Apple have announced their new kit, and I have to admit it’s not what I was expecting.
The September release showcased three new mobile handsets and a watch. And just to make life really confusing they are all called an iPhone X – the XR, XS and XS Max!
Let’s have a quick look at the new handsets.
So, let’s start at the beginning. The XS is the upgrade on last year’s X. Same size, and in honesty it seems to be the same in most other ways too. It’s water resistant for up to two meters instead of one, it has a slightly newer chipset and an extra GB of RAM!
The other mobile handsets are big. I don’t mean big news, I mean huge in size. They are significantly bigger than anything we have seen before from Apple. So, ladies it might be worth investing in a case or one of those little popping grab handles to make holding these mammoth phones a little easier!! Reports so far suggest that women are more likely to buy an iPhone, but are going to struggle to hold the new phones. Note to Apple, perhaps it’s time to revisit those smaller SE handsets again!
Apple have broken the trend of the previous years of naming their larger size handset a Plus and gone for Max instead. With a screen measuring a whopping 6.5 inches, it really is huge. Again, it has the slightly bigger battery we’ve come to expect from the Plus, so you should be able to squeeze an additional few hours of talk time and web surfing out of it.
The XR is not quite such a high spec as the other two but it still has a 6.1 inch screen, and most significantly, will be about 25% cheaper than the XS. Of course, to get that price down they have taken out the Super AMOLED screen and used an IPS LCD screen. For us normal people that isn’t going to mean a lot, but in essence it will reduce the image quality slightly. Plus you’ll only get the 3GB of RAM.
You can definitely expect faster processing, better photos and a generally better screen image and quality from all three of these babies, especially if you’re looking to upgrade from an iPhone 8 or older. But if you’re looking at upgrading from you current iPhone X, I think you’ll be disappointed that so little has changed!