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A Review of the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max: Are the New iPhones Worth it?

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A Review of the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max: Are the New iPhones Worth it?

Mary Tamashiro, Staff Reporter

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On Sept. 14,  Apple released two new iPhones, the XS and the XS Max. They also released the XR, which is a cheaper and less developed version of the XS and XS Max. Compared to the last iPhone, the iPhone X, there are not many differences.

The main upgrade is the new A12 Bionic chip with the next-generation Neural Engine. All three of Apple’s new models have this chip. Apple claims this is the smartest, most powerful chip in an iPhone. According to the Apple website,The A12 Bionic, with our next-generation Neural Engine, delivers incredible performance. It uses real-time machine learning to transform the way you experience photos, gaming, augmented reality, and more.”  The A12 Bionic Chip is 15 percent faster and uses 50 percent less power than than the A11 Bionic chip, which is in the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Personally, I have the iPhone XS, and I have noticed an improvement in speed as well as a longer lasting battery life. During the day, I frequently use my phone from around 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and most days I find my battery is still around 40 percent by the end of the day.

Another feature is that it is now water resistant up to two meters instead of one. I really like this feature because I do not have to worry about putting it in a plastic bag when going swimming, or covering it when it rains. Unfortunately, the iPhone XR does not have this feature and is only water resistant up to one meter.

Additionally, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have more storage than the last model, containing 512 GB compared to the 256 GB the iPhone X had. However, the iPhone XR does not come in the 512 GB size, and its highest capacity is 256 GB.

The main difference between the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, the XS Max and other models that came before the iPhone X, is the full screen display and the lack of a home button. This is my personal favorite feature, because the bigger screen is more pleasing to the eye and makes the phone better, especially with the new super retina HD display. But the iPhone XR doesn’t have the new super retina HD display, and has a 1792 by 828 pixel resolution at 326 ppi (pixels per inch) compared to the iPhone XS Max’s 2688 by 1242 pixel resolution at 458 ppi.

In a chance that was introduced with last year’s iPhone X, the new “home button” is just a line at the bottom of the phone. To access the home button, all you have to do is swipe up, which, in my opinion, makes accessing it more smooth. Personally, I prefer this to the old home button. I like how easy it makes transitioning between apps and unlocking my phone.

Along with this, the Face ID works surprisingly well and I have noticed it even works well in the dark; for instance, when I’m in my room at night, with all the lights off, my phone will still unlock. However, it may not be completely secure because one time I unlocked it with a picture of myself. I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives; though there may be some security concerns, you still don’t have to worry about someone unlocking your phone while you’re asleep, because I’ve noticed it doesn’t work while your eyes are closed.

The only thing I don’t like about the new phones are the color choices for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. The XS Max comes in space grey, silver, and gold. The gold does not appear very gold and I think it looks ugly. I think they should make a red one; however, you can at least get a red iPhone XR.

The iPhone XR has the biggest variety of colors including, red, coral, yellow, black, white and blue.

Overall, I think the new iPhone is worth it, because it is faster and smarter than the old models. The screen is extremely clear, and the camera takes much more vivid pictures compared to my last phone, the 7 Plus. The iPhone XS is especially worth it if you are someone like me who is obsessed with their phone and uses it all the time because of the longer battery life and the aesthetically pleasing screen.

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Mary Tamashiro, Staff Reporter

Mary Tamashiro is a junior at La Salle. On the weekends she enjoys going out with friends and shopping. Her favorite place in the world is New York City.

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