Apple introduces iPhone XR

Angelica Greene
September 15, 2018

It sets a new high price for an iPhone, starting at €1,279 in Ireland.

Disclosed at the Apple event life streamed from its Cupertino, California headquarters, the S4 Watch is two times faster, has a 30 percent larger display, is swimproof, and has better speakers.

The dual 12-megapixel rear cameras on the new iPhone XS models will let users alter background blur on images after they've captured them for the first time, and deploy a mode called Smart HDR that would use artificial intelligence to identify scenes or even users' eyes.

And Apple didn't stop at one iPhone this year: you'll have to choose between the Xs, the Xs Max (the Xs' bigger brother) and the confusingly named iPhone XR - a cheaper option if you don't fancy dipping into your rainy-day fund.

The company claims that Face ID could be used for a host of things such as unlocking applications, paying for shopping in stores and even paying for cab rides using Apple Pay. The new additions still do not have a home button and will rely on facial recognition.

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However, that's not all. That update will also be available on select models of Apple's iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The A12 features a custom hexa-core CPU, a quad-core GPU and an octa-core Neural Engine. Instead of using stainless steel like the iPhone X and XS, the XR uses 7000 series aluminium for its metal frame. Older models get price cuts.

The iPhone X didn't sell as well as analysts anticipated, but fared well enough to help Apple boost the average iPhone selling price by almost 20 percent. The XR will come in black, white, red, yellow, coral, and blue colors. According to the company, the 64GB variant of the iPhone Xs will cost Rs 99,900, while the price of 64GB iPhone Xs Max is Rs 1,09,990. The pricing of the iPhone XR starts from United States dollars 749 and will be available for pre-order starting from October 12, while the sale begins on October 26. They will officially arrive on September 21.

Most of the buzz is swirling around a rumoured iPhone that is supposed to boast a 6.5-inch OLED screen, up from 5.8 inches on the existing iPhone X.

Pricing starts at $999 for the iPhone Xs and $1,099 for the iPhone Xs Max. Pre-orders begin on October 19, and the phone will ship on October 26. "Apple calls it the Liquid Retina Display, 6.1" 1729×828 resolution.

Design-wise, the iPhone Xr bears similarities to the iPhone Xs and Xs Max with a 6.1-inch all-screen build, slim bezels and the signature notch which incorporates Face ID and gestural navigation, but for a considerably lower price starting at $749 Dollars, and available in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB models.

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