The same, only much bet­ter

Financial Mail - - PATTERN RECOGNITION -

In Novem­ber 2017, Ap­ple re­leased the iphone X (“10”), which was the most sig­nif­i­cant up­date to the iphone range in ages. In that de­vice, Ap­ple took out the home but­ton and moved to a bezel-less screen with just a small “notch” on top to ac­com­mo­date the speaker and front-fac­ing cam­era.

It also in­cor­po­rated Face ID, which let you un­lock the de­vice and pay for goods us­ing face recog­ni­tion.

Now, just less than a year later, the iphone X has been es­sen­tially dis­con­tin­ued. It’s still avail­able through re­sellers, but the Ap­ple site will re­di­rect users to the de­vice that has re­cently re­placed it, the iphone XS (“10-S”). This de­vice is def­i­nitely an up­date, but the shifts and ben­e­fits are largely “un­der the hood”. These in­clude a more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor and a bet­ter-per­form­ing dual cam­era. An­a­lysts

be­lieve this was a pric­ing strat­egy move for Ap­ple, as the XS was an­nounced at the same pre­mium price (read: whop­ping ex­pense) as the X.

How­ever, var­i­ous tests have con­firmed that the “sub­tle” up­grades do make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.

For one thing, the per­for­mance is boosted us­ing an A12 Bionic chipset, which has no lag and of­fers light­ning-quick re­sponse time. This comes into its own with pro­cess­ing-hun­gry tasks such as gam­ing and aug­mented

re­al­ity. It also en­ables the “neu­ral en­gine” that learns as you use it.

The rear cam­era — with dual lenses and smart high­dy­namic range — is fan­tas­tic, of­fer­ing rich colours and in­cred­i­ble de­tail.

The bat­tery life is much the same as be­fore, and not the best on the mar­ket.

The XS has in­tro­duced a new colour to the range — a dusty gold — and there is an XS Max ver­sion with a larger screen and bat­tery.

Price: from R21,999

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