iPhone XR: The new entry-level iPhone is here

There won’t be an iPhone 9, Apple treated us to the iPhone XR at it’s September 12 event. It is one of three new iPhones, following the iPhone XS and XS Max. Read on for all the latest iPhone XR specs, information and everything else we know about the next iPhone, including its release date and price.

iPhone XR: What is it and how does it compare

The iPhone XR looks a lot like the iPhone X. There’s an edge-to-edge display and notch housing the facial recognition sensors. That means, as expected, there’s no Home button. Here is a quick look at all the iPhone XR’s key features and specs.

iPhone XR key features at a glance:

  • Announced Wednesday September 12
  • 6.1-inch LCD “Liquid Retina” screen sized between the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X-style ‘notch’
  • 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus
  • Facial recognition (no Home button)
  • Faster Apple A12 7nm SoC
  • Single rear camera with simulated Bokeh effect
  • Dual-SIM in China-only – eSim in the rest of the world
  • IP 67 water resistant (up to 1m for 30 minutes)

iPhone XR Release Date: When does the iPhone XR come out?

Apple’s next-gen iPhone models were officially unveiled at an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12.

You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone XR from Friday October 16 2018, with it shipping on October 23. That’s a little later than the iPhone XS and XS Max.

iPhone XR Price: How much will the iPhone XR cost when it launches?

The iPhone XR will cost $749/£749 for the entry level 64GB model. Prices go up to £799/$799 for the 128GB model and £899/$899 for and iPhone XR with 256GB of storage. That’s a high price for the baby of the group, but still well below the top specced iPhone XS Max which costs a whopping £1349!

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iPhone XR Specs

The iPhone XR packs a lot of the features seen in it’s pricier siblings, but not all of them. If you want to find out all the differences between the new iPhones then read our comparison of iPhone XS vs XS Max vs XR. The nub of it is that the iPhone XR has an LCD screen instead of an OLED one, a single rear camera instead of dual-lens, no 3D Touch and a lower level of water resistance.

iPhone XR
Screen 6.1-inch LCD 1792 x 828 – 326PPI
Dimensions 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm, 194g
OS iOS 12
Processor Apple A12 Bionic hexa-core 7nm SoC
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
Main camera 12MP, OIS, f/1.8 aperture, Smart HDR
Front camera 7MP
Battery 1.5 hours more than iPhone 8 Plus
Colours White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral, (PRODUCT)RED
Wireless Charging Yes (Qi compatible)
Price £/$749 64GB, £/$799 128GB, £/$899 256GB
Launch date 12th September
Pre-orders from 16th October
Shipping 23rd October
Water-resistance IP 67 – up to 1m for 30 minutes
Extras Dual SIM (China only), eSim rest of world

iPhone XR – Apple A12

Apple has bundled a brand new, custom-built chip on the iPhone XR. Called the Apple A12 Bionic (the last one was the Apple A11 Bionic), it comes with a number of battery and performance improvements according to Apple, as well as a significantly improved image signal processor (ISP).

For reference, the current A11 Bionic has two high-performance cores that are 25% faster than those of the two-year-old A10 Fusion, and four high-efficiency cores, which are around 70% snappier than those found on the A10 Fusion, according to Geekbench benchmark results.

The only speed information we got from Apple was that the A12 provides 30% faster app launching and a 50% improvement over the A11. A number of companies, including Samsung and TSMC – both of which have supplied Apple with components in the past – are working on a 7nm process that cuts the distance between transistors, so it’s no surprise that the tech has made an appearance on the much-anticipated iPhone XR.

It all sounds like a decent performance boost.

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iPhone XR – Fast charging and Wireless charging

The anticipated 18-watt USB-C fast charger won’t be included in the box of the iPhone XR, which is a real shame.  The XR is fast-charge compatible, providing 50% batter life with a 30 minute charge, but you’ll need to pay extra for the fast charger.  The firm asks for $49 for its aftermarket 29-watt fast charger, then a further $19 for the necessary USB-C to Lightning cable.

iPhone XR – Camera

The iPhone XR comes with a 12-megapixel wide-angle rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Smart HDR. Even though it’s only a single lens Apple has included Portrait mode, allowing for bokeh effects. In the past we’ve only seen this feature on iPhones with a dual camera setup. We’ll need to test the iPhone XR to find out if the bokeh effect is as good as others.

iPhone XR – Dual-SIM

This year’s iPhones are the first to allow you to insert two SIM cards at a time, but only for models released in China. In the rest of the world we get a single SIM slot as well as an integrated eSIM. This will require specific carriers to enable it.

iPhone XR – Battery Life

Apple didn’t announce the size of the battery but it claims the iPhone XR offers 1.5 hours of use more than the iPhone 8 Plus, last year’s most stamina-packed iPhone. Here are Apple’s quoted figures:

  • Talk time (wireless): Up to 25 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 15 hours
  • Video playback (wireless): Up to 16 hours
  • Audio playback (wireless): Up to 65 hours
  • Fast‑charge capable: Up to 50% charge 30 minutes (requires USB-C charger)
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery
  • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)

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