RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

Poll results iPhone 9 would've been the best name for the “affordable” iPhone

Users were also less-than-impressed by Apple's name choices for its new trio of devices.

When Apple released the iPhone X past year, it was widely considered the best smartphone the company had ever made, marking a major step forward with features like Face ID and a high-end camera to rival the Huawei P20 Pro and the Google Pixel 2.

Throughout 2018, Apple has been offering out-of-warranty battery replacements at a discount for some iPhone models. Apple doesn't release sales figures, but estimates from two analysts suggest the company shipped roughly 18 million of the gadgets in 2017.

Three new iPhones are heading our way: the XS, XS Max, and the XR. The iPhone 7 now starts at £449/$449, and the 7 Plus at £569/$569.

Apple has unveiled details of its latest in-house Arm-based system-on-chip (SoC), the A12 Bionic, powering its next-generation smartphones - and in doing so may beat rival Huawei to market with a commercial 7nm part. It has a lower-resolution 6.1-inch LCD screen and a single rear-facing camera, but otherwise delivers on the specifications of the Xs series.

Throughout 2018, the company is running a $29 battery replacement program, but this ends December 31. iPhone X users stand to save the most, since their replacement cost will jump from $29 to $69 next year.

Still, this year's iPhone XS renders the iPhone X redundant - it has a almost identical design, with improved specs, at the same starting price point of $US999.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison. Whether you're the type of person who buys the new iPhone every year or your current phone is getting creaky with age and it's time to upgrade, you're probably wondering when these new devices will come out. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size.

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