You probably know by now that the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max have been on the news lately because of their problems, one of them – the one related to the charging issues – being confirmed by Apple itself. But these new devices don’t contain just errors, for sure. They also hide deep inside them an impressive real-world upgrade and the best of all it’s that it might not be alone.
Researchers from the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan together with the renowned review site Anandtech discovered this week that Apple has been downplaying some serious improvements, and this is pretty surprising to say the least. The two big improvements can be found inside the company’s two new smartphones, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.
iPhone XS Features
Let’s break these features down and find out exactly what’s so great about them. From this couple of discoveries, the more subtle one was found by the people from Tsing-Hua University. While these researchers were testing the capabilities of the iPhone XS Max, they found that Apple’s latest OLED displays prove to be healthier for your eyes, and this seems to be backed up by science.
This is a great improvement when compared to what Apple previously launched in terms of LCD-based models. The team of scientists performed various tests on the iPhone XS Max and they revealed that the phone is capable of delivering 20% more MPE (or Maximum Permissible Exposure) than what was offered by the iPhone 7.
MPE measures the time before a retina becomes inflamed from too much screen exposure. This duration lasted only 346 seconds – which is yet another reminder that we shouldn’t spend too much time while staring at our screens – but it easily surpassed the time of the iPhone 7 which was only 288 seconds.
Another thing found by this team of scientists was that the iPhone XS Max also comes with a lower MSS (or Melatonin Suppression Sensitivity). Its score is 20.1 percent as opposed to the iPhone 7’s 24.6 percent. MSS is used to measure the amount of blue light which can lead to the circadian rhythm disruption when we expose our eyes too much to it. Also, it can cause some serious damage to your eyes’ cells.
To make things more conclusive, you should know that heavy phone users will really benefit from the OLED displays featured in the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max as they are better suited for your eyes’ health. This comes as a new thing to tip the balance in the new devices favor, especially when compared to the otherwise really appealing iPhone XR whose costs were cut by opting for an LCD display.
Now, let’s move on to the second revelation. This time, the discovery was performed by Anandtech, which found that Apple spoke falsely when it claimed that its A12 Bionic chipset (featured on all three of its new devices: iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max) comes with 15% faster performance cores than what was possible with the A11 Bionic (included in the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus).
In fact, this new processor can be as much as 40% faster than the A11 and it is a serious rival to the CPU’s featured with the most powerful desktops. The review site found that the A12 comes with some major structural changes to its CPU core and the GPU’s memory compression is also different. Besides this, the system cache observed the “biggest change since its introduction in the A7”, according to Anandtech.
The article continued with saying that “Apple’s marketing department was really underselling the improvements here” and the consequences for the system-on-chips (SoCs) for Android are really severe, increasing the efficiency considerably.