The iPhone Xr is what Apple is calling its “entry-level” iPhone for the masses. With a Liquid Retina Display, same A12 Bionic chip in the Xs and Xs Max, and a beautiful range of colors to choose from, the Xr might actually be a better overall value, but, Apple has been reported to have manufacturing issues ahead of the launch of the device on October 26th.
The iPhone Xr looks to be promising, offering many of the great features of the iPhone Xs, but, at a cheaper cost. One of the major components of the iPhone Xr, and what allows Apple to offer the device at a cheaper price, is the 6.1′ inch LCD “Liquid Retina Display” instead of the OLED panel. Albeit a cheaper display, it actually may be the most difficult to build.
According to a Digitimes report citing Economic Daily News, “Apple has recently lowered the portion of the iPhone XR orders dedicated to Pegatron to below 30%,” indicating “lower-than-expected yield rate and shortages of workers.” Therefore, Foxconn will now have a substantial increase in production for the Xr.
Furthermore, the report goes on to further state that “Apple had originally split its orders for the LCD-based iPhone XR mainly to Pegatron and Foxconn, with the former landing 50-60% of the total orders and the latter taking about 30%.”
Even though the iPhone Xr is “cheaper,” to achieve the edge-to-edge LCD display, it demands new manufacturing techniques and greater precision, thus proving a greater manufacturing challenge to ensure the display is up to Apple standards. Japan Display, the company producing the display for the Xr, is reported to have difficulty maintaining a steady supply of the LCD panels.
The iPhone Xr will be available for pre-order on October 19th, and available on October 26th.
The iPhone Xr starts at $749 for the 64 GB configuration. It can also be had in 128 and 256 GB models, with those costing $799 and $899 respectively.