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IPhone XS shows that Apple is now Tim Cook’s company

IPhone XS shows that Apple is now Tim Cook’s company”

While Apple unveiled the three successors to previous year's iPhone X, its previous generation smartphones - iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus - have all received price cuts in typical Apple fashion. Sadly, it's now time to hold a candle to the iPhone X as Apple has discontinued its "revolutionary" flagship for this year.

One compelling theory is price. Models ranging from the iPhone SE to the iPhone X will see a price hike, going from $29 up to $49 for all models but the iPhone X, which will go up to $69.

The iPhone XS barely differs from its predecessor. It has an LCD screen instead of OLED and has a single camera instead of a dual camera. The overall design is much the same.

Removing the 3.5mm audio dongle means that users of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will either have to use Bluetooth earphones, or headphones with Lightning connectors to be able to listen to music (or watch videos) in private. It's a more affordable version of the XS, and it comes in a number of bright colors.

Apple has already revealed what kind of price increase we're in for once the calendar hops over to 2019.

Both of these factors might explain Apple's thinking. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size.

"For any iPhone X owners anxious about whether the discontinuation will dent the resale value of their phones, Forrester analyst Thomas Husson has some reassuring words". "[For] the majority of the others, who do not renew their smartphone every year or so, the X is still largely good enough for their needs".



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