The 2018 iPhone Features Rundown: The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

The wait is finally over! This year’s new iPhones have arrived, and they’re jam-packed with loads of game-changing features.

We know you’re probably wondering: How many new features have been added? And should I upgrade? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this post, we’re delving into all the specs and answering your most pressing questions.

From performance to colour options and everything in between, here’s what you need to know about the latest iPhone models.

The 2018 iPhone lineup in a nutshell

Following in the footsteps of 2017’s announcement, Apple has introduced three iPhones this year: the iPhone XS (an upgrade to last year’s iPhone X), the iPhone XS Max (a larger version of the XS), and the iPhone XR (a more budget-friendly option).

Two things are immediately apparent with this release: Apple is going all-in with large displays and Face ID has officially replaced Touch ID across the entire iPhone line.

iPhone XS

In terms of design, the XS is very similar to last year’s iPhone X: it features an edge-to-edge display without a home button, a 5.8-inch OLED screen, and a glass back. However, several significant upgrades have been added – especially when it comes to the software inside.

With the ability to handle five trillion operations per second, Apple claims its latest chip – the A12 Bionic processor – is the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone. Thanks to this powerhouse processor, the XS is noticeably faster and more efficient than previous iterations. And as for battery life, Apple says the XS will last up to 30 minutes longer on a battery charge than the iPhone X.



If you’re after a smartphone that wows in the photography department, the iPhone XS delivers in spades. Its 12MP dual-camera system now has larger sensors to capture more light, along with a new Smart HDR feature that helps you take even better photos. You can achieve professional-quality shots with the background blur effect in Apple’s Portrait Mode, or even adjust the depth of field after you take a photo with the innovative Depth Control feature.


Arguably one of the best iPhone features is its stunning display, and the XS certainly doesn’t disappoint on this front. With a 2436 x 1125 resolution Super Retina OLED display, the XS boasts one of the most impressive smartphone screens on the market. In fact, it’s the brightest, sharpest, and most colour-accurate display Apple has ever produced for its smartphone line.

Face ID, water resistance and more!

Additionally, this state-of-the-art smartphone is equipped with an advanced version of its Face ID technology, faster wireless charging, and new stereo speakers.
The XS Max has identical specs to the XS, aside from its larger 6.5-inch screen size – which is the biggest display ever in an Apple phone.
Both phones are encased in ultra-durable glass and they’ve been upgraded to IP68 water and splash resistance, meaning you can drop your phone in up to two meters of water for 30 minutes and it should still work.
The XS and XS Max will be available with 64GB, 256GB, or a whopping 512GB of storage, in three colour options: space grey, silver, and a new gold finish.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is being touted as the most affordable option of the 2018 models, but don’t let the term “budget-friendly” fool you: this phone is incredibly powerful. It’s equipped with many of the same next-generation features as the XS, including edge-to-edge display, advanced Face ID technology, the new Smart HDR camera feature, support for wireless charging, and the A12 Bionic processor.


The XR vs. the XS

The main differences between the XR and the XS ultimately boil down to design. The XR sports an aluminium body, thicker bezels, one 12MP camera, and a Liquid Retina LCD display. At 6.1-inches, the screen is larger than the XS, but it lacks the industry-leading OLED technology found in the premium models.


Smartphone photography aficionados will be pleased to know that the iPhone XR is capable of producing photos that look just as good as its higher-end counterparts. Despite having a single camera, the XR can take portrait mode photos like the iPhone XS, and it’s also equipped with the Depth Control software feature.

More colour options

Don’t fancy the standard XS colour options? The iPhone XR is a great choice if you’d rather have a vibrant hue. It’s available in six colours: black, white, yellow, coral, blue, and the product (RED) version.

Overall, the XR isn’t quite as powerful as the XS or XS Max, but it’s still an incredibly impressive smartphone – and a definite upgrade from the iPhone X.


Pre-register for the iPhone XS today

Thinking about upgrading to Apple’s latest flagship? Pre-register for the iPhone XS online at Tesco Mobile to get your hands on this cutting-edge phone as soon as it becomes available.