Apple's iPhone XR pricing strategy shows the company is pushing users onto a more secure authentication, signaling that Apple Pay enhancements are coming, Goldman Sachs says.
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The analyst also told The Post that he predicts that even the 2-year-old iPhone 7, which has seen its starting price cut to $449, will outsell the iPhone 8, thanks to its appeal in developing markets.
But the iPhone XR stands out as being something a little different. Although there's only one 12-megapixel camera on the XR's glass backing, some software work with iOS 12 means you don't sacrifice portrait mode shots.
The new iPhone XR's release date is pencilled in for September 21, with pre-orders going live on September 14.
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There's also Dual-SIM support but for those outside of China would need to use an e-SIM for the secondary connection. It offers an hour and a half more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus and features haptic touch and Face ID.
Predictably, the move to charge extra for the dongle generated some criticism on Twitter. The iPhone XS (pronounced "ten ess") and XS Max are the updated version of last year's iPhone X. The XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display, while the XS Max has a 6.5-inch display. If anything, analysts have been disappointed that the iPhone XR is so "cheap" because they're anxious it might cannibalize iPhone XS sales.
The phone has a single 12MP rear sensor, rather than the two on the XS and XS Max, while the front comes installed with a TrueDepth camera for facial unlocking and selfies. 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. It features an edge-to-edge display and a faster processor than the $699 8 Plus.
This has led to the iPhone XR being variously described as "cheap", "entry-level", or the "budget" iPhone for this year. But beware that if you're planning to buy an iPhone 8, it won't come with a dongle, either.
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