This new iPhone XR is positioned as the lower-cost alternative to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. For example, it swaps the OLED screens found on those models for an LCD screen. A 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD screen with a resolution of 1792×828, to be specific. It does get many of the same features as its flagship siblings, though, including Tap to Wake and True Tone. There’s no 3D Touch here, but there is a Haptic Touch feature for pressing on the home screen to quickly launch your flashlight or camera.
Apple has included its new A12 Bionic processor inside the iPhone XR, too. It’s got a 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores, a 4-core GPU that’s up to 50 percent faster, and an 8-core Neural Engine. The iPhone XR gets faster Face ID, too, thanks to software optimizations and a faster secure enclave.
Around back is one of the other major changes from the iPhone XS to the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR packs a single 12MP wide angle camera, but it’s the same sensor as the one on the iPhone XS. That means that it’s got OIS, an f/1.8 aperture, Smart HDR, and better low-light performance. You get Depth Control, too, letting you adjust the depth of focus on your photos after they’ve been taken.
Other notable features of the iPhone XR include IP67 water and dust resistance, an anodized aluminum band, and a glass front and back. Apple also touts the battery life on the iPhone XR as giving you 90 minutes more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus.
When it comes to cellular connectivity, the iPhone XR will offer Dual SIM support in the form of one eSIM and one physical SIM, with Dual SIM officially coming in a software update this fall. LTE Advanced connectivity is in there as well. And like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, T-Mobile has confirmed that the iPhone XR includes support for its 600MHz LTE connectivity. Here’s the full list of LTE bands supported by the iPhone Xr: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, and 71.
The iPhone XR will be available for pre-order beginning October 19th and will ship on October 26th. It’ll be available in six colors: white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and red. Pricing will start at $749 for the 64GB version and go up to $799 for the 128GB version and $899 for the top-end 256GB model. T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll carry the iPhone XR on October 19th, but no EIP or JOD pricing has been announced yet.