IPhone XS Max first impressions: It's big, but not too big

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At the Apple store in London, Huawei arrived with a juice van offering "ju%ce that lasts".

Huawei's employees gave away about 200 power banks to the people waiting in the queue, the whole night in front of the Apple store on Orchard Road in Singapore. Apple's fancy new smartphone and its bigger sibling, the iPhone XS Max, have been pried open by iFixit, and surprise, not much has changed - except for the new A12 chipset and a reshaped battery.

KDDI President Makoto Takahashi said at a separate event the company has "prepared subscription plans that will cater to the needs of each customer". Now, customers are looking at almost double that price if they want to buy the new iPhone XS with 64 GB.

Despite the heavy security at the Apple store at 1021 Lincoln Rd., in South Beach, detectives believe it was a targeted heist. Last year, 293 people waited in line for the iPhone 8. That might not reflect on consumers' opinions of the phones as much, as it might indicate that leaks about the new models were pretty much spot on over the past year. It is said to last longer than iPhone X, but is still weaker than Galaxy Note 9's 4,000mAh battery. A year ago in the iPhone X, Apple simply connected two rectangular batteries together in order to cram its awkward shaped battery pack in the phone. "When you're used to the bigger size it's hard to go back to a smaller one".

A different iPhone XS Max spent an hour at 10 meters (33 feet), which essentially killed it. Apple no longer sells it, though you can get it from some wireless carriers and other retailers, at least for now. Consumers likely feel they'll have better luck grabbing one from a retail store.

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The single cell battery in the iPhone XS uses the space more efficiently than the two-cell option but isn't as powerful, iFixit writes.

"The scalpers here offer HK$100 lower [than the original of price of HK$10,799, US$1,382]".

TechInsights' dissection of a 256-gigabyte storage capacity iPhone Xs Max, on the other hand, revealed DRAM from Micron but NAND memory from SanDisk, which is owned by Western Digital Corp and works with Toshiba for its supply of NAND chips.

But not everyone pre-ordered or made appointments. Cao Zhongqiang from Shanghai was told he couldn't get any devices on the first day without an existing order.

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