IPhone XS and XS Max: release date and prices

Alfred Osborne
October 21, 2018

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But that also means they could wind up being just more of a hassle for everyday use - at least for some segment of the population.

Besides a slew of device upgrades that includes the latest addition to Apple's iPhone lineup and Apple Watch Series 4, there is also talk about machine learning capabilities, especially an upgraded chip which will power the new line of devices and allow for higher-quality photos and videos.

The iPhone XS 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB models are priced at USD$999, USD$1,149, and USD$1,349, respectively, the iPhone XS Max 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB cost USD$1,099, USD$1,249, and USD$1,449, respectively. Smaller-screen phones like the discontinued iPhone SE tended to look a little washed out and pixelated for movies.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are Apple's next-generation iPhone X predecessors. Maybe it's just supposed to convey that it's one step down from the XS by being one letter behind it. It's handsome 5.8in screen is packed into a physical size making the phone not that much larger than the iPhone 8. It's the iPhone X, but 'S'peedier, and with a fresh lick of paint.

It's pretty unusual for Apple to discontinue phones this way. The devices have a sharp OLED display that ditches the home button in favor of facial-recognition technology to unlock the screens. It has a bit less water resistance, and has an aluminum body, but these "downgrades" are offset somewhat by the fact that it's available in some ritzy colors.

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While the "X" was pronounced as "ten" at the keynote, I can't help but read these names as the "iPhone Excess" and "Excess Max". Many models of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max still appeared to be available for either in-store pickup or shipping on the release day itself.

The sensor on iPhone XS captures a number of images at different exposures, neural engine analysis these photos and combines them to offer ideal results.

Unlocking your phone with your face still takes a touch longer compared to a fingerprint sensor, but when you're already actively using your phone, face verification makes so much sense for apps like 1Password, Apple Pay, etc. In my brief time with them, I could feel the strain, and I'll be very curious to see how they feel to use after a week or two, rather than a few minutes in a crowded lobby outside Steve Jobs Theatre. That's great news for people with FOMO anxiety.

The iPhone XS is expected to be the "S" version of 2017's iPhone X, with upgraded internals and a similar design. It was shown off at the 2017 iPhone event, but hasn't been seen since.

Apple is not the only player to add specialized chip modules for machine learning and extend its offering to developers.

I told you they were big. "It will probably appeal to people who missed out on last year's iPhone X, which Apple will stop selling". For the layman, you can simply think of eSIM like Apple is providing a blank SIM card inside the new iPhones and the telecom operator will simply "write" SIM unique ID on it.

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