When Apple’s Phil Schiller showed off the newest iPhones, the hype machine was on at full speed. He said the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max smartphones had “surgical grade stainless steel.” I never knew I wanted that!
You can also drop it into 2-meter-deep liquids — from water to orange juice — for up to 30 minutes. And it will still detect whether you’re having a heart attack, with the help of the new Apple Watch Series 4. I was able to get hands-on with the phones today, but I did not run this liquids test on the new products. Perhaps one of the greatest achievements here is that Apple has broken through the price barrier again with a phone priced at $1,100.
Levity aside, the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max will generate some serious lust in iPhone enthusiasts. The devices sport the new 7-nanometer A12 Bionic processor and an edge-to-edge Super Retina display. The Face ID camera points at you and uses its depth sensor to figure out if it’s really you. The phones come in three colors, with the blue metal sides blending seamless into the blue backside, thanks to good color matching.
The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen is HDR10 and Dolby Vision-certified. It has more on-screen pixels per inch than before, resulting in a higher resolution screen at 2436 x 1125 pixels on the iPhone Xs and 2688 x 1242 on the iPhone Xs Max. You can see this up close with the amazing photos of people Apple showed. The company also said the new iPhones have wider stereo sound fields.
The phones can take high-dynamic range (HDR) photos, with…