After the release of last year's revolutionary iPhone X, Apple fans across the world waited in anticipation to see what the tech giant could possibly offer next. Fast forward to California on 12th September, as Apple kicked off its annual launch event, debuting three brand-new, cutting-edge iPhones.

iPhone XS, and the larger iPhone XS Max hit shelves first, followed later by the budget-friendly iPhone XR. In this blog, we pit iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max head-to-head, to see what seperates the two...

iPhone XS Display

The most obvious difference between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max is, of course, the display size.

The iPhone XS Max lives up to its name. Featuring a display of 6.5 inches, it's the largest iPhone screen to date. With an 82.9% screen-to-body ratio however, the overall handset is the same size as iPhone 8 Plus. Edge-to-edge technology means you get to enjoy a larger screen without any extra bulk.


iPhone XS, meanwhile, measures 5.8 inches and boasts an 84.4% screen-to-body ratio. Just like last year's iPhone X, both models have the notch at the top of the handset, and there's no physical home button to be found.

Apart from screen size, there are no other differences when it comes to iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max's display. Both are built with Apple's incredible Super Retina custom OLED display and offer a pixel density of 458ppi - the sharpest yet. With TrueTone technology on board too, expect a truly immersive mobile experience that's filled with vibrant colours and extraordinarily detailed imagery.

iPhone XS Design

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max** might look similar to iPhone X at first glance, but there are a few notable differences.

The new flagship iPhones are now made from the most durable smartphone glass ever created, with a frame crafted from surgical-grade stainless steel. There's a brand-new gold finish too, while classic silver and space grey models are also available.


A feature extended from iPhone X, wireless charging is also on board thanks to that all-glass back. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are compatible with any Qi charger, and technological advancements mean the duo will charge even faster than iPhone X.

iPhone XS and XS Max boast a higher level of water and dust resistance too. With an IP68 rating, either phone can survive 2 metres of water for up to 30 minutes without damage.

And as for dimensions, iPhone XS measures 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches and weighs 177g, while iPhone XS Max is surprisingly not that much bigger at 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches and weighing 208g.

iPhone XS Camera and Audio

Apple has included the same camera on both iPhone XS models, so whichever you choose, you can expect the incredible photographs even in low light.

With iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, you'll experience a dual-lens, 12MP primary camera. The f/1.8 wide-angle lens and f/2.4 telephoto work seamlessly together to deliver professional-looking shots, which are enhanced by features such as optical image stabilisation, Quad-LED True Tone Flash and improved Portrait Mode.


The 7MP True Depth camera continues to support some of Apple's most-loved features, such as FaceTime, Animoji and Face ID. Thanks to major improvements under the hood, you'll find Face ID is faster than ever too.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max also come equipped with two new camera features. Depth Control will let you edit the depth of field of an image after you've pressed the shutter button, whilst Smart HDR takes multiple photos with different exposure levels and intelligently combines the best elements to leave you with one perfect shot.

iPhone XS and XS Max's speakers are also louder than iPhone X, as well as now offering stereo playback.

iPhone XS Specs

You'll find state-of-the-art specs included with each handset, with one main difference between both models. The smaller iPhone XS has a 2,800 mAh battery on board offering 20 hours talk time, while the larger iPhone XS Max has a whopping 3,400 mAh batter and offers 25 hours of talk time with one full charge.


The standout A12 Bionic chip means that users can expect up a 50% faster leap in graphics performance, a 15% increase in peak performance and 50% lower power usage in its efficiency cores, compared to last year's model. This, combined with the M12 motion coprocessor and next generation 8-core Neural Engine means we're looking at two seriously speedy, efficient smartphones.

There's been an increase in RAM too, with 4GB RAM now available on both devices. You'll be able to take your pick between a 64GB, 256GB and 512GB model as well, and every new iPhone (including iPhone XR) comes pre-installed with iOS 12 on board, meaning you can be among the first to experience the new operating system.

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