Friday, September 14, 2018

Looking in the Box of the iPhone XS

Apple has a list of items included in the box of the iPhone XS, so let's take a look at what's included. Obviously, you have the phone. Included are the EarPods with Lightning connector. This is pretty standard. As nice as it would be to get a pair of AirPods, I understand that's a bit unreasonable, even for the more expensive models. There is no dongle. I don't think this is entirely to be cheap. But it's likely to make people rely on 3.5mm headphone jacks less. Regardless, I think we're still in an era where they should be included. My real gripe is with the cable and power adapter. It's a USB-A to Lightning cable. A USB-C to Lightning cable would be much better, considering we have wireless chargers and USB-C ports on Macs. The power adapter is only 5W, while wireless chargers compatible with iPhone can go up to 7.5W. These little differences take away from the premium feel of opening up an iPhone. First impressions are everything, and things like a weak (by today's standards) power adapter and EarPods made to look like AirPods are not good first impressions.

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