"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.
Yesterday, as all the leaks foretold, Apple released three new iPhones. The range now starts with the iPhone 7 and is followed by the iPhone 8 and the new iPhone XS as well as iPhone XR models. Apart from that they also launched the latest Apple Watch Series 4. That gives it a lower multi-core score than last year's iPhone X, but a higher single-core one.
The two phones are nearly identical in design and features, with the XS being a refinement of last year's phone.
The dongle, or an adapter, allows users to connect a pair of 3.5mm headphones into a lightning jack.
Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed.
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The first one is about the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR and showcases all the important features of the handsets - displays, cameras and design. Both boast a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models.
The iPhone XR also includes the same A12 Bionic SoC as its more expensive siblings, so as with last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X models, performance between the XR and XS models should be the same, and the XR will also gain support for most of the advanced features found in the XS, including faster Face ID and image capture and AR improvements.
iPhone owners will have to pony up extra cash if they want to buy a dongle.
Both of these factors might explain Apple's thinking.
Throughout 2018, the company is running a $29 battery replacement program, but this ends December 31. iPhone X users stand to save the most, since their replacement cost will jump from $29 to $69 next year. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size.