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With the second iteration of Apple's iPhone X line, the company moved from a single device to three versions: XS, XS Max and lower price XR. The two new flagship phones, iPhone XS and XS Max, are almost the same as the size. The larger screen does not allow you to see a wider scene, it's just bigger.
iPhone XS is about the same size as last year's iPhone X, and the XS Max is a hair smaller than the 8 Plus and 7 Plus models. . Similarly, the iPhone XS, XS Mac and 8 Plus have screens that are 5.8 ", 6.5" and 5.5 ", so even the smaller model has a larger screen than the largest permeable iPhone. However, the display area is higher, so It's not a simple comparison. You can go to iPhone XS if you want the same size as the larger standard iPhone model, or the XS Max is the same size as the Plus models with a much larger screen.
 (Left: iPhone 8+, Right: iPhone XS Max.)
iPhone XS Max is a bit heavier than 8 + – 6 grams more – and the XS model is a few grams heavier than the iPhone X. But you do not notice this difference.
A max display
I did not have iPhone X with its OLED display and discovered the quality of this screen was a revelation. The colors are sharper and the brightness even at wider viewing angles and the contrast is exceptional. But is this really necessary on an iPhone? With an iPad where you are I see a larger screen, the more smooth lighting would be a plus, but it seems almost like overkill on the iPhone considering how much it increases the price.
The IPhone OLED screen has rich colors and excellent contrast.)
Most people upgrade their phones every two or three years so they skip generations and can only discover important new features after they've been around for a year or more. This is the case with Face ID for me. Since I did not get iPhone X last year, Face ID is a welcome change. It takes a few minutes to get used to not having a home button, but once you've found it, it will be different. (Apple explains all the moves you need to know on an iPhone without a home button here.)
Face ID is faster on this year's iPhones and the ability to not only unlock iPhone, but also to approve password usage – in iOS 12, you must use either touch ID or face ID to allow passwords to be added to websites or apps – provides a much smoother experience than using touch ID. There are some people for whom Touch ID did not work reliably, and Face ID will make the use of iPhone much more effective.
Speed and ease of use
Every year, Apple says that the new iPhone is the fastest ever, and of course it is always true because of the progress they make on the device's internals. It's a bit difficult to rate the speed of an iPhone because the operating systems and the apps make great demands on the device, and with every new generation of iOS, older models go a bit slower. But the iPhone XS and XS Max are as fast as you probably need.
With these higher iPhones, you can enable the Reachability feature (in Settings> General> Availability). When you do this, bring a short welding up from the bottom of the screen down halfway if you want to reach it with one hand.
The problem with this is that you must bend your thumb a lot to reach the bottom area to enable accessibility, and that is not practical. With phones this size, it is best to use two hands when necessary; The days of the true one hand's phones are gone. I would recommend arranging the app icons so that the apps you use most often are near the bottom of the screen so you can start them with one hand.
The dual camera that has been on iPhone Plus models for a couple of years has been improved, especially with some serious software improvements. What Apple calls Smart HDR allows you to take photos where the lighting varies greatly from dark to light, and blends multiple impressions to create more evenly-lit images. I find the colors of images on the iPhone XS Max to be better and richer than at 8+. See this article for more about the new camera features in iPhone XS and XS Max.
iPhone XS and XS Max are expensive phones starting at $ 999 and $ 1,099 and reaching $ 1,449 for XS Max with 512GB of storage. Apple has made it easier to swallow these prices with its iPhone upgrade program, but this is still a lot of money for a pocket computer. Most do not need 512 GB of storage space; It's only necessary if you want to shoot a lot of video or take lots of movies with you. Add another $ 200 if you want AppleCare + – which you should really have because of cheaper repairs if you break your phone – and you're looking at a phone that costs $ 1,650.
So is this new iPhone for you? If you have an iPhone X, it's probably not worth upgrading, but if you have an older iPhone, check it out. The second option is the more affordable iPhone XR that starts at $ 749, which is missing the OLED screen and dual camera, but mostly has the same internals. As is the case, Apple has a two-tier approach to its latest models and it's something for everyone.
About Kirk McElhearn
Kirk McElhearn writes about Mac, iPod, iTunes, Books, Music and more on his blog Kirkville.
He is co-host of Intego Mac Podcast, The Next Track and PhotoActive, and a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS and several other websites and publications.
Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar and Scrivener.