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Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements will cost $69 after December

Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements will cost $69 after December

The iPhone XR also includes the same A12 Bionic SoC as its more expensive siblings, so as with last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X models, performance between the XR and XS models should be the same, and the XR will also gain support for most of the advanced features found in the XS, including faster Face ID and image capture and AR improvements.

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".

On Thursday evening we reported that Apple had unveiled three new phones that are set to go on sale this month. The tech giant revealed plans to charge you $69 when you try to replace an iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, or iPhone XR battery when you're out of warranty and don't have AppleCare+. "Background reading will work with any NDEF formatted tag", according to the Apple developer portal. Even if you are not a big fan of Apple or any at all, you can't deny the fact that the marketing team over there makes awesome promo videos - they are lively, cool and lovely, especially the "Hokey Pokey" one.

Apple got rid of the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 back in 2016, but the 2018 iPhone launch also marked another key moment - end of the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE on Apple's websites - the last remaining handsets to offer the popular port. However, the iPhone SE - Apple's only offering with a compact 4-inch display, also failed to make the cut to 2018 range.

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. As for the iPhone11,6 identifier, this appears to be the iPhone Xs thanks to the 4GB of RAM detailed in the specifications list. They come in gold, silver, and space gray.

While high-end smartphone sales growth is unlikely, the lower-priced iPhone Xr may become "the big seller of the three", despite the later release date. 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 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 XR also gets 90 minutes longer battery life compared to the iPhone 8 Plus.


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