Apple will no longer give free dongles with new iPhones

Apple No Longer Bundles 3.5mm Audio Dongle With New iPhones

Later sale date: While the iPhone XS devices go on sale September 21 (preorders start September 14), you won't be able to buy the iPhone XR until October 26 (preorders start October 19).

Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone XR, a lower-cost new iPhone that sits beneath the American maker's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships. It packs a 5.8 inch Super Retina OLED display with the resolution of 1125×2234 pixels.

Interestingly enough, the website has removed the prices for models like iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE.

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.

Since both the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have same specs, it means both of them feature 4GB of RAM.

One key detail that Apple did not mention during its recent keynote is the fact that it will not be shipping the Lightning to 3.5mm audio dongle with its new iPhones.

On the other hand, Apple makes things funkier with a myriad of colors on the iPhone XR with white, black, blue, coral, yellow and red.

It consumes less power by running 40-50% more efficiently, performance is 15% faster and app launch speed gets a 30% boost. Apple also emphasises on the Core ML framework that enables developers to use machine learning with 1/10th of the energy consumption and 9x the speed.

The newest iPhones will result in no major change in sales volumes in the mature smartphone market, SMBC Nikko analysts wrote in a report following Apple's presentation. They were also the last iPhones with a headphone jack. With Apple killing it, the iPhone X becomes the shortest living iPhone that Apple has ever introduced.

The phone has a single 12MP rear sensor, rather than the two on the XS and XS Max, while the front comes installed with a TrueDepth camera for facial unlocking and selfies.

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will be in stores by the end of September, and they will not come cheap. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at £599/$599 and the 8 Plus is reduced to £699/$699.

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