Every year around September, Apple releases a new generation of the iPhone. Although the company claims to have improved their products with each release, customers have noticed that these “upgrades” come with notable price hikes.
Apple’s sales remain consistent due to the big number of fans they’ve gained since the first iPhone release in 2007. Despite the company’s effort to illustrate a new, innovative image of their iPhones, this year’s phone has been a disappointment to all. Customers have been paying over $1,000 US dollars to purchase the iPhone XS, released in September of 2018. But is it really worth its cost?
6 reasons why you shouldn’t buy the iPhone XS
OLED is used instead of Super OLED
Two years ago, Apple introduced OLED screens for their iPhone X. Instead of upgrading to Super OLED, Apple kept a similar screen quality for the new iPhone XS. Super OLED (which is currently used by Samsung) adds a layer on the back of the screen to make improve responsivity and projection of higher definition displays, unlike standard OLED screams.
The iPhone XS is crazy expensive
The iPhone XS costs around 5500-7400 lei in Romania. Apple has been trying to increase their phones’ screen size and maintain a similar battery life, which has contributed to the rise in cost. According to phonearena.com, the production of the phone costs 443 US dollars (1800 lei). This means that Apple is making about 2000 lei (a 30% profit) from each phone sold.
The iPhone XS is very thick
Apple has sacrificed the iPhone XS’ thickness to add new processors and an OLED screen. The phone is very bulky, unlike its slim look in the advertisements. The iPhone 7, for example, is 7.1mm thick, whereas the XS is 7.7mm. Apple also removed the headphone jack in an attempt to prevent the phone from becoming even thicker, which has caused inconveniences for many of their customers.
The iPhone XR is a cheaper alternative
The iPhone XR was released only a month after the XS. The XR has a Face ID, an A13 chip, and a large screen like the XS, while still costing about 1500 lei less. The only difference is that the XR has an LED screen and a single lens camera, instead of an OLED screen and a dual lens camera of the XS.
According to an analyst survey by 9TO5Mac, 61% of iPhone users stated they would upgrade their phone to the iPhone XR, iPhone 8 or the iPhone X, instead of the iPhone XS.
No significant increase in battery life
Despite Apple’s claims on iPhone XS’ improved battery life, multiple tests from toms guide proved that iPhone X has a longer battery life. The XS’ battery life also fell short compared to other brands, while the iPhone XS lasted 9 hours and 41 minutes, Huawei P20 Pro lasted 14 hours and 13 minutes, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for 11 hours and 29 minutes.
No killer features
The iPhone XS does not have any significant design differences or features that differentiates it from the iPhone X, other than that the phone is now available in gold. Apple hasn’t changed the screen, materials, or even the design of the camera. Moreover, the iPhone XS Max is just an enlarged version of the XS, while being more expensive by around 500 lei.
The upcoming iPhone 2019
Apple has evidently disappointed many of their customers with their new iPhone XS. A recent buyer of iPhone XS, Cael M., states, “The phone was really expensive and I didn’t really notice a difference from my old iPhone.”
It is foreseen that Apple take the recent negative reviews under serious consideration to improve the upcoming iPhone 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple products analyst, predicts that the iPhone 2019 will contain a triple lens camera and an offline Siri, focusing on developing more killer features to satisfy their customers.
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