RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

  • RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

Apple is a $1.1 trillion company for a reason.

Thus, if you have been thinking of keeping your favorite case you now have on your iPhone X, and upgrading to the iPhone XS without splurging more than the $999 Apple demands for it, you will be able to fit the new phone in the old case without the help of a heat gun. The exclusion of these older models also omits the 3.5mm headphone jack for once and all from the iPhone lineup.

Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone XR, a lower-cost new iPhone that sits beneath the American maker's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships. Both boast a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera.

The iPhone XR will also be available in a variety of finishes - white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (Product) Red - and 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacities, starting at $749.

T3 will imminently be reviewing the iPhone XS in full, so be sure to check back in soon for our official verdict. But it's not much of a surprise - when Apple announced its new smartwatch operating system in June, the Edition and original Apple Watch were not included in the list of devices eligible for the update. It makes little sense to jeopardize those high margins only a year after getting OLED screens onto the iPhone for the first time.

Those reasons? The fact that Apple has likely put less RAM in to the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and the screen resolution is likely going to be less, too.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either.

"Apple brand aficionados who want to own the latest device and own the X will be ready to pay anyway to get the XS or XS Max", he told Business Insider via email, adding that for most others "who do not renew their smartphone every year or so, the X is still largely good enough for their needs".

"When it's all said and done, I think it's the key for the cycle", Zino said.