Apple's iPhone XR Offers a More Budget 2018 iPhone Supporting iOS 12 and Dual SIM
Given the more expensive Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, iPhone fans can still go for the lower priced Apple iPhone XR to get the latest iOS experience. Just expect the iPhone XR to similarly come without a home button and fingerprint sensor as the XS and XS Max since Apple has been quite consistent with its newest models following the previous Apple iPhone X. That said, all three latest iPhone's support iOS 12 on Apple's owned A12 Bionic chipset as well as eSIM technology for the first time.
The iPhone XR can now make use of eSIM to operate on a mobile network without having a physical SIM card. This also means the iPhone now supports dual SIM as also seen on its Android based Google Pixel 3 XL competitor. The iPhone still allows using traditional Apple SIM cards from supported mobile carrier networks but just make sure to use nano SIM cards with the iPhone XR.
In terms of main features, it's not surprising the iPhone XR falls slightly behind the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max given its less premium pricing. These include having lower RAM and storage capacity as well as only a LCD screen on the iPhone XR compared to the higher resolution OLED display supported by the XS versions. The iPhone XR is also missing out on dual cameras that came with both the iPhone XS and XS Max and instead offers only a single 7MP front camera just like the iPhone 8.
All the three iPhone models still keep the legacy Lightning connector even though the Apple 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) has started to adopt the USB Type-C connector. The Lightning connector supports USB Power Delivery 2.0 fast charging technology while the iPhone's also came with Qi wireless charging.
The younger iPhone audience should more likely prefer the different colors the iPhone XR comes in over the limited black, silver or gold option for the higher end XS models. The one below has a nice shade of red that blends very well with the black screen of the iPhone XR that we bought recently.
The iPhone XR typically shares the same accessories as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to also include a 5 watts (5 volts @ 1 amps) charger, Lightning based audio headset and USB Type-A to Lightning cable inside the box.
For those willing to forgo the minimal differences between the iPhone XR and the more premium XS models, the iPhone XR won't cost a bomb and still allows getting most out of what iOS 12 can deliver.
Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the iPhone XR supports fixed PDO of 12.75 watts (5 volts @ 2.55 amps), battery power of 18.75 watts @4.75-15.75V and variable power supply of 9.22-30.56 watts range (4.75-15.75 volts @ 1.94 amps) for charging. Note a compliance failure was also observed.
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Controller and Instrument Information
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GRL USB-PD Software Version
GRL USB-PD Firmware Version
GRL USB-PD Eload Firmware Version
RX mask Power selection
Cable IR drop Imp(R)
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*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.
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SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode
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USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary
Test Group Description
BMC Physical Layer Transmitter
BMC Physical Layer Receiver
BMC Phyiscal Layer Miscellaneous
Power Source/Sink Primary
TDA.220.127.116.11 BMC PHY TX EYE
TDA.18.104.22.168 BMC PHY TX BIT
TDA.22.214.171.124 BMC PHY RX INT REJ
TDA.126.96.36.199 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL
TDA.188.8.131.52 BMC PHY TERM
TDA.2.2.1 BMC PROT SEQ GETCAPS
TDA.2.2.4 BMC PROT SEQ VCSWAP DFP
TDA.2.2.10 BMC PROT IGN PPS
TDA.184.108.40.206 POW SNK TRANS C CP
BMC Eye Diagram