Check out the official iPhone XS, XS Max and XR promo videos

Joanna Estrada
September 14, 2018

Our colleague Gareth Beavis over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some serious hands-on time with the iPhone XR and these are his thoughts.

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).

Plus, the new iPhones already come at a steep price.

Several users said the new devices sound like the iPhone "excess" and 'excess Max'. The iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR won't ship with a Lightning to 3.5mm dongle anymore. But remember, Apple used LCD screens up until last year's iPhone X, so longtime fans shouldn't feel the need to rebel.

Apple's iPhone XR pricing strategy shows the company is pushing users onto a more secure authentication, signaling that Apple Pay enhancements are coming, Goldman Sachs says.

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

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. This means that you can no longer buy a phone from Apple which has a headphone jack in it. A single 12-megapixel camera resides on the back. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp.

As such, Gareth concludes that providing you don't want loads of advanced features, no "bells and whistles", then the camera system on the iPhone XR "will do you just fine". Do you believe the new products are as good as we expected them to be? All subsequent iPhone releases have been without a headphone jack and yesterday's announcements were no exception, including the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison.

Apple bills the iPhone XR as "the iPhone X experience in an LCD display".

T3 will imminently be reviewing the iPhone XS in full, so be sure to check back in soon for our official verdict.

In other words, Apple isn't treating the iPhone XR as some shabby relation.

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