Apple to stop including free dongle adapters with iPhones

Isaac Cain
September 15, 2018

On the stage in the Steve Jobs Theatre the firm announced the Apple Watch Series 3 would be receiving a huge price drop after showing off new features present in the Series 4.

The phones are certainly impressive with upgrades across the board, from better cameras, more powerful 7nm A12 Bionic processor, up to 512GB storage on the XS and XS Max models, better cameras and so many more new features you can see at the specific iPhone pages linked above.

The new top model is expected to have a 6.5-inch (16.5-cm) screen with an edge-to-edge display and be called the iPhone X Plus or Max.

However, that's not all.

Apple has also worked on the new Watch to make its health-related features better as it comes with a new ECG or Electrocardiogram function and uses the new ECG app to detect the heartbeat pattern. The A12 bionic has six CPU cores and can run either with two high-performance cores or four more power-efficient cores, Schiller said.

The next-generation Neural Engine is built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to augmented reality.

Apple's also presumably hoping that by offering a range of colours they'll be able to emulate the success of the iPhone 5C.

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Tech analyst Patrick O'Rourke joined in, tweeting: 'I want to go on the record now as saying that iPhone Xs Max is a bad name for a smartphone...'

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The wide angle rear-facing cameras on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max are 12MP.

The iPhone X didn't sell as well as analysts anticipated, but fared well enough to help Apple boost the average iPhone selling price by almost 20 percent.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are shipping in 64GB, 256GB or 512GB - the largest in-built storage ever shipped on an Apple-branded smartphone. They may become even more attractive to buyers looking for used iPhone deals.

Analysts expect the devices to come in new colors: Gold, anyone?

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores beginning Friday, September 21.

Two of the iPhone models predicted to debut on Wednesday were expected to have prices higher than the iPhone X, which has been a hot seller.

Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales.

Thanks to the almost edge-to-edge screen of the Series 4, not only is the actual face bigger, but the display is about 15% larger. The enhanced performance of this functional unit has important implications for the speed and capability of Face ID, the phones' Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting effects, Animoji, Memoji, and a burgeoning crop of augmented-reality apps. Both smartphones have been given a 7-megapixel RGB camera for selfie, which has an aperture of f / 2.2.

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