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RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

13 September, 2018, 20:52 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Apple also introduced a lower-cost 6.1-inch (15.5 cm) iPhone XR made of aluminum, at a starting price at $749, and will be available in the United States from October 26.

September 12 was the date when Apple unveiled its 2018 iPhone lineup including the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR in Cupertino, California.

If there was any takeaway in Apple's big iPhone unveiling on Wednesday, it's that buying an Apple handset is really expensive.

And that's not the last of the bad news that Apple are about to give to your wallet.

The new phone XS and XS Max will be available for pre-order from September 14 and will hit some markets like the United States on September 21. This time, Apple won't ship any 3.5mm to lightning dongle align with the device.

To rub salt in their wounds, the 6 series is the last iPhone to come with a headphone jack. The A12 Bionic is faster and more efficient than before and packs Apple's own GPU as well as an improved neural engine.


Apple is expected to ship 127 million iPhones, new and old, in the second half of 2018, achieving a modest volume growth over the same period previous year.

The decision is likely to alienate some holdouts who still use the old school wired headphones offered by Apple over the years and haven't yet embraced the lightning cable. But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel.

The iPhone XR starts at $749, £749 and AU$1,229 for the 64GB version.

Those devices, plus the iPhone X, are no longer available through Apple's website. Moreover, Apple locally assembles iPhone SE and iPhone 6S models in India.

Getting rid of the headphone jack also allows newer iPhones to be thinner by a few millimeters.

More and more smartphones feature edge-to-edge screen designs that get rid of the physical button, relying instead on gesture-based controls to navigate.

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