IPhone XS, XS Max: First Impression

Gerald Bowen
September 14, 2018

Gareth recons that the lower price will make the iPhone XR the best selling new iPhone revealed this year.

Battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone in the X line - which includes the original 2017 iPhone X - will cost $69 next year, the site noted after Wednesday's unveiling of the newest iPhones. The story that got us to this point is actually rather long, and it involves Apple slowing down phones with old, worn out batteries to prevent random crashing. iPhone users naturally didn't take kindly to that remote throttling, so Apple chose to extend an olive branch to them and cut the price of battery replacement for the entirety of 2018. The first has a 5.8-inch AMOLED panel, the second has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display (the biggest screen ever seen on an Apple phone) and the third is in the middle with a 6.1-inch display and the LCD technology.

Gareth does note though that the camera system also supports Smart HDR, which allows the iPhone XR to "really capture the high-end elements of a photo, fusing the light and dark elements well", and that the pictures he took were clear, sharp and colourful. A single 12-megapixel camera resides on the back. You can't zoom in as much, though, and you have fewer portrait lighting effects.

3D Touch: There's no more 3D Touch, which means you won't press in to launch apps or see widgets.

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The iPhone XR starts at $749 with 64GB of storage, the same price as a smaller screened iPhone 8 256GB model and $50 more than an iPhone plus with 64GB of storage. Apple gave us cryptic guidance like "it lasts 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus".

They come in gold, silver, and space gray.

Overall, then, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis concludes that the iPhone XR is likely going to be Apple's "volume driver" over the next year in terms of sales, and especially so in the Asian market, which may go to explain the slightly odd, larger than XS screen.

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