Hello there, savvy iPhone shopper. Ready for an upgrade? There are a few things you should know before emptying your wallet at the Apple store.
It’s an especially confusing moment: Apple will sell no fewer than eight iPhone models in 2018. But they haven’t all gone on sale yet — and there are reasons to hold off on the two most-expensive ones that hit stores on Friday: the $1,000 iPhone XS and $1,100 XS Max.
Wait, isn’t the new iPhone the best ever? Yes — Apple would be in serious trouble if it wasn’t. And I don’t have to tell you what makes an iPhone great: simple design, a great camera, software that mostly just works and free Apple support.
But the changes in the XS are incremental. Compared to last year’s iPhone X, it’s a bit faster, has a bit better camera and has a slightly longer-lasting battery. If you can’t live without those improvements, then stop reading and go buy an XS.
There’s one other category of people who should buy now: those who want all the iPhone Apple will sell. The one actually big change in this year’s iPhone crop is the XS Max. It’s the X-Treme Big Gulp of iPhones: Measuring 6.5 inches, its screen is larger than a Snickers, a Subway sandwich or the heel on a 6-inch stiletto. The XS Max is the closest iPhone yet to carrying a computer in your pocket, and the version with 512 GB of storage costs as much as one: $1,450.
If these phones sound too big or too expensive, then good news: You’ve got options. Here are five reasons to hold off before buying the iPhone XS and what to get instead.