Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours

Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours

Arguably the most notable new product: the iPhone Xr delivers iPhone X style with a price cut and some caveats.

The new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR haven't been released yet, but a handful of Geekbench scores are already available. Its normal route is to dock the price of previous year's models by $US100 and continue selling them, which is what it did for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 this year. The price for the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64 GB model and goes up from there for 256 GB and 512 GB.

The two phones are nearly identical in design and features, with the XS being a refinement of last year's phone.

Connections-wise Gareth confirms there is no headphone port, but that a pair of Lightning connector earbuds come packed in the box.

Screen technology: The 6.1-inch screen is just fine on its own, but it has a much lower screen resolution than either iPhone XS and uses an LCD display instead of OLED. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models.

The phone feels like a plus-size device in the hand according to Gareth, but he notes that it "doesn't feel unwieldy due to the fact the display stretches from edge to edge".

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But wireless service providers need a way to stand out, often offering at least semi-decent trade-in or BOGO (buy-one-get-one) promos shortly after the official announcement of an upgraded iPhone generation.

The phone has a single 12MP rear sensor, rather than the two on the XS and XS Max, while the front comes installed with a TrueDepth camera for facial unlocking and selfies. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.

Therefore, if you were in love with the smaller 4-inch compact form factor or don't want to part with the headphone jack on an iPhone, you can try your luck with the SE and 6S till stocks last.

Overall, then, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis concludes that the iPhone XR is likely going to be Apple's "volume driver" over the next year in terms of sales, and especially so in the Asian market, which may go to explain the slightly odd, larger than XS screen.

Throughout 2018, the company is running a $29 battery replacement program, but this ends December 31. iPhone X users stand to save the most, since their replacement cost will jump from $29 to $69 next year.

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