Well, here it is … Apple’s brand new iPhone Xs and Xs Max. But would you pay over USD $1,099 for it?
After months of rumors, leaks and breathless speculation, Apple’s iPhone Xs and Xs Max are here — and they’re exactly what we expected. The former is the logical, technically impressive sequel to the iPhone X, and the the latter is, well, the same thing but bigger.
Alright, fine: That might be a little reductive. There’s a lot going on inside the iPhone Xs, but it’s stuff that’s generally hard to pick up on during some limited hands-on time. I mean, just look at the list of changes. The A12 Bionic chipset seems appropriately powerful, and I’ve been playing Bethesda’s new Elder Scrolls game without so much as a hiccup. Zooming through Apple Maps flyovers of Paris more smoothly than on our iPhone X, too. And the phone’s 5.8-inch Super Retina display seems lovely, with sumptuous colors and great viewing angles.
That is, unless you wanted a bigger version. The iPhone Xs Max is the closest Apple has ever come to full-on smartphone overkill. That’s mostly because of the phone’s massive display — at 6.5 inches, this is the biggest screen that Apple has ever squeezed into a smartphone. To say it’s a handful is putting it mildly, but here’s the really crazy thing: It’s surprisingly light, almost shockingly so. That might not sound like something to get worked up over, but take it from me, a habitual phablet fan: Every fraction of an ounce a company can shave off a phone’s weight means my wrist won’t hurt quite as much in the long run.