Not unlike clockwork, Apple announced the arrival of three new smartphones this week: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR all of which are upgrades to last year's line-up which comprehended the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
As the phones are, literally, brand-new to the market, we haven't had the chance to take photos with them so we'll equitable be comparing the key specs provided by the tech giant to find out what's new, what's the same and if the new phones are a worthwhile investment.
Let's establish with a quick comparison of the key specs photographers will be interested in side-by-side (you can see the full list of specs compared in the table at the bottom of the article).
As you'll see, there cause been improvements made across the board, which will please Apple fans, but with the improvements come even more importance price tags with prices starting at around $750 (USD) and breaking the $1K mark with the Xs Max.
|Apple iPhone X||Apple Phone XS||Apple Phone XS Max||Apple iPhone XR|
|5.8" Wonderful Retina HD Display||5.8" Super Retina OLED||6.5" Super Retina OLED||6.1" LCD Retina Display|
|12MP wide-angle, f/1.8 and telephoto, f/2.4 cameras||12 MP wide-angle, f/1.8 and 12MP telephoto, f/2.4 cameras||12 MP wide-angle, f/1.8 and 12MP telephoto, f/2.4 cameras||Sole 12MP wide-angle, f/1.8|
|7MP, f/2.2||7MP, f/2.2||7MP, f/2.2||7MP, f/2.2|
|Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting||truedepth technology as well as 'bokeh slider' post-capture talents||truedepth technology as well as 'bokeh slider' post-capture ability||truedepth technology as well as 'bokeh slider' post-capture genius|
|1080p HD video recording (front camera)||1080p HD video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first recording (front camera)||1080p HD video recording (front camera)||1080p HD video recording (front camera)|
|4K video document at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps (rear camera)||4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps (cultivate camera)||4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps (rear camera)||4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps (rearmost camera)|
|Dual optical image stabilisation||Dual optical image stabilisation||Dual optical image stabilisation||Optical image stabilisation|
|Optical Zoom||Optical Zoom||Optical Zoom||Digital Zoom|
|Splatter, Water and Dust Resistant||Splash, Water and Dust Resistant||Splash, Water and Dust Resistant||Splash, Water and Dust Resistant|
|A11 processor||A12 processor||A12 processor||A12 processor|
|Field-glasses back design which allows for wireless charging||
Glass back design which allows for wireless charging
|Glass back layout which allows for wireless charging||Glass back design which allows for wireless charging|
|Battery lasts 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7||Battery lasts 30 summaries longer than the iPhone X||Battery lasts 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X||Battery lasts 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Added to|
|64GB/256GB Capacity||64/256/512GB Capacity||64/256/512GB Capacity||64/128/256GB Capacity|
|Size: 143.6mm, 70.9mm, 7.7mm||Extent: 143.6mm, 70.9mm, 7.7mm||Size: 157.5mm, 77.4mm, 7.7mm||Size: 150.9mm, 75.7mm, 8.3mm|
|Weight: 174 grams||Weight: 177 grams||Rig: 208g||Weight: 194g|
|No home button and small top and bottom bezel||No home button & bevel-less||No home button & bevel-less||Haptic partake of technology|
|Start at £999||Start at £999||Start at £1099||Start at £749|
As photography is our thing, let's start with a look at the cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or which are extremely much the same as we've seen before. On the rear of the iPhone X, XS and XS Max you find a dual, 12MP camera with a wide-angle, f/1.8 and telephoto, f/2.4 lenses (28mm-56mm 35mm of a piece). The iPhone XR doesn't offer the dual camera on the rear, just a single 12MP camera with a wide-angle, f/1.8 lens. This also means the XR doesn't present optical 2x zoom as the other smartphones do, just digital and you all know how we feel about digital zoom (in a nutshell, it's a bit rubbish).
Selfie nuts will be happy to hear the 7MP, f/2.2 camera can still be found on the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. Dual optical image stabilisation/optical image stabilisation is also shaped into the 'X range' iPhones.
