Apple unveils the iPhone XR, a $749 budget smartphone

Apple unveils the iPhone XR, a $749 budget smartphone

Apple unveils the iPhone XR, a $749 budget smartphone

Logically, it makes sense to discontinue last year's flagship model, given the iPhone XS has the same design as the iPhone X. For many reasons, the iPhone X was a special device for Apple.

Apple explained that it wanted to differentiate its Plus models from the Max as although the new 6.5in device is the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, you get a much larger screen with the edge-to-edge display.

2018 is no different, with Apple holding its annual debut event on Wednesday morning at its Cupertino headquarters in California.

Apple has also promised that Face ID works faster than on the iPhone X, while the XS battery will last 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X battery, and the XS Max battery will last 1 hour 30 minutes more than the X. Also, don't forget that Apple has its own iPhone Upgrade Program, which you may combine with some of these new deals, like US Mobile's offer.

The company has been affected by leaks in the past. Apple has discontinued all of its phones that use headphone jacks, and it's no longer including a lightning dongle in the box with phones to allow you to use a traditional headset.

In addition, Apple says the Series 4 Apple Watch will also be able to detect when someone falls - and can tell the difference between a trip and a fall.

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Dual SIM support - which lets a phone use two phone numbers and carrier plans at the same time - will be coming to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

While the glass back might be a problem from a repairing point of view, it does mean that once again both phones will offer wireless charging. With six color options - spanning discreet silver through to yellow and PRODUCT (RED) - there's far more choice when it comes to finish than the more expensive handsets, too. The iPhone is the largest contributor to Apple's top line, accounting for more than half of total revenue.

Coming in at $749 (R11,000 in the US) to start, it's not exactly low-cost. The phones will start shipping on 21 September.

All the three new iPhones share most of the same core features. The Series 4 Watch is available with 40mm and 44mm cases versus the Series 3's 42mm and 38mm cases. Williams said the new Apple Watch could help detect atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), although he hedged that it won't "catch every instance". This model, cheaper than the others thanks to its 6.1-inch LCD screen (which has more muted colour gamut and higher power consumption than the expensive OLED technology used in the iPhones X), starts at $749 and will be available from 19 October.

Instead of a dual camera, the iPhone XR features a single 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens. The Apple Watch Series 4 has improved its heart monitoring capabilities from previous models.

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