IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

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In what sure seems like a blatant bit of nickel-and-diming, Apple will no longer include a free 3.5-mm headphone jack conversion dongle with the new iPhones it announced on Wednesday.

So if you want to listen to music with wired headphones on your fancy new $1,449 iPhone XS Max, you'll have to shell out an extra $9.00 for one of the clumsy, much-hated and all-too-frequently lost adapters.

In a note to clients on Thursday, Needham analyst Laura Martin compared Apple's decision to release the iPhone XR on October 26 - a full month after the iPhone XS launch - to the way studios release films in theaters and then on television.

Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch
The Xr will come in a whopping six colors: white, black, blue, coral and yellow (in addition to a Product Red version). Throughout 2018, Apple has been offering out-of-warranty battery replacements at a discount for some iPhone models.

The iPhone XR surprisingly includes numerous same capabilities as the iPhone XS, with the most significant differences being the LCD display and a single-lens camera system. Its normal route is to dock the price of previous year's models by $100 and continue selling them, which is what it did for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 this year. Dubbed the iPhone XR, the new model sits in between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in size, and features a 6.1-inch advanced LCD screen that the company is calling its "Liquid Retina" display. Our colleague Gareth Beavis over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some serious hands-on time with the iPhone XR and these are his thoughts.

Gareth does note though that the camera system also supports Smart HDR, which allows the iPhone XR to "really capture the high-end elements of a photo, fusing the light and dark elements well", and that the pictures he took were clear, sharp and colourful. But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel. People storing albums upon albums of home movies will prefer the 512GB option that the iPhone XS and XS Max offer. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at £599/$599 and the 8 Plus is reduced to £699/$699.

Discovered first by Let's Go Digital (via BGR), the benchmarks suggest that both the flagship iPhone Xs Max and the cheaper iPhone XR will deliver performance not available on any other smartphone.

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Introduced when Apple first launched its smartwatch in 2015, the super-premium Apple Watch Edition came with an 18-karat gold case and started at $US10,000.

This has led to the iPhone XR being variously described as "cheap", "entry-level", or the "budget" iPhone for this year. If you're an iPhone 6s devotee, you can still buy the devices through your carrier, or find refurbished versions online.

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