Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours

Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours

The Apple Special Event held September 12th did not mention a successor to the iPhone SE, and instead, let go of the original SE altogether. Now, Apple is in an even better position to keep that number moving up. If you wanted the "standard" iPhone updates, Apple had you covered with the $699 / $799 iPhone 8 / 8 Plus - more expensive than the previous model, but not wildly so. Features like post-editing Depth Control and Smart HDR will also be supported on the iPhone XR. Apple's new iPhones start at $749 with the iPhone XR, regarded as the new standard-issue iPhone, and rise to a thousand dollars with the iPhone XS and $1099 with the XS Max. Most surprisingly, despite including only a single wide-angle lens, Apple has managed to bring Portrait Mode to the iPhone XR by using the A12 ISP and Neural Engine to create depth segmentation maps.

The carrier will let you save up to $700 on your second iPhone when you purchase an iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, XS, or XS Max on a device payment plan and activate a new line of service.

Connections-wise Gareth confirms there is no headphone port, but that a pair of Lightning connector earbuds come packed in the box. It also makes me anxious about Apple's new pricing structure, which, in the case of the iPhone, uses a lower-priced smartphone neutered in some important ways to strongly suggest users buy the more expensive, more capable device.

Indeed, yesterday people were buzzing that the iPhone Xr offered nearly everything notable about the iPhone X. It has the edge-to-edge display, Face ID and a portrait mode-capable camera (even if it doesn't have dual lenses). The exclusion of these older models also omits the 3.5mm headphone jack for once and all from the iPhone lineup.

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Those devices, plus the iPhone X, are no longer available through Apple's website.

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The cheaper iPhone XR pricing could lower average selling prices, but be offset slightly by a higher unit forecast, analysts added.

The operating system will also allow people to designate "down time" when iPhones or iPads can't be used - perhaps a child's bedtime or a grown-up's meditation hour.

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