iPhone XS Technical Specifications

iPhone XS Technical Specifications

Finish and Colors:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Space Gray


  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Size and Weight:

  • Height: 143.6 mm (5.65 inches)
  • Width: 70.9 mm (2.79 inches)
  • Depth: 7.7 mm (0.30 inch)
  • Weight: 177 grams (6.24 ounces)


  • Super Retina HD display
  • 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display
  • HDR display
  • 2436-by-1125-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 30 minutes longer than iPhone X
  • Talk time (wireless): Up to 20 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 12 hours
  • Video playback (wireless): Up to 14 hours
  • Audio playback (wireless): Up to 60 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 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 64GB: $999
  • iPhone XS 256GB: $1,149
  • iPhone XS 512GB: $1,349


  • The iPhone XS was officially announced on September 12, 2018, alongside the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, as a part of Apple’s annual iPhone lineup update.
  • It represented an incremental upgrade over the iPhone X, maintaining the same design but introducing improvements in hardware and camera capabilities.
  • The iPhone XS was notable for featuring the A12 Bionic chip, Apple’s first 7-nanometer processor, which offered significant performance and efficiency improvements over the previous generation.
  • It was the first iPhone to offer up to 512GB of storage, catering to users with high storage demands for media and apps.
  • The camera system on the iPhone XS received enhancements, including Smart HDR for better highlight and shadow detail and improved depth control in Portrait mode.
  • The iPhone XS continued to feature the OLED Super Retina display, praised for its color accuracy and high contrast ratios.
  • It was also equipped with improved water and dust resistance, rated at IP68, allowing it to withstand water submersion up to 2 meters for 30 minutes.
  • The device supported dual-SIM functionality through the use of a nano-SIM and an eSIM, providing more flexibility for international travel and managing multiple phone numbers.
  • The iPhone XS maintained the Face ID system introduced with the iPhone X, which continued to be one of the most secure facial recognition systems in a smartphone.
  • Apple emphasized the environmental friendliness of the iPhone XS, highlighting its use of recycled materials and energy-efficient design.

Launch Events and Marketing:

  • The iPhone XS launch event was held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, where Apple showcased the device’s advanced technology and improvements over the iPhone X.
  • Apple’s marketing for the iPhone XS focused on its enhanced processing power, camera improvements, and the introduction of the largest ever iPhone display in the iPhone XS Max.

Cultural Impact:

  • The iPhone XS played a significant role in popularizing high-end smartphone features and setting a benchmark for premium smartphone pricing.
  • It continued the trend set by the iPhone X in terms of design and functionality, influencing the smartphone market and consumer expectations.

End of Life and Legacy:

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

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