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Apple's iPhone XR pricing strategy shows the company is pushing users onto a more secure authentication, signaling that Apple Pay enhancements are coming, Goldman Sachs says.

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. That gives it a lower multi-core score than last year's iPhone X, but a higher single-core one. The iPhone X was nowhere to be seen, along with the iPhone 6S and the smaller iPhone SE.

The iPhone XR will also be available in a variety of finishes - white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (Product) Red - and 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacities, starting at $749.

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

The dongle, or an adapter, allows users to connect a pair of 3.5mm headphones into a lightning jack. The first has a 5.8-inch AMOLED panel, the second has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display (the biggest screen ever seen on an Apple phone) and the third is in the middle with a 6.1-inch display and the LCD technology. Beavis believes this is where most of the cost saving has been generated for the model.

Apple also announced the iPhone XR during the presentation. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. It has an LCD screen instead of OLED and has a single camera instead of a dual camera.

As such, Gareth concludes that providing you don't want loads of advanced features, no "bells and whistles", then the camera system on the iPhone XR "will do you just fine".

Those reasons? The fact that Apple has likely put less RAM in to the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and the screen resolution is likely going to be less, too.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either. Techradar's Apple iPhone XR hands on can be enjoyed in full, at a time that suits you, right now.

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