Apple launches iPhone Xr – New more-affordable smartphone

Apple has unveiled a new “cheaper” iPhone named the iPhone Xr – pronounced “10-ar” – at a media event.

The iPhone Xr is made from aerospace-grade aluminium and is available in a variety of colourful finishes.

Apple’s iPhone Xr features a Liquid Retina edge-to-edge display, which Apple calls the most advanced LCD display ever implemented in a smartphone.

The device’s 6.1-inch display features a resolution of 1,792 x 828 and supports Tap to Wake functionality.

Like the iPhone X, the iPhone Xr does not have any home button and relies on Face ID for biometric authentication.

Apple has packed its new A12 Bionic chipset into the iPhone Xr, along with the best single-camera system the company has ever made – consisting of a 12MP f/1.8 lens.

Combining hardware and software features allows the iPhone Xr to take portrait photos with bokeh technology and dynamic depth control, despite only having a single primary lens, added Apple.

Apple said the front-facing camera system is identical to that of the iPhone Xs, and the device boasts an improved battery life – up to one and a half hours more than the iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple’s iPhone Xr also boasts dual-SIM support through the combination of a nano-SIM and eSIM, and has an ingress protection rating of IP67.


Apple announced that its iPhone Xr would begin shipping on 26 October 2018 in more than 50 countries, including South Africa.

The company said the iPhone Xr will be available for pre-order from 19 October 2018.

The device will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions, and will be priced as follows:

  • iPhone Xr 64GB – $749
  • iPhone Xr 128GB – $799
  • iPhone Xr 256GB – $899

Apple added that its older iPhone 7 devices would now be priced from $449, its iPhone 8 will be priced at $599, and the iPhone X will be priced from $999.


Apple iPhone Xr
OS iOS 12
Display 6.1-inch Liquid Retina (1,792 x 828)
Processor A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.8
Front Camera 7MP f/2.2
Ports Lightning
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Cellular LTE
Durability IP67
Biometrics FaceID
Dimensions 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm / 194g

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