iPhone XR

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iPhone XR
IPhone XR Wordmark.svg
IPhone XR Blue.svg
iPhone XR in Blue
BrandApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn[2] (on contract)
SloganBrilliant. In every way.
Make room for color.
A2106 (Sold in Japan)
A2107 (Sold in China)
A2108 (Sold in China, Hong Kong and Macao)
Compatible networksGSM, CDMA2000, EV-DO, HSPA+, LTE, LTE Advanced
First releasedOctober 26, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-10-26)
Availability by region
November 1, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 16, 2018
November 30, 2018
December 14, 2018
PredecessoriPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus
SuccessoriPhone 11
RelatediPhone XS / iPhone XS Max
Form factorSlate
DimensionsH: 150.9 mm (5.94 in)
W: 75.7 mm (2.98 in)
D: 8.3 mm (0.33 in)
Mass194 g (6.8 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 12
Current: iOS 14.4.2, released March 26, 2021 (2021-03-26)
System on chipApple A12 Bionic
CPU2.50 GHz (2.49GHz advertised) hexa-core 64-bit
ModemIntel PMB9955 (XMM7560[a])
MemoryGB LPDDR4X[13]
Storage64, 128, or 256 GB
(256 GB model discontinued since September 10, 2019)
Removable storageNone
Battery3.81 V 11.21 W·h (2942 mA·h) Li-ion
Display6.06 in (154 mm) Liquid Retina: LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1792 × 828 px (326 ppi)
625 cd/m² max. brightness (typical), with dual-ion exchange-strengthened glass.
Rear camera12 MP with QuickTake video, (1.4 μm) (1/2.55") Sony Exmor IMX333-Inspired, quad-LED flash, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical image Stabilization, autofocus, IR filter, Burst mode, 6-element lens, 4K video recording at 30 or 60 FPS or 1080p at 30 or 60 FPS, Slow-motion video (1080p at 120 FPS or 240 FPS), Time-lapse with stabilization, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting (excluding Stage Light), Face detection, Digital image stabilization, Stereo audio recording
Front camera7 MP with QuickTake video, f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, exposure control, face detection, Smart-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, 1080p HD video recording

Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji

(Same as iPhone XS)
SoundStereo speakers
Water resistanceIP67
OtherFaceTime audio- or video-calling, Lightning connector for charging, wired headphones, and other accessories (not included)
Hearing aid compatibilityM3, T4[14]
WebsiteiPhone XR - Apple at the Wayback Machine (archived September 9, 2019)

The iPhone XR (stylized and marketed as iPhone Xʀ; Roman numeral "X" pronounced "ten")[16][17] is a smartphone designed and manufactured by Apple Inc. It is the twelfth generation of the iPhone. Pre-orders began on October 19, 2018, with an official release on October 26, 2018.[18]

The phone has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LED-backlit LCD IPS panel display, which Apple claims is the "most advanced LCD in the industry."[19] It is the least expensive device in Apple's iPhone X line of devices, with a current starting price of $499 in the United States and $699 in Canada. It features the same processor as the XS and XS Max, the Apple A12 Bionic chip built with a 7 nanometer process, which Apple claims to be the "smartest and most powerful chip" ever put into a smartphone.[18]

It is available in 6 colors: black, white, blue, yellow, coral (a shade of pink and orange), and Product Red. The iPhone XR is available in three storage capacities: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The 256GB version was discontinued with the release of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. It is the second iPhone to be released in white, yellow and blue, the first being the iPhone 5C in 2013.[18] Internationally, the phone supports dual SIMs through a Nano-SIM and an eSIM. In mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, dual Nano-SIM (in a single tray) is offered instead.[20][21]

The iPhone XR was Apple's best selling 2018 model. It also became the top-selling and the most popular smartphone globally in Q3 2019. According to Apple, the XR battery lasts up to one-and-a-half hours longer than its direct predecessor, the iPhone 8 Plus.[22]

