- iPhone Xs and Xs Max feature faster Face ID authentication
At Apple’s September 12th event, the Cupertino-based company unveiled its new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max handsets with a bevy of hardware upgrades from their predecessor, the iPhone X. One of the significant leaps comes by way of faster and more secure Face ID authentication, the process of which has been sped up with improved algorithms and a zippier secure enclave.
While Face ID has quickly become Apple’s new standard for authentication, superseding Touch ID on the company’s flagship handsets, that hasn’t kept it from performing rather slowly and unreliably in specific situations.
With the new hardware, you can expect a more reliable experience in real-life situations, including indoor and outdoor use. And best of all, you won’t have to bow to your iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max as long as you may have been compelled to in the case of the iPhone X.
- iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max adopt improved IP68 water resistance
Apple’s new flagship handsets, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, pack momentous hardware upgrades to the microchips and silicon inside, but they also feature improved resistance to water.
Taking the stage at the September 12th event, Apple’s own Phil Schiller revealed how the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max each feature a robust IP68 water resistance rating, which is good for 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.
This new water resistance rating is a welcomed departure from the IP67 water resistance rating provided byt the last-gen iPhone X. That said, you needn’t worry if you drop your shiny new iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max in a pool or accidentally soak it with your drink while at dinner.
Although we never recommend intentionally dropping your electronic devices into hazardously wet situations, the additional water resistance is certainly helpful for those accidental mishaps that would otherwise result in expensive repairs on non-resistant devices.
- iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max bring improvements to battery life
As if Apple’s iPhone X didn’t already provide amazing all-day battery life, Apple shattered these capabilities with its newly-announced handsets: the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.
Citing Apple’s own Phil Schiller, the iPhone Xs offers a 30-minute battery life bump over the previous-generation iPhone X. The gains are impressive considering the handset’s augmented hardware and powerful capabilities.
As you might expect, however, the iPhone Xs Max sports a much larger surface area. Apple’s engineers took full advantage of the extra space to house a larger battery capable of lasting one full hour and 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X.
It’s worth noting that the the iPhone Xs’ battery gains over the previous-generation iPhone X are within a margin of error. That said, your mileage may vary depending on how you use your device. On the iPhone Xs Max, however, we’re expecting to see real-world results as the battery is physically larger.
Given just how crucial battery life is to smartphone owners these days, it’s nothing less than exciting to hear how we can expect improved results from Apple’s latest handsets.
As always, you can follow our detailed guide to maximize battery life on any of your iOS devices.