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Apple Set To Release iPhone XR, A Cheaper Alternative To iPhone XS

Claire Reid

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Apple Set To Release iPhone XR, A Cheaper Alternative To iPhone XS

Apple is set to release its new iPhone XR, as a cheaper alternative to its latest handsets.

The new phones will feature a less high-tech LCD screen, but still packs in a shit-ton of features including a smart 12-megapixel, wide-angle camera on the back, wireless charging, Face ID facial recognition and Apple's new A12 Bionic processing chip - as used in the iPhone XS.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It comes with a 6.1-inch 'Liquid Retina' screen - the 'most advanced in the industry' - featuring all kinds of exciting stuff such as 'True Tone'. Fancy.

On the front there's a 7-megapixel camera, which supports face-scanning and offers those 'Portrait Mode' selfies, which look pretty slick, to be fair.

The phone comes in three different storage sizes and six colours, giving customers the choice between black, white, yellow, blue, coral and red. It's also water and dust resistant, which is good news for all you clumsy bastards, eh?

However, while it is cheaper than the hefty £999 you'd pay for a 64GB iPhone XS, they iPhone XR still isn't bargain basement coming in at £749 for a 64GB phone.

For £799 you can get 128GB of storage, while an iPhone XR 256GB will set you back £899. For comparison, the 512GB iPhone XS costs £1,349 and the 256GB a whopping £1,149.

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Having said that, I still think that Apple's idea of 'budget' and my idea of 'budget' are wildly different. But let's face it, Apple could release a dead rat in a box and fans - including me - would be queuing around the block to get their grubby little mitts on one.

One man who won't be pitching up with his sleeping bag outside an Apple store awaiting the latest drop is Steve Wozniak, the guy who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs.

Speaking in October last year, he said he wouldn't be switching to the iPhone X.

"I am just worried about what it provides me," he said.

"I'd rather wait and watch that one. I'm happy with my iPhone 8, which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me."

Ouch.

You can pre-order the phone from 19 October and the units will begin shipping on 26 October; EE, O2, Vodafone and Three have all confirmed they'll be flogging the new phones.

Featured Image Credit: Apple

Topics: Technology, Apple, iPhone

Claire Reid
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