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The New $1,449 iPhone Won't Include A Free Headphone Dongle

14 September, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Replacing the batteries in the iPhone X line will cost more than for other iPhones.                  James Martin  CNET

While earlier Apple Watch models were largely interpreted as iPhone accessories, Apple's work in health and fitness has established the device as an important and distinct product line.

That being said, on its own he notes it "could be mistaken for the iPhone X of last year".

The iPhone XR, which will be released in October, is the least expensive of the three new iPhones.

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The first phone to introduce the dongle was the iPhone 7, in which the 3.5mm headphone jack was ditched in favor of the proprietary Lightning cable.

Moving on to the iPhone XR's screen, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis reports that it is a 18:9, 6.1-inch LCD "Liquid Retina" panel, which is cheaper to make than the OLED panels fitted to the iPhone XS and XS Max. Further, the rear wide-angle lens, True Tone flash, and True Depth camera on the iPhone XR are identical to those found on the iPhone XS, so the only difference from a photography point of view appears to be the lack of the second telephoto lens. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. A single 12-megapixel camera resides on the back.

So why bother discontinuing the iPhone X, its most significant phone upgrade in years?

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Storage options: You have storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Aluminum vs. steel: Stainless steel sides hug the pricier iPhones, but the iPhone XR is made with an aluminum frame, like many other phones on the market.

We got to test the phone out in person, and reckon the display (which lands right in the middle, size-wise, of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max) might not reach the dizzying heights of OLED, but it remains a lovely smartphone display in its own right. Apple gave us cryptic guidance like "it lasts 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus".

They come in gold, silver, and space gray.

Apple's iPhone XR pricing strategy shows the company is pushing users onto a more secure authentication, signaling that Apple Pay enhancements are coming, Goldman Sachs says.

The XR is also the first iPhone in years to be sold in a variety of colors, including red, coral, yellow and blue.

iPhone owners will have to pony up extra cash if they want to buy a dongle.

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