In my case, I have an iPhone 8 Plus, and I'm upgrading. My kohort Max has an iPhone X, and he also moves to the new models by ordering the iPhone XS Max.
Although there are many differences between iPhone 8 and iPhone XS, it's less when comparing iPhone X with the latest versions. It's worth going through everything that's different between iPhone X and iPhone XS, to see if there's enough value to make migration worth it.
Polls and opinion
If they like to admit it or not, many people will make sure others can tell if they have the latest iPhone, and on the outside, the iPhone XS looks practically like the iPhone X, except of a new gold finish, which seems to be the most popular model based on a poll AppleInsider ran on its YouTube channel.
It's also likely that most people upgrade from an iPhone X will go with XS Max just because it's bigger. The survey, posted on YouTube, just like pre-orders started, showed that most people chose XS Max, while it was interesting that the iPhone XS was the least sought after model, probably because it is physically identical to the iPhone X.
"Honest just talk to my iPhone X, "commented one comment. "Can not justify using $ 2000 Canadian for a larger golden duplicate."
Of course, it's just an opinion, so let's look at the actual differences between iPhone X and iPhone XS.
The Big Picture
] The biggest advantage of the iPhone XS is probably the new dual camera system. It has new sensors with deeper pixels that provide better low-light photography, along with a new True Tone Flash. Optical image stabilization is in play on both lenses, but iPhone X already has it, along with the fast object levels.
The image signal processor now works with the neural motor to fine tune the camera side of the software and make things like portrait blur more accurate. However, IPhone X saw great improvements in blurred cloudiness just by running iOS 12 beta.
Nevertheless, the improvement of software should be noticeable.
The biggest new feature is Bokeh and Depth Control, which allow you to adjust the background sharpness and depth after taking pictures. This feature alone will convince many people to upgrade, just because it makes the pictures look noticeably better.
There is also an addition to Smart HDR which, together with the new sensor, will increase dynamic range by 60 percent and reduce motion sharpness thanks to zero shutter stroke. On the video side, there is better dynamic range and software improvements, as well as being able to record audio in stereo.
The improvements are welcome, but iPhone X already takes amazing images that are good enough for almost everyone.
No big leap
Apple praised the Super Retina screen and broadband, HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, but iPhone X already supports all of this. The displays are literally identical.
There are also some improvements to Face ID performance on iPhone XS, but as many people may not know, the Face ID speed is improved on iPhone X with iOS 12, which will be released September 17th. There is not enough of an improvement to make it big enough for an upgrade agreement.
Of course, it's the new A12 processor. To be honest, iPhone X is already one of the fastest phones out there, and it's easy to run anything on the App Store, so even if there are some improvements on XS, iPhone X will not hold you back anyway.
With regard to battery life, iPhone XS lasts only 30 minutes longer than iPhone X, which is not much to shout. The IPhone XS Max, on the other hand, lasts an hour and a half longer so it can definitely recognize the interests of others.
Water resistance was also increased to IP68, but many may not know that it only increases the underwater depth that is rated to 2 meters. The iPhone X can last for the same 30 minutes, but at one meter deep, just over 3 meters under water.
In short, this means that the iPhone XS will be protected if it falls closer to the deep end of a swimming pool, just like the iPhone X would be fine at the shallow end. Any matter is a very rare situation for most people.
iPhone XS becomes more durable and scratch resistant, but we hear the same almost every year, and iPhone glass is still able to burst. There is ice cream!
Apple also mentioned that the speakers have a wider stereo feature, but it is due to all software changes, and I feel that the iPhone X speakers are already some of the best in any smartphone.
iPhone XS gets faster wireless charging, but Apple does not indicate so much, so it does not seem like it's a big improvement, otherwise they would have mentioned it. IPhone X supports 7.5 W wireless charging, and people guessing the iPhone XS supports up to 10 W, but nobody wants to know before Apple actually sends it.
It's also Dual SIM, which is nice for a smaller market of people, but in itself it's definitely not enough to make it worth upgrading.
There are also LTE speed improvements, but in the real world most are likely to not notice much of a difference. The new models support all T-Mobile's 600Mhz spectrum, also called band 71, for the first time, as could. This may give iPhone XS users in cities better signal strength over iPhone X.
So many of these improvements may not be worth it alone, but packed together, it can catch someone's eye.
In my personal opinion, if you already own an iPhone X, it's not worth upgrading unless you really want the gold color. Financially, it's not worth it, just because iPhone X is already good enough in almost every area.
If money is not a problem for you, the decision to upgrade is much easier.
Now, if you love having a massive display, it's definitely worth moving to XS Max, but you pay mostly for the screen and get all the other little improvements on the page.
It's also a little concrete to upgrade to an iPhone XS from a similarly colored iPhone X, as they will feel and look identical. Generally, people will experience a difference when they spend money, going from iPhone X to iPhone XS is just the kind of situation that may feel like a downturn.
You can definitely feel the difference with XS Max, which justifies the purchase of many people.
If you're looking at internal enhancements alone and nothing remotely, no, iPhone XS and XS Max are not worth the upgrade if you already have an iPhone X.