The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max (stylized and marketed as iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max; Roman numeral "X" pronounced "ten") are smartphones designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the twelfth-generation flagships of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone X. They were announced on September 12, 2018 alongside the lower-priced iPhone XR at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park, Cupertino by Apple CEO Tim Cook, with pre-orders beginning September 14, 2018 and official release on September 21, 2018.
Gold iPhone XS
|Manufacturer||Foxconn (on contract)|
|Slogan||Welcome to the big screens.|
A2098 (sold in Japan)
A2100 (sold in China)
A2102 (sold in Japan)
A2104 (sold in China)
|Compatible networks||GSM, CDMA2000, EV-DO, HSPA+, LTE, LTE Advanced|
|First released||September 21, 2018|
|Availability by region|
|Discontinued||September 10, 2019|
|Successor||iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max|
XS Max: Phablet
H: 143.6 mm (5.65 in)
W: 70.9 mm (2.79 in)
D: 7.7 mm (0.30 in)
H: 157.5 mm (6.20 in)
W: 77.4 mm (3.05 in)
D: 7.7 mm (0.30 in)
|Mass||XS: 177 g (6.2 oz)|
XS Max: 208 g (7.3 oz)
|Operating system||Original: iOS 12.0|
Current: iOS 12.4.1, released August 26, 2019
|System on chip||Apple A12 Bionic|
|CPU||hexa-core (2.49 GHz Dual core Vortex, 1.52 GHz Quad core Tempest)|
|Modem||Intel PMB9955 (XMM7560[a])|
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||64, 256 or 512 GB|
|Battery||XS: 3.81 V 10.13 W·h (2658 mA·h) Li-ion|
XS Max: 3.80 V 12.08 W·h (3174 mA·h) Li-ion
|Display||XS: 5.8 in (150 mm), 2436×1125 px |
XS Max: 6.5 in (170 mm), 2688×1242 px
All models: 458 ppi, Super Retina: Custom-built OLED HDR, true blacks, wide color gamut, 625 cd/m² max. brightness (typical), with dual-ion exchange-strengthened glass and 3D Touch
|Rear camera||12 MP (1.4 μm) (1/2.55") Sony Exmor IMX333-Inspired, quad-LED flash, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical image stabilization (both wide-angle & telephoto) quad-LED flash, autofocus, IR filter, Burst mode, 6-element lens, 4K video recording at 30 or 60 FPS or 1080p at 30 or 60 FPS, Slow-motion video (1080p at 120 FPS or 240 FPS), Time-lapse with stabilization, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, Facial recognition, Digital image stabilization, Dual Optical image stabilization, Stereo audio recording|
|Front camera||7 MP, f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, exposure control, face detection, auto-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, 1080p HD video recording
Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting and Animoji(Same as iPhone X, XR)
|Other||FaceTime audio- or video-calling, IP68 IEC standard 60529 (splash, water, and dust resistant), Qi wireless charging, USB-C to Lightning (connector) fast charging|
|Hearing aid compatibility||M3, T4|
|Website||iPhone XS - Apple at the Wayback Machine (archived September 9, 2019)|
The iPhone XS Max is the first plus-sized iPhone in the new bezel-less form factor as the 2017 iPhone X did not have a larger variant. Upon the release of the XS and XS Max, iPhone X was discontinued, meaning that its shelf life of only 10 months was the shortest ever tenure as flagship device in the history of the iPhone. At release the XS and XS Max had starting prices of $999/$1099 in the US, £999/£1099 in the UK, €1149/€1249 in Europe, RMB8699/RMB9599 in China and ₹99900/₹109900 in India.
The XS has a design visually near-identical to the X but includes upgraded hardware, featuring the A12 Bionic chip built with a 7 nanometer process. It also features a 5.85-inch (149 mm) OLED display and contains dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and one 7-megapixel front-facing camera. The XS Max features the same hardware and cameras, but has a larger 6.46-inch (164 mm) OLED display and battery (3,174mAh). It was also noted by the media that the XS received a smaller battery than that of the X (dropping to 2,658 mAh from 2,716 mAh). The XS' battery is a new single-cell L-shaped battery, while the iPhone XS Max battery remains two cells like the iPhone X. Additionally, Apple states that iPhone XS lasts up to 30 minutes longer than iPhone X, while iPhone XS Max lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X.
Apple claims that the devices have faster Face ID technology. It was also announced in June 2019 at WWDC that Face ID on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and iPhone X would be up to 30% faster with iOS 13 set to arrive "this fall".
The XS and XS Max are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance under IEC standard 60529, with Apple specifying a maximum depth of 2 meters and up to 30 minutes of submersion in water. This is an improvement over the IP67 water resistance of the iPhone 8 and X. Apple has performed tests in various liquids including chlorinated water, salt water, tea, wine, beer and juices.
Unlike the XR, both iPhone XS devices have optical zoom.
The XS and XS Max support dual SIMs through a nano-SIM and an eSIM. In mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, however, the XS Max comes with a dual nano-SIM tray (and no eSIM). The XS does not have a dual nano-SIM tray, so the eSIM functionality is enabled for use in Hong Kong and Macau, but not in mainland China.
Rear camera upgradesEdit
iPhones, starting with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, have had their main camera: a 12MP (1/2.94") sensor size with a 1.22 μm pixel size.
Starting with the iPhone 2018 lineup (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR), these iPhones have an updated 12MP (1/2.55") sensor size with a 1.4 μm pixel size, the same sensor and pixel size as the primary cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S8  Samsung Galaxy S7, Pixel 2, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Moto X4 
Users reported problems charging the iPhone XS and XS Max with a Lightning cable. The device failed to charge if it had been on for a while and would only begin to charge if the screen was turned off. This would occur due to a software bug with Apple's “Disable USB accessories when locked” setting, a feature intended to prevent unknown devices from accessing a user's content within an iPhone. The press dubbed the issue "chargegate". The issue was resolved with the release of iOS 12.0.1 on October 8, 2018.
Excessive smoothing in selfiesEdit
Customers have also reported seeing unrealistic smoothness on their skin when taking a selfie by an automatic filter. Observers have noted that this face-smoothing effect is likely (and unintentionally) caused by the new Smart HDR camera feature on the XS and XS Max. This technology combines multiple photos of varying exposures to increase dynamic range on the iPhones' photos, but can also lead to less pronounced facial imperfections and decreased highlights in selfies. Some speculated this was the result of a hidden “beauty mode” (an actual feature in some smartphones) and dubbed the issue “Beautygate.” There has been a general dispute in the community as to whether the camera actually "intends" to "perfect" faces or if they just appear that way as result of a better quality camera.
Apple said that these results were due to the Smart HDR algorithm incorrectly selecting the blurrier long exposure as its base frame instead of the sharpest short exposure. The issue was resolved with the software release of iOS 12.1 on October 30, 2018.
Reception and connectivity issuesEdit
Some iPhone XS users have had issues with LTE, Wi-Fi reception and Bluetooth connection. A radio expert claims a faulty antenna is to blame. Apple has contacted users for help with their investigation. iOS 12.0.1 addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable.
Timeline of iPhone modelsEdit
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