Apple released its latest trio of smartphones, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. And like every year, Apple did not fail to disappoint. While there absolutely awesome phones, that doesn’t mean we have zero complaints.
Here are five things we love, and five things we hate about the iPhone XS,
Tons of color options
In terms of color options alone, Apple tends to be a little conservative when it comes to iPhones. Sure, the iPhone 5c came in exciting colors, but that seemed to be a one-off event, with Apple returning to its more subdued line up the following year.
In 2018, however, it looks like Apple is ready to dip its toe back into the deep end. It released the new iPhone XR in six exciting colors. You’ll find the iPhone XR in black, white, yellow, coral, and blue. Oh, and we can’t forget about the red edition that’s being released at launch for the first time ever this year.
Extra battery life
If you’re seeking a little extra juice, you may want to check out the 2018 iPhones. Apple has made hardware and software improvements to all three phones that will ensure you have plenty of battery life.
While the extra 30 minutes of power Apple claims you get on the
So much storage
Ready to store tons of photos or music? This year, Apple went all in on its storage options for all of its new iPhones. Both the
The iPhone XR comes in three options as well: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB. While you will likely have plenty of storage with nearly any of these phones, you may want to buy one with a higher capacity since none of the phones have external storage slots.
Dual SIM support
While Dual SIM support may not be exciting for most of us in the U.S., lots of iPhone users around the world are rejoicing. The
Instead of just creating a hybrid SIM slot, Apple is following the Google Pixel 2’s lead. The
Most major U.S. carriers will support the
Split view on iPhone XS Max
Fortunately, Apple is putting that extra real estate to use. Once reserved for iPads, the
No more headphone dongle
First, it was the headphone jack, and now it’s the dongle. The 2018 iPhone lineup (and iPhone 8 for that matter) will no longer include a headphone dongle in the box.
If you want to listen to music or movies on your phone, you’re left with two options. You can either embrace Bluetooth headphones, or pay Apple $9 for the dinky little dongle that used to come in the box gratis.
That camera bump
Let’s talk about the new iPhones. From the front they look sleek and gorgeous, but if you turn the phone over things quickly change. Yes, we’re talking about that ugly camera bump.
While Apple continues to update and refine its hardware, it just seems to ignore that ugly little bump that makes its phones wobble. Luckily, you’ll likely have a case that will balance things out for you.
The top notch is here to stay
Sure, it’s been a year since Apple brought the top notch to the mainstream, but that doesn’t mean we’ve grown to love it. Quite the opposite, actually, since we’ve seen other smartphone manufacturers find creative ways to minimize or eliminate the notch altogether.
The 5W adapter
Seriously, Apple? It’s 2018 and you’re still including a chintzy 5W charger with your iPhones, even though the entire lineup is capable of fast charging. While there were plenty of rumors that an 18W charger would come standard with the 2018 iPhones, we now know that is not the case.
iPhone XS Max Price
When Apple announced the iPhone X last year, it was one of the first smartphones on the market that managed to surpass the $1,000 threshold. The year, Apple’s pushing the envelope a little further with the
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