'Take my kidney!' and other amusing reactions to the new iPhones

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 14, 2018

Despite some eye-watering prices for the new iPhone XS and XS Max (and even the entry-level iPhone XR), Apple has quietly removed the free, bundled dongle that allowed you to connect 3.5mm headphones to the Apple Lightning connection.

By far the biggest update to both phones however is with the camera. Overall users get a viewing and interactive area that is up to 30 per cent larger thanks to the bigger screens and narrower device borders.

The main camera is getting an upgrade with a 12-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel telephoto on the back. The front camera is the same as the iPhone XS with a 7MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera that also supports Portrait Mode and Animoji.

But none of that is stopping analysts from doing what they do, analyzing recent sales patterns, looking at average selling prices in previous years, and trying to anticipate the market's response to Apple's three highly anticipated new iPhones.

The new device offers numerous high-end features of last year's iPhone X and this year's XS with a price that's in line with that of the iPhone 8 and older models.

'Apple's new phone's name is iphone XS which like every other iphone would be EXCESSively overpriced, ' @Bhavessshh tweeted.

Apple claims the new iPhones can launch apps 30 per cent faster than the iPhone X, and Face ID will unlock more speedily, too (I did not get to try the latter due to limited time with devices).

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Customers will be able to pre-order the new iPhone series from Friday, 14 September, and purchase in stores from 21 September. For the benefit of owning an iPhone with a 6.5-inch screen you will have a hard time to carry that around in the back pocket of your jeans.

Also running on the A12 Bionic chip, iPhone XR is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, making for a pretty good, slightly more affordable option.

iPhone XR also comes with a single camera setup as compared to dual-camera setup on other two phones. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are the first iPhones to come with Dual-SIM and e-SIM support.

Apple aficionados in the Middle East will not have long to wait before they get their hands on what the company are calling the "most attractive and advanced" iPhones. The iPhone 8 starts at $599.

Display While competition is now offering nearly near-bezel less screens, Apple isn't promising any such thing with the new line of iPhones.

Weighing these futuristic new features against their hefty price tags, will you be waiting in line to grab your next iPhone or Apple Watch?

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