Apple discontinues iPhone X, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus

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Apple removed the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S-along with last year's iPhone X-from its website after its launch event in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, seemingly discontinuing the last Apple phones with built-in 3.5mm headphone jacks from its lineup.

That wasn't all, though - towards the end of the event, Apple revealed that it had one last trick up its sleeve: the iPhone XR, the company's newest budget smartphone offering.

The iPhone XSMax is a little bit more expensive as it will set you back €1,279 and it's available in the exact same colours. Instead of using stainless steel like the iPhone X and XS, the XR uses 7000 series aluminium for its metal frame. Both watches will be available in three different silver, gold, and space gray aluminum finishes.

Interestingly it's got a bigger screen than the XS, coming in a 6.1 inches. Apple is calling this "Super Retina". It's lower resolution than the iPhone Xs' screen, but still looks plenty detailed enough at my first glance.

Does size matter? Well, if you are Apple in 2018 then it certainly does as the company just unveiled its biggest ever iPhone. Both the models have a 7MP RGB camera sensor in the front with F/2.2 aperture while the iPhone XR has a single 12MP camera at the rear.

The improved front camera also kicks up the fun of Animoji, now letting you customise your own animated likeness with "Memoji" in iOS 12.

The real improvement, however, is how its Apple-designed image signal processor (ISP) works. You can also now adjust the intensity of that creative blurry background feature called bokeh AFTER you take a picture. Most folks keeping tabs on the brand were expecting updated AirPods, and at least some mention of the AirPower wireless charging mat that was previewed a year ago. It also has a four-core graphics processing unit that is up to 50 percent faster than the GPU on the A11.

The phones are powered by A12 engine with an 8-core design with a smart compute system. It can handle 5 trillion operations each second. There is also a nifty feature called Dual SIM support, which means you can activate the phone with two separate phone lines.

The iPhone XS comes in 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB variants and starts at $999.

Dual SIM support - which lets a phone use two phone numbers and carrier plans at the same time - will be coming to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

The iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT) RED for $749. And that needs relevant regulatory approvals before Apple can advertise it in India. Overall, its size is halfway between an iPhone 8 and an 8 Plus.

The iPhone XS Max is a shiny - not blingy - looking smartphone which will surely turn a lot of heads (and not just because of the price tag it carries).

The iPhone XS and larger XS Max are Apple's latest flagship devices. The XS will start from $999 in the U.S. and €1,149 ($1,226) in Germany. You can preorder it beginning October 19, and shipping begins October 26.