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It’s officially iPhone launch day, which means iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models are in Apple retail stores and have been delivered to customers all around the world. The first pre-orders began arriving this morning in the United States and millions of customers now have the new devices.

We got our hands on one of the new iPhone XS Max models this morning to check out that huge new screen, the new 6.5-inch size, the camera improvements, and the faster internals.

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The iPhone XS Max’s display measures in at 6.5-inches, and it features the biggest screen that Apple’s ever introduced. Size wise, the iPhone XS Max is a good bit larger than the iPhone X and XS, but it’s smaller in size than the iPhone 8 Plus despite the bigger display. It’s bigger than the iPhone X, and smaller than the latest Galaxy phone.

Though large, the iPhone XS Max feels surprisingly light in the hand, perhaps due to its thin 7.7mm body and clever weight distribution by Apple. The bigger display looks incredible, as should be no surprise, and it’s amazing for watching videos, looking at photos, or playing video games.

Face ID is slightly faster in the iPhone XS Max thanks to the improved A12 Bionic chip and neural engine, and the camera, though using the same 12-megapixel dual-lens system as the iPhone X, has some internal improvements that produce noticeably better photos.

We’ll be doing a much deeper dive into the camera and comparing it with the iPhone X camera so stay tuned for that, but suffice it to say the iPhone XS Max camera is a solid upgrade over the camera in the iPhone X.

The A12 processor is 15 percent faster than the A11, which isn’t super noticeable, but it does result in much better battery life. iPhone XS Max lasts an hour and a half longer than the iPhone X.

Many Apple retail stores had iPhone XS and XS Max stock available for walk-in purchases this morning, and stock should be replenished regularly. Orders placed today on the website won’t ship out until October, though, so the store is your best bet if you didn’t pre-order.

Pricing on the iPhone XS starts at $999 and pricing on the iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099.

Related Roundup: iPhone XS

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Apple Stores Experiencing ‘Global’ Issue With iPhone and Apple Watch Reservation Pickups

We’re hearing from a number of readers over the past hour or so that Apple’s retail stores are having problems completing in-store reservation pickups for the new iPhone and Apple Watch models. Multiple customers have been told there is a “global” issue affecting Apple’s systems and we’re hearing there are some long lines building up as customers wait for the issues to be resolved.

Pickup line at Manhattan Village store in Manhattan Beach, California


Some customers have reportedly been told to cancel their existing reservations and make walk-in purchases from available stock, while others are simply being told to wait things out while staff members discuss how to handle the situation.

We’ll update this post if we hear more about the situation, but if you have an upcoming pickup window, you might want to be prepared for some delays.

Update: Apple’s systems appear to be coming back online and reservation pickups are now being processed. There is, however, still a backlog of customers to work through.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, iPhone XS
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Rain Design mBar pro or mBar pro+ Portable Laptop Stand

With several of our recent giveaways focusing on Apple's new iPhone models that are launching today in the US and several other countries, today's giveaway goes back to the Mac. Rain Design is kindly offering its portable aluminum stands for the MacBook and MacBook Pro to ten lucky winners.



Rain Design is offering 5 of each of its mBar pro and mBar pro+ folding aluminum laptop stands. The mBar pro (see our review) raises a laptop by 3 inches and the mBar pro+ elevates one by 5.5 inches. Both are made of anodized aluminum and come in silver and space gray to match Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro models. Both also come with a carrying sleeve.

The mBar pro retails for $54.90 and the mBar pro+ retails for $64.90.



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