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Apple launches iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max with A12 Bionic chip, improved camera, GPU


iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

12 September 2018:

Apple has refreshed it’s iPhone family with three new smartphones – iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Let’s take a look on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.


Both iPhone XS and XS Max features a Notch at top. The Notch has Speaker, Infrared Camera (for Face Unlock), Front Camera, Microphone, Dot Projector, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor and Flood Illuminator.

The smartphones are almost bezel-less on sides and bottom.

The smartphones are made up of Stainless Steel and Glass. The company claims that iPhone XS has the most durable glass found in a phone.

The smartphones comes in three colours – Gold, Silver and Space Grey.


iPhone XS has 5.8 inch OLED display. Apple said that they have used Super Retina display on this smartphone. The resolution of the display is 2436×1125 pixels. It has 2.7 million pixels. The pixel density of the smartphone is 458 ppi.

iPhone XS Max

iPhone XS Max 6.5 inch Super Retina OLED display. The resolution of the display is 2688×1242 pixels. It has 3.3 million pixels. The pixel density of the smartphone is 458 ppi.

Both smartphones have 120 Hz touch-sensing, 3D Touch, Tap to wake, True Tone Display, Wide Color Support.

Processor and GPU

iPhone XS and XS Max will run on A12 Bionic Chip. A12 Bionic Chip is build on 7 nm design.

The chip has six cores. The A12 chip has an all-new Neural Network. The company claimed that the chip can perform 5 trillion operations per second. The chip also has real-time machine learning features.

The A12 Bionic Chip features a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 percent more efficient

The smartphone has a four-core GPU that is up to 50 percent faster, powerful Apple-designed Image Signal Processor (ISP), video encoder and more.


Both smartphones have dual rear cameras. The primary rear camera is a 12 MP wide-angle camera. It has f/1.8 aperture. The primary rear camera has pixels of 1.4 µm. It has 6-element lens. Optical Image Stablization (OIS) is present on primary rear camera.

The secondary rear camera is a 12 MP telephoto camera. It has f/2.4 aperture. The secondary rear camera supports 2x Optical Zoom. It also uses 6-element lens. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is present on the secondary rear camera also.

An Improved True Tone Flash is present on rear side.

Both smartphones have two camera on front side – a 7 MP RGB camera and an IR camera. The 7 MP RGB camera has f/2.2 aperture. The company has improved the sensor and claims that it is faster that previous models.

The IR camera will be used for depth sensing for portrait mode (on front camera) and Face Unlock.

BOth smartphones features Smart HDR feature with zero shutter lag.

Users can change the background depth after taking the picture. Only the background depth will be affected, there will be no effect on the foreground.

Both smartphones can record stereo sound with the help of four microphone system.


This time Apple has introduced a 512 GB internal storage variant of iPhone. The smartphones will be available in three storage variants – 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB.

(Also read  – Apple launches iPhone XR with A12 Bionic Chip, IPS Display)


The company claimed that the iPhone XS features a half an hour extra battery backup than the iPhone X.

And the iPhone XS Max features an hour and a half more battery than iPhone X.

Dual Sim

iPhone XS and XS Max will feature Dual SIM Dual Standby with one physical and one e-SIM on the phones. However, Apple will make special models for China which will have two physical sims slot. (eSIM is not supported in China).

In India, the eSIM tech will work with Jio and Airtel.


Both iPhones have wider stereo sound, which will give a good surrounding sound experience to users.

Other Features

The smartphones are IP 68 certified, which is an upgrade over previous models.

Both smartphones will support HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Both smartphones will come with iOS 12.


iPhone XS

The 64 GB variant of the iPhone XS is priced at $999. The 256 GB and 512 GB variants of the iPhone XS are priced at $1149 and $1349 respectively.

While, the 64 GB variant of the iPhone XS Max is priced at $1099. The 256 GB and 512 GB variants of iPhone XS Max are priced at $1.249 and $1,449 respectively.

You can pre-order iPhone XS and iPhone Max from September 14.

(Image – Apple)



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