The Apple launch event of 2018 unveiled the 3 new iPhones - iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr. Gareth recons that the lower price will make the iPhone XR the best selling new iPhone revealed this year.
Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials.
Predictably, the move to charge extra for the dongle generated some criticism on Twitter. The iPhone XS (pronounced "ten ess") and XS Max are the updated version of last year's iPhone X. The XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display, while the XS Max has a 6.5-inch display. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.
In terms of price, the iPhone XR retails for less than the iPhone XS, costing $749 to pick up at launch. $999 is what the iPhone X cost last year and no one really expected it to be any different this year. Further, the rear wide-angle lens, True Tone flash, and True Depth camera on the iPhone XR are identical to those found on the iPhone XS, so the only difference from a photography point of view appears to be the lack of the second telephoto lens. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at £599/$599 and the 8 Plus is reduced to £699/$699.
For the first time, Apple will not bundle a wired headphone dongle with its iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.
They come in gold, silver, and space gray. Specifically, we're getting yellow, blue, and coral.
As such, Gareth concludes that providing you don't want loads of advanced features, no "bells and whistles", then the camera system on the iPhone XR "will do you just fine".