How to pick, the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

For the consecutive second year, Apple has announced three new iPhones at once.

Image: Apple’s new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max

So, let’s examine the things that the three new iPhones have in common.

THE IPHONE XS, XS MAX, AND XR SHARE A LOT OF THE SAME FEATURES

The processor: All three new iPhones share Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor [The A12 Bionic – It has a six-core CPU (with two “performance” cores and four “efficiency” cores), a four-core GPU (which is up to 50 per cent faster than the A11’s), and an updated Neural Engine, a special part of the chip designed to handle AI tasks ]., a 7nm chip that, according to the company, represents a breakthrough in mobile computational power. Its two performance cores (which handle intensive tasks) are “up to 15 per cent faster” than the iPhone X, while the four efficiency cores (responsible for powering your everyday app usage) are “up to 50 per cent more efficient.” The GPU is up to 50 per cent faster. It’s not like modern iPhones struggle with running iOS games. Each new iPhone also contains Apple’s updated, separate eight-core Neural Engine for handling machine learning or AI tasks, which can handle 5 trillion operations per second.

The main camera: the XR might lack a telephoto/zoom lens, but it has the exact same 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera as the XS and XS Max. Apple says that on each of the three models, the camera uses an all-new sensor (with larger pixels) and it’s capable of Smart HDR, which produces photos with “far greater dynamic range” and less noise in low light. The new camera is also better at freezing motion shots, according to Apple. Like last year, all of the new iPhones can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and 1080p slo-mo at 240 fps.

Frontfacing TrueDepth camera: the camera system used for selfies, Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji (Moji) is the same across all three new iPhones. It’s a 7-megapixel f/2.2 sensor.

True Tone, widecolour displays: Though they use different display technology, the iPhone XS and XR each include Apple’s True Tone tech, which adjusts the display’s temperature to match the ambient lighting around you. They’re also capable of showing a wide P3 colour gamut.

A quicker Face ID system: yes, the home button is gone for good from Apple’s 2018 iPhones, but the company has sped up Face ID this year by adding a faster secure enclave and smarter face-scanning algorithms.

Faster wireless charging: Apple says all of its 2018 models support faster Qi charging than the iPhone X.

DualSIM support: the new iPhones are all capable of supporting two phone lines by including both eSIM and one physical nanoSIM card in the phone. This will make international travels easier.

Stereo audio recording: The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR each have four microphones built in to capture stereo sound when you’re shooting video.

Better stereo speakers: Apple claims that the new iPhones all have improved stereo speakers with a wider audio presentation.

image: Apple

Suggestions:

BUY THE IPHONE XS MAX IF YOU WANT THE BIGGEST SCREEN OF ANY IPHONE EVER
$1,099 (64GB) | $1,249 (256GB) | $1,449 (512GB)
The iPhone XS Max is designed for people who love their Plus-sized smartphones. You get more screen — a 6.5-inch display.

BUY THE IPHONE XS IF YOU WANT A SUPER-POWERFUL PHONE THAT’S MANAGEABLE IN ONE HAND
$999 (64GB) | $1,149 (256GB) | $1,349 (512GB)

BUY THE IPHONE XR IF YOU WANT COLOR, THE BEST BATTERY LIFE, AND A GOOD BALANCE OF EVERYTHING ELSE
$749 (64GB) | $799 (128GB) | $899 (256GB)

The difference is the camera, as the XR has just a single, optically stabilized 12-megapixel sensor.
If you pick the XR, you’re getting a lot of what’s best about the iPhone XS in a cheaper package. And it has the best battery life of any of this year’s iPhones as the final kicker.

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