iPhone XS: Advantages Disadvantages
Apple Special Events

Apple iPhone XS Cons, Features, Price and Specs

As a tradition, Apple Inc. releases new iPhone models every single year and would always claim it as an under-the-hood revolution before its coming out. Is 2018 Apple Special Event be hype or a result of a new shinning flagship phone? Before coming to a conclusion, let's see a rundown of new iPhones, such as iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR's disadvantages and advantages.

iPhone XS NEWS: Three new iPhones - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are announced at Apple Special Event on September 12. iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display as iPhone X and runs faster with A12 processor and iOS 12. iPhone XS Max is a "Plus" version with 6.5-inch screen and also the most expensive iPhone to date. iPhone XR is a "lower-end" iPhone featuring 6.1-inch LCE screen and available in various colors - white, black, blu, coral and red.

Top iPhone XS/XS Max News

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR vs iPhone 8
Parameter iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone 8

All-screen OLED display; faster Face ID; galss body; surgical-grade stainless steel; splash and water resistance; 3 finishes: gold, space gray, silver

All-screen OLED display; faster Face ID; galss body; surgical-grade stainless steel; splash and water resistance; 3 finishes: gold, space gray, silver

All-new Liquid Retina display; glass body; precision-machined, aerospace-grade aluminum bands; faster face ID; 6 finishes: red, yellow, white, coral, black, blue

LCD multi-touch display; glass body; splash, water, and dust resistant; 4 finishes: Produce Red, gold, space gray, silver

Size 5.8-inch; 2436x1125 pixels 6.5-inch; 2688x1242 pixels 6.1-inch; 1792x828 pixels 4.7-inch; 1334x750 pixels
OS iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12 iOS 12
Processor A12 A12 A12 A11
Memory 64/256/512 GB 64/256/512 GB 64/128/256GB 64/256GB
Camera Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras;
7MP TrueDepth front camera
Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras;
7MP TrueDepth front camera
12MP camera;
7MP TrueDepth front camera
12MP camera;
7MP front camera
Battery Lasts up to 30 minutes longer than iPhone X
wireless charging
Lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X
wireless charging
Lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Plus
wireless charging
Lasts about the same as iPhone 7;
wirless charging
Cons and Demerits of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
No Iris Scanner

Apple applies new biometric tech into iOS 12 powered iPhone X to replace Touch ID. But it is facial recognition instead of futuristic Iris Scanner, which has already been used in Samsung Galaxy Note 7, S8, S8+, Lumia 950 XL, etc.

Iris scan is a method of biometric identification based on irises of eyes. Being an internal organ featuring unique, stable and complex patterns, it offers more accurate identification than fingerprints and face recognition. So, the absence of Iris Scanner might be a big con of iPhone X/8.

UPDATE 1 Day ago
Fragile glass design

We are quite taken aback that glass-body iPhone would ever see the light of day again. After all, all-glass design is more vulnerable and heavier than aluminum. We can only hope that glass technology changes quickly and the rumored OLED glass model is tough enough.

More Expensive

iPhone X is the priciest iPhone, nearly $130 higher than 256 GB iPhone 7 Plus. True, components now are replaced by advanced versions, such as A11 processor, plus other fresh designs. But, hey, it's $1000!

iPhone 8/X's Demerits in File Transfer

Connect your iPhone 8/X to computer via a USB cable, and you can transfer files between them freely? Time to wake up. iOS, be it earlier version or new iOS 11, doesn't allow users to access iPhone files on PC/Mac directly, let alone file sharing. This is, as always, a big disadvantage of iPhone (XS/XS Max) to be reckoned with.

iTunes and iCloud are designed for iOS data transferring, however coming with various defects. Let's name a few here. iTunes, covering media playback, digital store and iOS devices management, turns out to be a complicated app, running slow on computers and strictly limiting video audio format to MP3/MP4. Relying on internet connection, iCloud works slowly too when syncing files, especially large ones. Worse still, only 5GB free storage is available, which is far from enough for media backup. Upgrade is allowed at a price.

Luckily, there's an easy-to-use and professional iPhone XS file manager!
- All-in-one Multimedia File Manager for iPhone (8)/iPad
 Other Mobiles Compared to iPhone 8 

5.8-inch curved screen of Galaxy S8 makes this Samsung flagship look much different with 4.7-inch iPhone 8. Expandable storage up to 256GB is available for Galaxy S8 plus internal 64GB storage, while fixed capacities (32/128/256GB) are applied to iPhone 8. Following traditional models, Galaxy S8 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and iPhone 8 employs Apple A11 chip. Plus, running on latest Android 7.0 and iOS 11, Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 can deliver faster speed and greater performance. However, fingerprint reader on Galaxy S8 wrecks experience when unlocking screen.

