Apple debuts 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, coming in October

Apple debuts 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, coming in October

Apple debuts 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, coming in October

Later sale date: While the iPhone XS devices go on sale September 21 (preorders start September 14), you won't be able to buy the iPhone XR until October 26 (preorders start October 19).

Try searching for the iPhone X on Apple's website, and you're redirected to a landing page showing off the 2018 range of the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XR.

In addition to today's launch of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple also debuted an expected lower-cost LCD version.

Lost in the fray of Apple's big hardware event was the announcement that it would no longer include a dongle, free of charge, with the purchase of a new iPhone. Its normal route is to dock the price of previous year's models by $US100 and continue selling them, which is what it did for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 this year. While there was no reason given for the withdrawal of the model, it is evident that manufacturing costs for the iPhone X didn't drop enough over the last 10 months.

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Connections-wise Gareth confirms there is no headphone port, but that a pair of Lightning connector earbuds come packed in the box.

The company said the new iPhones would start at USD 750, USD 1,000 and USD 1,100. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores beginning Friday, September 21.

Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed.

Apple also announced the iPhone XR during the presentation.

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The first one is about the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR and showcases all the important features of the handsets - displays, cameras and design. It starts at $749 for the 64 GB model and will cost more for its 128 GB and 256 GB models. Further, the rear wide-angle lens, True Tone flash, and True Depth camera on the iPhone XR are identical to those found on the iPhone XS, so the only difference from a photography point of view appears to be the lack of the second telephoto lens. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.

iPhone owners will have to pony up extra cash if they want to buy a dongle. Why pay $US999 for the wonderful screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $US100 less?

Overall, then, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis concludes that the iPhone XR is likely going to be Apple's "volume driver" over the next year in terms of sales, and especially so in the Asian market, which may go to explain the slightly odd, larger than XS screen.

'The iPhone Xs Max price reflects the name.,' one user tweeted.

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