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If you want Apple's latest A12 Bionic processor technology in a phone bigger than last year's iPhone X, or the new XS, but without the XS or XS Max price tags, the XR is for you.

The new 6.1-inch iPhone XR with LCD display, comes in white, black, blue, yellow, a coral colour that looks orange, and (PRODUCT)RED.

As with its XS and XS Max brethren, the XR is certainly impressive with upgrades across the board, from better cameras, more powerful 7nm A12 Bionic processor, up to 256GB storage and many new features you can read about below.

Watching the keynote in addition to checking out those product pages, gives you the full effect of seeing everything in more detail, and as always, the keynote is a must-see experience you truly are missing out if you don't watch!

The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models of the iPhone XR are priced at $1229, $1299 and $1479 respectively, making you wonder why anyone wouldn't spend the extra $70 on at least the 128GB model.

Here's all the detail from Apple:

Apple today announced iPhone XR, integrating breakthrough technologies from iPhone Xs in an all-screen glass and aluminium design with the most advanced LCD in a smartphone featuring a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and six beautiful finishes.

iPhone XR brings the powerful A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, the TrueDepth camera system, Face ID and an advanced camera system that creates dramatic portraits using a single camera lens. iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, 19 October and in stores beginning Friday, 26 October.

“iPhone XR helps us reach even more people with the latest iPhone innovations. It is packed with the newest technologies including a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display that goes edge to edge, the latest TrueDepth camera with faster Face ID authentication, new 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with second generation Neural Engine and a 12-megapixel camera that takes advanced Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The new iPhone XR has a gorgeous new aerospace-grade aluminium and glass enclosure that has IP67 protection from liquids and dust, long all-day battery life and comes in six beautiful finishes. iPhone XR makes it possible for even more people to have the great experience of the latest iPhone X technology, in beautiful new designs, at a more affordable price.”

Groundbreaking aluminium and glass design in six new finishes

An all-screen design pushes the display of iPhone XR to its edges. The durable front glass is wrapped in an elegantly matched anodised band made from durable 7000 series aerospace-grade aluminium, and the glass back design enables wireless charging.

iPhone XR comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED. A seven-layer colour process gives the glass back beautiful nuanced hues, and the aluminium band and camera trim are colour matched to give a sophisticated finish. This new design is splash- and water-resistant, with a rating of IP67, and protects against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soft drink. (1)

A portion of proceeds from iPhone XR (PRODUCT)RED purchases will go directly to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counselling, treatment and prevention programs with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from mothers to their babies.

Most advanced LCD in a smartphone

The beautiful 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina display (2) is claimed to be the most colour accurate in the industry, with wide colour support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience. Precision-milled glass, advanced pixel masking and sub-pixel antialiasing allows the display to follow the curves of the device, while a new backlight design enables the display to stretch into the corners.

iPhone XR supports fast and fluid iPhone gestures like tap to wake, swipe up to the home screen, swipe down to access notifications and the Control Center, and the new haptic touch feature for pressing on the home screen to instantly launch the camera or flashlight.

A12 bionic chip with next-generation neural engine

The Apple-designed A12 Bionic, claimed to be the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone, features the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone that delivers industry-leading performance in a more power-efficient design. A12 Bionic features a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15% faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50% more efficient, a four-core GPU that is up to 50% faster, powerful Apple-designed Image Signal Processor, video encoder and more.

All of this unlocks new experiences for games, photography, video editing and graphics-intensive apps while still offering great battery life. Even with all this power, iPhone XR ic claimed to last up to an hour and a half longer than iPhone 8 Plus.

The next-generation Neural Engine is built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to augmented reality. A new eight-core design allows it to complete up to five trillion operations per second compared to 600 billion in A11 Bionic.

This enables new capabilities like faster plane detection for ARKit and new features that use real-time machine learning. For the first time the Neural Engine is open to Core ML, empowering developers to build apps that utilise this highly efficient machine learning engine. Core ML running on the A12 Bionic Neural Engine is up to nine times faster than on A11 Bionic, with as little as one-tenth the energy usage.

Face ID, the "most secure facial authentication system ever in a smartphone"

Face ID is faster on iPhone XR, enabled by software optimisations and a faster secure enclave. The TrueDepth camera system uses precision depth-sensing technology that goes far beyond the capabilities and security of two-dimensional facial scanners to unlock iPhone, use Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many more features with just a simple glance.

Advanced single lens wide-angle camera

iPhone XR features a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens with an all-new sensor, delivering faster auto-focus, while larger and deeper pixels improve image fidelity and low-light performance on photos and videos. Improvements to the ISP, Neural Engine and improved software algorithms enable portrait photos with a beautiful bokeh effect. Smart HDR brings better highlight and shadow detail across photos.

New Depth Control allows users to adjust the depth of field both in real-time preview (3) and post-capture to create striking portraits with a beautiful bokeh effect. Selfies have never looked better with an enhanced Portrait mode on the front-facing TrueDepth camera and Portrait Lighting for dramatic studio lighting effects.

Wireless technologies

iPhone XR uses LTE Advanced for fast download speeds (4) and introduces Dual SIM (5) through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM.

Featuring iOS 12

iPhone XR comes with iOS 12, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using augmented reality, helps people rediscover and share photos, and makes communications more expressive and fun with new Animoji and Memoji. Screen Time helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices, Siri Shortcuts give any app the ability to work with Siri and new privacy features help protect users from being tracked on the web.

Pricing and Availability

iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED starting at RRP A$1,229 inc. GST (64GB) from apple.com/au and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

1 iPhone XR is splash-, water- and dust-resistant, and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty. 

2 The iPhone XR display has rounded corners that follow a curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 6.06 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.

3 Real-time preview in Depth Control will be available via a free software update later this spring.

4 Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/au/iphone/LTE. 

5 Dual SIM support will be available via a free software update later this spring. Use of Dual SIM requires two wireless service plans (which may include restrictions on roaming). Certain restrictions apply to use.

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