The new 2019 iPhone model line up looks exactly like the 2018 iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, when viewed straight up front with notch and all. The only change in the look is the rear-facing cameras: the XR single lens has been upgraded with an added ultra-wide lens, and the XS two lenses are complemented with another similar ultra-wide lens, making it three cameras housed in a huge bump at the back (a hunchback!). Apple upgraded its internal components, of course, with the new line-up powered by the A13 Bionic chip, which is faster and more power-efficient than the previous A12 Bionic. As a benchmark, last year’s A12 Bionic chip runs circles around the fastest 2019 Android smartphones in the market today — so just think about how A13 Bionic will fare against them. The power-efficiency of the A13 Bionic gives an additional 4–6 hour battery life boost for the new iPhones, but that will vary, of course, in real-world scenarios. So, which one to get?
If you don’t have an X-series model iPhone, the choice is dependent on which features are your priority. If budget is the priority, the iPhone 11 (the successor to the XR) is now USD699, but you lose the 2X telephoto lens at the back, and the OLED screen. If size is the priority, the iPhone 11 Pro is smaller than the iPhone 11, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max is larger than the iPhone 11, but they come at the price premium, bundled with better camera, OLED screen, and USB-C to Lightning cable with 18W USB-C charger.
If you have a 2018 iPhone model, upgrading is really matter of whether you want the latest features or not. Generally, the update might not be so compelling, but personally, the ultra-wide camera lens and the A13 Bionic pretty much convinced me to upgrade. I’m sticking with the smallest model, though I wish that it comes with 128GB storage option, not that I have filled up the 64GB on my XS, but it’d be great to have the extra storage option ready on hand.
So how about you? Which one are you getting, or are you sitting this one out?