Apple has launched iPhone XR at the iPhone event in Cupertino. The iPhone XR looks almost exactly as what we’ve expected with thicker bezels, a notch on top and a single rear camera. The phone comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display, and will be available in multiple colors, including white, black, blue, yellow, and more. The phone comes with the latest A12 Bionic chipset.
iPhone XR specifications and features
The dual-SIM, dual standby smartphone iPhone XR runs iOS 12 and features a 6.1-inch (828×1792 pixels) LCD Retina display. The display sports the notch on the top that comprises the TrueDepth camera system and enables Face ID functionality. The display panel has 120Hz touch sample rate as well as TrueTone support, and is touted to be the most-advanced LCD panel ever. However, there isn’t the 3D Touch support that the company brought with the iPhone 6s back in September 2015. The new model instead has a Haptic Touch that helps users instantly launch the camera or flashlight by pressing on the home screen. Apart from a physical SIM, support for the second SIM will be offered via eSIM, with Airtel and Jio confirmed as partners in India.
The iPhone XR is powered by an Apple A12 Bionic chip that is rated to deliver a 30 percent faster app launch time. The new chip is touted to be the “industry-first 7nm chip” and includes as many as 6.9 billion transistors. Further, the chip contains a six-core CPU and a four-core GPU alongside a new dedicated Neural Engine. While the two-core Neural Engine featured on last year’s A11 chip was capable of handling 600 billion operations per second, Apple claims that the new version can handle five trillion operations per second. The CPU available within the A12 Bionic is also claimed to be up to 50 percent faster than the CPU featured on the A11 chip.
The phone comes with dual SIM capabilities, wireless charging, and more. iPhone XR uses LTE Advanced and introduces Dual SIM through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM.
In terms of photography, the iPhone XR features a single camera but Apple claims the A12 Bionic chip has a number of image processing improvements that make this phone worthy of its rivals. A new Depth Control feature lets you adjust the depth of field or background blur intensity in portrait mode photos with a real-time preview. The Portrait mode on the XR also features the front-facing TrueDepth camera and Portrait Lighting for dramatic studio lighting effects.
The frontal camera system also enables an advanced Face ID that is powered by the improved TrueDepth camera system, which includes a faster sensor than what was featured on the iPhone X last year.
The presence of iOS 12 brings Group FaceTime and the wellbeing-focused Screen Time. The iPhone XR also supports Animoji and Memoji characters to enhance your messaging experience. Further, there are grouped notifications, Siri suggestions, and the new Shortcuts app. The latest iOS version also brings grouped notifications as well as updated Photos, Stocks, and all-new Apple Books apps.
As usual, Apple hasn’t revealed any details on the part of battery capacity. It, however, mentioned that the iPhone XR delivers an hour and a half more than the iPhone 8 Plus. The smartphone also has a glass back, and supports wireless charging. While rumours a few weeks ago said Apple would be switching to USB Type-C to Lightning 18W charger for the power adaptor, Apple has stuck to the Type-A to Lightning 5W charger that has been in the box for the past several years. However, the 3.5mm-to-Lightning dongle will not be included in the box this time around.