Apple announced three new iPhones at its annual mobile hardware event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. The first phones unveiled, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, have bezel-less OLED screens, faster processors, and better cameras.
The most budget-friendly of the three, dubbed the iPhone XR, sports a LCD screen and an aluminum frame, and it comes in new color options. Here's everything you need to know about the cheap and colorful new iPhone XR.
1. It's the most affordable new Apple phone.
The new iPhone XR is more affordable than the $999+ iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. It starts at $749 — making it cheaper than Apple's other new releases. That said, it's more costly than Apple's previous budget smartphones, the iPhone 5C, which started at just $99 (with a 2-year contract), and the iPhone SE, which was just discontinued and previously cost $349. So, if you really want a budget buy, consider opting for the iPhone 7, which costs $449.
The iPhone XR sports a durable glass back and an aluminum frame (compared to the other iPhones X, XR, and XR Max's surgical-grade stainless steel frames), but it's still packed with the same A12 Bionic Chip, just at a much lower price point. You have the choice of 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB storage configurations, which cost $749, $799, and and $899, respectively. You can preorder the new iPhone XR Friday, October 19, and it ships on Friday, October 26.
2. It has an all-day battery.
The new iPhone XR supports wireless charging and fast charging, and it's packed with a large battery that'll give you a full day of use. Apple says it lasts 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus.
3. It has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display.
Compared to the more expensive 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max's Super Retina OLED screens, the iPhone XR has a Liquid Retina screen with a 1,792 x 828 pixel resolution, but it doesn't support 3D touch. Fortunately, it has an edge-to-edge display like the new models and last year's iPhone X, and it supports "tap to wake" functionality.
For comparison's sake, the iPhone X has a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED, the iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch display. We think you'll like the bezel-less display much more than your older iPhone's screen because you get a bigger display in a much smaller design.
4. It doesn't have a home button or headphone jack.
Just as Apple did away with the home button on last year's iPhone X, the new iPhone XR doesn't feature a home button, either. Instead, you use gestures to close apps and get back to the home screen. You'll have to unlock your new iPhone using Face ID or a passcode too, because Apple ditched the home button and its integrated Touch ID sensor. You'll also need a pair of wireless earbuds or a dongle — since it lacks a headphone jack.
5. It comes in six color options.
We're a sucker for rose gold just like everybody else, and as much as we love the other existing iPhone color options, we're happy to report that Apple has announced six new color options for its iPhone XR. You have the choice of black, white, red, yellow, coral, and blue colors. The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max only come in space gray, gold, and silver.
6. It's water-resistant.
If your friend pushes you into the pool, you won't have to mourn the death of your iPhone XR, because it features a water- and splash-resistant body. Apple says that the XR is rated IP67, meaning it can withstand being submerged in 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It'll be fine if you drop it in the toilet or your drink, or if you walk in the rain with it. Apple even tested the water resistance for its new iPhones in chlorinated water, saltwater, orange juice, tea, wine, and beer.
7. It features upgraded cameras.
The iPhone X, Xs, and Xs Max feature dual lenses on the back — one wide-angle and one telephoto — and a front-facing camera. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, only features a single rear lens and a front-facing camera. Its rear-facing camera shoots 12 MP images, with an f/1.8 aperture. The camera isn't flush with the smartphone's durable glass back, but the wide-angle camera delivers faster auto-focus and improved image quality.
8. It's powered by Apple's A12 Bionic chip.
The iPhone XR packs the company's latest and greatest A12 Bionic chip with a six-core processor and a dedicated neural engine. It delivers an exceptionally fluid experience, regardless of how many apps you have open simultaneously. Apple says the chip is 15% faster and 40% more energy-efficient than the iPhone X's A11 Bionic chip.