The New Generation of iPhones - Dispatch Weekly

October 19, 2018 - Reading time: 5 minutes

It’s that time of the year again, Apple are announcing their new line of iPhones and putting an end to any speculation caused by super fans and media. After the huge introduction of the iPhone X nearly a year ago, Apple users have been excited about what’s next since.

Apple and Tim Cook announced that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max would be the next generation of iPhones to hit the stores. Reviewers and newspapers are already claiming that these models are step above the previous models and any competition in the market right now. However, there’s no doubting that everyone has noticed the extraordinary price tag that accompanies the phone – with the 512GB iPhone XS Mac costing £1,449, more than a MacBook Pro.

Despite the price of the new iPhones, people are still taking an interest in it because everyone knows that the Apple ‘S’ phones are always more fascinating. The iPhone XS and XS Max are virtually identical technically but differ in the size of the screen and battery life, with the XS having a 5.8-inch screen while the XS Max has an enormous 6.5-inch display.

iPhone XS and XS Max Specifications:

  • Multi-Touch Display
  • HDR Display
  • True Tone Display
  • Wide Colour Display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 cd/m2 Max Brightness
  • Fingerprint-Resistant Oleophobic Coating
  • Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously
  • Water Resistant: Max Depth of 2 metres up to 30 minutes under
  • A12 Bionic Chip
  • Dual 12MP Wide-Angle and Telephoto Cameras
  • 4K Video Recording

The new iPhone specifications are quite magnificent, and noticeably; the most impressive aspect of the new iPhone line is the new A12 Bionic chip that is considered more powerful than last year’s process, containing a Neural Engine, making augmented reality look insanely realistic.

It seems like Apple enjoy bettering the camera each year, and they have most certainly not let us down with the new iPhone XS (Max). The new and improved camera makes a photographing noob look like a professional photographer. The more powerful processor allows you to take Portrait Mode to a whole new level of accuracy with the option to customise the background blur of your photo.

Apple also introduced the iPhone XR alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max. The iPhone XR feels much like when Apple brought out the iPhone 5C after the iPhone 5s. The new XR gives the user a choice of six colours to pick from; black, white, red, yellow, blue and coral.

The iPhone XR also copied one of Google Pixel’s best features, it’s incredible one lens rear camera. It may only have half the lens of the iPhone X models but people are saying that it is just as capable if not more capable.

The iPhone XR is not Apple’s most superior phone, however, the price tag is a whole lot more justifiable than the one for the new iPhone XS’s. At £750 it’s not the bargain of the century, however, it’s £250 less than the iPhone XS and £350 less than the iPhone XS Max. And when the iPhone XR includes the majority of the iPhone XS’s features, it’s hard to justify spending the extra £250 or £350.

Apple’s new line of iPhones are better in a lot of ways and are most definitely an improvement on the previous models; better camera, longer battery life and more powerful processor. However, the £1,500 price tag makes buying an iPhone XS more an investment rather than a purchase or a Christmas gift. There’s no denying the excellence of the new iPhone models and the excitement that it’s caused in the mobile market once again, but it’s getting harder and harder to justify buying a phone that costs more than Apple’s best laptop.

DW Staff

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