iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max offer faster Face ID, T-Mobile 600MHz LTE support

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Along with the Apple Watch Series 4, today Apple took the wraps off of two new flagship iPhone models.

The iPhone XS (pronounced “ten ess”) and iPhone XS Max feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screens, respectively. Specifically, the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED screen with a resolution of 2436×1125, while the iPhone XS Max is packing a 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display with a resolution of 2688×1242. Apple touts that the iPhone XS Max is about the same size of the iPhone 8 Plus, it has a screen that’s 1-inch larger diagonally.

Another significant upgrade included with the new iPhone models is Face ID. Apple touts that Face ID is improved on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max thanks to its faster algorithms and faster Secure Enclave. This means that it should be faster for you to unlock your new iPhone with your face.

Inside the new iPhone models is an updated Apple A12 Bionic processor. This new 7nm chip offers a 6-core CPU with two performance cores that Apple says is up to 15 percent faster and up to 40 percent lower power, as well as four efficiency cores. There’s a 4-core GPU in there, too, that’s up to 50 percent faster, and an 8-core Neural Engine focused on machine learning. That new A12 Bionic chip is packed into a body that’s IP68-rated for dust and water resistance.

Another focus of the new iPhone models is their cameras. Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide angle sensor and 12MP telephoto sensor. That wide angle sensor offers OIS, f/1.8 aperture, and a 6-element lens, while the telephoto sensor has OIS, f/2.4 aperture, and a 2x optical zoom. There’s an improved front-facing camera, too, with a 7MP sensor that’s faster and an f/2.2 aperture.

Other photography features of these new iPhones include Smart HDR for better high dynamic range and greater image detail. There’s a new Depth Control feature that’ll let you adjust the depth of field of your photos after you take them, letting you add more or less background blur to your photos. And when it comes to capturing video, there’s a faster sensor with better low-light performance and video stablization, as well as support for recording stereo sound thanks to the four built-in microphones.

Battery life has been improved on Apple’s new iPhones, too. The iPhone XS is said to get 30 minutes more battery life than last year’s iPhone X, while the iPhone XS — which Apple points out has the biggest battery in any iPhone ever — will get 90 minutes more battery life than the iPhone X.

Also notable is that dual SIM support is coming with these new iPhone models via a software update this fall. Apple plans to utilize one eSIM and one physical SIM, save for in China, where it’ll use two physical SIM cards

Switching over to cellular connectivity, the full list of LTE bands supported by the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max looks like this: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, and 71. Apple also says that both phones offer Gigabit-class LTE, 4×4 MIMO, and LAA support.

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Focusing specifically on T-Mobile, it’s been confirmed that both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will include 600MHz LTE support, making them the first iPhones to have that feature. T-Mo’s 600MHz LTE reaches farther and its better at penetrating buildings than mid-band LTE, and it’s now available in more than 1,250 markets, so this is a big addition for T-Mobile customers.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available in gold, silver, and space gray color options and 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities. Pricing for the iPhone XS will start at $999, while the iPhone XS Max will start at $1,099. Here’s how the full pricing for each model breaks down:

iPhone XS

  • 64GB: $999
  • 256GB: $1,149
  • 512GB: $1,349

iPhone XS Max

  • 64GB: $1,099
  • 256GB: $1,249
  • 256GB: $1,449

Apple will begin taking orders for the iPhone XS and iPhone XSs Max on September 14th, and the devices will launch on September 21st. T-Mobile CEO John Legere has confirmed that T-Mo will offer both models, with pre-orders starting at 12:01 am PT on September 14th. T-Mo hasn’t shared any EIP or JOD pricing info as of this post’s publication.

So, these are Apple’s new flagship iPhone models. What do you think of them?

Source: Apple

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  • Petey07

    I was thinking of upgrading to the Max, but the $1,099 is really steep. I wonder what’s the upfront and monthly costs that T-Mobile going to set. Even the watch alone, $499 for the cellular is steep as well. Making me think twice now.

    • THXULTRA

      Watch is steep I agree thinking hard if I will Jump to the new one now or keep my series 3.

      • Petey07

        I need to do some research whether to get the Series 3 or spend a little more for the Series 4 (since its probably something I want to keep for long). I wonder if the watches are coming to a plateau/matured, that the new watches are just going be increment update of hardware or some features (but the Series 3 & 4 are good for the next couple years).

