Apple iPhone XR - Hands On

Isaac Cain
September 14, 2018

Reference to a new Apple Watch, and two new sizes of changeable Watch strap, also appeared in the listings, appearing to confirm rumours of a redesign to the wearable device.

Unfortunately, there's no 3D Touch but Apple is replacing it with Haptic Touch that claims to offer a similar feedback as their MacBook Pro trackpads.

The phones are updates to last year's iPhone X (10), which was released to mark the 10th anniversary of the smartphone.

And if you don't have that spare wad to buy outright, don't forget to check out our prediction of what you'll pay on contract for iPhone XS deals in the United States and iPhone XS deals in the UK.

These latest models also take advantage of the fastest cellular speeds available today, but on 4G networks, not on 5G.

The iPhone Xr comes in three storage configurations: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Apple has unveiled the 5.8-inch OLED screen iPhone XS, which it says is "the most attractive phone" with a notch Apple has ever made. This means the phones can withstand up to 30 minutes underwater at a depth up to 2 meters without sustaining permanent damage.

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With the iPhone X now discontinued, there's no longer any mention of AirPower.

Apple has just announced the new iPhone XS and its bigger brother XS Max. But with Apple boosting the average iPhone selling price by almost 20 percent, it still meant a bumper year for the tech firm. Both numbers would work simultaneously on one device. The iPhone XS has a price that starts at $999, but tops out at $1,349.

The iPhone XR looks a a bit like a cross between an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPhone X. Unlike the iPhone X, XS, and XS Plus, it has aerospace-grade aluminum side plating rather than stainless steel, but it still has a glass back. While the former has an OLED display, Apple has opted for an LCD display for the latter.

To differentiate itself from the iPhone XS series, the XR gets the iPhone 5C treatment with a choice of six colours, namely Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral and Red.

The cheapest of the lot - the iPhone XR - has a starting price of Rs 76,900. What it lacks in dual-camera-ness it makes up for with computational photography: the iPhone XR can - like the Google Pixel line - do Portrait Mode using its single camera thanks to improvements to the image signal processor, neural engine, and algorithms.

Battery life is claimed to last up to an hour and half longer per day than the iPhone 8 Plus. Though the headphones got off to a slow start, they have quickly helped Apple capture 26% of the US wireless headphone market, according to NPD Group.

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