Apple No Longer Bundles 3.5mm Audio Dongle With New iPhones

Doris Richards
September 13, 2018

Apple started to include the 3.5mm audio dongle with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, because neither one of them come with a built-in 3.5mm audio jack. On the iPhone Xs and iPhone XR though, users can simply wake their iPhone and tap the NFC tag against their phone.

The iPhone XR has a larger screen than the iPhone XS and the same A12 Bionic processor as the iPhone XS Max (which costs hundreds more). Although there's only one 12-megapixel camera on the XR's glass backing, some software work with iOS 12 means you don't sacrifice portrait mode shots.

While iPhone sales have slowed, Apple profits have risen along with the average purchase price of its handsets.

Predictably, folks on Twitter did not greet the news favorably. But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel.


Display comes in at 5.8-inch for the iPhone XS, and 6.5-inch for the iPhone XS Max, with a resolution of 2436×1125 on the XS and 2688×1242 on the XS Max. You can't zoom in as much, though, and you have fewer portrait lighting effects.

Also making it onto an iPhone for the first time, is the availability of a smacking 512GB storage option! The company said the new iPhones would start at USD 750, USD 1,000 and USD 1,100. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores beginning Friday, September 21.

Update, Sept. 13 at 5:20 a.m. PT: Adds new iPhone XS battery replacement pricing and 2019 pricing for older iPhones. The story that got us to this point is actually rather long, and it involves Apple slowing down phones with old, worn out batteries to prevent random crashing. iPhone users naturally didn't take kindly to that remote throttling, so Apple made a decision to extend an olive branch to them and cut the price of battery replacement for the entirety of 2018. But hey! There's IP68 water resistance on offer here, and a new Gold color in addition to Silver and Space Gray.

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either. The base level iPhone is now the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch display, A10 Fusion chip, water proofing and stereo speaker setup.

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