The iPhone XS has been officially unveiled by Apple, and the iPhone XS will ship in Australia on 21 September 2018. Pre-orders start on 14 September.  Most of you might be wondering if you would upgrade your iPhone X to iPhone XS since the new iPhone XS looks pretty much the same as last year's iPhone X on the outside. but what other differences between the new iPhone XS and last year's iPhone X? There are some slight changes with the new iPhone, so now let's have a look. 


The body of the iPhone XS is identical to the iPhone X. The same glass sandwich design with a notch cut into the top of the 5.8-inch OLED screen. For screen sizes, the iPhone XS and X have the same size-5.8 inches but Apple claims that you'll see improved colour on the XS screen in the form of 60 percent greater dynamic range than the original iPhone X. You can get the iPhone XS in Silver, Space Grey and Gold


In terms of processor, the iPhone X is armed with an A11 Bionic chip based on Neural Engine which is claimed to have better capabilities than the previous generation. But  the iPhone XS is armed with the latest A12 Bionic chip which has faster performance than the A11 Bionic Chip in the iPhone X.  This is an advantage because Apple uses their own products for their smartphones and of course the quality is guaranteed.


The iPhone X launched with iOs 11, but the new iPhone XS launches with the iOs 12 operating system. However the iPhone users can still update to iOs 12 easily. Apple updates regularly so both iPhone will be easy to update.

Water resistance

Water won’t be a problem with the iPhone XS. Unlike the iPhone X’s IP67 certification, the iPhone XS feature an IP68 certification. The new IP68 rating is up from the IP67 rating of previous iPhones.  The previous iPhone X can be submerged up to only a metre deep for up to half an hour without damage and the IP68 rating in the XS can handle depths of up to 2 metres. The iPhone Xs is also covered with a tougher glass than the iPhone X so there’s a small chance of breaking.


The iPhone X is the first iPhone to have a dual camera. For camera specifications, both lenses carry a 12MP resolution with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The selfie camera itself is equipped with a True Depth camera system with a 7MP resolution sensor which of course can produce images with clear details. Not only that, the front camera can record video up to 1080p resolution with 60fps.

The camera in the iPhone XS is exactly the same as the iPhone X, where it comes with a wide-angle lens with 12MP resolution and a better True Tone flash. The next lens is a telephoto lens with 12MP resolution. Both are equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and the latest sensors.


Unlike the iPhone X which only comes in two variants: 64GB and 256GB. The XS iPhone comes in three internal memory variants: 64GB, 256GB, and the largest 512GB.

Baterry life

Apple hasn't revealed the battery capacities of the XS but Apple claims that the XS will give about 30 minutes more battery life than the X

iPhone Xs vs iPhone X 


iPhone Xs

iPhone X


A12 Bionic

A11 Bionic


5.8-inch OLED (2,436 x 1,125 pixels)

5.8-inch OLED (2,436 x 1,125 pixels)


64GB, 256GB, 512GB

64GB, 256GB

Face ID



Rear Camera

Dual 12MP wide (ƒ/1.8) and telephoto (ƒ/2.4)

Dual 12MP wide (ƒ/1.8) and telephoto (ƒ/2.4)

Front Camera resolution

7MP, ƒ/2.2

7MP, ƒ/2.2

Battery Life (Hrs:Mins)

Not yet tested


Metal frame

Stainless steel

Stainless steel


Gold, Silver, Space Gray

Silver, Space Gray


6.2 ounces

6.1 ounces


5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches

5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches


  • 64GB A$1629
  • 256GB A$1879
  • 512GB: A$2199




The iPhone XS looks similar to the iPhone X, but it’s faster with a gorgeous new colour and some upgrades - faster processor, more storage, louder speakers, better cameras, and a more colourful display. All of these are significant, but none of them are significant enough to make the XS a must buy, especially if you already own an iPhone X.

Whether you're willing to buy the iPhone XS or upgrade the iPhone X to the iPhone XS is up to you, but I think you should hang to it on for at least another year but for those considering to choose between the XS and the X, I’d definitely recommend the newer phone. It's worth noting that the original iPhone X is now 10 percent cheaper (but only at the Apple Store).

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