The iPhone Xs's Best New Features
A Bigger Size
When Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller first introduced the iPhone Xs Max on stage during the product unveiling event, he confirmed the giant new phone boasts the biggest display the company has ever built into an iPhone. In fact, the Xs Max sports a 6.5-inch display that's roughly 18% larger than last year's iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 inches) while having a slightly smaller body/form factor. That's a whole lot of screen.
Like the smaller iPhone Xs, the iPhone Xs Max's screen is packed with technology, which Apple has branded as the Super Retina Display. Key features include support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10, the best color accuracy on the market, and a million-to-one contrast ratio for intense brightness for colors and deep, dark blacks, according to Apple.
"iPhone Xs Max delivers a more immersive experience with over 3 million pixels for videos, movies and games, offering the largest display ever in an iPhone in a footprint similar to iPhone 8 Plus," the company said.
Waterproof in Deeper Water
Big news for the accident-prone among us: The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are able to withstand being submerged in even deeper water without being destroyed than older iPhones. Specifically, Apple has built the new handsets with a splash and water resistance of IP68, which means they can be submerged in up to two meters (about 6.5 feet) for up to 30 minutes. Apple said they're also protected against "everyday spills including coffee, tea, and soda." The iPhone X was only waterproof in up to one meter (about 3.25 feet) of water.
Better Battery Life
At this point, Apple would face angry mobs if it didn't increase the battery life in its latest iPhones. Thankfully, it delivered with improvements that you'll likely notice in your day-to-day usage. Apple claims the iPhone Xs Max, which sports the biggest battery ever stuffed into an iPhone, will last for an hour and a half longer than the iPhone X. Meanwhile, the iPhone Xs will deliver a modest half hour of additional battery life compared to the iPhone X. It's better than nothing, right?
Faster Face ID
Face ID, the advanced camera system that automatically scans your face and unlocks your phone, is already pretty fast on the iPhone X. But for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, Apple made it work even faster. The company claims that things like unlocking your phone, logging into Face ID-enabled apps, and impulse shopping via Apple Pay will feel even quicker. Great.
Faster Everything Else, Too
Apple said its new chip, the A12 Bionic, is the most powerful processor in a smartphone and packs the first 7-nanometer chip ever in a smartphone. Translation: The damn thing is blazing fast. It's also more power efficient than previous phones.
What does this mean for using your phone? Better gaming, video editing, photography, and smoother experiences using graphics-intensive apps. This is also the key to the battery life improvements we mentioned above. You can also thank the performance stability improvements and enhancements that come with iOS 12.