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The New iPhone X Models Revealed

Jonathan Tao / September 14, 2018

The next iteration of the Apple iPhone X is now available for pre-order today, September 14. Apple has revealed three new devices that will replace the first iPhone X; the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. If you want to upgrade your phone, take a look at the specs below.

iPhone XS

The XS is just the latest in an illustrious line of phones that were each, in turn, the fastest and most advanced model ever built. (Amusingly, Apple wants us to call these devices the “Ten S,” but let’s be honest, it looks like “Ex-S.” This is their own fault for skipping the iPhone 9.) The new A12 Bionic processor is faster and more powerful than the previous iteration. (We’re shocked. Shocked!) The 5.8 inch Super Retina display is larger than the iPhone 8 Plus with a slim body available in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey. The phone is available in three storage sizes and prices: 64GB at $999, 256GB at $1,149, and 512GB for $1,349. Even though it’s tempting, we don’t recommend the 64GB. If you’re shilling out for the latest iPhone, you’re going to use all of that memory in six months of social media, pictures, and apps.

iPhone XS Max

The supersized XS, similar to the previous iPhone 8 Plus, has a larger 6.5 inch Super Retina display. It’s truly enormous. Do not even bother with this phone if you have small hands or want to keep this thing in your pocket. Otherwise, the XS Max is identical to the XS but charges you an extra hundred bucks for the increased OLED real estate: 64GB at $1,099, 256GB at $1,249, and 512GB for $1,449.

iPhone XR

If you don’t want to spend a thousand bucks, the iPhone XR is the more affordable device in the new lineup. It has fewer features (such as no 3D Touch capability) and a 6.1 inch Liquid Retina LCD display. That said, it’s available in Red, Yellow, Coral, Blue, Black, and White. It also comes in the three standard storages sizes, starting at $749—less than the iPhone 8 Plus.

The XS and XS Max are now available for preorder and will arrive in stores on September 21 in the United States. If you want the “budget” XR, you’ll have to wait until October 19 for preorder and October 26 to get your hands on the real deal. If you’re not ready to upgrade, Apple is still selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in a candid acknowledgment that most people cannot afford to upgrade their iPhone every year.