Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone XR won’t ship until October – more than a MONTH after the XS and XS Max

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Apple’s high-end iPhone XS and XS Max officially went on sale Friday, with the XS Max selling out in just 30 minutes after pre-orders opened up. 

But if you want to get your hands on Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone XR, you’ll have to wait a little longer.  

Pre-orders for the $749 iPhone XR begin October 19th and the device won’t hit the shelves until October 26th. 

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If you want to get your hands on Apple's 'budget' iPhone XR, you'll have to wait a little longer. Pre-orders for the phone begin October 19th and the device won't hit stores until October 26th

If you want to get your hands on Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone XR, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Pre-orders for the phone begin October 19th and the device won’t hit stores until October 26th

That’s more than a month after the iPhone XS and XS Max went on sale.   

It goes against Apple’s typical strategy of releasing higher end devices at a later date. 

In 2017, Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus became available far in advance of the long-awaited 10th anniversary iPhone X, which went on sale more than a month later.  

This was largely a result of the iPhone X’s advanced components, such as the OLED display, which initially faced supply constraints, as manufacturers struggled to match production levels with Apple’s scale. 

Now, it appears Apple’s suppliers are struggling to ramp up production of LCD displays.   

Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max both feature OLED displays, while the iPhone XR is the only model to feature a Liquid Retina LCD display. 

Apple's suppliers may be struggling to ramp up production of LCD displays. Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max feature OLED displays, while the iPhone XR features a Liquid Retina LCD display

Apple’s suppliers may be struggling to ramp up production of LCD displays. Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max feature OLED displays, while the iPhone XR features a Liquid Retina LCD display

Reports surfaced several months ago that speculated Apple might face LCD supply issues, as its supplier Japan Display had low yields in manufacturing the technology, according to the Verge. 

But it may be more complicated than that. 

‘Everything we’ve been hearing, it’s been an issue on the software side,’ Ryan Reith, IDC’s vice president of mobile device research, told the Verge. 

‘There’s a lot of software involved with the LCD screen, as it’s the first [LCD display] with a notch and full screen.

‘Apple could not get enough of these displays. It’s run into last-minute kinks with the contact manufacturer,’ he added. 

The iPhone maker has had to alter the LCD screen through software engineering to get the visuals just right, Reith said. 

Apple suppliers have reportedly faced issues ramping up supply of the iPhone XR's Liquid Retina LCD display. According to experts, Apple has had to tweak the display quality

Apple suppliers have reportedly faced issues ramping up supply of the iPhone XR’s Liquid Retina LCD display. According to experts, Apple has had to tweak the display quality

Facing a month-long wait, some consumers might end up springing for the 6.5-inch XS Max, as it's bigger than the 6.1-inch XR. Either way, it's a win-win situation for Apple

Facing a month-long wait, some consumers might end up springing for the 6.5-inch XS Max, as it’s bigger than the 6.1-inch XR. Either way, it’s a win-win situation for Apple

However, some experts don’t believe the longer wait will deter price-sensitive consumers from buying the iPhone XR, as the difference in cost between it and the higher-end XS and XS Max is significant. 

‘Apple has heard there’s a threshold for pricing,’ Canalys senior analyst Ben Stanton told the Verge. 

‘They realize there are a lot of people that won’t go that high. To the average consumer, the products will look the same from the outside…and this LCD device is a really good looking device.’  

That said, facing a month-long wait, some consumers might end up springing for the 6.5-inch XS Max, as it’s bigger than the 6.1-inch XR. 

Either way, it’s a win-win situation for Apple, as iPhone owners who are eyeing an upgrade will end up buying a new device no matter what. 

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs XS Max

 

Screen Size:

Display Type:

Processor:

Water Resistance:

Battery Life:

Fast Charge: 

Wireless Charge:

3D Touch Display:

Dual Cameras:

Optical Zoom: 

FaceID:

Weight:

Software: 

Price: 

Colours:  

iPhone XR 

6.1-inch 

LCD

A12 Bionic

IP67

Up to 15 hours

Yes 

Yes

No

No

No 

Yes

194g (6.84 oz)

iOS 12 

$749 (£749

Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red 

 iPhone XS

5.8-inch 

OLED

A12 Bionic

IP68

Up to 12 hours

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual 12MP Lens

Yes. 2x 

Yes

177g (6.24oz)

iOS 12 

$999 (£999)

Gold, Space Grey, Silver 

 iPhone XS Max

6.5-inch 

OLED

A12 Bionic

IP68

Up to 13 hours

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual 12MP Lens

Yes. 2x 

Yes

208g (7.34 oz)

iOS 12 

$1099 (£1099)

Gold, Space Grey, Silver 

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