Arrival just over a month after the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the cheapest of Apple's three iPhone launches…
Arrival just over a month after the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the cheapest of Apple’s three iPhone launches for 2018 has begun to arrive at consumers. AppleInsider spends time with the latest release to see how it measures up to its more expensive staff members.
iPhone XR leans on its box
Existing iPhone owners will not be surprised at the internals, as it is practically the same as last year’s releases and for both iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Aside from the iPhone XS itself, there is a 5W USB-A wall charger, headphones and a flash to USB-A cable to power power.
Contents of the Box That Comes With iPhone XR
Like the other 2018 releases, the iPhone XR is bundled with the standard white earplugs plugged in via Flashport. Apple has also omitted the flash to 3.5mm jack adapter, which means that users either need to acquire it separately to use their own headphones or switch to Bluetooth if they do not want to use them in the box.
Only from external performances alone, turned off, iPhone XR looks like iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone X from last year. There are relatively few external clues that it is another device, and if the device is in one case, the informal observer will not have a good way to distinguish it from the advanced models with a glance from the front.
The yellow iPhone XR is striking
While the iPhone X and XS pair all have dual camera sensors and an oval camera hood, the iPhone XR selects a single camera with a circle bolt that also changes the flash camera when the iPhone is held in a portrait orientation. This is also different from the iPhone 8, which had the blink to the side.
The size of the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and iPhone X is noticeable, with a bit wider and higher, but certainly not in the scope of the iPhone XS Max. Although it does not appear to be too big for single use, especially when you get to the command center in the upper right corner, it may take a while to decide if it’s a bit of a distance too far.
iPhone XR is larger than iPhone XS, but does not seem too big for single use
While it’s the medium device in 2018 collection, its weight really determines the trends against iPhone XS on the scale, which measures 195 grams (6.84 ounces) compared to XS 208 grams (7.34 ounces). This makes the iPhone XS 177 grams (6.24 ounces) seem easy.
At the bottom, XR XR’s six-speaker divider, instead of using the iPhone XS three and six patterns, fits into an additional antenna band. In fact, the bottom edge does not even have an antenna band at all.
Six Speaker Holes and an Offset Lightning Port
On the backside there is a glass panel, just like the others that enable wireless charging. The metal band is also switched from stainless steel to aluminum, which probably affects the chassis and its weight, but it will probably not matter to most.
Probably the main change between iPhone XR and the other two models is the screen. While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max use OLED panels, which offer amazing contrast conditions among other benefits, Apple has instead chosen a “Liquid Retina HD” LCD IPS screen in the iPhone XR.
That’s not to say that it’s a bad screen at all. At first glance it seems clear, clear and secure enough for most owners to use without complaints. It still offers the same True Tone and P3 wide color capabilities albeit without HDR viewing mode, but the use of the LCD screen introduces some questions that are worth knowing about.
iPhone XR on
At first, the resolution is 1,792 at 828 pixels much lower than the Super Retina versions in XS and Max. This also gives the pixel density down to 326 pixels per inch compared to 458ppi in the other two variants, which may seem disappointing, but it is the same density as the iPhone 8 screen.
The screen is very different, but at the same time known, at least those who previously used OLED iPhones.
While the iPhone XR is the cheaper model of the current range, Apple has not reduced performance to go with the price. According to the specifications, it has virtually the same internals as XS and XS Max, in addition to a reduction of RAM from 4 gigabytes to 3 gigabytes, which in theory means it should be in the same field of performance in terms of performance.
The reference values must wait for the entire review, but a first round of features indicates that it is as fast. Although the reference values show that it is a few percent slower, users are unlikely to see anything dramatically while navigating iOS.
The question here is probably not if it’s powerful, as it really is. In fact, it’s how close to iPhone XR comes to the iPhone XS.
The front has the TrueDepth camera, which is used for Face ID and for self portrait, and is on screen. On paper it appears to be identical to the version used by XS and XS Max, and initial testing indicates that there are no major immediate changes to worry about here.
iPhone XR’s only rear camera and a pronounced bump
The more interesting area is around the back with the above-mentioned simple camera. The iPhone XR loses the telelines, but the remaining camera still uses a 12 megapixel sensor with a f / 1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and 5x digital zoom.
Although it can not display HDR images, as well as its OLED-dressed brothers, it still offers Smart HDR for photos, a quad-LED True Tone flash, most of the portrait light modes and almost the entire video recording option.
The lack of a second telecamera does not make it possible to shoot portraits with the deep control to handle bokeh.
In particular, while offering the same Portrait Mode blur effect like iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, iPhone X can not be used on any item for any reason. A message at the top of the screen recommends “None detected” when presented with a topic. It can be bad news for cat owners.
Portrait mode is for people only, apparently
Initial portraits taken with it appear to be in line with the other two models, with a closer inspection that arrives as part of its complete review.
While the time with the iPhone XR has been concise so far, we strongly feel that customers who acquire the device will surely be content with what they get and with barely a chance for the buyer’s regret.
AppleInsider will review the iPhone XR and its features in the coming days and weeks, so continue reading for updates about our results.