Apple to Limit Availability of New 6.1-inch iPhone Called iPhone Xr

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, iOS with 17 Comments

Apple’s big hardware event of the year is just about 2 days away. The hardware maker is expected to introduce a ton of new hardware on Wednesday, ranging from new iPhones to Apple Watch smartwatches. Cupertino is expected to kick off a season of what seems to be two of the best months of the industry if you are a fan of new hardware unveilings. Shortly after Apple’s big event on Wednesday, Microsoft is expected to introduce new Surface hardware on the 2nd of October, followed by new Pixel hardware from Google on the 9th of October.

As for Cupertino, Apple is introducing a total of three new iPhones: a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone. All of the new iPhones will include the iPhone X’s new design, along with Face ID for unlocking the device. So far, we already know that both of the premium OLED iPhones — the 5.8-inch and the 6.5-inch models — will be called the iPhone Xs, and the iPhone Xs Max. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that the cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be called the iPhone Xr — with the “r” likely standing for “regular.” This isn’t the first time we have heard this name, though Bloomberg’s reporting does mention that the new model could be limited in availability.

Apple is reportedly trying to limit the availability of the new iPhone Xr to estimate the demand for the more premium versions.

While the iPhone Xr is expected to be the cheapest iPhone of the year, it could still cost comparatively higher than the regular iPhone 8 from last year, though. Apple is going to make the new iPhone Xr available in gold, though it will be slightly less powerful than the OLED models. Additionally, the 6.1-inch model won’t sport the dual-camera setup found on the new iPhone devices. What’s even more interesting is the fact that Apple could be taking away its 3D Touch technology on the 6.1-inch iPhone Xr, potentially replacing it with a completely software-based solution.

Apple’s expected to introduce a new Apple Watch, a new MacBook Air, a refreshed Mac Mini, new AirPods, its AirPower charger, and two new iPad Pros this year. Bloomberg says the company may not unveil all of its new hardware at once at this event, so there could be a second event in October.

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18 responses to “Apple to Limit Availability of New 6.1-inch iPhone Called iPhone Xr”

  1. BeckoningEagle

    Me: Is that your iPhone X?

    Co-Worker: No, its my Xs.

    Me: Oh, I didn't know you were back together.


    drum, drum ,drum, snare

  2. Winner

    Ok, so the new models are the iPhone XC (cross country), the iphone Xr (Xray), and the iPhone XS Max (Extra Small Max - the biggest one).

    Got it.

    At least the names are short.

  3. Bats

    6.5 inches? WOW!!! They use to call these phones "Phablets" - half phone, half tablet. Might as well call them tablets now.

    • locust infested orchard inc

      In reply to Bats:

      The bigger the iPhone the larger the surface area onto which to place my mug of hot chocolate before retiring for bed.


      I'm looking to replace my rather expensive mug coaster that is currently 5.65" by 2.79" (the iPhone X for those not aware of the physical dimensions of the notched phone that has besotted many).


      The 6.5" iPhone Xs Max may serve better as a hot chocolate mug coaster than its predecessor. And the alleged burgundy color will coordinate my bedroom's decor.

  4. curtisspendlove

    That is somewhat interesting since an apparent Chinese leak over the weekend showed a several manufacturing mockups in different colors, dubbed iPhone Xc (which would make the most sense, honestly).


    It also seemed to confirm iPhone Xs Plus over “max”.


    I’m not a fan of the Xs moniker, since I feel it is too ambiguous. Hardly anyone calls the “X” the “ten”. So these are going to be generally referred to as the “ex-ess” or whatever they end up calling them.


    In in the end, none of it really matters, it is just a phone name...but still it entertains me.

  5. Daekar

    Wtf, they're going to confuse my mother. The base model should just be iPhone with the year. The others should be iPhone Plus with the year. Either that or they should just get to 20 and start the numbers over again.

  6. locust infested orchard inc

    Quote by Mehedi Hassan: "All the new iPhones will include the iPhone X's new design"


    Which of course means the Apple faithful are in for a treat with not just one new phone, but three new phones that possess the engineering prowess and elegance of Stephanie Clifford (AKA Stormy Daniels) — the notch.


    Charming, ehhh.

  7. locust infested orchard inc

    The marketing team going into overdrive with this bizarre and bewildering naming scheme that will serve only to confuse and baffle the faithful herd.


    They should have labelled the "regular" phone with the lack of conviction they appear to have, by naming it iPhone Er ('Er' for a hesitant not sure).

  8. provision l-3

    There may or may not be something called the "iPhoneXr" but if there is I'm guessing the r doesn't stand for "regular". I doubt Apple's marketing would allow the use of a word that makes their product sound so painfully pedestrian.

  9. eccelex

    wtf is that awful naming scheme

  10. Xatom

    They seem like they are out of ideas on the phones and the names. I wonder if they miss Mr. Jobs yet.

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