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Apple's greatest magic trick: A $749 iPhone is now "cheap"

14 September 2018

Yesterday, as all the leaks foretold, Apple released three new iPhones. According to Geekbench, both iPhone Xs and Xs Max come with 4 GB of RAM, that is 1 GB more than the previous generation.

The differences in size, however, are not even a fraction of an inch, unlike during the iPhone 7 to iPhone 8 move, so if you have been wondering whether your old case will fit the new phone when you put the naked X up on Craigslist, it should.

Similarly, battery replacement for the freshly-announced iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR will cost $69 once those phones lose their warranties beginning next year. However, DigiTimes has a fairly good track record when it comes to forecasts, so we may see iPhone XR touching these figures by the end of the year.

Apple also announced the iPhone XR during the presentation.

This is the new iPhone for "regular folks" who don't see their iPhone as a status symbol or sweat details like a stainless steel body or 512GB of storage for photos and videos. That underdog is the iPhone XR and let us remind you that while it sports an LCD screen, it features a lot of the things that the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max come armed with, including Apple's first ever 7nm FinFET chipset, the A12 Bionic. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. $999 is what the iPhone X cost last year and no one really expected it to be any different this year.

Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one. It was smaller and more lightweight than other iPhones, too, still sporting the well-regarded iPhone 5 design.

T3 will imminently be reviewing the iPhone XS in full, so be sure to check back in soon for our official verdict. Apple gave us cryptic guidance like "it lasts 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus". "I think, by far, the best-selling iPhone product over the next year is going to be the iPhone XR".

As such, Gareth concludes that providing you don't want loads of advanced features, no "bells and whistles", then the camera system on the iPhone XR "will do you just fine".

Apple's greatest magic trick: A $749 iPhone is now