Which iPhone XR models are showing shipment delays and what we’re expecting at Apple’s next launch event. Catch up on all your iPhone news for the week.
The iPhone XR goes on presale, Apple sends out invites for another launch event and the drama over the new bagel emoji in iOS 12.1. Here’s a closer look at what you may have missed this week in iPhone news.
iPhone XR available on presale
Preorders for the iPhone XR kicked off just after midnight on Friday, Oct. 19th with the phone set to arrive in stores and at people’s doorsteps on Oct. 26th.
The iPhone XR is the least expensive model in Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup and the phone analysts had originally predicted to be the best seller of the bunch. But at this point, the iPhone XS and XS Max have already been on sale for five weeks and it’s still too early to tell if the XR will be able to outsell its higher-end siblings. As of Friday at 2 p.m. PT, some of the colored models of the iPhone XR were already showing one to two-week delays on Apple’s website, particularly for the 128GB models on T-Mobile.
Its $749, £749 and AU$1,229 price tag (for the 64GB model) means the iPhone XR is $250, £250 and AU$400 cheaper than the same version of the iPhone XS with a lot of the same premium features.
They key differences between the two XS phones and the XR are the size, color and camera. Instead of an OLED screen like the other two, the iPhone XR has a Liquid Retina LCD screen that’s not quite as sharp and falls in the middle of the other two in terms of size at 6.1 inches. It’s also a lot more colorful with six different colors to choose from including red, blue, coral, yellow, black and white. And it has an aluminum frame instead of stainless steel. The phone rocks just a single rear facing camera instead of the two camera array on the XS and XS Max, which means it won’t have as good of a zoom and the portrait mode effect is done using software only.