Moto Z is another popular Android smartphone released in June 2016. It features a 5.5-inch size screen with a resolution of 1440x2560 pixels. Like Galaxy S6, Moto Z allows expanding memory via microSD up to 265GB on the basis of internal 32/64GB. As for performance, it seemingly can't keep pace with iPhone 8 for its less powerful chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Although it initially arrived with Android 6.0, it can be upgradad to 7.0 to deliver a faster running speed. The actual problem is on fingerprint sensor. Not working problem bothers many users.

Compared with Sony Xperia XZ Premium released in June 2017, iPhone 8 may re-adopt all-glass design with edge-to-edge OLED display along with all iOS 11 new powerful features. However, Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a higher 4K resolution screen, a higher pixel camera (19MP/rear, 13MP/front) and a longer battery life than iPhone 8. We do expect Apple would improve iPhone 8 batter life and camera pixels.

Apple just unveils its new iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X at its 2017 Special Event. Not as stunning as the rumor hinted before, iPhone 8/Plus is just anl upgraded version of iPhone 7/Plus. Compared to iPhone 8/Plus, Google's new flagship mobile Pixel (XL) 2, rumored to be released in October 2017, seems to be more attractive with higher camera pixels (13MP/rear, 8MP/front), longer battery (3000mAh), larger RAM (6GB) etc.

Other Highlights in Apple Special Events
New iPhone Leaks 'Confirm' Apple's Biggest Problems
From forbes.com Oct 22,2017 iOS 11

Apple is fighting fires. While iOS 11 continues to cause serious problems, supply chain leaks have revealed iPhone X supply is severely delayed and interest is so low in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production is being cut by 50% after less than a month. Learn More >

Apple members to 'Get a Head Start on Upgrade to iPhone XS'
From 9to5mac.com Oct 20, 2017 iPhone X

Apple wants its iPhone Upgrade Program members to have the smoothest experience possible. For that reason, Apple is pushing IUP members to 'get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X' starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27. Learn more >

Apple ​iPhone ​XS: UK release date, price, latest news and features
From telegraph.co.uk Sept 13,2017 iPhone X

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X - pronounced iPhone 10 - its premium smartphone costing more than £999 that showcases the latest technology, including an edge-to-edge OLED display, wireless charging and facial recognition security. Learn More >

Apple Is NOT Going to launch its flagship iPhone 8
From thesun.co.uk Sept 4, 2017 iPhone 8

Apple is NOT going to launch its flagship iPhone 8 on September 12 if the latest tech industry rumour is true. It may not be called the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, but the iPhone Edition or perhaps the iPhone X, which is also a high-end gadget. Learn more >

Apple Unveiled New macOS High Sierra on WWDC 2017
From Apple Inc. Jul 7,2017 macOS

Apple announced the 2nd iteration of macOS - macOS High Sierra (also macOS 10.13), which uses new technologies and adds support for HEVC (H.265), the successor to H.264. Also it lets developers create interactive virtual reality (VR) experiences on Mac for the first time. What's more, it also refines the features and apps you use every day. Learn more >

Look Into All Big Announcements on Apple Special Event WWDC 2017
From MacRumors Jun 8,2017 WWDC

Wonder what Apple announced on WWDC 2017? Aside from iOS 11, Apple unveiled an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, watchOS 4, and some new Macs, MacBook Pros and MacBooks. It also updated its Mac operating system (macOS High Sierra) by focusing on core technologies like VR. A new speaker device HomePod is set to be released in December 2017. Learn more >

Frequently Asked Questions about Apple iPhone XS
Q:I'm a noob to mobile jailbreak. Anyone knows how to jailbreak iPhone XS/iOS 12?

Many iPhone XS holders want to throw the phone against the wall, but are fairly new to the job. Getting reliable resource for iPhone XS/iOS 12 jailbreak status and tweaks is quite essential...

Q:Why my iPhone XS runs quite slow these days? And how do I speed it up?

No one has patience with a sluggish iPhone 8. But since the cause of iPhone XS running slow may vary from situations, the troubleshooting tricks also differ from reasons...

Q:[Help] What to do when my iPhone XS won't charge to 100% full?

When you come across your iPhone XS battery cannot be charged or is not charging to 100%, you can check out the cable and charger, clean the charging port, or do some other resettings...

Q:What should I do when iTunes does not recognize my iPhone XS?

To fix the error of iTunes not detecting iPhone XS, you should try several simple and quick methods shown in the post in descending order, until the iPhone XS is connected with iTunes normally...

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Smartphones now are taken as the main force of modern entertainment to enjoy movies, music and e-books. Compared to Android, iOS is much fussier and more strict with media formats & file transferring.

All-in-one Solutions:

It's quite common to bump into uncertain problems when using iPhone XS/XS Max, some of which can be fixed immediately after rebooting, while some need to be tackled by taking a series of workarounds or even an overall repair.

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