Apple unveils the iPhone XR, a $749 budget smartphone

Phil Schiller Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino Calif Apple Showcase Cupertino USA- 12 Sep 2018

Despite some eye-watering prices for the new iPhone XS and XS Max (and even the entry-level iPhone XR), Apple has quietly removed the free, bundled dongle that allowed you to connect 3.5mm headphones to the Apple Lightning connection.

When Apple introduced the iPhone X a year ago at a starting price of US$999, some analysts were skeptical that people would pay up so much.

For this post, I'll leave out the iPhone XS Max.

The Face ID in these models is said to work faster this time than last year's iPhone X.

Apple's marketing is focusing on the new A12 Bionic chip, which is apparently the first one made using the 7nm manufacturing process to ship (Huawei also has a 7nm one in the pipeline). XR comes in a bunch of bright, fun colors and although the screen is a big 6.1 inches, you can tell it doesn't go quite edge to edge as it does on the higher end Xs.

"Now you can take an ECG any time, anywhere, right from the wrist". The device kills the 3D touch feature but added some haptic feedback, so the screen vibrates a bit in response to touch. It's exactly the same as the iPhone XS, only bigger, and with a slightly longer battery life.

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The iPhone XR, internally, is almost identical to the more expensive XS and XS Max.

The iPhone home button is officially dead.

The XR comes with a 6.1in, 1,792 x 828 resolution display, inside an aluminium casing with a glass front and back.

The XS has the exact same look and dimensions as the original iPhone X, while the Max is a plus-size variant with a 6.5-inch display.

Further, the eSIM option is only available in the top-tier iPhones, and not the affordable iPhone XR.

Customers will be able to pre-order the new iPhone series from Friday, 14 September, and purchase in stores from 21 September.

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The new iPhones are nearly here, and come Friday, you'll be able to preorder two of them, including the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. This model will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB options starting at $749 United States dollars.

Both are loaded with Apple's new A12 Bionic chip, which Apple claims runs run 15 per cent faster than the A11 chip in the iPhone X.

Apple previewed AirPower a year ago, showing a flat pad the company said could wirelessly charge devices such as an Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods case all at once. The edges are noticeably rounder, though it still retains the square look. This completely eliminates the need to buy a new physical SIM card while getting a new mobile number. 9to5Mac reported that most mentions of AirPower had been scrubbed from Apple's website.

Its "next-generation gyroscope" means the Watch 4 is capable of detecting when the user has a fall, based on the arm motions of its user as they tumble, and is also fitted with software that lets users take an electrocardiogram, the first over-the-counter device to do so.

Apple also unveiled the the Apple Watch Series 4, with improved cellular connectivity, larger screen, more powerful processor and a range of additional health-tracking features. The Watch Series 4 is still good for 18 hours of everyday use or workout tracking for a solid six hours.

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