Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

These Geekbench 4 tests are probably being run by people at Apple because the devices still identify themselves by their code name.

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.

Like the iPhone X, the new devices are meant to pronounce the "X" as 'ten, ' but many have already read it as X, causing some rather unfortunate pronunciations of the iPhone Xs Max and the iPhone Xs. The iPhone XR also promises 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus.

With these changes astir, now might be the ideal time to pick up a discontinued iPhone before it falls out of circulation, especially if you're after a model with a headphone jack. The XS comes with a better chip under the hood and is more water-resistant, but for most people the differences will feel incremental.


T3 will imminently be reviewing the iPhone XS in full, so be sure to check back in soon for our official verdict.

Throughout 2018, Apple has been offering out-of-warranty battery replacements at a discount for some iPhone models.

Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one. Traditionally, Apple hasn't raised the price of its standard iPhone by $50 every single year, so this kind of price increase is the kind of thing that would normally (and should) be getting attention. "iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch", he wrote in a research note, according to MacRumors.

Those reasons? The fact that Apple has likely put less RAM in to the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and the screen resolution is likely going to be less, too. "I think this will represent a harder and harder challenge to entry-price Swiss-made watches, which are not in a position to stay relevant", Exane BNP Paribas analyst Luca Solca said.

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