iPhone XS Max Technical Specifications

iPhone XS Max Technical Specifications

Finish and Colors:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Space Gray


  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Size and Weight:

  • Height: 157.5 mm (6.20 inches)
  • Width: 77.4 mm (3.05 inches)
  • Depth: 7.7 mm (0.30 inch)
  • Weight: 208 grams (7.34 ounces)


  • Super Retina HD display
  • 6.5-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display
  • HDR display
  • 2688-by-1242-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 nits max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously


  • A12 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural Engine
  • Embedded M12 motion coprocessor


  • Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: f/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: f/2.4 aperture
  • Dual optical image stabilization
  • 2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)
  • Smart HDR for photos
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Video Recording:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • 2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

Front Camera:

  • 7MP TrueDepth camera
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)
  • Animoji and Memoji
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Smart HDR for photos
  • Extended dynamic range for video at 30 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Retina Flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure control
  • Timer mode

Face ID:

  • Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition

Apple Pay:

  • Pay with your iPhone using Face ID in stores, within apps, and on the web
  • Complete purchases made with Apple Pay on your Mac

Cellular and Wireless:

  • Gigabit-class LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with 2×2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • NFC with reader mode
  • Express Cards with power reserve

Operating System:

  • iOS 12 (Upgradable to the latest iOS version)

Power and Battery:

  • Lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X
  • Talk time (wireless): Up to 25 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 13 hours
  • Video playback (wireless): Up to 15 hours
  • Audio playback (wireless): Up to 65 hours
  • Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 18W adapter or higher (sold separately)


  • Face ID
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

In the Box:

  • iPhone with iOS 12
  • EarPods with Lightning Connector
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Environmental Considerations:

  • iPhone XS Max embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:
    • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
    • Arsenic-free display glass
    • Brominated flame retardant–free
    • PVC-free
    • Beryllium-free
    • Recyclable stainless steel enclosure

Pricing at Launch (U.S.):

  • iPhone XS Max 64GB: $1,099
  • iPhone XS Max 256GB: $1,249
  • iPhone XS Max 512GB: $1,449

Miscellanea for iPhone XS Max

  • The iPhone XS Max was unveiled on September 12, 2018, alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. It represented Apple’s first foray into the “Max” category, offering a larger screen size for users.
  • It featured the largest display ever on an iPhone at the time, with a 6.5-inch Super Retina HD display, providing users with an expansive screen space for multimedia, gaming, and productivity.
  • The iPhone XS Max was powered by the A12 Bionic chip, which was the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip at the time, offering enhanced performance and energy efficiency.
  • It introduced advanced camera features like Smart HDR, improved bokeh effects in Portrait mode, and enhanced depth control, allowing for professional-level photography.
  • The device also boasted improved IP68 water and dust resistance, capable of withstanding water submersion up to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.
  • Dual-SIM support was introduced, with a physical nano-SIM and an eSIM, providing greater flexibility for international travel and business users managing multiple numbers.
  • The iPhone XS Max continued to feature Face ID, which was faster and more secure than the previous generation, using advanced machine learning algorithms for facial recognition.
  • It was the first iPhone to offer storage options up to 512GB, catering to users with extensive storage needs for photos, videos, and apps.
  • The iPhone XS Max was well-received for its impressive large display, battery life, and camera improvements, though its higher price point was a topic of discussion among consumers and analysts.

Launch Events and Marketing:

  • The announcement of the iPhone XS Max was part of Apple’s annual event held at the Steve Jobs Theater. The device was marketed as the biggest and most powerful iPhone ever.
  • Apple’s marketing efforts highlighted the device’s larger screen, advanced camera system, and the power of the A12 Bionic chip.

Cultural Impact:

  • The iPhone XS Max set a new standard for large-screen smartphones, influencing the market trend towards larger displays in flagship devices.
  • It appealed to a segment of users who preferred larger screens for multimedia consumption, gaming, and productivity tasks.

End of Life and Legacy:

  • The iPhone XS Max was discontinued on September 10, 2019, following the announcement of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • Despite its discontinuation, the iPhone XS Max remained popular in the secondary market due to its large display and high-end features.

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