDR content, while XR does not.
These are not the only screen-related differences, as XR no longer supports strength. Instead, the screen uses a haptic touch system that gives access to the same features through touch-and-hold gestures.
The last difference in monitors can be the most important for many, and it's resolution.
XS iPhones have the same great display 2436-by-1125 as the iPhone X did, at 458 pixels per inch, while XS Max's resolution is even higher due to the screen size.
XR has a lower 1792-by-828 resolution, which means it is less than 1080P. Being an Apple monitor still looks great, especially if you upgrade from an older iPhone, but if you're used to an iPhone X or other advanced OLED device, Liquid Retina can be a step in quality.
XR has the same IP67 splash, water and dust resistance as the iPhone X, rated for 30 minutes immersion at a depth of 1 meter. XS takes this protection one step further with an IP68 rating, which takes up to 30 minutes at a depth of 2 meters.
Just like in recent years, the flagship model supports dual cameras, wide-angle and telephoto lens supporting portraits. XR offers only one wide-angle camera, but it's the same shooter included in XS.
Apple allows surprisingly portrait mode photos to be taken using the wide-angle lens. Even if you do not get the same longer lens look, you can still take pictures with blurred backgrounds, and the ability to adjust bokeh is also available just like with XS.
Everything else regarding images is identical, including the updated selfie cameras that support portrait mode and all new video features. A new upgrade that XR lacks is Gigabit LTE connection, but for most that will not make a difference.
Apple says that iPhone XS charges faster than iPhone X when it's connected to a compatible wireless charger, but does not make such claims about XR. Surprisingly, XR has the best battery life out of the gang, probably because it has a larger frame that can hold a larger battery, but a lower screen resolution compared to the XS Max.
Internet usage is rated at 15 hours compared to 13 on XS Max and 12 on XS, and video playback is rated at 16 hours compared to 15 and 14 hours. The original iPhone X was classified at 12 hours of internet usage and 13 hours of video and looks back on older models, it seems that it could be one of the longest iPhones.
The last thing to touch is the color options, with XR giving more variety. Apple added a nice gold alternative to flagship models, but it's not even close to the White, Black, Coral, Yellow, Blue, and Product RED colors offered by XR.
You do not get the same luster and sensitivity in your hand as the stainless steel iPhone XS, but the aluminum-reinforced XR cover will likely be longer if you use your phone without a case.