RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

Alfred Osborne
September 14, 2018

The company said the new iPhones would start at USD 750, USD 1,000 and USD 1,100. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores beginning Friday, September 21. The retailer will have reservations available both in-store and online, just like they did previous year for iPhone X. If you wanted to get your hands there on a 512GB iPhone XS Max, which starts shipping September 21, you'd have to fork over - nearly $2,000. The overall design is much the same. You should also know that Geekbench scores are to be taken with a pinch of salt for now so we'll update you guys if these scores remain constant once the latest iPhones have officially been released by Apple. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models.

The phone feels like a plus-size device in the hand according to Gareth, but he notes that it "doesn't feel unwieldy due to the fact the display stretches from edge to edge". It has a lower-resolution 6.1-inch LCD screen and a single rear-facing camera, but otherwise delivers on the specifications of the Xs series. When you buy an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch from the carrier, you'll also be eligible to receive a 25% discount off selected Beats products. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison. In Japan, the iPhone XS costs equivalent to $1,008, just a smidgen above United States pricing, excluding tax. Why pay $US999 for the incredible screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $US100 less? Techradar's Apple iPhone XR hands on can be enjoyed in full, at a time that suits you, right now.

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Overall, then, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis concludes that the iPhone XR is likely going to be Apple's "volume driver" over the next year in terms of sales, and especially so in the Asian market, which may go to explain the slightly odd, larger than XS screen.

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