First impressions of Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max

Yolanda Curtis
September 20, 2018

The iPhone XS, pronounced "ten S", and XS Max were launched on September 12. At this stage, when the best iPhone costs $1,000 or more, I'd fully expect it to come with a set of essential accessories that make the most of the device they're accessorizing.

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Then, suddenly, in 2014, Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, its largest iPhones ever, with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens. This is why the specs sheets for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR weren't really complete even after the phones' unveiling last week.

Wired journalist Lauren Goode was also seemingly unimpressed, calling the iPhone XS and XS Max's upgrades an "evolution rather than a revolution".

If Trump expands the tariffs to an additional $267 billion worth of goods then almost every Chinese import would be affected, including the iPhone, along with all other smart phones. The iPhone XS, which is the successor to the iPhone X, is kept alive by a 2658mAh battery. The most affordable of the latest iPhones is the iPhone XR. The base model which comes with 64 GB is priced at Rs. 1,09,900 ($1099) and the top model with 512 GB will cost you Rs. 1,44,900.

Apple's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch on September 21 followed by the iPhone XR on October 26.

Following last year's release which saw the iPhone X sell-out across the United Kingdom in just 10 minutes, Deliveroo is ensuring the many won't be going hungry. But we got two different lineups, the XS and XR. iPhones still have the best chips, the A12 Bionic, but they still lag behind in displays, specially when they are compared to the likes of Samsung.

The iPhone XS additionally includes extra 30 minutes on the battery life than the last release, iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max's battery is expected to last an hour and 30 minutes more than iPhone X. The iPhone XS is also more waterproof than the past models.

It can also be bought on FNB credit cards starting from R689 per month for iPhone Xs 64GB, and R755 for the iPhone Xs Max.

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