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iPhone XR Receives FCC Approval Ahead of October 19 Pre-Orders

Apple received approval from the FCC today to sell the iPhone XR in the United States, ahead of pre-orders next month.


Apple can now remove the following fine print from the iPhone XR product page on its website, although it has yet to do so:
iPhone XR has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. iPhone XR is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
iPhone XR pre-orders begin Friday, October 19, with the first deliveries to customers and in-store availability starting a week later, on Friday, October 26. The colorful device starts at $749 in the United States.

With a $250 lower price point, the iPhone XR doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Some of the trade-offs include an LCD rather than OLED display, an aluminum instead of stainless steel frame, and a single rather than dual rear camera. Read our full comparison.

Nevertheless, the iPhone XR has the same A12 Bionic chip as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and its advertised battery life is longer than both of those devices. It also has a nearly edge-to-edge display with a notch, Face ID, a glass back, wireless charging, Portrait Mode with Depth Control, and Smart HDR.

Given its many similarities to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, priced from $999 and $1,099 respectively, many tech reviewers have suggested waiting for the less-expensive iPhone XR. Orders begin in three weeks.

As far as FCC approval is concerned, it is a routine step before the launch of any new iPhone. However, Apple usually waits until the last minute to receive approval from the necessary regulatory agencies, whereas the iPhone XR has been somewhat surprisingly approved nearly a month ahead of sale.

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3 weeks ago
I wish they would offer the XS in Red.
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago

One thing about the XR — why doesn’t Apple offer the front bezel in white as they did previously? I understand they may not want the notch to contrast with the screen, but I would think the surrounding bezel could be.

I’m gonna miss my white bezels on my future Apple devices if they continue with this approach.

Granted they are probably trying to perpetuate this illusion of edge-to-edge, which it is not, but I’d rather have the white bezel, no matter how slim ... especially on the white model.


Funny how everyone has different tastes. I'm getting the white model this year only because it has a black front bezel.
Rating: 11 Votes
3 weeks ago

One thing about the XR — why doesn’t Apple offer the front bezel in white as they did previously? I understand they may not want the notch to contrast with the screen, but I would think the surrounding bezel could be.

I’m gonna miss my white bezels on my future Apple devices if they continue with this approach.

Granted they are probably trying to perpetuate this illusion of edge-to-edge, which it is not, but I’d rather have the white bezel, no matter how slim ... especially on the white model. That always bothered me about the 5c too. And now it’s true for all of the new iPhones.

Because it will look like this:



I am sure there are folks who like the phone to look like this. But when the screen is nearly edge-to-edge, the white bezel really stands out and clashes with the screen.
Rating: 11 Votes
3 weeks ago
Now that they’ve switched to OLED for the XS and XS Max and a new LED configuration for the XR, it seems it would be possible for the first time to have colored bezels that don’t require a black ring on the inside.

EDIT: Never mind, it's the ugliest thing I've made.



Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
good. sell it early. start tomorrow. i want one.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago

Why is this even news.

Because nothing else is happening.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago

You get what you pay for. And this is never so pertinent where Apple is concerned.

They are not going to make the XR better than the XS, in the same way a Range Rover Sport is not better than a Range Rover Vogue. They both do almost exactly the same thing, but you always know which is the better car, even if the Sport looks like better value for money.

My XS is a perfect upgrade from my IP7, now I have got over the Face ID thing.

Actually, the XR beats the XS in two key factors:

1) Screen display area and information on screen. The XR is not only a bigger screen, it's also displays 22% more information than the XS.

2) Battery life. The XR should have about 25% longer battery life than the XS.
Rating: 7 Votes
3 weeks ago

Too expensive and in some ways a downgrade for everyone with an iPhone 5s or later.

Uh, what? In no way is the XR a downgrade from any 4" or 4.7" iPhone.
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago
For the price, I think this will be a better selling iPhone than the XS Max.
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago

I would say more than 2.5 to 1, maybe even 5 to 1. Just pulling that figure out of my a** :)


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Rating: 6 Votes

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