Ars Technica reviews iPhone Xs and Xs Max: ‘Among the best phones Apple has made’

“With last year’s iPhone X, Apple introduced the most significant redesign to the iPhone since the iPhone 4. All three of the phones Apple announced this fall—the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR—are modeled after that blueprint,” Samuel Axon writes for Ars Technica.

“That means near-edge-to-edge displays. It also means they have the TrueDepth sensor array, which powers Face ID, the facial recognition feature that replaces the Touch ID fingerprint authentication method used on iPhones since the iPhone 5S in 2013,” Axon writes. “There’s no home button either, which had been part of the iPhone since the very first one back in 2007.”

“The iPhone X has been the best-selling smartphone for most of the time since its launch just under a year ago,” Axon writes. “So how do you follow up the most popular new phone in the world?”

Apple's all-new 5.8-inch iPhone Xs starting at $999 and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max starting at $1099
Apple’s all-new 5.8-inch iPhone Xs starting at $999 and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max starting at $1099

“With only a few caveats, the iPhone XS and XS Max are among the best phones Apple has made, lightly iterative as they may be on last year’s iPhone X. At these prices, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple’s biggest hit with most buyers is still around the corner with the iPhone XR,” Axon writes. “Still, it’s hard to argue with that screen once you’ve seen it.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. The thing is, with the very high price level of these phones, they cannot just be among the best. Unless they ARE the best, the price cannot be justified.

  2. The price is not justified. It’s an S model and prices increased. Performance, not so much. Not that anyone using a phone can tell. The most important measure of performance to most iPhone users is battery life and Apple hasn’t improved that in years. Apple has spent the last 2 years selling a Samsung screen with an ugly notch as if it was a work of art. It isn’t. It’s proof that Apple’s business model is to sell hardware made by the competition with an Apple logo on the back for a huge premium markup. Whoopee. To users, the value is in the apps. The hardware from Apple just isn’t leaps ahead of the competition. Of course, MDN would have to do an honest hardware comparison to understand. Only Jobs ios store keeps users hooked. The hardware is just meh. Nothing revolutionary.

    People need to keep calling out Apple on their absurd RAM pricing.

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