Regulatory filings reveal iPhone XS, XS Max and XR RAM, battery capacities

Florence Fletcher
September 21, 2018

Pricier and bigger new iPhone models made their market debut in Japan on Friday, with the country's three leading mobile carriers starting sales of the XS Max and the XS that have faster processors and feature better battery life and improved camera functions.

Apple is boasting that these are their most powerful devices to date but before you rush to buy one it's worth noting that another new, and slightly cheaper iPhone, is coming soon. They then subsequently distributed around 200 10000mAh power banks to those in the queue.

Popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) posted a video revealing the unboxing and the contents of the iPhone Xs Max. The iPhone Xs should last around half an hour longer on a single charge each day, although oddly this is achieved with a smaller 2,658mAh battery.

It's the first confirmation we've had that the new iPhone XS has a smaller physical battery than the iPhone X. Even that was a huge shift, especially since developers had to re-size all their apps, and the iPhone 5S and 5C the following year kept that same 4-inch screen.

The iPhone XS, pronounced "ten S", and XS Max were launched on September 12.

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With the ability to pre-order and reserve a slot to collect the latest phones, fanfare at the Apple Store was less than earlier years of the iPhone, which saw hundreds of hopeful customers camping outside overnight.

Apple has officially stopped selling the SE. I found refurbished ones on eBay and elsewhere for $170.

Having so many different iPhone models gave Apple a big advantage: While most smartphone makers could only afford to focus on one phone launch at a time, Apple was selling phones for just about everyone, whether you wanted something affordable or high-end, big or small. Oh, and it comes in lavender.

The smartphones also come with dual-SIM capabilities, with the second slot using an eSIM - although this will not be available in the UAE for now. Apple iPhone XS with its IP68 rating can be submerged in fresh water up to two meters for 30 minutes.

Now, it's Huawei's turn to jump on the bandwagon with the iPhone XS launch.

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