The new Apple iPhone XS Max has been in the market for less than 3 weeks and already it ranks as a massive smartphone – probably the best smartphone ever made! But behind all that success, there are two secret features which have kept iPhone enthusiasts mesmerized.
For starters, we must acknowledge the fact that the giant phone ships with its own range of problems. Thus, some users have not been that much excited by the increased 6.5 inch screen size as they were with iPhone X. In fact, many have been left questioning whether they should upgrade their current smartphone.
But as you go about the confusion, you will be glad to learn that the two secret features included in iPhone XS are worth your money.
Earlier this week, the reputable review site – Anandtech – discovered that Apple had deliberately failed at drawing attention to two important improvements on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The following is the breakdown.
Keeps your eyes healthier
As testing of the iPhone XS continued at Tsing-Hua University, it was discovered that the new smartphone’s OLED displays are healthier for your eyes as opposed to the previous versions which were based on LCD.
The tests conducted showed that the Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) delivered by iPhone XS Max was 20 percent higher than iPhone 7. MPE refers to the time taken by the retina to inflame as a result of screen exposure. This time was found to be just 346 seconds, which is better than iPhone 7’s 288 seconds.
That should serve as a reminder that you ought to limit the amount of time spent on your smartphone. We all know all the wrongs that can happen from such behavior including permanent damage to your eyes. The issue is even much serious in the case of blue light which can cause diseases such as macular degeneration.
The tests further showed that there was a reduction of Melatonin Suppression Sensitivity (MSS) score to 20.1%. This in comparison to iPhone 7’s 24.6%. MSS is a measure of the amount of blue light. The lower the score, the safer your eyes are. When in large quantities, as we have seen above, circadian rhythm could be disrupted, damaging the cells in the eyes.
That means that if you are a heavy phone user, then Apple’s decision to use OLED displays in the iPhone XS Max is a good thing for your eyes. This is an impressive step given that iPhone XR attempts to reduce costs by using LCD display.
The second discovery is even more intriguing.
Higher efficiency than Apple thinks
According to Apple, the new A12 Bionic chipset that iPhone XS Max uses has a higher efficiency of 15% compared to A11. Well, that is false. Anandtech reported that the efficiency is as high as 40%. This is breathtaking! It could even rival some desktop CPUs. Just think of that – carrying a whole office computer in your pocket.
As Anandtech continued with its investigation, it realized that significant structural changes were made to the CPU core as the system cache was increased due to the introduction of A7. These are improvements that Apple’s marketing department yet they could change the uptake of iPhone XS Max is well marketed.
As you debate on whether or not to spend as much as $1400 on the new iPhone, you will have to ask yourself whether the safety of your eyes and improved performance matter to you.