Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Apple will no longer give free dongles with new iPhones


Users who have an iPhone 6, 6S, 5S or SE can still install Apple's latest software update, iOS 12, which is due to arrive on September 17th.

If you're willing to deal with smaller prepaid operators, you can typically save even more while not having to jump through as many hoops.

The newly-announced iPhone XR could matter more for Apple in two year's time than it does right now.

That's still more than the iPhone SE, however, which sold for $399, making it the cheapest iPhone the firm had sold. Now, the operator won't sell you the handset itself, and the $400 markdown actually represents a combined 24 monthly bill credits.

Apple on Wednesday was expected to unveil new iPhones, playing up eye-grabbing edge-to-edge screens in a bid to strengthen its position in a largely saturated global smartphone market. Both boast a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera, both come with the facial recognition feature Face ID.

When Apple released the iPhone X past year, it was widely considered to be the best smartphone the company had ever made, marking a major step forward with features like Face ID and a high-end camera to rival the Huawei P20 Pro and Google Pixel 2.

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. But hey! There's IP68 water resistance on offer here, and a new Gold color in addition to Silver and Space Gray. Why pay $999 for the incredible screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $100 less? But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel.

Of course, a newer iPhone, a faster and more secure biometric experience. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple paid between $120 and $130 per screen unit, which was about twice as much as it normally pays for screens.

However, avoiding Apple's requisite dongle, which enables users to plug 3.5mm headphones into the Lightning connector, is now impossible.

Dutch blog Let's Go Digital dug up Geekbench scores for Apple's new smartphones and they are in line with previous leaks, suggesting both phones will deliver performance not available on other mobile devices. Its Pre-orders will begin on 19 October band the phone will start shipping on 26 October.

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