iOS 14 on iPhone XS Max: Quick Review

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

It's so crazy when you realize that it's already been two years since the iphone 10s and 10s max launched time runs fast and in all this time the iphone 10s max has received two major software updates it came pre-loaded with ios 12 then got ios 13 last year when the iphone 11 launched and just got ios 14 this year does it run well or has the mighty iphone 10s max finally started showing its age i'm rohan from techytechtech and let's find out

when compared to some previous updates like ios 12 and ios 13 ios 14 is monumental ios 14 is essentially a rework of the entire springboard which is the entire ui of apple's mobile operating system a lot of people have criticized apple's strict walled garden approach with zero to minimum customization options and ios 14 is basically an answer to all of them we can now add widgets to the home screen install

Third-party widgets from the app store and even get custom icons using a quick workaround with the shortcuts app but when apple announced such a major overall of ios and yet confirm compatibility with much older devices like the 5 year old iphone 6s there was doubt whether apple would actually pull it off or if these phones would become a cesspool of app crashes and lag when they install ios 14. well with the iphone 10s max it's definitely the former with the iphone 12 launch delayed the a12 cpu

Is essentially the second most powerful chipset in an iphone to power through ios 14 and it clearly shows before trying out ios 14 on this iphone i used it on a 2020 iphone se and an iphone 11 pro before that both of these phones have a more powerful a13 cpu but i can tell you i feel absolutely zero difference even though i'm a fairly light user i did everything i can possibly imagine to push this phone to its limits i added a ton of widgets i almost filled

Up the entire storage media i tried to hold a lot of apps in memory but this phone just doesn't break a sweat i also tried launching and relaunching siri with its new custom animation but even that worked really well the same can be said about the new minimal phone call animation that you get if someone is calling you while you're already using your phone if you don't know about picture and picture it's a feature which basically

Lets you play a video as an overlay on top of the home screen so you can continue doing whatever you want while the video plays in a small portion of the screen so my crazy creative mind thought hey this is one feature with which i might get some crashes or hiccups or frame drops so i decided to push it really hard i used picture in picture on a vimeo video and ran pubg along with it of course it's very stupid and impractical

But this was more of a proof of concept than a real-life use case but to my utter surprise the phone carried it all very gracefully there were no stutters both in the video streaming window and in the game itself what astonishes me even further is that the video was streaming in full hd and the game was running in 60 fps it is crazy good how amazing the 10s max performed and i am honestly honestly shocked the only lag i have faced in my entire testing process

Is when i was trying to modify the look of a widget in the new widget smith app but it was actually very forgivable definitely something that i would not worry about let's also talk a bit about the battery life before updating to ios 14 i was getting around one to one and a half days worth of use on this phone after updating i haven't noticed a significant change in endurance this could be coincidental because the battery life has certainly gotten worse

On the 2020 iphone se i was using before but as far as the iphone 10s max is concerned with the same usage patterns as before there is roughly the same battery endurance on ios 14 as it was on ios 13.7 to give some background contextual information this is not a brand new phone it was bought in january of 2019 and has been used every day since then the battery health is currently at 94 percent to install ios 14 i backed up all my data first

Then restored the phone after it was done restoring i updated to ios 14 via the ota restored again and then transferred my backup from the setup screen itself if your iphone 10s max is lagging you might try this method out also although it hasn't happened to me personally sometimes there are a lot of internal operations and optimizations when you update the software and so if you just updated your phone you might experience some lag or bad battery life just give it some

Time be patient and it will go away to conclude i will say that i was not surprised when the iphone 10s max carried ios 13 smoothly because it wasn't that big of an update and the 10s max wasn't that old of a phone at that time ios 14 was the update which i was expecting would finally start showing the iphone 10s max's age but i was obviously very wrong and boy does it feel good to be so wrong i think that it is truly amazing to have a phone

Give this sort of a performance two years post launch every year the initial version of ios tends to be very buggy and we get a 0.1 update a few weeks later to fix that but it seems like apple has done a great job this time around if you're someone who's on the fence of whether to update your iphone 10s max to ios 14 or stick to ios 13 i would very strongly recommend updating if you're someone who is looking to get the iphone 10s max

Again i can easily recommend this phone i hope this video proved useful to you and if it did please like share and subscribe it really helps us out if you have any doubts or observations mention them in the comment section below this has been rohan from decade tech and i'll see you in the next video bye

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