Apple Inc., officially launched three new iPhones _ iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max _ on Wednesday, September 12 and some may think which iPhone should they purchase. Apple’s iPhone XR, the cheaper amongst the trio, starts at $749. While the based models of iPhone XS and XS Max starts at a whopping $999 and $1,099 price tags, respectively.
Looking through the comparison webpage of Apple Online Store, iPhone XR and iPhone XS are powered by the same processor, the A12 Bionic chip, feature the same Neural Engine, and equip with the same TrueDepth Camera System for Face ID and among others.
However, the iPhone XR has a water and dust resistance rating of IP67, while the iPhone XS has IP68 rating. That converts into a significant difference of surviving when submerged at a depth of 1 meter for the XR as compare to the 2 meters for the XS.
One of the most distinct difference are the available color options, with six colorways for the iPhone XR and just three standard color variants for the iPhone XS, but the two most significant differences between these two iPhones are the display and and body frame (or chassis). The iPhone XS is equipped with a 5.8-inch OLED screen (Super Retina Display) while the iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen (Liquid Retina Display). Additionally, the XS has a surgical grade stainless steel band and the XR features an aluminum frame. That said, the iPhone XS has a better display and frame than the iPhone XR. With that the fancier components like OLED display and stainless steel body frame, it comes with a price.
The differences between LCD and OLED displays, meanwhile are rather technical but the latter offers a better overall colors, deeper blacks, and power efficiency.
Since the first release of original iPhone, Apple have used LCD displays. Apple has embraced the OLED display for the last year, with launch of iPhone X.
The iPhone XR apparently have a lower overall display pixel resolution than that of the iPhone 8 Plus at 1920 x 1080 compared to 1792 x 828, respectively. The Liquid Retina Display found in the iPhone XR relies on an miniaturized LCD display panel with a pixel density of 328 ppi rather than an OLED. Apple also calls it “the most advanced LCD ever in a smartphone.”
The rear-facing camera setup is another section where the two smartphones go in different directions. The iPhone XS is equipped with vertically-aligned dual-lens camera system to shoot portrait photos with adjustable bokeh or blur effects. While the iPone XR has a single rear shooter but still can manage to produce Portrait mode photos, and through a software engineering. In addition to that, the cheaper model has the capability to adjust the amount of bokeh effects after the photo is taken.
Apple is not first smartphone manufacturer to offer a software-enabled bokeh feature for a single-lens camera to produce a depth of field. Google has been a remarkable using its camera software offering that purely AI-based portrait mode feature to add background blur effect on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Here are the five logical rationales why you should purchase an iPhone XR instead of iPhone XS:
The iPhone XR is $250 cheaper than the iPhone XS
The 64GB base model of an iPhone XR is $250 cheaper than iPhone XS, with the same storage configuration. Given that the iPhone XR has a larger screen, same notched design, processor, Face ID and among others, the price tag is probably the biggest consideration for most of the consumers, and the XR beat the XR in terms of pricing.
The entry-level 64GB iPhone XR starts at $749 , but the phone can cost you up to $899 for the larger 256GB storage capacity. You’ll need to pay $999 for 64GB iPhone XS, and $1,349 for the top-tier 512GB version.
Meanwhile, the larger iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099 for the 64GB base model, and the 512GB can cost you $1,449.
Not many people need 512GB of storage on their personal smartphone — I’m only using half of my available 64GB storage on my iPhone 8 Plus.
The iPhone XR has a larger display than the iPhone XS.
Like we mentioned above, the iPhone XR actually has a larger screen display than the regular iPhone XS. The XR has a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina Display and the XS features 5.8-inch display. The only major setback in this area is that the XR uses the aging LCD panel, while the XS is equip with fancier OLED display which Apple calls it Super Retina Display.
Both the iPhone XR and iPhone XS are powered by A12 Bionic chip
The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are all have the same processor powered by Apple designed A12 Bionic SoC processor, which features a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and a next-generation neural engine that’s dedicated to machine learning.
Additionally, Apple says it’s the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip, contains a whopping 6.9 billion transistors and can perform up to 5 trillion operations per second. The A11 Bionic chip lives inside the iPhone X can only do 600 billion operations per second. That said, it a big leap from the last year’s chip.
Both the iPhone XR and iPhone XS have the same TrueDepth Camera System
Apple’s new trio handsets — iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max — all feature the same 7MP selfie camera that powers the TrueDepth Camera System for Face ID. All have the exact same capabilities that use the front-facing shooter, including portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control, 1080p HD video recording, Smart HDR for photos, Memoji and Animoji.
The iPhone XR is available in six (6) colorways.
Apple sells the iPhone XS and XS Max in three boring traditional color options: silver, space grey, and gold. The iPhone XR, on the other hands, is available in six different colors: black, white, yellow, red, blue, and coral color options.