Apple gives away an iPhone XR to everyone in the studio audience of The Ellen Show

It started back in 2004 when all 276 members of the studio audience watching a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show received a brand new $28,000 Pontiac (donated by the automobile company). These days, rewarding a live audience with a valuable surprise has become a common occurrence. During the holidays, in order to jack up ratings, this is taken to the extreme. For example, The Ellen Show has 12 days of audience giveaways for the holiday season. According to a story published today, Apple decided to promote one of its new iPhone models during one of these dozen episodes.

To break the news to the studio audience, host Ellen Degeneres and guest Julia Roberts played the popular Heads Up game. This is the game where two people face each other, one with a smartphone on his/her head. The other person has to give clues to help the person holding the phone guess what is printed on the screen. Depending on the category being played, it could be the name of a song, movie, television show, or a celebrity. In this case, the category was Christmas.

Roberts was giving the clues to Degeneres, who was able to guess answers like "Jingle Bells," and "Frosty the Snowman." After the game ended, the two headed over in front of an animated Christmas themed screen to take a selfie with an iPhone XR. Reading off of the teleprompter, Roberts said, "I think it's cool because it comes in six different colors and it has the longest battery life ever." Denegeres then chimed in. "This is the first time we have ever done this in 16 seasons. You're getting the brand new iPhone XR." As you can imagine, the audience erupts.

If you watch Ellen religiously, perhaps you've already seen this moment take place when the episode aired. If not, or if you want to see people go nuts again, click on the video at the top of this article.

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iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)



2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

When was last Apple give out free something le this? Is it me or just another way to promote the phone prevent the fail iphone like 5c?

34. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

They included the 'free' headphone adapter didn't they.

35. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Yep, they also include normal

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1173; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Damn, they gotta get rid of it somehow.

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Haha. Now if Samsung had done this, iFans would be saying, see Samsung has to give away phones they can't sell. Looks like Apple is joining US carriers in giving away the XR, because no one is buying them. Oh Mighty Midan, please come off your iPhantasy island, and explain this one. Lol

9. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

You can already see Samsung fans saying exactly the same thing, namely comment #2,3 and 6. Get a life Techie.

24. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

@Techie You spend too much time arguing with people in the web, either you don't want to have a proper social life or just like excessive drama? Apple or android, just be happy that people are getting free gifts this holiday season.


Posts: 188; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

clearly their phone isn't selling lol

39. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Nobody's phones are selling. Apple is getting into PR mode and Samsung and LG are giving out 50" TVS

7. BigVanVader

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Giving away junk lol

21. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It's not a junk, just overpriced for the specs. And it was a gift so no need to get too deep on why they gave free units.

29. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Ellen audience - The perfect iPhone demographic


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nobody is buying the XR and fruit company has a huge stock. So only way is to give them away.

40. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Nobody is buying Nokia phones and Microsoft devices, the iPhone XR is going to make it to the top 10 of best selling smartphones worldwide, now go back to the sewer where you belong you disgusting piece of crap

49. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

More like in top 3 with XS and XS Max

50. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Tens of millions are buying XR, don't be stupid

51. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’ve seen lots of XR on the streets lately, I haven’t seen so many Note 9 or mate 20 pro, it’s going to be very difficult that the XR is not in the top 10 of bestselling smartphones worldwide, I guess android trolls will be very quiet when this happens or maybe the will flood PhoneArena and any other media with their salty tears another year in a row, it’s really funny but tiring at the same time

52. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Of course it will be in top 10 list, what Android phone could sell more? It's only fighting with other iPhone sales.

58. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have seen no xr on the street and have seen note 9's.

62. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well maybe you should check your eyes sissy, we all know the note 9 is flopping and Samsung has big hopes on the GS10 to save their smartphones division, that’s not a secret, you know it

66. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

We also all know the xr is flopping, especially when apple will give away 100's of them. Apple use to not give away anything.

79. koioz

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Who will buy the XR? Even a dumbass will never give a sh*t to that piece of trash.

82. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You can easily tell with the poor screen and massive bezels

90. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Let’s never forget when android trolls blindly chose the iPhone XR over a phone with higher resolution and after realizing that they were all salty as usual

99. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Pocophone has a s**tty screen. That's a great win for apple! lmao

100. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Keep crying, and btw your bum looks bigger, you haven’t been using the cream

37. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Wow Julia Roberts never ages, and look at the excitement of the people with the iPhone XR, such a difference to that cringy Samsung GS9 giveaway in a town where people were like “mmmm, meh”

59. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It could have been a 20 gift and people will act excited on those shows because they are told to.

64. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The people who got the GS9 was like: “why, I didn’t ask for this!” Look at the girls crying when they knew they’d get an iPhone XR, you can’t compare the excitement, nobody cares about Samung, that’s why they have lost a huge chunk of the market share lately, that’s a fact, I’m sorry if that hurts you, use butthurt cream like cmdacos so you are able to sit comfortably

70. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah they have, but not to apple.

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