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IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

That may be because the new iPhone XS has the same starting price, meaning Apple would have to offer the iPhone X at a discount.

We got to test the phone out in person, and reckon the display (which lands right in the middle, size-wise, of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max) might not reach the dizzying heights of OLED, but it remains a handsome smartphone display in its own right.

The year-old phone was Apple's flagship product last year, and it was warmly received by critics.

When Apple released the iPhone X a year ago, 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.

Apple is slowly evolving its smartwatch into a medical device.

Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials. In Poland, someone who wants that same iPhone XS Max will have to pay $1,956 (compared to $1,449 here in the USA, of course).

Here are all the devices Apple just discontinued. The iPhone 7 now starts at £449/$449, and the 7 Plus at £569/$569.

For more iPhone X deals, see Macworld's round up of the best iPhone X deals every month.

Apple hasn't publicly said why, though CEO Tim Cook may explain the firm's thinking in a future earnings call.

One compelling theory is its price. Both boast a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera.




Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed. It's a more affordable version of the XS, and it comes in a number of bright colors.

Best Buy's pre-orders for iPhone have turned out in the past to be much faster than going through a Big 3 carrier's reservation system.

We know that the advanced custom OLED screen on the iPhone X was extremely expensive. But it doesn't seem like Apple will be making any more.

Apple has already revealed what kind of price increase we're in for once the calendar hops over to 2019.

Kuo predicted in January that this would happen.

The iPhone X was unveiled only previous year and it went on sale in November 2017.

For any iPhone X owners anxious about whether the discontinuation will dent the resale value of their phone, the Forrester analyst Thomas Husson has some reassuring words. "An extra 5 to 10 percent sales tax rate will be tacked on in the states depending where you reside, but at most, a U.S. resident is paying $1,099 for a base model iPhone XS with tax included".

Site highlights each day to your inbox. "I don't think [discontinuation] will impact its resale value".

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