Apple has announced three new iPhone models at the September event 2018, we have the new XS, XS Max, and XR. The iPhone XS is the direct replacement for the iPhone X released last year. It has all the best hardware and features in a manageable size, so this becomes an ideal choice for most high-end users.
There is almost no difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone X, except the new gold color. The two phones have exactly the same design with a stainless steel body, a glass back panel, and a notched OLED screen. All three dimensions are also exactly the same; The XS is just slightly weightier but the difference is just 0.1 ounce.
Although there is no change in design, there are a lot of important upgrades on both hardware and software to make the iPhone XS the most advanced iPhone ever. Specifically, it features the powerful A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, new Core ML engine for gaming, better battery life, IP68 for splash and water resistance, and enhanced cameras with capabilities like Smart HDR, advanced bokeh quality, and dynamic depth of field.
Another interesting feature is dual-SIM support so that we can use two different phone numbers on the same device. The Dual SIM Dual Standby technology allows us to make and receive phone calls and send and receive SMS and MMS on both SIM cards. Phone calls and data can be used only on one SIM card at a time. In the United States and some other countries, Apple uses the eSIM technology as a digital SIM along with a physical nano-SIM card. You can only use one number if you use cellular networks in countries that are not supporting eSIM. This sounds simple but if you really want to use dual SIM cards without any restriction, you should purchase an unlocked version instead of the carrier ones.
The state of iPhone XS model numbers is more complicated as there are 4 iPhone XS model numbers this year. In the United States, Hong Kong, and Canada, we have only one model which is the A1920, however, there are three more for the rest of the world, which are A2097, A2098, and A2100. Let’s check out their differences.
iPhone XS A1920
|Description||The iPhone XS A1920 is the US version and it works on both GSM and CDMA networks. This phone is also available as a SIM-free factory-unlocked version at Apple Store. Apart from the US, it is also available in other countries like Canada, Hong Kong, and Puerto Rico.|
|Countries & Carriers||United States
U.S. Virgin Islands
|Part Numbers||United States – Unlocked SIM-free
United States – AT&T
United States – T-Mobile
|United States – Verizon Wireless
United States – Sprint
iPhone XS A2097
|Description||The A2097 is made for the European and Asian markets. You can find it in countries like the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, Italy, France, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. The model doesn’t support CDMA networks.|
|Countries & Carriers||Andorra
Isle of Man
United Arab Emirates
|Part Numbers||United Kingdom
iPhone XS A2098
|Description||The iPhone XS A2098 is the exclusive version for the Japanese market. It features some LTE bands only used by Japanese carriers, specifically, band 11 for au and SoftBank, band 21 for Docomo, and band 42 for all of those carriers.
The only problem is that the phone has a mandatory shutter sound when taking pictures. This is to discourage covert photography and ensure privacy in the country.
|Countries & Carriers||Japan
iPhone XS A2100
|Description||The A2100 is the model for the Chinese market. Notice that the model doesn’t support physical dual-SIM cards.|
|Countries & Carriers||China
Leave a comment below if you have any question regarding the model numbers.