iPhone XS deals, price and specs: iPhone XR order cull due to ‘quality issues’


APPLE HAS GOT fanbois hot under the collar with the unveiling of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.

The iDevice trio had few surprises in store thanks to the huge number of leaks building up to Apple’s launch event; the iPhone XS and XS Max pack 5.8in and 6.5in OLED screens, respectively, while the “low-end” XR features a 6.1in LCD ‘Liquid Retina’ screen.

All three models are the first to feature Apple’s homegrown A12 Bionic CPU, the first commercially available 7nm processor, and all come adorned with the notched display that first debuted on last year’s iPhone X.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR below.

Release date
Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR are now available to order. The latter has sold out in Blighty, with shipping times slipping beyond Apple’s promised 26 October release date to “31 October to 7 November”.

Apple is taking pre-orders for the iPhone XS and XS Max. Here in Blighty, the XS will fetch £999, £1,149 and £1,349, while the XS Max will set you back £1,099, £1,249 and £1,449, respectively.

The iPhone XR, which is being offered with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage, is priced at £749, £799 and £899, respectively, when it goes on sale next month.

The handset is also available to order across all UK operators:

BT: iPhone XS (from £70 per month with £25 upfront cost), iPhone XS Max (from 75 a month with a one-off fee of £35).

EE: iPhone XS (from £68 per month, plus £70 upfront), iPhone XS Max is (from £78 per month, plus £70 upfront), iPhone XR (from £54 per month with £100 fee).

O2: iPhone XS (for £29.99 on a £63.50 per month tariff), iPhone XS Max (£29.99 on a £66.50 per month contract), iPhone XR (from £46.66 per month).

Sky Mobile:  iPhone XS (from £43 per month), iPhone XS Max (from £47 per month), iPhone XR (from £34 per month)

Three: iPhone XS (from £51 per month with a £99 upfront cost), iPhone XS Max (from £54 per month with £99 fee), iPhone XR from £42 per month with £99 fee).

Vodafone: iPhone XS (from at £54 per month with a £199 upfront cost). iPhone XS Max (from £58 per month with a £269 one-off fee), iPhone XR (from £50 per month with £29 upfront fee).

Virgin Mobile: iPhone XS (from £41 per month), iPhone XS Max (from £46 per month), iPhone XR (from £32 per month).

In the US, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR can be ordered at AT&TBest BuySprintT-Mobile and Verizon.

Latest news
Earlier this week, reports claimed Apple had cut orders for the iPhone XR due to weaker than expected sales. However, Apple 3.0, citing Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang, claims the production cuts could be due to quality issues with the iPhone XR’s PCBs.

In the words of Zhang: “We believe some Printed Circuit Board (PCB) supplier shipments of HDI boards were quickly dropped this week. This may be attributable to quality issues from Skyworks PAs. We believe this potential round of iPhone XR production cuts by Apple may be attributable to the recently found PA quality issues.”

6/11/18: Apple has cancelled a so-called “production boost” for the iPhone XR, suggesting the smartphone isn’t selling as well as the firm had anticipated. So says Nikkei Asian Review, which reports that Apple has told Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines.

A source familiar with the matter said: “For the Foxconn side, it first prepared nearly 60 assembly lines for Apple’s XR model, but recently uses only around 45 production lines as its top customer said it does not need to manufacture that many by now”.

According to the report, Apple is instead ordering more iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models from its manufacturing partners, with the firm expecting to flog 25 million units during this quarter, up from 20 million previously.

The iPhone XR went on sale last week, and iFixit has picked up one of the devices to, naturally, take it apart. The teardown reveals that the “internals of the iPhone XR look like a cross between an iPhone 8 and an iPhone X”. iFixit notes that the XR’s 11.16 Wh battery is bigger than the 10.13 Wh battery inside the iPhone XS, adding that the LCD display is bigger, thicker and heavier than the OLED panel on Apple’s more expensive flagship.

iFixit gave the iPhone XR an overall repairability score of six. A broken display can easily be replaced with minimal hardware removal, but Pentalobe screws and waterproofing make things difficult.

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