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

By James Lu - 29 Sep 2018

From iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to iPhone XS or XS Max

  Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone 6 Plus Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB)
  Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone 6 Plus Apple iPhone XS (256GB) Apple iPhone XS Max (256GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$988
  • From S$1148
  • From S$1889
  • From S$2039
Operating system
  • iOS 8
  • iOS 8
  • iOS 12
  • iOS 12
Processor
  • Apple A8 64-bit dual-core 1.4GHz with M8 motion coprocessor
  • Apple A8 64-bit dual-core 1.4GHz with M8 motion coprocessor
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
  • Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core
Built-in Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
Display
  • 4.7-inch Retina HD / 1,334 x 750 pixels / IPS
  • 5.5-inch Retina HD / 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi) / IPS
  • 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-megapixel iSight camera with autofocus and dual warm/cool LED flashes
  • Front: 2.2-megapixels FaceTime HD camera
  • Rear: 8-megapixel iSight camera with autofocus, dual warm/cool LED flashes and optical image stabilization
  • Front: 2.2-megapixels 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
  • 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/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 / 64 / 128GB internal storage
  • 16 / 64 / 128GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
Battery
  • 1,810mAh
  • 2915mAh
  • 2,658mAh
  • 3,174mAh
Dimensions
  • 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm
  • 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
Weight
  • 129g
  • 172g
  • 177g
  • 208g

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were the first generation of Apple's larger iPhones, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens respectively. These phones are really old though, and you get a lot of meaningful upgrades for upgrading. The main reason to upgrade to the XS or XS Max is the larger, bezel-less OLED display, which not only gives you more screen real estate, but also has a higher resolution, better contrast, and supports true HDR10/Dolby Vision playback. You also get stereo speakers, wireless charging, a dual rear camera setup, more RAM, and a much faster processor for upgrading.

What you get for upgrading

  • 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

  • TouchID
  • Home Button
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 16GB, 32GB, 128GB storage options.