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The XS Secret Features

There have been hints of hesitance in the media recently regarding the new iPhone XS and XS Max. Why forgo the X and make an expensive upgrade when the differences don’t seem completely groundbreaking? Well, new information suggests that actually, the difference between the X and the XS may be larger than we thought; for those who are big data users, the upgrade could be more than worth it.

Teardown expert iFixit has taken both the iPhone XS and the XS Max apart, and discovered that both models have an extra antenna. This enables support for Cat 16 Gigabit LTE, and appears to be the driving force behind some ground breaking improvements to 4G performance. These 4G improvements have the potential to make a significant real world difference to a phone user’s experience.

4G speeds across US carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have been measured and some interesting results have emerged. Both new iPhones deliver massive speed increases of 200-300% compared to the iPhone X under the same test conditions.

It is not only those who use a lot of data who may benefit from upgrading, though. Dual sim support is a very exciting new feature supported by XS. This enables users to have a work and personal number on a single phone, therefore increasing efficiency. The second SIM is an esim rather than a physical one, but support for esims is expected to increase dramatically now that iPhones can have them.

Other significant features include a potential 25% increase in volume, and a higher tolerance to water; the XS can be submerged in 3 metres of water rather than 1 metre.

So, while some may choose to stick with their current iPhone models, the XS may be far better suited than the X to many a smartphone user.

Posted on 25 September 2018