Check out the official iPhone XS, XS Max and XR promo videos

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

Apple's annual hardware event may have been an exciting day for gadget lovers, as three new iPhones were introduced.

Apple quietly killed off half a dozen of its older devices, including some beloved iPhone models and the fanciest Apple Watch - it even eliminated the iPhone X, which first hit store shelves less than a year ago.

The iPhone XR starts at $749 with 64GB of storage, the same price as a smaller screened iPhone 8 256GB model and $50 more than an iPhone plus with 64GB of storage.

Battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone in the X line - which includes the original 2017 iPhone X - will cost $69 next year, the site noted after Wednesday's unveiling of the newest iPhones. Gareth recons that the lower price will make the iPhone XR the best selling new iPhone revealed this year.

But the iPhone XR stands out as being something a little different. Features like post-editing Depth Control and Smart HDR will also be supported on the iPhone XR.

Predictably, the move to charge extra for the dongle generated some criticism on Twitter. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.

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That being said, on its own he notes it "could be mistaken for the iPhone X of last year".

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.

Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one.

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. It features an edge-to-edge display and a faster processor than the $699 8 Plus.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either. If you're an iPhone 6s devotee, you can still buy the devices through your carrier, or find refurbished versions online.

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