iPhone XS, XS Max To 2G: Evolution Of Screen Size & Resolution [Infographic]

The latest iteration of Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone XS, takes after its predecessor in almost every significant aspect – the minimal-bezel design made possible with the removal of the iconic Home button and a notch at the top of the display for the company’s proprietary TrueDepth module that makes Face ID authentication possible, a stainless steel chassis coupled with a glass back to facilitate wireless charging, and a dual-camera setup at the rear. While laudable improvements have been made to certain areas, the biggest change for those looking to upgrade from the iPhone X is that this year’s premium offering, much like those since the iPhone 6, comes in two screen sizes, with the iPhone XS having the same 5.8-inch panel as the iPhone X and the larger iPhone XS Max sporting a gigantic 6.5-inch display in the same form factor as the “Plus” models of previous years.

The difference in screen real estate between the iPhone XS and XS Max is much more evident when the two devices are placed side by side. Those with a keen eye will notice that the display notch on the iPhone XS Max predictably retains its original size, which makes it a tad less obtrusive than on the iPhone XS or X. The larger display retains its sharpness as well, with its resolution bumped up to 1,242 x 2,688 pixels to match the smaller panel’s 485 ppi density.

If the aforementioned doesn’t help you reach a decision, maybe another approach is in order – one that involves laying it all down in pictorial form. We created a simple graphic for last year’s release to offer a simple visual comparison between the resolution and screen diagonal length of Apple’s iPhone through the years and decided a similar one was in order this year owing solely to the iPhone XS Max and its larger display. So without further ado, here is a comparison between screen size, resolution, and pixel density of every iPhone ever released, starting with the original iPhone (or the iPhone 2G), all the way to the latest duo.

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While the evolution of the iPhone’s screen size paints a pretty picture, progress vis-à-vis resolution has been truly astounding. You will notice that the pixel count of the original iPhone’s display would occupy a mere fraction of the iPhone XS Max screen. In fact, it would seem all of the pixels of the iPhone 2G would take up less than two icons of space on the iPhone XS Max Home screen.

Even if you decide against upgrading this year – which would certainly be the smarter thing to do if you own an iPhone X – this graphic should make for interesting viewing, with it offering a overview of how the iPhone has aged through the past decade. Feel free to share it with your friends if you agree!

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Sameed Khan

I write, game, design at times, and revel in sarcasm. You can find me on Twitter.