        • blakedunc235

          honestly id just go for the series 4 and get the smaller one. finally gives you the screen of the old 42mm packed into a 40mm body. I’ve got the series 2 and the 3 just didn’t have anything that I wanted in it so I’ve waited and I’m still torn on whether i should upgrade to the 4 or not. My battery life on the 42mm is still great. I charge every other night even with a 1.5-2 hour workout per day on the watchOS 5 beta. Only things I really want are the thinner body and having the smaller watch body with a big screen still

        • Petey07

          I’m leaning towards that way too. I think the 40mm would be ideal for me, since the 44mm is probably too big for my skinny wrist haha.

          I had the series 1 (42mm), and sold it because i felt the software wasn’t matured yet, and didn’t have cellular. But now we at series 4, I think it’s probably a good time to get one and it will probably would last more than 2 years (hardware and technology wise). The pricing is rediculous tho… is it worth that cost? That’s what holding me back.

          Currently I’m using Gear S3, and miss the apple watch os. Love the looks of the s3, but software wise… I feel like I’m using the apple watch OS 1 lol .

        • blakedunc235

          I didn’t need the cellular version since I always have my phone but watchOS has definitely gotten better but not so much so that it’s life saving. I think it generally works better but nothing crazy. I had the gear S3 as well and it was pretty good but you couldn’t do much of anything on it at all. The only thing it was good for to me was seeing notifications and using Samsung pay. Other than that it was useless with replying to anything and calling sucked. Calling is better and typing is way better on the Apple watch. If you’ve got the means to I’d go for the 40mm series 4. Seeing as they are updating the series 2 again I’d say that the series 4 should last about 3-4 years.

        • Petey07

          You totally understand my issue with the gear S3. It pretty much a notification device, and that’s the only thing it can do, and it’s not really the best either. Apps are limited and the way apps work on the watch is nothing comparable to the apple watch. Pairing it with the note 8, it’s not the same experience as the apple watch pairing with the iPhone.

          I think I’m going grab the series 4, but waiting to see what kind of deals does TMobile have along with the Xs max. Hopefully, they have a good promo for both devices without having to trade in.

        • blakedunc235

          Yeah I don’t blame ya. I pretty much only used my gear s3 for samsung pay tbh. Even then i felt like it was kind of a waste. They finally implemented the draw to text and it just wasn’t good at all. The one on the apple watch is worlds better. This isn’t coming from a fanboy either as im still an android diehard, i just want devices that work at all times. I’m tired of having to root to get performance that the phones should come with. I’m hoping to get the xs max but i honestly dont want to pay $300+ upfront if i might end up jumping next year… I jump at least once and year. TBH I hate the fact that every other carry doesn’t require a down payment. its only tmobile right now. I hope you end up enjoying it man. watchOS is the smoothest yet and I bet its amazing on the S4 now

        • Petey07

          Totally agree with you about the s3. It just looks good, it’s a time piece that shows notifications lol!

          I’m on the same boat too, I currently using the note 8 after coming from several iPhones and Samsung. As much as I love the note 8, I also do love the iPhone/iOS . It’s alot harder when using the note 8, but you have everything apple (iPad, MacBooks for home and work, friends and family having the iPhone) because the iPhone just sync with each other .but the iOS has his pros and flaws, sames goes with Android .It’s a hard decision for me, I might go back and forth if I decided to yet the Xs Max pairing with the apple watch .

          I feel like the iPhone is on a plateau, as the iPhone hardware has matured, but the software still is not on par with Android (real multi-tasking, picture in picture, and many more.) But the experience on the iOS is just more polished than Android .I love Android as well for what it is .love the openness, customization and many more .The price of the Xs Max is just too steep … Make me think twice if it’s worth hoping on now, or wait until.my note dies (which mean holding off on the apple watch too). Pretty happy now .same as you, just waiting for TMobile pricing on EIP and JOD. TMobile has been great for me here in the bay area, they improved dramatically! So having band 71, wouldn’t effect us as much out here, but it’s a bonus to have it, when they do deploy it here.

        • blakedunc235

          Yeah I go back and forth often but recently gave up on android phones when I had the Note 8 for 3-4 months. It really was a great phone at first but I started to have so many problems. The reason I’m so ok with the pricing of the Note’s and more recently these iphones is that I spend an incredible amount of time on my phone. mostly watching youtube. Some people pay a ton to get a cheap laptop that they will use every so often but im willing to pay that much for a phone that I’ll have in my possession 18-20 hours out of the day, everyday. If they wouldve launched the max last year I wouldve gotten it then but yeah F us right?!

