Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr

Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr

The only potential hiccup to a record-breaking quarter is the fact that the iPhone XS won't launch until October.

At 5.94 by 2.98 by 0.33 inches (HWD), the XR is between the size of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

Both are edge-to-edge displays just like the iPhone X which means that there are no bezels save for a notch at the top which houses the iPhones front-facing camera and its Face ID facial-recognition system. Overall users get a viewing and interactive area that is up to 30 per cent larger thanks to the bigger screens and narrower device borders. The Cupertino based company unveiled yesterday, the next-generation iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS and iPhone XR, which features new things like Super Retina OLED display, stereo surround sound, Dolby Vision, HDR 10, 3D Touch technology and much more.

That combination of price, design, and features could make it popular with Apple fans who have been holding on to ageing phones. The 6.8 inch iPhone XS will cost you $1099.

Apple has bolstered the batteries loaded into each phone too. Prices for Hong Kong have not been announced, but US pricing has the XS starting at US$999, XS Max US$1,099, and XR at US$749.

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.

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Instead of swiping to summon Apple's Control Center and tapping the icon, you'll now be able to press dedicated flashlight and camera buttons on your iPhone's lock screen. There's also Qi wireless charging and it also supports 50% fast charge in 30 minutes provided you have the right accessories.

Moving to the camera, both the iPhones will have two 12-MP cameras one of which will be a telephoto lens and the other will be a wide-angle lens. I took some software bokeh shots, and they are typical of the kind: faces are silhouetted quite well, but flyaway bits of hair got caught in the bokeh distortion field.

The major changes from previous models will be greater gearing toward internal upgrades rather than design changes, with all models improved with the fitting of the advanced A12 chip.

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The XR's most compelling feature, though, is likely to be its price.

It will be available to order from 19 October, and will start shipping on 26 October. The difference between the XR and the XS comes primarily in the screen, camera, and modem. The XR, meanwhile, is a "budget" (by Apple standards) variant that uses an LCD display panel and has only one camera.

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