IPhone Xs teardown shows new battery, expanded waterproofing

Posted September 21, 2018

And now, in September 2018, Apple has unveiled its largest iPhone yet: The iPhone XS Max, which has a screen measuring a whopping 6.5 inches. You don't have a separate one anymore.

The information comes from Digitimes, a sometimes-accurate source of information on the supply side of consumer electronics.

The iPhone XS Max, Apple's largest smartphone to date, also comes in the same capacities. Maybe we'll see an iPhone X-style redesign at some point (I think it would have to be called iPhone XSE - a.k.a. "iPhone Tennessee" - as it most certainly could not be called iPhone SEX). The iPhone XR seems to be the most affordable one at a cost of Rs. 53,928.

We've not yet finished up our iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max reviews as we'd like to do further testing with the battery inside each of these phones. The iPhone Xs 256GB version is available for R785 per month, and the Xs 256GB R849.

Earlier this week, we saw the unveiling of three new iPhones - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR along with Apple Watch 4 at the Apple Fall Event held in Cupertino.

Apple also expanded storage capacity in its latest models, with 256 GB and 512 GB capacity now available. The iPhone XS, which is the successor to the iPhone X, is kept alive by a 2658mAh battery. Apple claimed the XR will easily achieve the longest stamina, which could be due to the low-resolution screen and Apple's intense optimisation.

The new iPhones are dual SIM for the first time - but not with a physical SIM card. Economists point to this hidden cost as a contributor to the inelasticity of iPhone prices v demand. The Xs starts at $999 while the Xs Max has a $1,099 price tag. The iPhone XS has a 2,658 mAh battery, which is smaller than the 2,716 mAh battery in the iPhone X. Even still, Apple says the phone will offer slightly better battery life than last year's iPhone X.

Also in the queue, Armen Avanesyan, 27, said it was the third time he had specifically travelled to Dubai from his native Moscow just to get an iPhone.