IPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr RAM and Geekbench scores surface

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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.

So if you want to listen to music with wired headphones on your fancy new $1,449 iPhone XS Max, you'll have to shell out an extra $9.00 for one of the clumsy, much-hated and all-too-frequently lost adapters.

Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone XR, a lower-cost new iPhone that sits beneath the American maker's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max flagships.

The base model of the iPhone XR costs $749 and it is available in the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB internal storage models and it will be sold in the white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT) RED colored flavors.

The first phone to introduce the dongle was the iPhone 7, in which the 3.5mm headphone jack was ditched in favor of the proprietary Lightning cable.

The iPhone XR (or iPhone11,8) scored 4754 and 9367 in single- and multi-core tests (shown above). "If you're a consumer, it's a no-brainer, you go with the iPhone XR".

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According to Geekbench, both iPhone Xs and Xs Max come with 4 GB of RAM, that is 1 GB more than the previous generation. Apple has already revealed what kind of price increase we're in for once the calendar hops over to 2019.

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

Compared with the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max - which start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, with the Max topping out at an eye-watering $1,449 - the XR is poised as a reasonably priced alternative. Both boast a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera.

Gareth does note though that the camera system also supports Smart HDR, which allows the iPhone XR to "really capture the high-end elements of a photo, fusing the light and dark elements well", and that the pictures he took were clear, sharp and colourful.

When Apple released the iPhone X past year, it was widely considered the best smartphone the company had ever made, marking a major step forward with features like Face ID and a high-end camera to rival the Huawei P20 Pro and the Google Pixel 2. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at £599/$599 and the 8 Plus is reduced to £699/$699.

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. But beware that if you're planning to buy an iPhone 8, it won't come with a dongle, either.

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