Jim Dalrymple reviews Apple’s iPhone Xs Max: ‘The perfect iPhone’

“I usually write my review of the new iPhones about a week after I get one of the new devices, but this time around, I just kept using and trying out the different features of the iPhone. Now, I want to give you my thoughts on the iPhone XS and XS Max,” Jim Dalrymple writes for The Loop. “For me, there is a clear winner in the size comparisons to these iPhones—it’s the XS Max. The Max is the perfect iPhone for me — the bigger screen allows me to see everything I need, and I a lot of the time I don’t even need to put on my reading glasses to see everything.”

“Some people don’t like the ‘compromise’ of not having one-handed control using the iPhone Max and prefer the XS model. That’s fair, I guess, but when I look at how I use the iPhone, I don’t tend to use one hand for anything but scrolling,” Dalrymple writes. “Ultimately, the amount of time I use one hand doesn’t make up for the extra screen size I get with the Max.”

MacDailyNews Take: Exactly.

“I would like to touch on one thing — iPhone XR. I’ve heard people say that the iPhone XR will hurt sales of the XS and Max. I don’t believe that to be true. I think the majority of people that were going to buy the XS models are still going to buy those models,” Dalrymple writes. “The iPhone XR is going to bring in a whole new group of people that want a large screen iPhone but don’t want to pay the additional cost of the XS.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sales of the 6.1-inch iPhone Xr will be additive to iPhone sales overall, not cannibalistic of the 6.5-inch Xs Max, but the same might not be true of the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs.

em>The Xs is a tough sell, especially to those of us who have iPhone X units and extra especially to those of us who always felt the X was a bit too small (narrow). We obviously want the Max.

As for everyone else, why would the hoi polloi choose the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs when they can get the 6.1-inch iPhone Xr? They don’t know the difference between LCD and OLED, they have no idea what 3D Touch is, and it looks/works pretty much the same to them – plus it comes in colors (that they’ll immediately cover with a case; no matter, colors sell).

We have no idea who iPhone Xs is for. We’d be surprised if iPhone Xs even hits 10% of total iPhone sales. — MacDailyNews, September 17, 2018

Everyone on earth expects iPhone Xs Max to outsell iPhone Xs which, due to the existence of the Xr, has a remarkably small target market in comparison to Apple’s other new iPhones. — MacDailyNews, September 24, 2018

Analyst: Apple’s 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max sold out over weekend, 5.8-inch Xs orders ‘very weak’ – September 24, 2018
How Apple can mitigate 6.1-inch iPhone XR cannibalization of 5.8-inch iPhone Xs – September 20, 2018
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple Watch Series 4 pre-orders above expectations, 5.8-inch iPhone Xs seeing lackluster demand – September 17, 2018

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