IPhone XS teardown reveals not much has changed inside... except the battery

Angelica Greene
September 22, 2018

As for the camera, while the iPhone XS and XS Max's rear wide-angle camera has the same 12-MP resolution as before, the actual physical size of the sensor has increased by 32 per cent.

This year, many consumers ordered online so that they got their devices delivered on launch day. Although Apple quietly discontinued some of its lower-cost devices, including the iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and the iPhone X, it still sells two older models - iPhone 7 ($449) and the iPhone 8 ($599) - at cheaper price points, if you want a replacement device without splurging for the XS line.

At the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in NY, one of the world's most popular locations, 406 people were lined up ahead of doors opening for the iPhone XS, compared with 821 who lined up past year at that store for the iPhone X, according to Gene Munster of Loup Ventures. "And most of the customers say they do not see a big difference between new iPhones and the old ones", Fu said. "Like for example in Singapore there were hundreds of people waiting, but here there aren't many". This dual-device charger also has a USB-A port so a third device can also be plugged in at the same time.

The iPhone X didn't fare well a year ago in a tumble test that repeatedly drops each phone from a height of about 2.5 feet, suffering damage to its display and a cracked back.

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In my brief time with the iPhone XS Max this morning, it's clear to me I once again need to get used to triggering Reachability and start using it more often. They said they were inside the coffee shop for about 10 minutes, but when they returned to the auto, the phones were gone.

This dock supports Apple Watch's Nightstand mode "for optimal viewing angle" and is able to charge "through most phone cases up to 3mm thick". Whether or not either model is for you is up to your needs - and, more importantly, your budget.

As far as repairability goes, the iPhone XS and XS Max both got a decent score of 6 out of 10. The overall price range is US$449 to US$1,449 now, up from US$349 to US$1,149 previously. "I'm not gonna jump out of the queue to buy a Huawei phone, but it (the effort by Huawei) is still good", Shah said.

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