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The New iPhones: What are they and are they worth it?

Aayushya Agarwal ‘20

     Recently, Apple launched two new iPhone models: the iPhone XS and a lower cost version, the iPhone XR. Many people wonder if these newer models are worth upgrading to, and if so, which model makes more sense.

     Generally, it is ideal to change phone models every 3-4 years. The newer models of the iPhone are most fit for customers who have older versions, whether it be an iPhone or another brand. The latest features on the new iPhones are most compatible with iPhone 6’s and below. While an avid technology fan would consider these new improvements to be revolutionary, wanting to upgrade from a more recent model, the average phone user would not see major differences. iPhone 6’s and below tend to not work efficiently with newer IOS updates, and consequently, causes these outdated versions to work slower, or require extra battery life. It can also be assumed that customers with an iPhone 6 or below have had their phones for a while, and possibly have damages to their phones, which can cause the phones to be unreliable.

     If it is deemed necessary to upgrade from an older, pre-existing iPhone model to either the XS or XR, then the more apparent question would be which model to get. Both the XR and XS have pros and cons which tend to vary from user to user. For example, choosing the XR over the XS might be caused by the price difference. The XR is $250 cheaper, making it more affordable than the XS. The XR still has ample amount of storage capacity with models consisting of 64 GB and 256 GB. Most iPhone users may not need the 512 GB option that the XS has due to its high prices and unnecessary storage capacity. Additionally, one may prefer to pick from the various colors available with the XR, which are not available for the XS which has more generic color options for iPhones such as silver, space grey, and a new gold option. Lastly, the iPhone XR has a slightly bigger screen than the XS. If someone does not want as large of a screen size as the XS plus, but one that is bigger than the regular XS, than the XR would seem to be the perfect fit. The XR has a 6.1-inch display, which is bigger than 5.1-inch display on the XS. However, choosing the XS has its own perks as well. Even though the XS starts at a price $250 greater than the XR, it comes with far more sophisticated features. For instance, the XS has an OLED screen display for the first time ever. This makes the resolution of the phone far clearer and sharper than iPhone models in the past, including the XR, as other models used a retina display. To put this in perspective, retina display has a 1400:1 contrast ratio, but the new OLED display has an incomparable 1,000,000:1 contrast display which means that the XS shows brighter and more accurate colors. Furthermore, the XS is lighter than the XR; the XR weighs 199 grams while the XS weighs 177 grams. Lastly, since the iPhone XS has a dual-camera system, it can take more effective zoomed in photos. While the XR can perform digital zooming, it cannot perform optical zooming, which the XS has due to the second camera. Optical zooming enables a user to zoom in on photos without losing any quality, resulting in less blurry images that can occur when merely having digital zooming.

     Ultimately, there are a variety of advantages and disadvantages of both new models of the iPhone. If you need or want to upgrade to one of these new models, then various criteria need to be considered, such as cost, design, and functionality. These various standards differ based on the user, and what their aims are for their new phones.

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