What is the Newest iPhone Out Right Now?[June 2019]

Posted by Jamie on June 14, 2019

Apple aren’t in the habit of releasing just one phone. This last round they released three at once, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max. With each having slightly different features, they all qualify as the newest iPhone out right now. If you’re in the market for a new phone, I’ll give you a quick overview of each so you can make an informed decision about which to buy.

With the news that a new version of iOS is on the way, now is a good time to think about a new phone. It will likely load onto the current generation phones and perhaps the generation previous but Apple likes to make their older phones obsolete quickly. If you want all the goodness of iOS 13, you’re going to need a newer phone.

Here are your current choices. The newest iPhones available in 2019.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is below the flagship XS but is made for longer battery life. If you don’t get to a charger as often as some or prioritize battery life over power, this is the one to get. It’s a great upgrade over previous models and is also the cheapest.

  • Weight: 194g
  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 6.1 inch
  • Resolution: 1792 x 828 pixels
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Battery: 2,942mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP rear 7MP front

The iPhone XR is a good looking phone with the usual build quality and design. The phone is available in several colors which makes it stand out from the XS or XS Max. Despite being designed more for longevity than power, the internals are much the same as the XS or XS Max with the A12 chipset offering great power backed up by 4GB of RAM.

iPhone XS

The iPhone XS is smaller than the XR but no less powerful. The chassis is slightly more compact and sits in the hand comfortably. The design is slick and the screen is of the quality you expect from the Apple Retina hardware. Colors are bright, display detailed and response times are instantaneous.

  • Weight: 174g
  • Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 5.8 inch
  • Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Battery: 2,659mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP rear 7MP front

As you can see, aside from size and weight, the specs are largely the same as the XR just with more storage. For all intents and purposes, it’s last year’s iPhone XS Max in a smaller package with the same power and ability, same camera but a smaller chassis and battery. If portability are what you’re looking for, the iPhone XS delivers.

The ‘Ten S’ is in a tough position. It’s larger and more expensive than the XR but no more powerful. It’s smaller than the XS Max but not much cheaper.

iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS Max is Apple’s flagship phone of this year. It has a large 6.5 inch screen that has perfect colors, great contrast and awesome response times. It has the same chipset and internals as these other phones but a larger battery and screen. It’s the phone to get if you play games, watch movies or work out of the office or while on the move.

  • Weight: 208g
  • Dimensions: 5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 5-inch
  • Resolution: 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Battery: 3,179mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP rear 7MP front

The iPhone XS Max sits larger in your hand or pocket but rewards that with more screen real estate. There is a reassuring heft to this phone. It certainly hasn’t been designed to disappear into a pocket but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Edges are rounded, weight is still reasonable and that screen is still nice to look at so the size soon disappears as a consideration.

HDR makes a real difference to the camera while new sensors have improve depth sensing and produce much more credible images. The specs may say 12MP but the images pop way more than that figure would imply.

Which iPhone do you buy?

This year you have three new iPhones to choose from and they all offer slightly different things. I think that makes your decision easier. The iPhone XR is smaller, lighter and has better battery life but smaller storage and a lower resolution screen. The iPhone XS is slightly larger, has a better screen, larger battery but is more expensive. The flagship iPhone XS Max is larger still, has an awesome screen but not such good battery life and is very expensive.

If you value battery life over screen, the XR makes sense. If you want what is essentially a rebadged iPhone X, the XS will deliver. If screen is everything and you don’t mind paying for it, the XS Max has all that and more!

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