Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Apple announces new, affordable iPhone XR

Woman holding an umbrella and iPhone Xs in the rain Apple launches the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
Gustavo Carr | 14 September, 2018, 19:36

The iPhone XS Max won't come cheap, though. The thicker, less flexible LCD display panel results in slightly larger bezels all around the XR than on the OLED iPhones. It's a feature that already came with the iPhone X and will probably appear in the pricier XS and XS Max, but it doesn't appear to exist on the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, even running the latest iOS 12 beta. What's inside the iPhone XS Max It's not just the screen where Apple has gone big. Apple claims that it has improved the camera performance on the iPhone XS Max but we didn't get a chance to truly test it.

The iPhone XR might be 2018's breakout iPhone.

Instead of an OLED display, the phone uses a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display that Apple calls the "most advanced LCD in a smartphone". Apple has done coloured phones before, with the iPhone 5c, but these colours are shimmery aluminium under glass, and they have a rich, enamel-like look to them. It's lower resolution than the iPhone Xs' screen, but still looks plenty detailed enough at my first glance. Like those, the phone doesn't have a home button; rather, you simply tap to wake it and swipe up to return to the home screen.

The significant price gap between iPhone XR and iPhone XS model makes us curious how and why this model is lesser expensive than the other two. There's also Qi wireless charging and it also supports 50% fast charge in 30 minutes provided you have the right accessories.

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The main camera is getting an upgrade with a 12-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel telephoto on the back. The camera also relies on software for bokeh photos as well.

"Did they really name the new iPhone the 'excess"?' XS? Well, as the name suggest its an electronic or an embedded SIM, which has no physical part to it. The feature has been copied in many Android phones. Apple's dual SIM solution, in the United States, would enable someone to use AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile (but not Sprint) as their primary carrier while using any carrier that offers a SIM card as the secondary carrier. On an annual basis, the number of iPhones the company has been selling recently has barely budged and is actually down from what it sold three years ago. Highlights of the new timepiece are its significantly larger screen options, twice-as-fast processor, new sensors, and watchOS 5. However, the XR loses out on 3D Touch and relies on Taptic Feedback for launching the camera or the flashlight.

It will be available to order from 19 October, and will start shipping on 26 October.