Apple announced on Tuesday (14) its new cell phones, within the iPhone 13 line. Along with improvements in several points and other news, the American brand also changed the catalog of products available to the user, discontinuing the iPhone XR after three years on the market.

The iPhone XR was one of Apple's first experiences in the less expensive device segment, but still with the same processor as the brand's most expensive launch for that year. The revenue was so successful that this model was the phone that sold the most worldwide for four straight quarters since its launch in 2018, closing 2019 as the best-selling device on the planet – followed by the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy A10.

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In 2020 interest in the model diminished and this scenario continued in 2021, making the market open up space for other cell phones. Now, three years after the iPhone XR appeared on Apple's advertising stage, it is no longer sold by the apple company.

iPhone XR (Image: Disclosure/Apple)
iPhone XR (Image: Disclosure/Apple)

The iPhone XR was almost an iPhone XS

At its launch, the iPhone XR was touted as a less competent version of the iPhone XS. Looking at the cell phone's technical file, this scenario was not quite like that and ended up being favorable for the more affordable model in many points.

It lacked in LCD screen and not OLED, didn't have 3D Touch when this feature still existed on iPhones, and was certified to half the depth in fresh water when compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR also used 1GB less RAM and only had a rear camera.

On the other hand, both it and Apple's most expensive cell phone that year (the iPhone XS Max) use the same 12-nanometer A7 Bionic chip, equipped with six cores, at the same speed and the same graphics card. On the bright side, the iPhone XR has more battery life and displays lower resolution on the screen, a ready summation for considerably longer runtime and even more performance, as the GPU takes less work.

On cameras, even with one less sensor, the iPhone XR is capable of doing portrait mode. It uses software for this job, but basically does it with the same results as the more expensive iPhone XS.

All this at a lower price. At launch, the iPhone XR arrived in Brazil costing from R$ 5.199 for the model with 64 GB of memory, against R$ 7.299 for the same internal space as an iPhone XS. The difference made the iPhone XR cost 28,77% less than the iPhone XS.

iPhone XR (Image: Disclosure/Apple)
iPhone XR (Image: Disclosure/Apple)

iPhone 11 takes the place of iPhone XR

Now, with the launch of the iPhone 13 line and the end of the iPhone XR, Apple has swapped the more affordable cell phone space (before getting to the iPhone SE) with the iPhone 11. Putting the two side by side, there is a small evolution in hardware capacity when changing the A12 Bionic chip for the A13 Bionic, plus 1 extra GB for RAM, reaching 4 GB.

The front camera on the iPhone 11 has 12 megapixels versus 7 on the iPhone XR, plus an extra sensor on the back, allowing ultra-wide photos and videos. The screen remains the same, with an LCD and a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels, but now the phone can dive up to two meters deep.

Right now the iPhone 11 costs exactly the same amount charged by Apple for the iPhone XR: R$ 4.999.

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