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Check out the official iPhone XS, XS Max and XR promo videos

Check out the official iPhone XS, XS Max and XR promo videos

The iPhone 7 now starts at £449/$449, and the 7 Plus at £569/$569. $999 is what the iPhone X cost last year and no one really expected it to be any different this year.

Three new iPhones are heading our way: the XS, XS Max, and the XR. The story that got us to this point is actually rather long, and it involves Apple slowing down phones with old, worn out batteries to prevent random crashing. iPhone users naturally didn't take kindly to that remote throttling, so Apple chose to extend an olive branch to them and cut the price of battery replacement for the entirety of 2018.

The first one is about the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR and showcases all the important features of the handsets - displays, cameras and design. It has an LCD screen instead of OLED and has a single camera instead of a dual camera. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.

Storage options: You have storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Aluminum vs. steel: Stainless steel sides hug the pricier iPhones, but the iPhone XR is made with an aluminum frame, like many other phones on the market. However, you can still launch the camera app and flashlight from the lock screen and feel some haptic vibration when you do.

The new iPhone XR's release date is pencilled in for September 21, with pre-orders going live on September 14.

Hurricane Florence's uncertain track sows fear; 10 million in crosshairs
Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday . Wilmington, North Carolina , just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday.

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). Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at £599/$599 and the 8 Plus is reduced to £699/$699.

Colorful identity: If you want your iPhone XS to be any color than gold, silver or black-grey, you'll have to buy a case.

This model is the direct replacement for last year's iPhone X so, for comparison, Apple's former flagship has an average multi-core score of 10116 and a single core score of 4208.

Some specifications of Apple devices never get formally announced.

This has led to the iPhone XR being variously described as "cheap", "entry-level", or the "budget" iPhone for this year.


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