Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch

Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements will cost $69 after December

Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch

Even though it is cheaper, according to Apple, iPhone Xr has the best LCD display ever used on a phone. If anything, analysts have been disappointed that the iPhone XR is so "cheap" because they're anxious it might cannibalize iPhone XS sales.

Battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone in the X line - which includes the original 2017 iPhone X - will cost $69 next year, the site noted after Wednesday's unveiling of the newest iPhones.

But one year later, Apple is discontinuing the phone that marked the iPhone's 10th anniversary and heralded a change in how it names its devices. The iPhone 7 launched for$649 two years ago, and the iPhone 8 cost $699 12 months ago.

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One compelling theory is its price. Further, the rear wide-angle lens, True Tone flash, and True Depth camera on the iPhone XR are identical to those found on the iPhone XS, so the only difference from a photography point of view appears to be the lack of the second telephoto lens.

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. There are still other important details we need to know about iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr, such as the clock frequency of the chipset. According to the reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple paid $120 to $130 per screen unit, about twice as much as it normally pays for screens.

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. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison. "iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch", he wrote in a research note, according to MacRumors. "I don't think [discontinuation] will impact its resale value".

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