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iPhone Xʀ Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 217
Article Title = iPhone Xʀ Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 13th September 2018
Article Last Updated = 30th October 2018
Article URL =

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the iPhone Xʀ
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Q. When is the iPhone Xʀ European launch dates?
A. The iPhone Xʀ was announced on the 12th September 2018 with pre-orders on 19th October 2018, initial availability on 26th October 2018 including the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Q. Why did Apple also launch the iPhone Xʀ at the same time as the Xs?
A. The Xʀ model is a cheaper model of iPhone with some high-end features such as Face ID. Ultimately, in the long term it will replace the iPhone SE, 7 and 8 models and over time will reduce in price.
Q. What are the primary features of the iPhone Xʀ compared to older iPhone models?
  • 6.1" Liquid Retina LCD 120Hz True-Tone screen
  • A12 Bionic processor with 64-bit architecture and Neural Engine
  • Face ID
  • NFC with reader mode
  • 12MP single lens wide-angle camera
  • Real-time preview in Depth Control - this feature will be available via a free software update later this fall
  • Dual SIM technology (eSIM with DSDS - Dual SIM Dual Standby) [Chinese models only have 2 physical SIM slots] - requires iOS 12.1 or later
See Apple UK's comparison chart for a full feature by feature comparison.
Q. Is the iPhone Xʀ splash, water, and dust resistant?
A. Yes, rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529.
Q. Does the iPhone Xʀ come with a 3.5mm headphone jack?
A. No.
Q. What colours is the iPhone Xʀ available in?
A. White, black, blue, coral, yellow and Product RED.
Q. What storage capacities is the iPhone Xʀ available in?
A. 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Q. What are the system requirements for using an iPhone Xʀ?
A. The following are required:
  • An Apple ID (for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires
Q. I'm not running OS X 10.11.6 or later. What can I do?
A. Check to see if you can upgrade to OS X 10.11.6 or later.
Q. iPhone Xʀ supports 4G/LTE in other countries outside of the USA. Can I take advantage of this in Europe?
Q. What mobile frequencies does the iPhone Xʀ support?
A. The iPhone Xʀ supports 25 LTE/4G bands including those used in Europe.
Q. Does the iPhone Xʀ support 3D-Touch?
A. No. But it does have haptic touch feedback.
Q. Dual SIM support sounds great. Can I use any two SIMs I want?
A. No. Read all about Apple's Dual SIM technology here. In addition carriers must support the technology - Apple list carrier support by country here.
Q. Does Apple have their own wireless charger?
A. Not yet. On the 12th September 2017 Apple announced the "AirPower" wireless charging mat that can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and optional wireless charging AirPods case, all at the same time! Currently there is no sign of this and no mention was made of it at Apple's media event on the 12th September 2018! Apple AirPower wireless charging mat
Q. Do I have to use Apple's own wireless charger?
A. No, wireless charging uses the Qi standard so any official Qi compatible charger should charge the iPhone Xʀ. Examples include:
Q. What is Face ID?
Q. Can you tell me more about Face ID?
A. We've moved our FAQ regarding Face ID to its own separate article.
Q. The iPhone Xʀ only comes with a "Lightning" connector and no 3.5mm audio out socket - can I still use older headphones/earbuds/audio devices that have 3.5mm connector?
A. Yes. But the iPhone Xʀ does not come with a Lightning to 3.5mm audio connector adaptor in the box - it is available to buy separately Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
Q. The iPhone Xʀ comes with a "Lightning" connector. Can I still connect it to my computer/older devices?
A. Potentially, yes. The iPhone Xʀ comes with a Lightning to USB connector cable in the box which allows you to connect the iPhone Xʀ to your Mac or Windows PC. If you need compatibility with other devices you may need one of the following products:
Q. Does the TrueDepth front camera work with third party apps?
A. Third party apps can utilise ARkit to access the TrueDepth front camera face-tracking features but the third party developer will need to update their app to take advantage of the technology. Apple showed a Snapchat "mask" feature during their demo on the 12th September 2017. Third party developers cannot access the secure enclave and they have no access to Face ID map data stored there.
Q. Do Animojis work with third party apps?
A. No - currently it is Apple's iMessage only.
Q. What version of iOS does the iPhone Xʀ come with?
A. It comes with iOS 12.
Q. What Apple apps come with the iPhone?
A. Below is a list of standard Apple provided iOS apps included with iOS 12 that can now be removed hidden (not all apps are installed on older devices):
  • App Store
  • Books
  • Calculator (not included on iPads)
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Compass (not included on iPads)
  • Contacts†
  • FaceTime
  • Files
  • Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod
  • Find My Friends
  • Health
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Measure
  • Messages
  • Music††
  • News
  • Notes
  • Phone (not included on iPads)
  • Photos
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Safari
  • Settings
  • Siri
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • TV
  • Voice Memos
  • Wallet (not included on iPads)
  • Watch††† (not included on iPads)
  • Weather (not included on iPads)
NOTE: Apps can only be re-downloaded unhidden or "updated" via your iOS device - you cannot use iTunes. This is because apps are not actually deleted from your device (only user data and necessary hooks are removed). The signed, secure version of the app remains on your device, just hidden. "Re-downloading" an app doesn't actually involve a download and instead simply "unhides" the app on your device.
† - You can remove hide the Contacts app from an iPhone only. If you remove hide Contacts, you won't lose your contact information. You can still find all of that information in the Phone app.
†† - If you remove hide the Music app, it won’t be available to use with CarPlay.
††† - If you try to remove hide the Watch app from an iPhone that's paired with an Apple Watch, an alert asks you to unpair your Apple Watch before you can remove the app.

And the following Apple apps are also pre-installed:
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • iTunes U
  • Clips
  • Apple Store
And the following Apple apps are available to download for free from the iOS App Store:
  • Trailers
  • Apple TV Remote
  • iTunes Remote
  • Music Memos
  • Shortcuts
Q. I don't want iOS 12. Can I install/run an earlier version of iOS?
A. No.

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