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Apple announces new, affordable iPhone XR

15 September 2018

The front is dominated by a screen with a notch on top.

Hopefully, apps created to work with the iPhone X will work fine with this new resolution but we'll have to play around a bit more to comment on that. The screen also has a 120Hz touch sensitive layer for a smoother experience. Apple has refused to move the fingerprint reader to the back, leaving the 3D face scanner as the only biometric authentication method. There is no home button in sight and FaceID is standard across all models.

The dual 12MP camera has been completely revamped. The aperture remains at f/1.8. As a primary camera, it has a 12 megapixel wide angle lens. The portrait mode feature now gets a depth control mode, which allows you to adjust the photos.

The iPhone XR is also able to take Portrait Mode photos, despite the fact that it has only a single camera.

The camera has been improved as well. And when it comes to capturing video, there's a faster sensor with better low-light performance and video stablization, as well as support for recording stereo sound thanks to the four built-in microphones.

Customers bought the iPhone X, in November 2017, at the Apple Store on New York's Fifth Avenue.

The iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus now start at $599, and $699, respectively, with both phones being fueled by Apple's A11 Bionic chips. With storage options of 64, 128 and 512 GB.

When Apple introduced the iPhone X previous year at a starting price of $999, some analysts were sceptical that people would pay so much. So, physically little has changed, but as they say “true beauty is on the inside”.

The iPhone is still Apple's most-important product, generating about two-thirds of revenue. The base remains at 64GB and there's a 256GB version too. Apple has made a lot of developments with this chipset, and it is manufactured using the 7nm process. This detections feature gives the user the option to call emergency services if the fall was serious. The power usage of the small cores has been cut in half. For the first time the Neural Engine is open to Core ML, empowering developers to build apps that utiliSe this highly efficient machine learning engine.

"Anyway, the 5.8" screen has the same resolution as last year's model - 1,125 x 2,436px. The pixel density is the same for both devices at 458ppi for both displays.

It will be available in three colors- Space Grey and Silver make a return with the new Gold version that looks stunning, especially with the stainless still band around it. Theres no Red (yet).

What happened was that Apple failed to adequately inform iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s users that iOS will throttle the speed of their devices when battery health issues are detected, to prevent shutdowns. By using a physical SIM and Apple integrated eSIM, you can use it as a dual sim.

And yet one of the key features in the iOS 12 software at the core of the latest handsets (and older iPhones, too), is Screen Time, which is all about helping you and your family tame digital addiction.

The price has, on average, increased by a $100 for the Max model compared to the iPhone X and iPhone XS.

The iPhone XR goes up for pre-order on Friday, September 14.

Apple announces new, affordable iPhone XR