2018 iPhone Options – Which One Is Right For You?

With last Friday’s release of the iPhone XR, many iPhone fans are trying to decide which model is the best for them.  With all three new models adopting the full screen design, 2018 is probably going to be a big year for iPhone upgrades.  Some people will be partial to a certain size while others may be more interested in having a better camera.  To assist you in deciding which new model is right for you, we have put together a comparison chart for the three new 2018 iPhone models.  Of course, if you’re on a budget but still want a new iPhone there are several older models still available.  To compare the iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus and 7, check out our 2017 comparison chart here.

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2018 iPhone Comparison Chart

iPhone XS XS Max XR

General FeaturesiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XR
Capacity (in GB)64, 256, 51264, 256, 51264, 128, 256
Screen Size5.8"6.5"6.1"
Resolution2436 x 11252688 x 12421792 x 828
Weight6.24 oz7.34 oz6.84 oz
Splash, Water, Dust ResistantRated IP68Rated IP68Rated IP67
Water Resistance2 meters up to 30 minutes2 meters up to 30 minutes1 meter up to 30 minutes
ProcessorA12 Bionic ChipA12 Bionic ChipA12 Bionic Chip
Face IDYesYesYes
Earpods and ConnectorYes with Lightning Connector
Yes with Lightning Connector
Yes with Lightning Connector
ColorsSilver, Space Gray, GoldSilver, Space Gray, GoldBlue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, (PRODUCT)RED
Screen FeaturesiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XR
Retina DisplaySuper Retina HDSuper Retina HDLiquid Retina HD
3D TouchYesYesNo
Camera FeaturesiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XR
Wide-Angle & TelephotoYesYesNo
Optical Image StabilizationDualDualSingle
Live PhotoYesYesYes
True Tone FlashQuad-LED with Slow SyncQuad-LED with Slow SyncQuad-LED with Slow Sync
Portrait LightingYes - with 5 effectsYes - with 5 effectsYes - with 3 effects
Video FeaturesiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XR
Slow Motion VideoYesYesYes
Zoom2x Optical / 6x Digital2x Optical / 6x Digital3x Digital
Optical Video StabilizationYesYesYes
Power and Battery FeaturesiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XR
Talk time20 hours25 hours25 hours
Internet Use (on Wi-Fi)12 hours13 hours15 hours
Video Playback14 hours15 hours16 hours
Audio Playback60 hours65 hours65 hours
Wireless ChargingYes (works with Qi chargers)Yes (works with Qi chargers)Yes (works with Qi chargers)

The information in this chart was compiled from data available on www.apple.com and is considered accurate as of October 26, 2018. Apple Tech Talk assumes no responsibility for any omissions or inaccurate information.

We have tried to focus on the specifications and features that most people are interested in. The chart above is not intended to include all specifications and intentionally skips most of the specs that are identical across all three models.  For a complete list of options and features and how they compare, you can refer to Apple’s complete iPhone comparison page here.

Are you looking to purchase your first iPhone or upgrade from one you already have? Which iPhone is right for you? Why not joint the conversation and tell us your favorite by leaving a comment below.

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