The following is an excerpt from CHRISTINA BONNINGTON | September 12, 2018 | Slate.com |
When rumors about Apple’s 2018 iPhones started leaking out, I crossed my fingers. We knew before Wednesday’s event that Apple would be releasing three new phones and that one of them would be a budget model. There were a number of ways Apple could choose to make a cheaper iPhone: Using less expensive exterior materials such as aluminum or plastic, using last year’s internal hardware in a redesigned outer shell, or making a device that uses less battery and fewer materials because it’s smaller in size. It was this final option—a smaller phone—that I hoped for.
Unfortunately, my dreams have officially been dashed. Apple unveiled the “budget” iPhone XR, an iPhone X–like smartphone with a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge LED display. The phone is cheap, comparatively: $749 compared with the iPhone XS’s $999 price tag. Inside, it’s not all that different from the iPhone XS and XS Max, the other new iPhones announced on Wednesday, with the same A12 bionic chipset. But while the phone may be a lot of things, it’s definitely not small.
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