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Apple Highlights iPhone XR Reviews

Reviews for the iPhone XR went live this morning ahead of Friday's launch, and in a press release in the Apple Newsroom, Apple has highlighted reviews from several members of the media who were able to spend some time with the new iPhones.

Apple shared key passages from sites that include Digital Trends, Daring Fireball, Tom's Guide, Mashable, Engadget, The Verge, TechCrunch, CNN, Best Products, Techradar, and more.


Mashable, for example, called the iPhone XR the "Goldilocks of iPhones" with its large screen size, affordable price tag, "fantastic" cameras, and future-proof power in the form of the A12 Bionic chip.

Daring Fireball said that the iPhone XR is the best Apple's ever made "dollar for dollar," while TechCrunch compared the device to "a piece of nicely crafted jewelry" with a "depth and sparkle" unmatched by other iPhones.

CNN praised the impressive Portrait Mode shots the camera is able to capture, The Verge lauded the work Apple did to make the rounded corners of the LCD match the corners of the device, and Digital Trends called the iPhone XR "the iPhone to buy."


Apple focused on sharing positive elements of the iPhone XR reviews, but for the most part, reviews were positive due to the iPhone XR's affordable price tag and high-end components.

The biggest difference between the XR and the XS is the LCD display over the OLED display, and reviewers thought the iPhone XR's display was one of the best LCD displays and while not as good as the OLED, it's not noticeable as long as you're not holding the two devices next to one another.

Apple's full list of review selections can be seen in the article shared via the Apple Newsroom, while additional reviews can be found in our own review roundup.

The first iPhone XR pre-orders will arrive starting on Friday, October 26, the launch date for Apple's newest flagship device.

Related Roundup: iPhone XR
Buyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)


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8 weeks ago
And here I am, happy with my iPhone 6s Plus. If it lasts long enough, I’ll hold out until Bluetooth headphones have sound quality that rivals wired and for the micro-LED displays.
Rating: 14 Votes
8 weeks ago
XR has nice specs. But is too big.
Waiting for the iPhone XR Mini.
Rating: 13 Votes
8 weeks ago
Unless you're the guy in the bottom pane, the iPhone XR is a home run for Apple.

A12, Face ID, dual-SIM, 128GB storage, it's what everyone's been asking for.



Rating: 11 Votes
8 weeks ago
The XR reviewers were surprisingly subdued after all of the previous cautions to wait for it...

XS reviews: Most people should wait for the XR.
XR reviews: It's not really that much cheaper, so maybe get the XS.

Thanks guys. Thanks a lot.
Rating: 11 Votes
8 weeks ago

It's not affordable for a vast majority of people


Well, it depends on your frame of reference. For the majority of humanity air conditioning isn't affordable. That isn't Apple's market.
Rating: 7 Votes
8 weeks ago

I'm looking at the XR as an upgrade from the SE (which is essentially a 6S in 5's clothing).

My only concern is the Lightning port.

I'm onto my second SE in two years... first one's battery failed after exactly one year. Second one is again giving my grief after exactly a year. Both exhibiting the same problem — trouble keeping an electrical/power connection at the Lightning port. I'm constantly finding that I need to wiggle the cable to get a connection.

I haven't read many reports of this issue, and I'm hoping it's limited to the port used on the SE.

I don't want to pay the "tax" of upgrading to another phone only to have the same problem again after a year when my current phone works perfectly except for this one issue.

If you’re like 99% of the other people who have intermittent Lightning connection issues, your problem is pocket lint getting down into the jack, preventing the plug from seating properly. Apple will clean it out for you, or you can do it yourself with a non-conductive implement like a toothpick. Be sure to get all of it, it can be packed in there very tight!
Rating: 7 Votes
8 weeks ago
Looking forward to seeing sales numbers. We're in for another record setting quarter.
Rating: 5 Votes
8 weeks ago
As the XS and XS Max are ridiculously priced, it’s a no-brainer the XR will sell great. Also, it’s genius they staggered the release so die hard fans who couldn’t wait already bought an XS (Max). Apple knows exactly what it’s doing to maximise revenue.

I’m not playing though. Still happy with my 6S.
Rating: 5 Votes
8 weeks ago

I don’t know, but I feel like Apple will sell a lot of these. I have a friend who has an X and she asked me about getting an Xr. She’s not very tech savvy, so I had to tell her that for her it would be a downgrade, but she seemed very fascinated with the red Xr lol
For many average people who are not tech savvy this phone will be perfect.

I'm "downgrading" from the X to Xr. But to honest the new camera, longer battery life and A12 chip are an upgrade IMO. The screen resolution/panel type is moot to me. I use an iPad every day and I don't even notice a difference until I stare at the blacks levels between my iPad and X. Not a big deal at all. The only thing I might miss is 3D Touch. I use it to grab pics for websites but 3D pressing and getting a direct link to DL a pic I need.
Rating: 5 Votes
8 weeks ago

I didn't care for aluminum back then, and I still don't. That's why I have an SS Apple Watch, too. 4GB is not a distinction without a difference. The difference is obvious, to me. First, Music stays in the background pretty much permanently, now. With my iPhone X I would get into my car and it would always default to playing something else in CarPlay. On the XS? It remembers where I was. And yes, apps stay in the background much better, too. It's a difference, not just a distinction.
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Actually, many of us did. :)


I'm like 95% sure that CarPlay issue was fixed with iOS 12, not with more RAM.
Rating: 5 Votes

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