          Every time I switch back to android though I’m in the same boat as far as being trapped in apple’s ecosystem with my macbook and ipad. And tbh imessages is just great. I really think of it as a plateau either. Think of it this way, the only phone that can keep up with the iphone X in performance tests, whether its raw performance or day-to-day performance is pretty much the OnePlus phones. But with the launch of 7nm and the bionic 12 chip its going to blow them out of the water. With my iPhone X I never have noticeable hiccups either, the battery life is great, the screen is just as good (really no difference in ppi enough to tell IMO), and from my experience there arent any big issues. With me spending on average 4 hours a day on youtube on my phone I dont have time for my screen to flicker whenever watching a video. it would do that even after a full wipe of the phone with no non stock apps on it. Turned off the video enhancer and all too. Tmob gave me a new phone then the same thing happened. Then the last straw was the battery depletion thing from last year that they patched out of when you let your phone drain to 0% it would never come back on. When that happened I waited for my new note 8 to come in then I immedieately traded it for the X. Havent had a problem since. And that’s what always brings me back. Consistency. I realized that I don’t want to have to root my phone anymore. I don’t customize it with themes. I don’t want to have to install xposed to get features that it shouldve come with that now will trip the Knox security on the phone meaning I cant use it for work. I just want a really reliable phone that just works and that can do basically everything that the android devices can do but smoother and more reliably.

          In the end I may end up getting rid of JOD by switching to the revel and then returning it with the restocking fee so that I can go with Apple’s own upgrade every year program. Tmobile is the only carrier charging down payments right now and that was the only reason why I got it in the first place. I’m more than will to pay taxes like the others but 300 just to upgrade to a phone that I may switch from in a year is too much. The apple upgrade program is the same price as tmob with insurance so im not going to be paying anymore than I would if tmob actually did 0 down. Now if I can get tmob to give me the Max at the lower pricing that some other people have gotten then I may go for it since I’ve been with tmobile since 2007 and I have good credit. who knows

        • Petey07

          Thanks for the tip regarding leasing from Apple, I think its more ideal to lease from there oppose to T-Mobile (when it comes to putting down payment, but your monthly is less. But it wouldn’t make sense to put a down payment, if you’re going upgrade yearly anyways.) I will try to see if I’m eligible to sign up for it, otherwise it would be leasing via T-Mobile.

          Comparing both the Note 8 & iPhone, I do enjoy both OS and not devoted to one. But as you stated, having the iPhone is more of a “convenient” because it syncs up to everything, especially for work & personal (constantly, don’t need to be on the phone all the time). iMessage is the one thing I really missed about the iPhone. I hate texting on the android via SMS/MMS. Even, using FB Messenger, and any those messenger apps, its just doesn’t work the same as iMessage. But about the Note 8, there’s so much stuff that I love on it, that I will miss not having on the iPhone (Samsung Pay, Multi-window/Mutli-tasking, customization, the camera, the physical aspect of the phone, and many more). I’m planning to keep my Note 8 for Leisure/vacation, but iPhone for work & daily usage. Most of my family are on the iPhone, so having android does make it harder to shares pics/videos/etc., if you’re not using any third party apps that most iPhone user are prone to use.

          I’m surprised you had the issues on the Note 8. Most of the folks I know who uses the Note 8, love their device and rarely hear any issue, including myself. I, myself uses my phone primary for streaming videos (commuting to/from work & during work), so my phone is constantly on, and I rarely get any issues with YT, FB or so. I wonder if you had a lemon phone or something with the config? Recently, i never used an android a year straight (besides going back to the iPhone a couple months after), but the Note 8 has been really great that honestly, i don’t miss the iPhone that much. But I think I’m ready to go back to the iPhone, but having the convenience of two of the best phone (IMO) on hand, I can swap it anytime.

        • THXULTRA

          I would get the series 4 if you are going to keep it. A extra year of updates a much better screen more sensors. The difference in price is minimal if you keep it a long time

        • Petey07

          I totally agreed and think the same. I think the Apple Watch is more matured than ever, so I think it’s a gadget that can be use for the next couple years (without feeling behind or dinosaur era Lol).

        • THXULTRA

          Figure they kept the last design for 3 years so safe to say the series 4 will be good for at least that. Also I figure the 64bit processor will be good for more updates. Apple seems to be supporting 64bit hardware longer (at least with iphones). I would have kept my series three if they didn’t change the design but now I’m looking to upgrade as well for the bigger screen. I think this is actually the biggest watch update they have had to date.

    • SirStephenH

      Just wait a few months after release for a sale. iPhones always get the good sales because they’re too expensive to sell otherwise.

