Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch

Doris Richards
September 14, 2018

Three new iPhones are heading our way: the XS, XS Max, and the XR.

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. Since that phone lasted longer than the iPhone X in CNET's looping video tests(in airplane mode), we at least have an inkling that the XR could outlast Apple's more expensive iPhones.

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

The iPhone XR starts at $749, £749 and AU$1,229 for the 64GB version.

The dongle, or an adapter, allows users to connect a pair of 3.5mm headphones into a lightning jack.

The new iPhone XR's release date is pencilled in for September 21, with pre-orders going live on September 14.


Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed.

The XR's pricing is "below expectation" and "effectively obsoletes" the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus units as "most consumers would opt for the iPhone XR in both cases", Goldman's analysts noted. Dubbed the iPhone XR, the new model sits in between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in size, and features a 6.1-inch advanced LCD screen that the company is calling its "Liquid Retina" display.

Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison. Why pay $US999 for the wonderful screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $US100 less?

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

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. Techradar's Apple iPhone XR hands on can be enjoyed in full, at a time that suits you, right now.

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