The iPhone XS Max sees Apple super-size its flagship smartphone. This is a seriously powerful phone that makes some serious strides forward. But are they enough to make it worth buying?
Okay, let’s get this out of the way; the iPhone XS Max is BIG. In fact, it’s the biggest iPhone yet - boasting a seriously large 6.5-inch edge-to-edge display, with stainless steel bezels and a smooth glass back. And, like the iPhone XS, the XS Max comes in gold, silver and black.
It also boasts a high-end OLED screen (including that iconic notch) and includes hardware for Face ID - which allows you to unlock your phone with a mere glance.
But, perhaps most impressive of all is the XS Max's super-powerful A12 Bionic processor. This new chip allows for increased battery life, enables apps to launch 30% faster, and supports a number of features unavailable on the iPhone X.
So, if you’re upgrading from an older iPhone, you’ll notice real performance and battery improvements.
The XS Max’s impressive wide-angle camera boasts a 12 megapixel (MP) dual camera system and smart HDR, allowing for professional quality pictures and 4K videos with intricate shadow detail.
Like the XS, you can even adjust the clarity of the background of an image after the picture has been taken. In short, enthusiastic photographers will be blown away by what this dual-camera can do.
The iPhone XS Max can provide as much as 512GB storage, depending on the model you get. That's enough for hours upon hours of video footage, and thousands of pictures.
In short, you won't need to worry about running out of space!
The True Depth Camera system on the iPhone XS Max lets you unlock the phone with a nod, authorise payments on Apple Pay with a glance, and access secure apps with a pointed look. It’s a seriously impressive bit of kit and, Apple is keen to stress, super-secure.
The iPhone XS Max’s new “Dual SIM Dual Stand By” uses Apple’s eSim to support an additional SIM card. That said, it doesn’t support a physical SIM-card. The only country that does that, is China.
The battery lasts 90 minutes longer than that of the X, and a full hour longer than the smaller XS. For a phone this big, and with so many specs and features, it’s seriously impressive. Apple hasn't always had the best track record with battery life, so this is a big step forward.
If you’re itching to get your hands on the iPhone XS Max, it’ll be available to pre-order on 14 September, and will hit stores on 21 September.
A big phone deserves a big price tag, and at £1099 for a 64 GB version of the device, £1,249 for the 256 GB and £1,449 for the 512 GB version the iPhone XS Max certainly isn’t cheap. So, if price is an issue, check out the smaller iPhone XS, the cheaper, but similarly specced, iPhone XR or an older iPhone model.
What's the cheapest iPhone XS Max deal?
Look, there’s no getting away from the fact that the iPhone XS Max is pricey. But as it turns out, there are plenty of ways to avoid re-mortgaging your house to pay for the phone upfront.
Number one: compare - offers change all the time, so you’ll need to check to see which mobile operator can offer the best deals.
Also, keep an eye on smaller companies like giffgaff, as they will likely offer better deals over the big networks. Plus, going through mobile resellers rather a network directly can also save you money, as they usually sell the same plans at cheaper prices.
Which networks sell the iPhone XS?
Here’s where you’ll find the best XS Max deals:
EE - for a phone contract, SIM-Only, or mobile broadband deal? EE have a huge selection, and you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.
O2 - O2 have loads offers for existing customers, with a wide selection of plans available.
Vodafone - Vodafone offer a shed-load of pay monthly plans, SIM-Only offers, and 'Red' 4G plans.
Three - Whether you’re after a phone contract, SIM-only plan, or unlimited data plans, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Three.
You could also trade in your current iPhone and put the money towards one of the newer models. You can do this via mobile recycling comparison sites like CompareMyMobile or SellMyMobile. Depending on what model you have, and how in-tact it is, you can get up to £600.