      • Petey07

        I am thinking of waiting to see if T-Mo has bundle deal (iPhone Xs/XsM with the Apple Watch 4). Hopefully they do… otherwise, probably thinking of leasing via Apple (if elligible Lol).

    • Chops

      1099+tax minus 720
      $459 down payment $30 a month for 2 years for me.

  • Chris Sousa Ebels

    I am worried about what the JOD pricing will be for the XS Max. If last year is anything to go by I’m sure there will be a hefty deposit. Only the base model X on JOD avoided one last year.

    • Andrew

      Yeah and that changed a couple weeks in.

      • blakedunc235

        Hey what do you happen to mean that it changed a couple weeks in? Am I missing something?

    • steadymobb

      It’s going to be pricey for sure.

    • THXULTRA

      The Note 9 was $220 down for some so my guess is the XS MAX will be $270 down for some and $130 for others. Depends on how long you have had JOD.

  • Brian Heath

    What about the XR, will it support the 600Mhz spectrum? I’m guessing it uses most of the same internals as the Xs, but I’d like to get confirmation as I’m not being a new phone like this if it doesn’t support the new spectrum.

    • Alex Wagner

      Yes, the iPhone Xr also supports T-Mobile’s 600MHz LTE.

  • Jamo

    Been waiting long enough for Band 71 to appear on iPhones and glad to see they’ve added it, along with 4×4 Mimo and LAA – this should make data very fast in some places and increase coverage in others.

    What I really want to know, is if the phone is purchased through T-Mobile, can we use the E-sim (Apple’s Keynote did show them as a supporting carrier), but more importantly, will the additional sim card functionality be locked to prevent use with another carrier?

    The dual sim is an absolute god-send for anyone working internationally on a regular basis. I just hope T-Mobile and other carriers don’t try and prevent it’s use.

    • Jamo

      What a shame though, it seems band 71 has been added at the cost of band 28, which is incredibly useful in Europe and Australia for that matter.

      • JStatt

        Where’s the source for that?

        • JiGSaW525

          FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
          TD‑LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
          CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
          UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
          GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

          FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
          TD‑LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
          CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
          UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
          GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

        • Jamo
        • JStatt

          Thanks! Interesting they removed

        • MJ

          Maybe it’s different for each carrier/region?

      • Anonymouse

        There will probably be a separate SKU for US and ROW models. The ROW model can skip Bands 66 and 71 and add Band 28 (also known as Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Band) instead. AFAIK, the following countries have the APT Band 28 already deployed: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, United Arab Emirates. Elsewhere, Band 28 has been deployed in France, Nigeria and Kenya. China will adopt the TDD version of the APT using Bands 45 and 46.

        • Jamo

          Yeah it’s used in France and is quite important if you’re out in the sticks. Germany is also building it out, and Australia is using it for a current build out to speed up CA. It’s a shame as this band is on the iPhone X – I use T-Mobile in the USA so band 71 is arguably more useful than 28 but I’m also visiting France and Australia in the next 3 months.

          Also I think the UK is auctioning this off when they move some TV channels so it’s going to become needed in Europe.

          I suppose the modems can only enable a certain amount of bands at once so they sacrificed what they thought was the least important? It’s the only reason I can think of that makes sense.

        • Petey07

          I agreed with you, despite that band 71 is more beneficial for most of us, but it be nice to have the band 28 in case those who are traveling overseas. I wonder what’s the reason behind it. I wonder for the version that has band 28, i wonder it they left band 71 out, or have it too?

        • Jamo

          It’s one or the other unfortunately. The rest of world model is lacking 71.

        • marque2

          I think it has more to do with the antenna’s which need to be tuned.

  • el_perezo

    Anyone know if Tmobile will have a good trade in program? I want to trade in my iPhone X. I am aware of apples trade in but hoping Tmobile can beat it

    • syed bukhari

      What is the Apple trade in?

  • Dussman

    Okay.
    Do I use the apple upgrade program working with T-Mobile
    Or
    Do I use the TMobile jump/upgrade program?

    • Apple’s upgrade program appears to be truly Zero $ down.

      T-Mobile upgrade programs typically include SOME sort of down payment. (Both on approved credit)

      You’ll pay more monthly for under Apple – under T-Mobile you’ll pay less monthly, but more upfront.

      ** IN THEORY** if you lease from Apple you might be able to freely switch carriers since it’s one model for GSM & CDMA & you wouldn’t necessarily be locked to T-Mobile (I have not confirmed this).

  • mjfadaway

    It would be nice if these carriers posted some pricing info to their websites being that pre orders are basically tomorrow night. It’s like they’re all afraid to be the first one to do it.

