iPhone XR Dang the XR bezels are pretty noticeable

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  1. Kendo macrumors 68010

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    I've been looking at the tech specs and pictures of the XR side by side with the XS and I thought it was my imagination that the bezels were only ever so slightly wider on the XR. But it looks like they are somewhat substantial based on the pic below side by side.

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  3. Diversion macrumors 6502a

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    Still way better than if it was an old 8 Plus style phone..
     
  4. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000

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    I seem to slam XR whenever someone mentions it but this is one area there isn't an issue.
    I think it looks great for a almost bezel-less display on a LCD screen.
     
  5. JPack macrumors 68040

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    The bezels are noticeable on both the XS and XR.

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  6. janeauburn macrumors 6502a

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    Same. I think the bigger bezels look better.
     
  7. johannnn macrumors 65816

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    Slightly bigger bezels. No deal breaker.

    The only deal breaker for me is the single lens. I have no faith that portrait photos will be good. Especially when photographing something else than a human face (which the software has been trained on), like a dog.
     
  8. rulymammoth macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't go as far as saying they look better, but they definitely aren't big enough to bother me. I like the XR. Good phone for the price (considering the Apple tax...)
     
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    You need to have enough bezel to hide the LED backlighting
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    The portrait software in the MAX works on more than just faces:
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  10. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    Great photo! I think is point is the Xs and Xs Max have dual lenses which he thinks may facilitate taking portrait mode photos better than the single lens XR.
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Agreed. I was pointing out that the software does not ONLY work on faces.
     
  12. DNichter macrumors G3

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    Compared to an XS, it definitely looks bigger, but I don't think many people will care/notice while using.
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    I read that the XR portrait mode ONLY worked on humans, was that debunked?
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I can not imagine that it would only work on humans.
     
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  17. nordique macrumors 65816

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    It's thicker for sure, but it's still mostly screen. that is pretty fine for most people
     
  18. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    Don’t think that it would just work on faces.
     
  19. EugW macrumors 603

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    According to some people testing it out, the XR fails portrait mode on inanimate objects. I wouldn't be surprised, since apparently the Neural Engine is now tied to the camera, and perhaps Apple is using the facial recognition engine to determine the foreground object to be kept in focus.

    Furthermore, portrait mode on the XR is wide angle, which isn't ideal for portrait mode. Telephoto works better in terms of facial features when using portrait mode. Wide angle causes more distortion.

    That said, sometimes I found the telephoto-only portrait mode annoying. It's sometimes nice to have a wider shot with the background blurred.

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    IOW, if you're coming from an iPhone 6s like my wife is, having this portrait mode will be a bonus. However, if you're coming from the iPhone 7 Plus like me, the XR's portrait mode might be irritating.
     
  20. OneMike macrumors 603

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    May not be as great and I’m not interested in the xr, but I’d bet the majority of XS and XS max users don’t take many portraits.
     
  21. EugW macrumors 603

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    I have a 7 Plus, and I take lots of portraits. Same with Live Photos.

    Having little kids does that to you.

    As for the bezels, I don't really give a chit. If it means saving hundreds of $$$, I'm fine with that. While I don't think it looks better than the XS Max, I think it looks fine.
     
  22. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    I’ve taken a bunch of portrait photos on my Xs Max.
     
  23. johannnn macrumors 65816

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    I don’t think anyone’s arguing that no one is taking portrait photos. But of all X owners I know, the vast majority of photos are non-portrait. And the vast majority of portrait-photos are of kids/partner. Which means that it’s no biggie if XR is limited to faces. But given that it’s just software driven, I hope it’s gonna be improved in iOS 13 and forward (although I doubt it will ever reach the level of Pixel, just because Apple doesn’t have Google Images). I’m an outlier because most of my photos are portrait photos of our dog. So I’ve ordered the XS this year (upgrading from X). But when the XR camera improves I’ll likely switch to the XR, just due to price. The LCD doesn’t bother me, and I love that it got the same A12 processor etc like the XS.
     
  24. treyhunnid macrumors regular

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    You’d be wrong. That protrait mode been poppin since the 7plus
     
  25. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Nah. Until I see some stats I’m going to go off what I’ve seen and that’s not a lot of usage.
     

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