This is the iPhone XS – pronounced ‘10-S’, not ‘excess’ as you might think. It looks identical to 2017’s iPhone X, and you might think that not a lot has changed – but it’s inside where the differences lie.
This is a weird situation for a review; usually, when looking at an ‘S’ variant of an iPhone we’re asking the question of whether it’s better than the now-cheaper model from the previous year.
In 2019, however, Apple made the choice to discontinue the iPhone XS to make way for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro (which is its direct successor) and iPhone 11 Pro Max. That was followed up in 2020 with the iPhone 12 models (of which there are four), with the iPhone 12 Pro the latest in the iPhone XS line – but Apple’s 2018 flagship is still a powerful device you’ll be able to buy from third-party retailers.
Those prices are even cheaper during the Black Friday season, and even though Apple’s handsets don’t often get discounted, we’ve seen a lot of discounts on them already, so check our Black Friday iPhone deals page for more info.
The devices change over time, too, thanks to software updates. The iPhone XSpackage is a lot more tempting now that iOS 14 is readily available, bringing many new features like widgets, Dark Mode, and a range of app speed increases, so you can make the most of your iPhone experience.C
Each three has new and improved specs over the 2018 iPhones, but the latter two are also more expensive.
Alongside the iPhone 11 range announcement, Apple confirmed that it would no longer sell the iPhone XS – it’s being dropped from the company’s line, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it. Retailers and carriers will still stock it for a while to come, so if this review gets you excited to own it, that’s still a possibility.
In 2018, the iPhone XS launched alongside the iPhone XR – it’s a more affordable handset than the iPhone XS, but packs in many of the same features, making it in many ways more impressive. Plus, unlike the iPhone XS, it’s still on sale.