In recent months, rumors have circulated that Apple would skip the iPhone 13 due to superstition surrounding the world’s unluckiest number.
The appearance won’t impress you. I’m testing the Pro, which is over £200 more than the basic model and includes extra features, and it’s just as elegant as its peers. It’s a perfectly lovely bit of polished metal and glass with flat edges that sit comfortably in your hand.
The iPhone XS Max is the biggest and thinnest of the three. It does, however, have a smaller notch (that little black trough at the top of the screen) than its predecessors, so you get somewhat more usable screen for your money.
Such criticisms, when weighed against the significant practical benefits – especially to stamina – are quickly forgotten. The ordinary model can play a streaming video for 15 hours (compared with 11 on the iPhone 12), and the Pro Max lasts 25 hours (more than double its predecessor).
The iPhone XS Max is the first smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen, which has pushed design boundaries even farther. The notch on this new iPhone model is barely visible; it blends seamlessly into the bezel. So far, so good.
The cameras have received a lot of attention, and this is justified, especially for the Pro and Pro Max, whose strong lenses rival the finest on the market. Cinematic mode allows you to focus on individuals while blurring the background, which creates more sophisticated videos. The most useful upgrade for most people will be the imaging improvements.
The macro lens of the X-T10 is a joy to use, and it captures the tiniest details of an object – such as peach fuzz or newspaper fibers – in more depth than the naked eye. This feature, along with 120Hz displays and longer battery life, is another incentive to invest on these premium versions.
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