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

Replacing the batteries in the iPhone X line will cost more than for other iPhones.                  James Martin  CNET

Lost in the fray of Apple's big hardware event was the announcement that it would no longer include a dongle, free of charge, with the purchase of a new iPhone.

The range now starts with the iPhone 7 and is followed by the iPhone 8 and the new iPhone XS as well as iPhone XR models.

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.

Apple has unveiled details of its latest in-house Arm-based system-on-chip (SoC), the A12 Bionic, powering its next-generation smartphones - and in doing so may beat rival Huawei to market with a commercial 7nm part. Further, the rear wide-angle lens, True Tone flash, and True Depth camera on the iPhone XR are identical to those found on the iPhone XS, so the only difference from a photography point of view appears to be the lack of the second telephoto lens.

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. According to the reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple paid $120 to $130 per screen unit, about twice as much as it normally pays for screens. The price for the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64 GB model and goes up from there for 256 GB and 512 GB.

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Going by the pricing of the current OnePlus 6, it is possible that the 8GB RAM + 128GB variant of the 6T will be priced at $569. Its 3,500 mAh battery is 200 mAh more than the OnePlus 6's battery , so users should expect a slight endurance bump.

We also know that maintaining high margins, which Apple is increasingly trying to achieve with high prices, is important, as fewer people now upgrade their phone on a regular basis.

Kuo predicted in January that this would happen.

"The new LCD "XR" model was priced lower than we had thought likely", Hall wrote.

For any iPhone X owners anxious about whether the discontinuation will dent the resale value of their phone, the Forrester analyst Thomas Husson has some reassuring words.

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