The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event

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The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event

If you're clinging to wired headphones, you might not like what Apple's doing with its new iPhones.

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.

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That being said, on its own he notes it "could be mistaken for the iPhone X of last year". The exclusion of these older models also omits the 3.5mm headphone jack for once and all from the iPhone lineup.

The cheapest iPhone is now the iPhone 7, which starts at $US449. It's a more affordable version of the XS, and it comes in a number of bright colors. Watch this hands on video to know more. According to the reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple paid $US120 to $US130 per screen unit, about twice as much as it normally pays for screens. Why pay $US999 for the awesome screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $US100 less? In Russia, for example, you could snag a 64GB iPhone XS for $1,292, slightly below the $1,380 iPhone X launch price that same Russian customer would have paid.

Both of these factors might explain Apple's thinking. "An extra 5 to 10 percent sales tax rate will be tacked on in the states depending where you reside, but at most, a USA resident is paying $1,099 for a base model iPhone XS with tax included".

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