Will iPhone XR help Apple boost sales growth?

Judy Cobb
October 27, 2018

iFixit has begun their teardown of Apple's iPhone XR, which launched today in Canada and other countries worldwide.

In announcements for select regions, Apple had mentioned it would be selling a $40 clear case for the iPhone XR, but as Apple stores opened Friday, those cases were nowhere to be found. The iPhone X was a lovely, enticing phone; I bought one before ultimately returning it, deciding that I wasn't quite ready to pay $1,000 for a smartphone. This means if you need a new SIM card holder, it can be replaced instead of the whole motherboard.

The black bezels around the display are noticeable, but they are consistent around all four edges so that the display still extends to the top and bottom further than most Android phones. Certain apps will choose more control options when held in landscape on the Max and the XR, but the regular XS doesn't get them.

So, the iPhone XR is here, and because of its more affordable pricing, and the larger screen it carries than the iPhone Xs, it should prove to be one of the most popular iPhone models in 2018 and 2019. The iPhone XR can also be purchased online via several platforms including Flipkart, Jio, and Airtel.

Equipped with 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display, the new phone is powered by the equally new A12 Bionic processor which feature Neural Engine for AI-related applications.

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What are some of the compromises that Apple made with the iPhone XR?

Apple is never one to shy away from some marketing hyperbole, and the iPhone XR comes with a "new" type of LCD, a screen that's been created to allow it to make this curved, "all-screen" display.

CNN praised the impressive Portrait Mode shots the camera is able to capture, The Verge lauded the work Apple did to make the rounded corners of the LCD match the corners of the device, and Digital Trends called the iPhone XR "the iPhone to buy". Given how much flak Apple has taken in that department, that would be something. Watch this unboxing and first impressions video to know more. "Apple's Smart HDR kicks in to improve dynamic range pretty often, too, which is often really helpful for preventing parts of some photos from being blown out entirely".

Once you try a phone with it built in, going to anything else feels barbaric. This phone got the IP 67 rating. Again, if you're a serious photographer, this might be a deal-breaker.

The speakers are also just generally loud and impressive - great for podcasts and even music if you just don't have a proper speaker to hand.

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