Hands On With the iPhone XR

Yolanda Curtis
September 14, 2018

Much like past year, the Cupertino giant announced three new variants in its iPhone 2018 lineup, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the cheaper iPhone XR.

The Series 4 also has a range of new health-focused features including one of the first ECG readers found outside of a professional clinic or hospital.

Although it didn't sell quite as analysts anticipated, the iPhone X still emerged as the most popular in Apple's line-up, according to Cook.

The iPhone Xr will come in white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and Product Red.


It's available in either a stainless steel finish or aluminium and comes in three colours: silver, gold and space grey. (For a while, we used the icky word "phablet"- for part-phone part-tablet - to describe them.) But now Apple's largest bests even Samsung's Note 9, which measures 6.4 inches. On the camera front, the XR features a single 12-megapixel wide-angle camera on the rear, with the same specifications as the XS. A breakthrough 12MP dual-camera system takes your portraits to the next level with Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, enhanced bokeh, and all-new Depth Control.

Both are loaded with Apple's new A12 Bionic chip, which Apple claims runs run 15 per cent faster than the A11 chip in the iPhone X. Williams cautioned that Apple would not be able to detect every instance, but said "we believe this will help a lot of people who didn't know they had an issue". All three will feature the new A12 Bionic chip, improved cameras and longer battery life. As a primary camera, it has a 12 megapixel wide angle lens. The XS will set customers back $99 while the XS Max will cost $1,099. This feature is expected to come in India. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch 4 begin on September 14, while shipping starts September 21. Rather than luring millions of new iPhone users, Apple's goal these days is to steadily raise average prices, while expanding the total number of active devices to support sales of accessories and digital services like iCloud storage, streaming music and video.

They hit stores on September 21, 2018 with the iPhone XS priced at $999 (£999) and the XS Max a whopping $1,099 (£1,099).

The new £1,099 iPhone XS Max houses a 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display, the largest ever placed on an iPhone, and is joined by the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, the same size as last year's iPhone X.


With its bezel-less design and curved corners, the 6.5-inch XS Max doesn't feel too big in my hands.

The iPhone Xr is prices starting at $749 for the 64GB model.

To begin with, Apple Watch 4 now sports a 30 percent larger screen with much smaller bezels. The part I didn't understand until I held one is that the phone's overall shape is actually very similar to last year's iPhone 8 Plus. It underlines what a powerful franchise Apple has created and that the public's love affair with the iPhone is stronger than ever.


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