In 2019, Apple started assembling the iPhone XR in India.[23] In May 2020, Apple started selling refurbished iPhone XR models starting at US$499. The price was subsequently lowered to US$419 in October 2020. [24]


It was announced by Phil Schiller on September 12, 2018, at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park campus, alongside the higher-priced iPhone XS and XS Max.[25]



The XR has a similar design to the iPhone X and iPhone XS. However, it has slightly larger bezels, an aluminum frame, and is available in a wide variety of colors. Similar to other X-branded iPhones, all models come with a black front. The XR has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which means it can be immersed in 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes.

The XR has similar hardware to the XS, but with a few features removed to reduce the price. Instead of 3D Touch, the XR comes with Haptic Touch where the user long-presses until they feel a vibration from the Taptic Engine. The XR also has an LCD display known as "Liquid Retina" instead of the OLED screen used on the X, XS, and XS Max. The display on the XR has a resolution of 1792 × 828 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi, compared with 458 ppi on other X-branded iPhones. However, it has 120 Hz Touch Sample Rate same as the XS and XS Max.[26] The screen-to-body ratio of the XR is 79.3%, much higher than the 67.5% of the iPhone 8 Plus but still lower than most other phones in its price category.[27] Unlike most other phones in the X-series, the XR ships with a single camera on the rear on the phone, featuring exactly the same main camera sensor as on the XS and XS Max,[28] utilizing a 1/2.55" sensor size and 1.4μm pixel size.[26] Unlike the XS, it does not have optical zoom, because of the single camera.[29] DxOMark gave the camera on the iPhone XR a rating of 101, giving the title “Top-ranked single-lens phone.”[30]

Despite the rear single-camera setup, a modified version of Portrait Mode is included. It works unaltered while using the TrueDepth front camera, but with the rear camera, it attempts to calculate the depth of field using a combination of the focus pixels on the image sensor and AI, resulting in more limitations including lower resolution depth data and subjects not being close enough due to the wide-angle lens being used instead of the missing telephoto lens. Just like the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR also offers an adjustable depth of field through software, allowing the user to adjust the background bokeh effect after taking a photo.

iPhone XR (left - red) (Right - Coral)
Color Name
Product (Red)


The XR initially shipped with iOS 12 installed out of the box and is compatible with iOS 13, which was released to the public on September 19, 2019.[31] It received iOS 14 on September 16, 2020.[32]


Power Adapter & EarPods[edit]

Apple, as part of an environmental initiative, removed the EarPods and power adapter from all new iPhone boxes starting October 2020, including the iPhone XR. It is claimed that removing these items will reduce e-waste and permit a smaller iPhone box, allowing more devices to be shipped simultaneously to decrease carbon footprint. Apple now includes a USB-C to Lightning cable, incompatible with the existing (and more widely used) USB-A power adapter that Apple previously shipped with their devices, leading to Apple recommending users use existing USB-A to Lightning cables or buying a USB-C power adapter separately.[33] This arguably contradicted their claim, as Apple customers would have to buy more costly accessories, delivered separately, which were previously expected and necessary phone components. This led to many questioning their logic and justification for the move, with some branding it as a way to make money and not for the protection of the environment.


Some online media outlets criticized the iPhone XR's display for having a low resolution and a low pixel per inch density, relative to other phones on the market at the time of release at the price point.[34] However, other online media outlets ignored these concerns, saying that under normal use, users should not be able to discern the pixels.[35][34]

Timeline of iPhone models[edit]

iPhone 8iPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone 12iPhone 12iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 ProiPhone 11 ProiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 7iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone 5SiPhone 5CiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive[36]


  1. ^ The chip marked PMB9955 is believed by many sources to be an XMM7560.[8][9][10][11][12]

See also[edit]


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Preceded by
iPhone 8/8 Plus
12th generation
Succeeded by
iPhone 11