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iPhone XS Max Stories August 6

How much is your iPhone XS/XS Max worth right now?

It might feel like it was just yesterday that Apple launched the iPhone XS, but is it already time to check its trade in value? Regardless of which phone you’re looking to upgrade to, you might be curious to know what your iPhone XS or XS Max is worth. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to get the most cash for your phone…

iPhone XS Max Stories September 5, 2019

Apple is apparently readying a new under-display integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor “as early as its 2020 iPhones” next fall, according to a report today from Bloomberg. The report says it would be an addition to the existing Face ID authentication and unlock system, allowing users to authenticate with either fingerprint or face biometrics.

The publication says the feature may slip to 2021. This echoes a timeframe suggested by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said Apple would launch an iPhone with both Touch ID and Face ID in 2021.

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iPhone XS Max Stories September 3, 2019

Apple’s iPhone 11 event is quite literally a week away, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for a few last-minute leaks. A Geekbench test result has surfaced that purports to show CPU statistics for the iPhone 11. More specifically, this is supposedly a benchmark for the “iPhone 12.1,” which is the successor to the iPhone XR.

The Geekbench score reports 5415 for single-core and 11294 for multi-core. If real, this would mean the new iPhone lineup is about 12% faster for single-core tasks, but the multi-core result is essentially unchanged compared to what the current iPhone XR scores. expand full story

iPhone XS Max Stories August 29, 2019

iPhone XS Max ranks behind Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ ahead of iPhone 11 debut

After putting the iPhone XS Max and Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10+ head to head in a drop test, YouTuber PhoneBuff is out today with the same devices in a speed test. While the Note 10+ beat the almost year-old iPhone XS Max, it wasn’t by as much as you might guess with Samsung’s latest featuring 12GB of RAM.

iPhone XS Max Stories August 26, 2019

Samsung’s Note 10+ smashes top iPhone in drop test, iPhone 11 may be stronger

Samsung has just launched the Galaxy Note 10+ last week and it features Gorilla Glass 6 for the front and back of the device. Now PhoneBuff has put it head to head with the iPhone XS Max for a drop test. While the Note 10+ beat out last year’s flagship iPhone, the iPhone 11 landing next month may be more durable than ever.

iPhone XS Max Stories August 8, 2019

Apple has today updated its iOS version statistics for developers. Apple publishes these numbers every few months based on usage traffic to the App Store.

The company says that 88% of all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models are now running iOS 12. That proportion rises to 90% if counting only devices released in the last four years. These are likely the final figures for iOS 12 as Apple readies iOS 13 for release next month.

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iPhone XS Max Stories July 10, 2019

Vertical desk stands for the iPhone have risen in popularity since the introduction of Face ID, allowing the owner to unlock the phone without taking it off the stand — the Face ID camera is pointed at just the right angle.

The HiRise Wireless approaches the classic formula with great materials and a sleek design, plus a small twist: the Qi charging pad is not fixed in place. It can be popped out and taken with you. It’s a small thing — but it really ramps up the product’s flexibility and functionality compared to the status quo.

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iPhone XS Max Stories July 8, 2019

In a new ad currently available on the Apple Singapore YouTube channel, Apple takes a direct jab at Touch ID biometrics. The amusing 30-second commercial features a man sleeping on a deckchair whilst his phone, a blue iPhone XR, pings with new message notifications.

The ad shows the man opening his eyes and merely glancing at the phone to unlock the device and reveal the notifications. The ad closes with the tagline “Face ID. Even easier and more secure than Touch ID.”

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iPhone XS Max Stories June 5, 2019

There have been rumors for a while that the iPhone 11 will not include a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen. iOS 13 certainly supports that direction as 3D Touch gestures in iOS 13 are effectively non-existent.

The good news is that the features provided by 3D Touch, like Peek and Pop or Home Screen Quick Actions, are now available with long-press gestures. The bad news is that owners of 3D Touch phones, i.e. all iPhones since the iPhone 6s apart from the SE and the XR, lose out on functionality that existed in previous OS versions.

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iPhone XS Max Stories May 17, 2019

New app lets Face ID iPhone owners make ‘music’ by waving their hands in the air

A new app called AirSynth by Dave Wood takes a fun approach to the Face ID TrueDepth camera system available in the iPhone X series phones. Users simply wave their hands above the phone screen to control the synthesizer, like a pseudo-theremin.

iPhone XS Max Stories April 8, 2019

Japanese Apple blog Macotakara is making some unorthodox claims this morning regarding the 2019 iPhone lineup. Previous rumors had indicated that the 2019 lineup would be direct successors to the 2018 iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Today’s report, citing reliable Chinese supply chain sources, suggests that in addition to spec bumps to the XR and XS, there will be two new 2019 iPhone models with 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays. These models would be specially designed to accommodate the rumored triple-camera system.

