As if you would need another reason to buy the iPhone XR. Since it’s release over the weekend, many reviewers have been hailing the XR as the iPhone to get. The XR has already wowed us with its single-lens, bokeh ability camera. For USD750 (~RM3,133) you can get a colourful iPhone, with colours that excite like Red, Blue and Coral. The standard Black and White is also available, but this iPhone wants to wow you.
iFixit have found some interesting points when they did their tear-down of the new iPhone XR, the little sibling of the 2018 iPhone line-up. Firstly, the battery is not the L-shaped type that was introduced in the iPhone X and XS, instead using a standard rectangular battery. With the removal of the Home button and Touch ID, would have made the iPhone XR the “spiritual” successor to the iPhone 8, thereby making it the “iPhone 9”.
Apple, it seems has made the XR easier to repair in terms of battery and display replacements. This is great considering both these components are the most repaired in modern smartphones.
“The display-first opening procedure and easy access to the battery remain design priorities for Apple—making the two most common repairs easier than almost any Android counterpart,” iFixit’s Kay Clapp writes on the company’s blog.
The XR also uses copper, so iFixit noted that it would mean faster charging with less heat. And the SIM tray is modular, likely for dual-SIM capability. On the downside, the XR still uses a glass back (to support wireless charging) so it still means prying open the rear glass may lead to a cracked glass back, leading to the replacement of the entire phone’s chassis.