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

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Being part of an "S" upgrade cycle, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max borrow the design language from last year's iPhone X and get slightly bumped up internals, cameras, and a new Gold colour option.

That's not to say Apple doesn't have cheaper offerings. While battery replacement used to cost $79 regardless of the model, Apple dropped the price to a mere $29 for this campaign.

That's still more than the iPhone SE, however, which sold for $399, making it the cheapest iPhone the firm had sold.

None of Apple's new iPhones feature a home button, which could mean that technology is on its way out.

The two phones are nearly identical in design and features, with the XS being a refinement on last year's phone. Naming issues aside, let's dive into what it's like to hold this phone.

Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said of iOS 12 at a developers conference earlier this year the new system offers "detailed information and tools" to help users and parents keep tabs on device use. Want audio? You can always purchase its $159 AirPods, or some Bluetooth headphones you'll have to regularly charge.

Apple has been working to ramp up revenue from services and digital content such as music and movies, but most of the cash it takes in comes from iPhone sales. Consistent user-hostile behavior on Apple's part does little to earn it any goodwill, and makes me wonder when the headphone jack on the rest of Apple's devices will get the axe. However, official confirmation is yet to be received from Apple on this matter. In Apple's eyes, we'll always be customers, at least until we decide enough is enough.

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