When Apple crossed the USD$1,000 price threshold with the iPhone X in 2017, it was old news for Canadians. We were already paying over a grand for the privilege of owning an unlocked Apple device outright. Now, as the next wave of phones is set to go on sale, Canadians will be shelling out nearly $2,000 for the top-of-the-line model.
The iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR are the three updated mobile devices announced by Apple on September 12. The redesigns of last year’s iPhone X include many of the same features, like Face ID and a water resistant casing, but these new models also come bigger, and with an improved A12 Bionic processor. The two higher end models, the XS and XS Max, both have dual rear cameras like the iPhone X, while the iPhone XR as a single rear camera.
With those improvements come heftier price tags, too.
The “budget” option, the iPhone XR, comes in six colours and is available in 64 GB ($1,029), 128 GB ($1,099) and 256 GB ($1,239) models. It has the same starting price as last year’s iPhone X (which is no longer available for purchase on Apple’s website).
The midrange model, the iPhone Xs, comes in three colours and is available in 64 GB ($1,379), 256 GB ($1,589) and 512 GB ($1,859) versions.
The largest model, the iPhone Xs Max, has a 6.5-inch display. It also comes with 64 GB ($1,519), 256 GB ($1,729) or 512 GB ($1,999) storage options.
If you’re hoping that for that price, you get more in the box, you may be disappointed. The Verge reports that there is no longer a dongle included with the device to adapt the Lightning port for a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Samsung, the second most-popular phone brand in Canada, released its latest model, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, in March. Those devices are priced at $959.99 (64GB) and $1119.99 (256 GB) for the S9, and $1,099.99 (64 GB) and $1,259.99 (256 GB) for the S9+.
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All prices in Canadian dollars.