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Should you upgrade to the Apple iPhone XS or XS Max?

By James Lu - 29 Sep 2018

From iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 or earlier to iPhone XS or XS Max

  Apple iPhone 5S Apple iPhone 5C (16GB) Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 4S Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB)
  Apple iPhone 5S Apple iPhone 5C (16GB) Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 4S Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$988
  • From S$848
  • From S$948
  • From S$1889
  • From S$2039
Operating system
  • iOS 7
  • iOS 7
  • iOS 6
  • iOS 5
  • iOS 4
  • iOS 12
  • iOS 12
Processor
  • Apple A7 64-bit dual-core 1.3GHz
  • Apple A6 32-bit dual-core 1.3GHz
  • Apple A6 32-bit dual-core 1.3GHz
  • Apple A5 1GHz
  • Apple A4 1GHz
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
Built-in Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
Display
  • 4-inch / 1,136 x 640 resolution / IPS
  • 4-inch / 1136 x 640 resolution / Retina widescreen Multi-Touch display, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 max brightness, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • 4-inch / 1136 x 640 resolution / Retina widescreen Multi-Touch display, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 max brightness, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen / 640 x 960 pixels
  • 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen / 640 x 960 pixels
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina HD / 2,436 x 1,125 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
  • 6.5-inch Super Retina HD / 2,688 x 1,242 pixels (458ppi) / OLED
Camera
  • Rear: 8-megapixels with autofocus and dual warm/cool LED flashes
  • Front: 1.2-megapixels FaceTime HD camera
  • 8 Megapixels / iSight camera with Autofocus, Face detection in video or still images, Video recording 1080p @30fps
  • Secondary: 1.2 Megapixels FaceTime HD camera, photos and HD video (720p) up to 30fps
  • 8 Megapixels / iSight camera with Autofocus, Face detection in video or still images, Video recording 1080p @30fps
  • Secondary: 1.2 Megapixels FaceTime HD camera, photos and HD video (720p) up to 30fps
  • 8-megapixel / Autofocus / LED flash / 1080p video recording @ 30 frames per second
  • 5-megapixel / Autofocus / LED flash / 720p video recording @ 30 frames per second
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.4, 56mm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad LED (dual-tone) flash
  • Front: 7-megapixel, f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) (802.11n: 2.4 and 5 GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS & GLONASS, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) (802.11n: 2.4 and 5 GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS & GLONASS, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) (802.11n: 2.4 and 5 GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS & GLONASS, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps / Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support / USB 2.0 / WLAN 802.11b/g/n / HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps / Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support / USB 2.0 / WLAN 802.11b/g/n / HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector
Storage Type
  • 16 / 32 / 64GB internal storage
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 16 / 32 / 64GB internal storage
  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal
  • 16GB / 32GB internal
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
Battery
  • 1,560mAh
  • 1,510mAh
  • 1,440mAh
  • 1,432mAh
  • 1,420mAh
  • 2,658mAh
  • 3,174mAh
Dimensions
  • 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm (W x H x D)
  • 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97mm
  • 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm (W x H x D)
  • 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm
  • 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
Weight
  • 112g
  • 132g
  • 112g
  • 140g
  • 137g
  • 177g
  • 208g

The iPhone 5S was the last generation of Apple's 4-inch iPhones. Compared to the 5.8-inch XS, or the 6.5-inch XS Max, its 4-inch display looks tiny in comparison. We recommend you upgrade to the XS, as the XS Max will be a really big difference in screen size. Of course, if you're ready to fully embrace the big screen, the XS Max is the biggest display Apple has ever put on an iPhone.

Beyond just extra screen real estate, the displays themselves are also significantly better, with higher resolutions, better contrast, and HDR10/Dolby Vision support. You also get stereo speakers, wireless charging, a dual rear camera setup, more RAM, and a much faster processor for upgrading.

If you're still holding onto one of these phones, what are you waiting for? It's time to upgrade.

What you get for upgrading

  • Much larger display: 5.8-inches on the iPhone XS or 6.5-inches on the iPhone XS Max.
  • Taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio bezel-less display with notch.
  • Higher resolution OLED display (~458 ppi) with HDR10/Dolby Vision support.
  • IP68 dust and water resistance.
  • Stainless steel and glass design available in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold.
  • FaceID and Animoji.
  • Glass rear with wireless charging.
  • Stereo speakers.
  • More durable front and back glass.
  • More powerful A12 Bionic processor.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • Faster 4G LTE speeds. Both the XS and XS Max now support 4G LTE Cat 16 up to 1024Mbps.
  • Dual Sim functionality.
  • Longer battery life.
  • Dual rear cameras.
  • Portrait Mode with adjustable depth-of-field.
  • 256GB and 512GB storage options.

 

What you lose for upgrading

  • Compact size
  • TouchID
  • Home Button
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 16GB, and 32GB storage options.