Unboxing and hands-on with the iPhone XS in gold

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Today Apple finally released the iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4. Now, in true Cult of Mac YouTube tradition, we’ve gotten our hands on it and made an unboxing video.

You can see the full unboxing in all of its golden glory, the box design, its contents and a quick hands-on with the iPhone XS.

Check it out:

In terms of design, the iPhone XS is almost identical to last year’s iPhone X, almost. Other than the new gold finish, you’ll find the camera module is slightly longer, meaning any iPhone X cases you currently own don’t fit perfectly. You can still get by, but even if you have the slightest case of OCD – you’ll end up buying a new case.

The gold finish itself is stunning. Unlike previous years, it’s not tinged with pink and it’s something I’d personally feel comfortable using out in public. The color of the glass back on the gold version of the iPhone XS though is a little harder to describe. In different lights, you could call it beige, or off-white – then in certain light it looks a little pink. Thankfully the front of the device is black, which creates a pretty slick look combined with the gold. Black and gold have always been a classic color combination.

One of the biggest features is the updated portrait camera mode – where you can now change the aperture of the picture after it’s been taken. At first glance, it provides really impressive results. Going further than simply blurring the background. When you slide the toggle further, to blur the background more the bokeh actually expands the same way it would with a larger, more cinematic lens. Although, of course, we’ll be putting this through its paces over the next few days as we develop a full review for you this Monday.

If you’re awaiting the unboxing of the iPhone XS Max or Apple Watch Series 4, make sure to subscribe to Cult of Mac on YouTube to be notified as soon as they’re online – plus to find out all of the details of our iPhone XS Max giveaway next week.