Unveiled alongside its smaller iteration the iPhone XS Max takes the prestigious title of having the largest iPhone screen yet, boasting a 6.5-inch OLED display which dwarfs the 5.8 inch screen that was offered by the iPhone X.

Size matters for the iPhone XS Max

Not only is this a big step for Apple in terms of size, it also indicates new movement in their overall product lines. The iPhone XS Max isn’t much smaller than the iPad Mini, which measures in at 7.9-inches. This means that the iPhone XS Max is Apple’s flagship ‘phablet’ – an area of the market that is expected to see massive growth over the coming years.

Last year, phablets accounted for a whopping 40% of all smartphone shipments and the IDC forecasts that this will rise to 59%, hitting 1 billion units shipped by 2021. Comparatively, regular-sized smartphones will experience a decline of 7.4% over the same time period.

This means that the iPhone XS Max is at the forefront of the growing phablet market, while also improving on the innovative design and features of its predecessor – the best-selling iPhone X.


The iPhone XS Max Specs

While its size has got people talking about the iPhone XS Max, the new iPhone model has a lot more going for it. Here is just a quick rundown of its impressive specifications.

  • Dimensions: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
  • Screen: 6.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1,242 x 2,688 pixels
  • Weight: 208g
  • Camera: 7MP camera to the front, 12MP Quad LED camera to the rear
  • OS: iOS 12
  • CPU: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Storage: Available with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB
  • Battery: 3,174mAh
  • Colours: Available in Silver, Space Grey and an improved Gold colour

Comparing the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS directly replaces its predecessor, the iPhone X, with the XS Max offering a beefed-up version of the new model. The XS and XS Max are virtually identical, the main difference being that the XS Max is a whopping 20% larger, measuring in at 7mm wider and 14mm taller than the XS.

That’s not to say that the XS Max is too large to handle. Although it does have the largest display of an iPhone, it is still the same size overall as the previous iPhone 8 Plus.

While the bigger design does result in a heavier weight than the lightweight XS – 208g compared to 177g – and a slightly inferior battery life, many will find that the stunning 6.5-inch Super Retina HD all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display more than makes up for these minor shortcomings.

A closer look at the iPhone XS Max features

You’ve seen how the iPhone XS Max measures up on the outside, but what about what’s going on inside the phone? While the overall aesthetic hasn’t changed from the iPhone X, there are plenty of improvements that have been made inside.

New and improved camera
Both the iPhone XS and XS Max models come with dual rear 12MP cameras. These include the standard wide-angle lens, with a f/1.8 aperture, and a telephoto lens. With optical image stabilisation and a Quad-LED dual-tone flash, the Super Retina cameras are the highlight of the new iPhone generation. Combined with the 7MP TrueDepth camera on the front, the iPhone XS Max delivers a truly exceptional user experience, with deep blacks and vibrant colour captured in even the lowest lights.

A more powerful processor
With such a big model to power, Apple needed to give their chipset a boost of power which is why the iPhone XS range comes with an A12 Bionic Chipset which includes a next-generation Neural Engine. In layman’s terms, this means that the XS Max offers a higher performance at a lower power usage. Apple claims that this new CPU allows the XS and XS Max to run 15% faster on 50% less power, with up to 50% faster graphic performance than the previous A11 was capable of.

Improved durability
Apple hasn’t become the biggest name in the smartphone market by doing things half-heartedly, which is why you can expect the finest materials used in the new iPhone XS Max. These include precision-machine surgical-grade stainless steel bands and a screen that boasts the most durable glass ever to be used in an iPhone. The phone is also water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 2 metres.  

All the features you know and love
The iPhone XS Max includes all the fun and functional features we have come to expect from a new Apple release. These include faster facial authentication with Face ID, used to securely unlock your phone, log into your apps, and make payments, while wireless charging means you can say goodbye to your charging cable. The latest operating system, iOS 12, makes it easier to manage multiple notifications, monitor your screen time and have a little fun with your very own Memoji. 

How much is the iPhone XS Max and when can I get one?

Apple started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone XS Max on 14th September, with the first units shipping on 21st September, with delivery expected between 27th September – 1st October.

The iPhone XS Max starts from £1,099 for the 64GB version, while 256GB will set you back £1,249, and if you want to get your hands on the 512GB version, you’ll be forking out £1,449.

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