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Donna Miller
September 14, 2018

In what sure seems like a blatant bit of nickel-and-diming, Apple will no longer include a free 3.5-mm headphone jack conversion dongle with the new iPhones it announced on Wednesday. This means that you can no longer buy a phone from Apple which has a headphone jack in it.

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.

The first phone to introduce the dongle was the iPhone 7, in which the 3.5mm headphone jack was ditched in favor of the proprietary Lightning cable. The iPhone 6s - the last model to have the 3.5 mm headphone jack - is dead and gone. Driving the point home even further, Apple has chose to stop including the Lightning-to-jack dongle with its new iPhones.

Users had to either shell out for the new lightning compatible headphones, a pair of wireless headphones, or use the dongle.

This is the new iPhone for "regular folks" who don't see their iPhone as a status symbol or sweat details like a stainless steel body or 512GB of storage for photos and videos.

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Plus, the new iPhones already come at a steep price.

Later sale date: While the iPhone XS devices go on sale September 21 (preorders start September 14), you won't be able to buy the iPhone XR until October 26 (preorders start October 19). People storing albums upon albums of home movies will prefer the 512GB option that the iPhone XS and XS Max offer.

Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials.

In the hand Gareth notes that it feels as an iPhone should, with curved edges, two speaker grilles at the bottom, and a glass back, but that it feels noticeably chunkier than the more expensive XS and XS Max handsets.

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