Last year, Apple released their brand new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to the public. As with each annual release of the iPhone, a question of “is it worth upgrading?” comes about. In 2017, apple released the iPhone X, with its edge to edge curved screens like those seen on Android devices, even dating back to the Galaxy S6 Edge from 2015. This was the first major device redesign since the iPhone 6 was launched and it appears they’re sticking with it moving forward.
The iPhone XS and XS Max aren’t terribly different from their predecessor in terms of actual technology within the device itself. Of course, there’s the highly boasted A12 Bionic chip, new antenna lines (located towards the bottom of the phone near the charging port), a better camera for the rear facing side of the phone and a few other minor changes here and there. The new iPhone XS has 30 minutes more battery life compared to the previous iPhone X, but actually has a smaller battery than the latter. The iPhone X’s battery clocked in at 2,716 mAh, whereas the iPhone XS’ battery is smaller at 2,649. The new iPhone XS Max’s battery sits at 3,179 mAh, which makes sense given its larger size and larger display. In fact, while Apple is reporting an increase in battery life between the iPhone X and XS specs listed on their website, the iPhone XS has the exact same estimated time for uses such as internet usage, video playback and audio playback. The only exception is the call time which has gone down by one full hour compared (at 20 hours) to the iPhone X (which has a reported 21 hours).
However, it’s not all doom and gloom on the horizon for the newest iPhones. The yet to be released iPhone XR has an increased battery life compared to both as well as a notably cheaper price point. Additionally, newer hardware in the devices mean that they can do more for less energy, new software made for these newer phones allows for more high quality pictures to be taken and edited, better videos to be made and so on. In the end, it’s up to each consumer to make an informed decision on whether they think it’s worth their time and money to upgrade to one of these newer devices.