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

Salam Bin Mohammed 24 was first in the queue for the new iPhone 8 at Apple’s Regent Street store in London last September. Analysts will be watching to see if demand is as strong for new models this year

Our colleague Gareth Beavis over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some serious hands-on time with the iPhone XR and these are his thoughts.

The new phone XS and XS Max will be available for pre-order from September 14 and will hit some markets like the U.S. on September 21. In a press release, Apple COO Jeff Williams said the watch now "becomes an intelligent guardian for your health", the unveiling of which a Fitbit spokesperson followed up with the predictable comment you often see in these scenarios like this.

In terms of price, the iPhone XR retails for less than the iPhone XS, costing $749 to pick up at launch. The iPhone SE was a high selling model in developing markets due its cheaper price. Even though the Xr will likely be more than enough iPhone for most customers, the iPhone X proved that there are loads of people out there willing to pay $999 and up for a truly premium device.

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.

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However, avoiding Apple's requisite dongle, which enables users to plug 3.5mm headphones into the Lightning connector, is now impossible. Dubbed the iPhone XR, the new model sits in between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in size, and features a 6.1-inch advanced LCD screen that the company is calling its "Liquid Retina" display.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. Regardless of which iPhone you have, if your handset is covered by AppleCare+, you'll be able to get a battery replacement for free.

The XR's pricing is "below expectation" and "effectively obsoletes" the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus units as "most consumers would opt for the iPhone XR in both cases", Goldman's analysts noted.

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).

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