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The biggest announcements from Apple's iPhone Xs event

14 September, 2018, 06:00 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Yesterday, as all the leaks foretold, Apple released three new iPhones.

Thus, if you have been thinking of keeping your favorite case you now have on your iPhone X, and upgrading to the iPhone XS without splurging more than the $999 Apple demands for it, you will be able to fit the new phone in the old case without the help of a heat gun.

Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone XR, a lower-cost new iPhone that sits beneath the American maker's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships.

Starting with 2016's iPhone 7, all newer iPhones have only had Apple's own Lightning port connector.

The iPhone XR also includes the same A12 Bionic SoC as its more expensive siblings, so as with last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X models, performance between the XR and XS models should be the same, and the XR will also gain support for most of the advanced features found in the XS, including faster Face ID and image capture and AR improvements. Although there's only one 12-megapixel camera on the XR's glass backing, some software work with iOS 12 means you don't sacrifice portrait mode shots.

Predictably, the move to charge extra for the dongle generated some criticism on Twitter.

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


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. If anything, analysts have been disappointed that the iPhone XR is so "cheap" because they're anxious it might cannibalize iPhone XS sales.

Aluminum vs. steel: Stainless steel sides hug the pricier iPhones, but the iPhone XR is made with an aluminum frame, like many other phones on the market.

Later sale date: While the iPhone XS devices go on sale September 21 (preorders start September 14), you won't be able to buy the iPhone XR until October 26 (preorders start October 19).

We got to test the phone out in person, and reckon the display (which lands right in the middle, size-wise, of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max) might not reach the dizzying heights of OLED, but it remains a lovely smartphone display in its own right. Apple gave us cryptic guidance like "it lasts 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus".

Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either.

iPhone owners will have to pony up extra cash if they want to buy a dongle.

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