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It features all the same sensors as the iPhone X, including light and proximity, but boasts faster algorithms that promise to make it easier and faster to unlock your device using FaceID.

Of course, you could always grab a Qi charger from accessory makers like Belkin and Mophie, but you actually still can't wirelessly charge your AirPods with them: Apple hasn't yet delivered the earphone case that would support this feature, even though we heard rumors about it being on the way at the end of July.

Your choice might come dowv to color. The difference between the XR and the XS comes primarily in the screen, camera, and modem.

Battery life is claimed to last up to an hour and half longer per day than the iPhone 8 Plus.

However, Apple may face challenges selling the more expensive new models locally given that we're now keeping our phones longer rather than upgrading as soon as our 24-month contracts finish.

The iPhone XS has an OLED screen, with awesome colors, and 3D touch. Hands-on reports say that the iPhone XR has the best display of any LED iPhone to date.

"While it's now the cheapest new iPhone of the lot, the iPhone XR gets a large 6.1" edge to edge display that uses IPS instead of OLED. From a hardware perspective, the XR has pretty much the same tech as the Xs and Xs Max.

To understand how big the screens are on the 2018 crop of new iPhones, I brought a few visual aides to Apple's grand unveiling Wednesday at its Silicon Valley headquarters.

At 5.94 by 2.98 by 0.33 inches (HWD), the XR is between the size of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. And the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in Japan supported Suica, the NFC cards used on trains in the country.

The iPhone XR has an aluminum band, whereas the iPhone XS has steel. Both numbers would work simultaneously on one device.

This does beg the question of whether anyone with an Apple Watch will be able to chat to anyone else with the gadget. It's certainly a little bit wider than I'd prefer, but recently I've been using the 3.06-inch-wide OnePlus 6 as my primary phone, and it's fine.

This is the big difference. The XR, meanwhile, is a "budget" (by Apple standards) variant that uses an LCD display panel and has only one camera.

For one, The Verge noted, they are both available in gold, something iPhone loyalists have been waiting for.

To differentiate itself from the iPhone XS series, the XR gets the iPhone 5C treatment with a choice of six colours, namely Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral and Red.

It's hard to choose which model you might buy. There are the expected upgrades to the screen, camera and other key components, but perhaps the most intriguing to the telecoms industry is the imminent support for eSIM, which removes the need to swap out a physical SIM when you want to switch providers, thus significantly facilitating the process. The "cheap" iPhone this year is as good - relatively speaking - as the flagship models of previous years.

"However, sourcing SIM profiles form multiple operators and managing the handover from one to the other presents a challenge".

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