Apple iPhone XR 2 could borrow key iPhone XS camera feature

The iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max have been at the center of most Apple leaks lately, but the company is also developing an iPhone XR successor which today has become the subject of a new report

A telephoto camera just like the iPhone XS series

Citing information provided by Chinese suppliers, it’s once again claimed that the iPhone XR 2 will follow in the footsteps of both the iPhone X and iPhone XS by adopting a dual-camera setup. Apparently, these new sensors will be borrowed from the flagship iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max in the hope of keeping costs down. This means that the iPhone XR’s replacement should benefit from a new telephoto camera in addition to the usual primary sensor.

Details about these are yet to be revealed, but no major upgrades are expected at the moment. This would suggest that both sensors will offer 12-megapixel resolutions and the telephoto zoom lens will offer 2x optical zoom.

Accompanying the extra camera on the rear should be an upgraded selfie snapper that’ll also offer a 12-megapixel resolution, up significantly from the 7-megapixel resolution offered by the iPhone XR’s selfie camera.

Don't expect a square camera bump on the iPhone XR 2

As revealed recently by renders, both iPhone XI models will be adopting a new rear camera design that centers around a large square-shaped bump. But the iPhone XR 2’s lack of a third sensor means that it’ll most likely skip this design. 

It is believed the smartphone’s rear will instead resemble that of the iPhone XS line. Just like the iPhone XI, though, the iPhone XR 2 is expected to use a single slab of glass that curves upwards around the vertical camera setup, thus removing the need for a separate metal ring.

While on the topic of design similarities, another feature the iPhone XR’s replacement will probably copy from the iPhone XI is the redesigned mute button. On the current-gen models, Apple includes a switch that slides horizontally, but on the next-gen iPhones this looks set to be replaced by an iPad-inspired vertical switch.

Reverse wireless charging, fast charger in the box, more

Like the original, the 2019 iPhone XR is expected to feature a 6.1-inch LCD display, although this time around it might be paired with a larger 3,089mAh battery which should provide a decent boost to battery life – the current model features a 2,942mAh cell.

Alongside this, previous reports have suggested Apple will finally ditch the 5W charging brick found inside its iPhone boxes in favor of an 18W USB-C fast charger. Don’t, however, expect a USB Type-C port on the iPhone XR 2 itself. Apple was apparently testing the popular port on certain iPhone prototypes, but the idea was seemingly scrapped quite early on. Instead, Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector is expected to return.

On a more positive note for Apple users, the 2019 iPhone lineup is expected to benefit from reverse wireless charging. Essentially, this means owners of the next-gen iPhones will be able to charge their AirPods and Apple Watches by placing them on top. 

If history is anything to go by, the iPhone XR 2 will be announced at an event in early September alongside the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max prior to a release later on that month Pricing information is yet to leak, but the three smartphones are expected to maintain their current price points – any additional price hikes could be disastrous for Apple’s slowing iPhone sales. This means that the iPhone XR 2 should cost $749, while the iPhone XI and XI Max will probably retail at $999 and $1,099.

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iPhone 11
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3110 mAh



1. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

An LCD screen in 2019? Well I guess they added fast charging, a bigger battery and another camera so they had to cut another corner.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Are we really acting like LCD is bad now too? I swear, y'all find anything to complain about. I could see if you were talking the resolution though.

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Would you buy a CRT monitor for your computer? Would you buy a track ball mouse? A car equipped with cassette player? A VHS player? I'm guessing not. We're at an age where certain tech isn't acceptable. If you're selling flagship phones, why not give us flagship specs? What next, only 2 gb of RAM?

7. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

comparing an LCD display to a CRT or a trackball ...ok

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The point is, we're at a point where we can ask a manufacturer why they aren't using AMOLED or OLED. Sure LCD isn't CRT old, just saying, why haven't they phased out LCD fully?

12. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

to push sales for XI and XI Max. they need to convince the customers to grab the more expensive option somehow... but, imo, average joe won't care, cause the displays have been fairly nice as of late

14. Damac71nina

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

It’s more expensive that’s why they have the iPhone XI and XI Plus

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"Like the original, the 2019 iPhone XR is expected to feature a 6.1-inch LCD display". The display is by far the most important item on any smartphone. Its how you interact with the device, its the smartphones window to the world, and it covers most of the devices front. So kiko007 LCD sucks. Especially the one on the XR. its a low resolution HD+ display that doesn't support HDR. Only idiots and suckers would buy the XR.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What is it borrowing? Average flagship quality?

4. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Well maybe android phone should borrow Xr because its the best selling phone.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I'm sure Android offers enough mid-range phones in it's portfolio, they don't need another like the XR is the mix.

10. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

They may offer a lot but nothing conpares to iphone Xr. Android maybe good for a year or two but iphone last longer than any of them.

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Yes, big mistakes tend to haunt us for longer periods of our life.

13. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Iphone xSE 64gb 3gb RAM for $500, I will be first one to order.

17. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

close your eyes when you're dreaming gal

15. jjface

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

You mean the iphone 11R. Or the Iphone XIR !

16. Vokilam

Posts: 1450; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I don’t want XR2. I want SE2!!!!

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