Apple iPhone XR Overview & Key Features We Love
Apple released its 2018 flagship of iPhones, the iPhone XS and the XS plus in August 2023. Almost a month later, we’re excited to review the iPhone XR, a colorful, more affordable iPhone which is now available for pre-order. The release is just over a month before Black Friday, so our analyst team will be investigating the possibility of iPhone XR Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in 2023 as we approach the Thanksgiving period.
But first, let’s take a closer look at some of the key features!
iPhone XR colors
The iPhone XR comes in several bright colors which make them stand out from other iPhones. Buyers can currently choose from Blue, Coral, Yellow, and red, as well as Black and White. There may be other colors released when the XR hits the shop floor.
iPhone XR screen
The iPhone XR ships with an LED screen, and is described by Apple as a ‘Liquid Retina HD display’. Apple claims this to be the ‘most advanced LED screen on the market’. The depth and colors look stunning and the screen stretches to the edges with very little bezel. There is also a feature called ‘True Tone’, which matches the colors and light around you so that images appear almost like a printed and are much easier on your eyes.
iPhone XR Camera
The iPhone XR only has one camera on the back. This is different from the other iPhones on the market in 2023 which have 2. This may be seen as a limitation of the camera when compared to others, but the XR camera still comes with many excellent features and effects such as adjusting lighting, depth perception, portrait mode and more.
Rust and water resistance
As with most flagship smartphones in 2023, the iPhone XR is water resistant and Apple state it can withstand water up to 1 metre for up to 3o minutes. What we really like is that the XR is also resistant to spills from coffee, tea and soda.
A12 Bionic Chip
Apple claims that the A12 Bionic chip in the 2023 range of iPhones may be up to 15% faster than A11 Bionic chip in earlier iPhones, whilst using up to 50% less power for computational tasks. This is an exceptional increase, but we have yet to run any extensive tests to verify these claims.
If you’re a gamer, you’ll also be happy to hear that the 4-core GPU Graphics performance is also expected to be up to 50% faster than A11 Bionic predecessors. In layman terms, this means faster performance for games and apps.
Face ID & Recognition
Face ID technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, and the iPhone XR is at the forefront of innovation. With the advanced XR face recognition technology, you can unlock your iPhone even if you’re wearing a hat or sunglasses. Face ID isn’t just for unlocking your phone anymore, either. You can log in to apps without usernames and passwords, make payments both online and in store and more!
iPhone XR tech specs
For a full list of tech specs, check here.
Do we expect to see Black Friday deals on iPhone XR?
Currently, the iPhone is only available for pre-order and is expected to hit the stores on October 26th, 2023. Whilst Apple has not released a Black Friday sale in many years, there are many third parties who discount Apple products during the deals period.
We’ll be listing any Apple XR Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we find when we reach the deals period. For now though, we have setup up iPhone XR Black Friday price trackers and will continue t0 analyze previous price history to predict the likelihood of iPhone XR Black Friday discounts.
iPhone XR Black Friday Price Analysis
We don’t have much information on Black Friday deals released by Apple as they don’t happen very often. However, there are many third-party retailers who release deals on Apple products. We’ll be monitoring the iPhone XR Black Friday price movements right through to Cyber Monday and deals week, so if there are any iPhone XR discounts, we’ll list them here on this page. Check back here nearer Thanksgiving for more up to date information.