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iPhone XS Max Stories March 29, 2019

YouTuber PhoneBuff is out today with a new video pitting the iPhone XS Max against Samsung’s new Galaxy S10+. Apple has made some lofty claims about the latest iPhone’s glass durability, but the new Galaxy flagship uses the latest and greatest Gorilla Glass. Here’s how the showdown turned out…

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iPhone XS Max Stories March 18, 2019

iPhone XS Max finally loses a speed test to a Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S10+

Over the last four years, iPhone has consistently beaten out Samsung’s flagship smartphones in speeds tests. Now, YouTuber PhoneBuff has put the new Galaxy S10+ up against the iPhone XS Max and it has finally lost its speed test crown.

iPhone XS Max Stories March 11, 2019

Today I got my hands on Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ for the first time. It being a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone XS Max, I wanted to see how the two devices compared. In this initial hands-on video, I talk about my initial impressions about the Galaxy S10 from an iPhone user’s perspective.   expand full story

iPhone XS Max Stories February 15, 2019

Sketchy Chinese social media report claims red iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launching soon

A Chinese media report on the social media site Weibo, via iGeneration, claims that Apple will expand the iPhone XS lineup to include a new red color option later this month. Presumably branded as PRODUCT(RED), it would join the red iPhone XR that Apple has sold since launch.

iPhone XS Max Stories January 31, 2019

Facebook app update adds native screen resolution support for iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and 2018 iPad Pro

Whilst Facebook employees are currently struggling to launch their own apps, Facebook is still able to update its own customer-facing app on the App Store. Today, it did just that.

iPhone XS Max Stories January 22, 2019

DxOMark is out today with a brand new camera ranking just for selfie cameras. The new test was designed with the same protocol as the company’s tests for rear shooters and looks to offer “neutral and reliable test data about smartphone front camera performance and image quality to consumers and other interested parties.”

DxO has initially tested the front facing cameras of 12 popular smartphones. As for how the iPhone XS Max and X performed in the DxO selfie camera ranking, let’s say they have some room for improvement.

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iPhone XS Max Stories January 20, 2019

I get good battery life with my iPhone X as is, and my home office lifestyle means I’m never that far from a plug, so I’m admittedly not the target market for a battery case. Nevertheless, the announcement of Apple’s Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR piqued my interest.

I wanted to dip my toes in to see what using a Smart Battery Case is like. Read after the jump for some of my takeaways, and also be sure to check out our review from earlier in the week for a more thorough walkthrough of what’s new.

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iPhone XS Max Stories January 17, 2019

Does your iPhone have trouble making it through a full working day without dying? If so, then Apple’s just-released Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR may be the answer to your problem.

But with a better, yet still polarizing design, and a $129 price tag, the Smart Battery Case isn’t exactly an impulse buy. Do its smarts and new features like Qi wireless charging make it compelling enough to consider? Watch our new iPhone Smart Battery Case review video for the details.

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iPhone XS Max Stories January 16, 2019

iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Case contains 10.1Wh battery, 13% larger capacity than previous cases

Update: An earlier version of this article pointed to the cases’ smaller mAh capacity. However, the Wh on these cases is actually higher than the previous models because the voltage was doubled. The article has been corrected to reflect this.

Apple’s smart battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR went on sale last night, with Apple touting up to 75% extra usage time. Apple did not state the battery’s capacity in the Apple Store tech specs. 

iPhone XS Max Stories January 14, 2019

After originally rolling out support for the iPhone XS Max and XR displays back in October, Instagram broke the optimized resolutions with an update last month. Now, an update today has solved the issue, but also requires Instagram users to be running iOS 10. In related news, YouTube has released an update that now takes full advantage of the new iPad Pro displays.

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iPhone XS Max Stories January 9, 2019

The iPhone XR has firmly taken over the iPhone XS in usage, according to data from Mixpanel. Although Apple seems to be struggling to meet targets on sales across the iPhone line, the relative sales of the XR now means it has overtaken the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, which had a one month sales lead.

However, the iPhone XS Max continues to hold a sizeable lead despite being the most expensive option.

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iPhone XS Max Stories December 29, 2018

iPhone XR, iPhone XS charging slowly? Using a different charger can help …

Now that you have got your hands on a shiny new iPhone XR or iPhone XS for the holidays, you may be noticing that the phone charges slowly compared to the iPhone you upgraded from, like an iPhone 6 or 6s. Buy a new charger to solve your problem. Here’s why …

A man from Columbus, Ohio claims that his less than one-month old iPhone XS Max caught fire and exploded in his pants pocket around December 12, iDropNews reports. The man, Josh Hillard, says he initially noticed a strange smell emanating from his rear pant pocket, before feeling a “large amount of heat” allegedly burn his leg.

While the man says he’s already been in contact with Apple regarding the matter, their offer of a replacement hasn’t seemed to bode well, who says he’s already exploring his legal options against the company.

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