iPhone XS Hands On: XS Max Feels 'Shockingly' Light, Killer Features are Depth of Field Slider in Photos and Dual SIM

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's latest event has come to a close, and that means the press is now getting a chance to go hands-on with the newest iPhones: the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. While largely similar in design to the 2017 iPhone X, the new models pack in a few new features that are distinct from the previous generation, namely the XS Max's large new 6.5-inch display.


    According to The Verge, the iPhone XS Max actually "feels much better than any 'Plus' iPhone ever has," thanks to a more ergonomic fit in the hands.
    Although Engadget warned that the iPhone XS Max approaches "smartphone overkill" with its size, they ultimately admitted that the device is "shockingly" light.

    TechRadar came away impressed with the camera quality on the XS, but said that this line of iPhones feels like one of the more disappointing "S" generations, given how it's missing many standout features that make it recognizably different from the previous models.

    Numerous publications pointed out some potential killer features of the iPhone XS include the bokeh effect slider in Portrait mode, as well as Dual SIM support. Dual SIM lets users integrate two separate phone numbers in one device, with one being a physical SIM card and another being an eSIM (China will get a version that supports two physical SIM cards).


    Slash Gear called this a "potential gamechanger" for the iPhone XS lineup.
    More information on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can be found in our launch post, and if you want to catch up on the event itself Apple has posted the full video to its website.

    Article Link: iPhone XS Hands On: XS Max Feels 'Shockingly' Light, Killer Features are Depth of Field Slider in Photos and Dual SIM
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    “Shockingly” light? Somehow I doubt that lol but even if it is my pockets will probably revolt
  3. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    Looks like the XR will be a good choice for most, who want the cheaper iPhone!
  4. glenohumeral macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2015
    DoF adjustments were already available in Focos App.....not sure if it's a "big" feature
  5. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    whats the difference between the xs and xs max other than screen size?
  6. The Don Onez macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2017
    Huntsville, AL
    So did they go with the taller and less width format?
  7. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
  8. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I would imagine is the X S Max is probably heavier and less pocket friendly
  9. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
  10. Alakagom macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2015
    If Dual Sim is the killer feature then this is the end of an era. But I disagree, watching presentation it was clearly the addition of Gold colour that was the new standout feature.
  11. dazz87 macrumors 65816

    Sep 24, 2007
  12. will.s87 macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2016
    Central CA
  13. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    The lightness of the XS Max is matched only by the lightness of the wallet after purchasing it.
  14. can$rules macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2014
  15. MisterAndrew, Sep 12, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018

    MisterAndrew macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2015
    Portland, Oregon
    Shockingly light compared to what? A brick? A bar of gold? An elephant? At 208 grams, the XS Max is the heaviest iPhone ever made.
  16. madKIR macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2010
    and Dark Room! I hope Apple won't remove these apps due to their stupid policy!
  17. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    Yes - improved phone is improved.

    Tell us more... so more of us buy it ... and the authors of the blog make more money on their Apple stock.
  18. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    The iPhone XR has this as well, so I'm not sure how this is a killer feature of the XS.
  19. Peperino macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2016
    Tim Cook lost it way as well as Apple. It truly shows with the current prices, that the only thing he cares is about performing for the investors and charge outrageous prices rather than for users that actually purchase the Apple products. You can see all along the Apple line up with the iMac Pro, and the Macbook Pro both ridiculously expensive.
  20. ps45 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2010
    Q: Do the dual cameras on the XS and XR allow for live photo with a proper still photo as well, or is it the same as with single camera models (fixed shutter speed and grain in low light)?
  21. 4x4bob macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Why don't they just call it the iPad iPhone? Screw that, I don't want bigger. And they are releasing a bigger watch too..... iPhone iWatch next? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills..... this is a stupid trend..... bigger isn't better.
  22. votdfak macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2011
  23. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    So the killer features are the only 2 new features in the phone?

    Seriously, other than these 2 features and spec bumps, what else is new?
  24. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    It’s the same physical size, just bigger screen.
  25. RoobyRoobyRoo macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2016
    You know this is basically what happens every "S" year, right? Refinements and improvements on the previous year's features. This is how Apple has done it for a long time, with few exceptions.

    I don't understand how so many people are surprised or upset about the lack of new features.

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