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IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

The bigger question is whether you consider the iPhone XR's $750 a reasonable price for a new iPhone that isn't its top flagship. Gareth notes that the industry were expecting this model to be delayed slightly, releasing after the iPhone XS, so a concurrent release is most welcome. Coming to the additional details, the A12 processor will sport a 6-core design clocked in at 2.49GHz while the A11 Bionic sports a 2.39GHz CPU for the performance cores. Technically speaking, those headlines might be correct, but what Apple has managed to pull off in the space of one year is increase the price of its normal iPhone, and have everyone suddenly describe it as cheap.

Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials. There's no longer anything showing the iPhone X.

"The Apple Watch continues to improve and provide additional relevant functions". The exclusion of these older models also omits the 3.5mm headphone jack for once and all from the iPhone lineup. It has the same upgraded technology as the iPhone XS phones, and you can take Bokeh portrait shots with the help of software.

Apple hasn't publicly said why, though CEO Tim Cook may explain the firm's thinking in a future earnings call.

The starting price of the new iPhone XS, the successor to the iPhone X, is the same as the iPhone X's: $US999. They are the same size. It has an LCD screen instead of OLED and has a single camera instead of a dual camera. Both come with the Face ID facial-recognition feature. It's a more affordable version of the XS, and it comes in a number of bright colors.

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Arguably the most notable new product: the iPhone Xr delivers iPhone X style with a price cut and some caveats.

Throughout 2018, the company is running a $29 battery replacement program, but this ends December 31. iPhone X users stand to save the most, since their replacement cost will jump from $29 to $69 next year. According to the reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple paid $US120 to $US130 per screen unit, about twice as much as it normally pays for screens. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison.

Those reasons? The fact that Apple has likely put less RAM in to the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and the screen resolution is likely going to be less, too.

Kuo predicted in January that this would happen.

In terms of price, the iPhone XR retails for less than the iPhone XS, costing $749 to pick up at launch. If anything, analysts have been disappointed that the iPhone XR is so "cheap" because they're anxious it might cannibalize iPhone XS sales.


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