New iPhones: Which is the best fit for you?
Now that October finally arrived, the iPhone XR release is almost here. With Apple discontinuing the iPhone X, is the XS(pronounced 10S, not excess) and XS Max worth the price tag, or is the XR the better investment? The XS and XS Max dropped in stores on September 21st, priced at a whopping $999 and $1,099, respectively. Many of the specs of the XS are quite similar to the X, meaning we’re not surprised Apple decided to discontinue the X since the X would normally drop in price, making it an excellent option. Some of the new changes, however, include a new color, the new A12 Bionic chip set, an even better camera, various speed enhancements, a longer battery life, more expansive sound, and a higher resistance to water. None of these things besides perhaps the chip set is all that impressively innovative or new, so it makes sense Apple added the classic “S” to the name, since most often the S series phones only have minimal improvements.
Now the XR isn’t officially released yet, so all speculations and facts are straight from Apple and yet to be tested by the general public. The biggest and most obvious difference with the XR is the colors. Once again, Apple has reintroduced colored phones, reminiscent of the iPhone 5C. These colors include white, black, blue, yellow, red, and coral. The 5C was popular due to its spectrum of color options, so there is a good chance this new range of chroma will attract a large consumer base. One of the biggest features the XS and XS Max boast is the new A12 Bionic chip set, which is also a feature of the XR, making it a strong competitor. The XR also boasts an improved camera, better Face-ID, and the new iOS 12. It has a bigger screen (6.1 inches) than the 5.8 inch XS, but still smaller than the 6.5 inch XS Max. The XR, according to Apple’s specs, actually advertises the best battery life of the three phones, at a tremendous 15-16 hours of use. Additionally, the price is just $749-$899, making it a solid couple hundred dollars cheaper than its sister models. The downsides to the XR that make it this lower price, however, include a lower resolution screen (equal to that of the iPhone 8), no telephoto camera (12 MP, also like the iPhone 8. No 2x optical zoom) and a portrait mode for the camera that doesn’t include Stage Light and Stage Light Mono. It also will only have “Advanced LTE”, which isn’t that big of a deal since the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X all have that as well. The speed isn’t THAT groundbreaking in the XS. Finally, the XR does not have 3D touch, which if you’re like the majority of iPhone users, won’t really matter.
If you’re looking for an iPhone that won’t break the bank quite as much and don’t mind missing the mega-zoom possibilities (just take the photo and zoom and crop after!), then the XR might be the better decision for you and your pocket. With all the positives that pile on the XR while not having too many devastating drawbacks, it looks like this model could become really popular after its release.