While some of you might want to commit to the iPhone XR in 2018, others will want to hold out for a few more days, a few more weeks, or longer.
In September, Apple launched a trio of new phones. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the company’s expensive flagships, went on sale in September shortly after the event. The third phone, the colorful iPhone XR, went on sale in October.
The iPhone XR might not have all the iPhone XS’ bells and whistles, but it comes with an impressive set of features including the company’s new A12 Bionic processor, a 12MP rear camera, tons of color options, lots of storage, and Face ID. It’s also cheaper than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
The iPhone XR starts at $750 (by comparison, the iPhone XS starts at $999) though it goes all the way up to $900. It’s cheaper than the iPhone XS, but it’s still a pretty expensive phone.
Those interested in picking up the iPhone XR can find it in stock at Apple, carriers like AT&T and Verizon, and at retailers like Best Buy and Walmart.
Spending $750 or more on a new smartphone is a tough decision for a lot of you. That said, there are some great reasons to think about buying the iPhone XR in December or sometime next year.
There are some iPhone XR deals out there right now, but most of them require you to trade-in your current phone. In order to get the most money back, that phone needs to be in great working condition. If you’re looking for a straight price cut, you’re going to have to wait.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to buy the iPhone XR and the best reasons to put your wallet away and wait.
Buy the iPhone XR for Great Performance
If you want a solid performer without the hefty price tag, think about going with the iPhone XR.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature Apple's best hardware, but they also start at $1000 and $1110 respectively. That's a lot of money for most people.
There are some trade-offs, but the iPhone XR's hardware is very capable and it doesn't require an $1000 investment.
You don't get an OLED display or a second rear camera, but the iPhone XR does come with Apple's A12 Bionic chip and 3GB of RAM (the iPhone XS models have 4GB). And that's going to be more than enough firepower for most of you.
Consumer Reports claims you won't notice a difference between the iPhone XR and iPhone XS/iPhone XS Max "unless you're running a slew of processing-intense applications all at once."
If you're using an older iPhone like the iPhone 6, you're going to notice huge performance gains in key areas like gaming, battery life, and overall speed.
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