    • Petey07

      I think the carrier probably found out all this information along with us perhaps… Or there might be a disclosure agreement on when to release the information.

      I agree, and want to know the pricing too lol.

  • pda96

    I’ve always been impressed with how many bands an iPhone supports. Why can’t Android phones be like that? Even the unlocked ones don’t support as many bands.

    • Kevna

      They do. Galaxy phones always have all the bands. Galaxy S9 has the exact same bands as the new iphone and it came out in March.

      • pda96

        I just checked. There is a slight difference. But you are mostly correct. However, Samsung phones are probably the only ones that can go toe to toe with the iPhones when it comes to supported bands. I doubt the other Android OEMs give their phones the same capability.

        • JMF_mobile

          OnePlus 6 does.

        • marque2

          Motorola tends to as well.

        • Yonatan Ben Magen

          Yes, but I hear that Apple has superior CS – for that reason I can’t believe I’m thinking much less saying this – but I considering a move to the dark side. I not owned an Apple product since using the IIe in grade school – always been PC/iPaq pre-iPhone and then Android – always preferred options and mod-abilty (cooked ROMs and Rooted devices pre-iPhone. Now I’m feed up with Win10 OS and may go dual boot my new XPS13 and just use linux.

          That said loyal Samsung enthusiast for about 10 years but prefer LuckyGoldstar (LG) which I 1st owned 25 years ago.

          But I preordered Note 9 for The promo: what a fracking debacle – Customers is like dealing with a fly by night company both for warranty and promo dept. So I may consider an iPhone – when I upgrade.

        • michael mattison

          All Google Pixels, OnePlus, Essential…

    • SirStephenH

      It’s not Android’s fault, it’s the carriers fault and that of the manufacturers for allowing it. Nearly every Android phone supports all these bands in hardware but band support is often removed by manufacturers in software at the request of carriers in order to lock them into their network. Apple doesn’t allow carrier branding and nearly every iPhone is identical now so this isn’t an issue.

      You can’t really go around praising Apple on this issue though. Until very recently Apple put out at least two versions of every iPhone with different modems and different band and cellular technology support. Apple is also normally behind its Android counterparts in embracing new bands and cellular technologies.

    • marque2

      Some Do Look at a Motorola G5plus, or the G6. They support all the bands for all four US carriers – they came out a bit early so don’t have 600Mhz yet – but yeah Motorola tries to support them all.

      One problem though with that ,is that the antennas can be optimized for certain frequencies, if you support too many frequencies, you end up being able to use all phone services, but then when you are a bit out of range – pushing the system, the more specialized phone will do better.

      • Yonatan Ben Magen

        My wife has an iPhone for work and was using the Moto G5+ a but is getting my old S9+ not a huge fan of the Moto UI decent phone for price range -but kinda shocked in NFC

  • Denaaaa

    I have an iPhone 8 Plus. WHich of these would be the same body size? I don’t want a bigger phone (body size) as this is already a bit too big.

    • syed bukhari

      Xs Max will be the same body size.

  • syed bukhari

    Any updates on if T-Mobile will have a trade-in deal for it?

  • marque2

    I can’t afford one of these phones, but I am glad they put in 600mhz support. Usually Apple does not support Tmo in a major way, until a few years later. Glad that is changing. Also dual sim is a nice feature.

  • James Smith

    Yawn, I can already get nationwide lowband LTE with AT&T and Verizon using the iphone 5.

  • Jay Holm

    Wow, how surprising, Apple is suppprtisu 600mhz, anr not making people wait until “next year’s model”.

  • Phil7474

    Welcome to the team. I’ve been enjoying the band 71 on my S9 Plus.

  • michael mattison

    So Dual Sim…does that mean Tmo will sell the XS SIM unlocked like Verizon?

  • Petey07

    Totally understandable!

    I was trying to get the iPhone via the apple store, but wanted to buy it in store, I guess that won’t be an option (because of limited quanities in stocks), so I probably just going to the T-Mobile store and do the JOD. If they dont have in stock at the T-Mo store, I might go back and just order thru apple.

    I updated my iPad Air to iOS 12, and its a huge upgrade from iOS 11. It’s snappier & less buggy… I rarely used my iPad when it was on iOS 11 because it was so buggy and laggy… and most of the time, I enjoyed using my note 8.

  • Joe2050

    Unless you live in Rural areas you won’t see much difference in coverage with Band 71 as it’s still being deployed and for those living in major cities it won’t be rolled out until late next year just when the next iPhone XI comes out, hopefully with no notch that time.

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