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

Replacing the batteries in the iPhone X line will cost more than for other iPhones.                  James Martin  CNET

At a packed event yesterday Apple introduced three new iPhones and a re-designed Watch Series 4 so there's plenty to digest. That underdog is the iPhone XR and let us remind you that while it sports an LCD screen, it features a lot of the things that the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max come armed with, including Apple's first ever 7nm FinFET chipset, the A12 Bionic.

Technically speaking, those headlines might be correct, but what Apple has managed to pull off in the space of one year is increase the price of its normal iPhone, and have everyone suddenly describe it as cheap.

Arguably the most notable new product: the iPhone Xr delivers iPhone X style with a price cut and some caveats.

Similarly, battery replacement for the freshly-announced iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR will cost $69 once those phones lose their warranties beginning next year. 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.

Apple previously included a lightning to USB cable, USB power adapter, headphones for use with a Lightning connector and a dongle in the box containing a new iPhone.


The two phones are nearly identical in design and features, with the XS being a refinement of last year's phone.

Compared with the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max - which start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, with the Max topping out at an eye-watering $1,449 - the XR is poised as a reasonably priced alternative.

Since both the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have same specs, it means both of them feature 4GB of RAM.

We just took a peek at the official accessory page, and all iPhone X cases by Apple are gone, as the phone has been discontinued, while the ones listed for the XS aren't cited as compatible with the X for the same reason.

iPhone owners will have to pony up extra cash if they want to buy a dongle. Gareth recons that the lower price will make the iPhone XR the best selling new iPhone revealed this year.

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