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

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Compared with the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max - which start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, with the Max topping out at an eye-watering $1,449 - the XR is poised as a reasonably priced alternative. In a "What's in the Box" listing on its product pages, Apple said that you'll find an iPhone, charger, and its wired Earpods earbuds. The iPhone X was so popular last year that it became the new flagship of Apple's lineup, and when Apple announced the price of the iPhone XS this year, no one was surprised. "If you're a consumer, it's a no-brainer, you go with the iPhone XR".

Apple quietly killed off half a dozen of its older devices, including some beloved iPhone models and the fanciest Apple Watch - it even eliminated the iPhone X, which first hit store shelves less than a year ago.

Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials. But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel.

The dongle, or an adapter, allows users to connect a pair of 3.5mm headphones into a lightning jack. The 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max feature Super Retina displays, a faster and improved dual camera system, the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone among other features.


Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models. But beware that if you're planning to buy an iPhone 8, it won't come with a dongle, either. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison.

Those reasons? The fact that Apple has likely put less RAM in to the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and the screen resolution is likely going to be less, too.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either.

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