There is a new adjustable depth slider built into the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max we didn't see on the iPhone X which can be familiar post-capture to change the depth of field from f/1.4 right up to f/16 and the truedepth technology, first seen on last year's iPhones, is also built in so you can flirt around with various portrait modes. Another new feature on the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR is 'smart HDR for photos' which automatically merges individual captures to create a better photo.
We'll have to wait and see if any improvements have been made to the native camera app when we obtain the new iPhones in for review but as it's not really changed all that much every time a new iPhone has been released, we're not holding our breath.
The biggest screen sits in the iPhone XS Max which measures 6.5", closely followed by the iPhone XR with 6.1" and the iPhone XS has the word-for-word size screen as the iPhone X sitting at 5.8". The iPhone XR actually offers a bigger display than that set up in the iPhone 8 Plus but in a smaller design. None of the screen resolutions quite match the powerhouse that is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel its 2960×1440 sharpness (the iPhone XS Max offers the highest at 2688×1242).
The iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR all capture 4K video at 24,30 or 60fps and they also capture 1080p HD at 30 or 60fps. High-speed video is little to 240fps. If you want to shoot video with the front facing camera you can at 1080p (at 30 fps or 60 fps on the newer smartphones which also bid cinematic/optical video stabilisation and an extended dynamic range for video at 30 fps).
Front/back glass and a stainless bite the bullet frame can be found on the iPhone X, XS and XS Max while the XR has the front/back glass but it's surrounded by an aluminium frame. The glass back allows for wireless charging, something we're consult oning next.
You can charge the iPhones via USB or wirelessly but they still don't support Quick/Fast Charging – annoying.
The iPhone X battery enhanced on the iPhone 7 battery by lasting 2 hours longer and the new iPhones also improve on previous smartphone battery life. The iPhone XS Max lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X while the iPhone XR persists up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Plus. As for the XS, this lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X.
Enormousness & Weight
The iPhone XS Max is the biggest and heaviest iPhone to date, with the iPhone XR taking second place and the iPhone XS having the smallest dimensions (along with the iPhone X) but it does weigh a not much more than the iPhone X.
The three new iPhones have a better Bionic chip built in (A12 in preference to of A11), and the iPhone XS/XS Max also offer better water resistance than the iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc X, giving resistance to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes (IP68). The iPhone XR advances the same resistance as the iPhone X: up to depths of 1m for up to 30 minutes (IP67).
Capacity is improved in the iPhone XS and iPhone Max with a 512GB option at ones disposal and a 128GB version of the iPhone XR can also be purchased (useful as you can't expand iPhone memory with MicroSD cards as you can with most Android smartphones).
As there's no 'severely button', Face ID is used to unlock all of the iPhones we are comparing which uses the TrueDepth camera for facial recognition and there's no headphone socket. As opposed to, you have to use EarPods or wired headphones via the Lightning Connector.
Price, Availability & More To Read
The new iPhones choice be available from October with prices starting at £749 and reaching over £1000.
We'll be putting the cameras of the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max to the evaluation when review samples become available. For now, have a look at our various smartphone comparisons, buyers guides and reviews which puff up iPhones as well as several Android options.
|Apple iPhone X||Apple iPhone Xs||Apple iPhone Xs Max||Apple iPhone XR|
|Max Aperture||f/1.8 – f/2.4||f/1.8 – f/2.4||f/1.8 – f/2.4||f/1.8|
|35mm equivalent||28mm – 56mm||28mm – 56mm||28mm – 56mm||28mm|
|Optical Zoom||2x||2x||2x||No Data|
|Pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)||12Mp (Megapixels)||12Mp (Megapixels)||No Materials|
|Pixels (W)||No Data||No Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables||No Data||No Data|
|Pixels (H)||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)||No Statistics|
|Sensor Size||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Sensor Size (climax)||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Screen resolution||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Shutter speeds longest||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|ISO supersensitivity||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Movie mode||Yes||Yes||Yes||No Data|
|Video FPS||No Information||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Stereo Sound||No||No||No||No Data|
|Internal Memory||No Data||4000MB||4000MB||3000MB|
|Battery Type||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Box Contents||No Data||No Statistics||No Data||No Data|
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