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It may be the least sensational of Apple's three new iPhones for 2018 when you scrutinize the specs, but the iPhone XR (pronounced "ten-R") is absolutely the most interesting - and that has nothing to do with its comparatively cheaper price. That gives it a lower multi-core score than last year's iPhone X, but a higher single-core one.

The new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR haven't been released yet, but a handful of Geekbench scores are already available.

At $250 less than the other 2018 models, the iPhone XR isn't as powerful.

Predictably, folks on Twitter did not greet the news favorably.

The iPhone XR starts at $749 with 64GB of storage, the same price as a smaller screened iPhone 8 256GB model and $50 more than an iPhone plus with 64GB of storage.

Try searching for the iPhone X on Apple's website, and you're redirected to a landing page showing off the 2018 range of the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XR. Dubbed the iPhone XR, the new model sits in between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in size, and features a 6.1-inch advanced LCD screen that the company is calling its "Liquid Retina" display. Side by side, the iPhone XR screen looks duller and less pin-sharp. While there was no reason given for the withdrawal of the model, it is evident that manufacturing costs for the iPhone X didn't drop enough over the last 10 months. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at £599/$599 and the 8 Plus is reduced to £699/$699. Apart from that they also launched the latest Apple Watch Series 4.

We also got a 108 second recap of the event that highlights all the key moments.

Colorful identity: If you want your iPhone XS to be any color than gold, silver or black-grey, you'll have to buy a case.

Overall, then, TechRadar's Gareth Beavis concludes that the iPhone XR is likely going to be Apple's "volume driver" over the next year in terms of sales, and especially so in the Asian market, which may go to explain the slightly odd, larger than XS screen.

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