iPhone XR Receives FCC Approval Ahead of October 19 Pre-Orders

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple received approval from the FCC today to sell the iPhone XR in the United States, ahead of pre-orders next month.


    Apple can now remove the following fine print from the iPhone XR product page on its website, although it has yet to do so:
    iPhone XR pre-orders begin Friday, October 19, with the first deliveries to customers and in-store availability starting a week later, on Friday, October 26. The colorful device starts at $749 in the United States.

    With a $250 lower price point, the iPhone XR doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Some of the trade-offs include an LCD rather than OLED display, an aluminum instead of stainless steel frame, and a single rather than dual rear camera. Read our full comparison.

    Nevertheless, the iPhone XR has the same A12 Bionic chip as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and its advertised battery life is longer than both of those devices. It also has a nearly edge-to-edge display with a notch, Face ID, a glass back, wireless charging, Portrait Mode with Depth Control, and Smart HDR.

    Given its many similarities to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, priced from $999 and $1,099 respectively, many tech reviewers have suggested waiting for the less-expensive iPhone XR. Orders begin in three weeks.

    As far as FCC approval is concerned, it is a routine step before the launch of any new iPhone. However, Apple usually waits until the last minute to receive approval from the necessary regulatory agencies, whereas the iPhone XR has been somewhat surprisingly approved nearly a month ahead of sale.

    Article Link: iPhone XR Receives FCC Approval Ahead of October 19 Pre-Orders
  2. mashdots macrumors member


    Dec 10, 2015
    Sweet! i'm happy with my XS, but I'm really looking forward to hearing from new owners of the XR.
  3. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
  4. MacBebe macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2017
    Sacto, Ca
    For the price, I think this will be a better selling iPhone than the XS Max.
  5. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    One thing about the XR — why doesn’t Apple offer the front bezel in white as they did previously? I understand they may not want the notch to contrast with the screen, but I would think the surrounding bezel could be.

    I’m gonna miss my white bezels on my future Apple devices if they continue with this approach.

    Granted they are probably trying to perpetuate this illusion of edge-to-edge, which it is not, but I’d rather have the white bezel, no matter how slim ... especially on the white model. That always bothered me about the 5c too. And now it’s true for all of the new iPhones.
  6. brian3uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2016
    good. sell it early. start tomorrow. i want one.
  7. anaudiopro macrumors 65816


    Mar 7, 2017
    I am with you!
  8. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    Funny how everyone has different tastes. I'm getting the white model this year only because it has a black front bezel.
  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I might be weird here, but I think at least the silver version would look better with a white front, notch included.
  10. AngerDanger, Sep 27, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Now that they’ve switched to OLED for the XS and XS Max and a new LED configuration for the XR, it seems it would be possible for the first time to have colored bezels that don’t require a black ring on the inside.

    EDIT: Never mind, it's the ugliest thing I've made.

  11. cliffster82 macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2013
    I'm jumping from a 4.7" phone so this will be great. Plus phones were too big. I wish it was 5.8" like the XS though. But not complaining I'll take it.
  12. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    I hope this sells well else they will have to make something even cheaper
  13. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Same here. My Xs is on it's way, but I'm certainly curious to read the reviews and what users say about the Xr.
  14. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    Because nothing else is happening.
  15. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    This will sell very well, but I am thinking in 2019 they will sell something even cheaper.

    The XR is the little LCD brother to the XS Max. Right now the XS has no real little brother. 2019 may bring that little LCD brother, at 5.5" and 326 ppi.
  16. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Because it will look like this:


    I am sure there are folks who like the phone to look like this. But when the screen is nearly edge-to-edge, the white bezel really stands out and clashes with the screen.
  17. Sasparilla, Sep 27, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018

    Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Bring it on!

    Love the way you showed that off AngerDanger, not sure if I'm so comfortable with black wrapparounds that I'm not loving it - I think I could get used to that really easy.
  18. MacBebe macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2017
    Sacto, Ca
    There is no doubt in my mind the XR will sell really well.
  19. chasonstone macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2010
    I would like to see these in person. I think this will be the go-to device for alot of people. Personally, I don't think I would have been able to go with anything but the Max. My probably very unjustified reasoning for HAVING to have the Max over the XR was the bezels being slightly larger, screen not appearing as good, and lack of dual camera. I don't think these would be issues for the average consumer though.
  20. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    The supply chain analysts are suggesting the XS sales are underwhelming, easily bested by the Max several fold, but yet come November, the XR should outsell the Max 2.5 to 1.
  21. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Seriously thinking about returning my GMax for a yellow XR.
  22. EX1127 macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2009
    Please no... I always hated the white cause I could see the camera that just needs to burn :confused:
  23. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    I would say more than 2.5 to 1, maybe even 5 to 1. Just pulling that figure out of my a** :)

Share This Page