What are the new iPhone X models all about? It depends upon who answers the question. To some critics, it’s same old same old but with a bigger screen on iPhone Xs Max and a maxed out price tag. For others, it’s the improved camera.
For many of Apple’s customers, the new iPhone brings an opportunity to get Face ID in an affordable model; the iPhone XR, which has the same wide-angle camera, and probably the best LCD display you can get (not to mention higher battery life, and the same speedy chips).
For those who criticize Apple for producing little more than another ‘s’ version to succeed the original iPhone, maybe they need to dig into some details on what Apple has done to internals to improve processing that can be seen, can be heard, and certainly is sufficient to make an attractive upgrade for customers who own older models beyond iPhone X.
Put simply, iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, and iPhone Xs Max are all about the total package being greater than the sum of the parts.
How so? Apple designs its own chips and develops its own software and applications to take advantage of many unique features. Instead of just extra speed that does not translate to much that we see while navigating applications, Apple built-in a so-called Neural Engine to handle computations behind the scenes.
That Neural Engine performs what geeks call real-time machine learning. That means the new iPhones– all three of them– are designed to recognize specific patterns from applications, make specific predictions about patterns, and make adjustments.
In real time.
Sure, AR– augmented reality– is a trendy buzzword that doesn’t mean much for most of us, if it ever will, but Apple applies similar technology to photos which means you can take a picture or movie of an object and deliver an image that is better than the original object or scene.
When it comes to chip performance, come from the MegaHertz era– remember the Pentiums? From there I advanced to PCs with GigaHertz power and a few billion transistors. Even today’s Macs are monstrously powerful machines, but what’s missing is the inherent cohesion between software, operating system, development platform, and CPU design.
Apple has all that in today’s iPhones and continues to raise the bar. The latest A12 Bionic CPU in new iPhones has an 8-core architecture, 5-trillion operations per second, a 4-core graphics processor, and everything is optimized for Metal 2, Apple’s own home grown technology to provide near-direct access to the hardware GPU.
What all those components do is work together better than standard Android devices which are made of components that do interrelate well to each. That package of technology means Apple can sell older iPhones because they still outperform most new Android smartphones at a competitive price.
The new iPhones are all about the package. Nobody does that like Apple.