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Apple's iPhone XR Offers a More Budget 2018 iPhone Supporting iOS 12 and Dual SIM

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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 programmable power of 9.22-30.56 watts (4.75-15.75 volts @ 1.94 amps) for charging. Note a compliance failure was also observed. 

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

iPhone Xr

Serial Number

-1_CE

Test Information

Date and Time:

20181119_170834

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

084.109.084.066.134.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.8.0

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.8.0.0

GRL USB-PD Eload Firmware Version

9.4/9.4

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

 COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

Consumer Only

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

USB-Type-C-Cable

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS CTS Version

1.09

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:0m:0s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

VENDOR_NAME

Apple

TID

0

STRUCTURED_VDM_VERSION

Version 1.0

PD_SPECIFICATION_REVISION

2

SOP_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_P_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_PP_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_P_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_PP_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SECURITY_MSGS_SUPPORTED

NO

MANUFACTURER_INFO_SUPPORTED

NO

UNCHUNKED_EXTENDED_MESSAGES_SUPPORTED

YES

MODAL_OPERATION_SUPPORTED

YES

USB_VID

0x5AC

PID

0x167D

BCDDEVICE

0x2001

XID

0

DATA_CAPABLE_AS_USB_HOST

NO

DATA_CAPABLE_AS_USB_DEVICE

YES

NUM_SVIDS_MIN

1

NUM_SVIDS_MAX

1

SVID1SOP

5AC

SVID1Modes Min

1

SVID1Modes Max

1

SVID1Modes Fixed

NONE

SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_POWER_AS_SINK

 

NO_USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_SET

NO

GIVEBACK_MAY_BE_SET

NO

HIGHER_CAPABILITY_SET

YES

NUM_SNK_PDOS

3

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xFF(2.55A)

Supply Type #2

Battery

Min Voltage #2

0x5F(4.75V)

Max Voltage #2

0x13B(15.75V)

Op Power #2

0x4A(18.5W)

Supply Type #3

Variable

Min Voltage #3

0x5F(4.75V)

Max Voltage #3

0x13B(15.75V)

Op Current #3

0xC2(1.94A)

USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary

Sl No

Test Category

Test Group Description

Test Result

1

PHY_PRIMARY_TX

BMC Physical Layer Transmitter

PASS

2

PHY_PRIMARY_RX

BMC Physical Layer Receiver

FAIL

3

PHY_PRIMARY_MISC

BMC Phyiscal Layer Miscellaneous

PASS

5

POWER_PRIMARY

 Power Source/Sink Primary

PASS

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

TDA.2.1.1.1 BMC PHY TX EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

TDA.2.1.1.2 BMC PHY TX BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

TDA.2.1.2.2 BMC PHY RX INT REJ

FAIL

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

TDA.2.1.2.1 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL

PASS

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

TDA.2.1.3.1 BMC PHY TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

TDA.2.2.1 BMC PROT SEQ GETCAPS

PASS

9

TDA.2.2.4

TDA.2.2.4 BMC PROT SEQ VCSWAP DFP

INCOMPLETE

13

TDA.2.2.10

TDA.2.2.10 BMC PROT IGN PPS

PASS

14

TDA.2.3.3.1

TDA.2.3.3.1 POW SNK TRANS C CP

PASS

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram 

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