These Geekbench 4 tests are probably being run by people at Apple because the devices still identify themselves by their code name.
The two phones are nearly identical in design and features, with the XS being a refinement of last year's phone. Even though it is cheaper, according to Apple, iPhone Xr has the best LCD display ever used on a phone.
Design-wise TechRadar's Gareth Beavis says that next to the iPhone XS the new iPhone XR is "not quite as attractive", pointing out its thicker bezels and drawing your attention to the fact that its edges aren't made out of the same premium-feeling materials.
"The Apple Watch continues to improve and provide additional relevant functions".
The iPhone XR starts at $749, £749 and AU$1,229 for the 64GB version.
With these changes astir, now might be the ideal time to pick up a discontinued iPhone before it falls out of circulation, especially if you're after a model with a headphone jack.More news: Google is Killing Inbox Because Nothing Gold Can Stay
The price cut was a pretty significant one, too.
The starting price of the new iPhone XS, the successor to the iPhone X, is the same as the iPhone X's: $US999. Since that phone lasted longer than the iPhone X in CNET's looping video tests(in airplane mode), we at least have an inkling that the XR could outlast Apple's more expensive iPhones.
Single rear camera lens instead of two: This is a big one.
We also know that maintaining high margins, which Apple is increasingly trying to achieve with high prices, is important, as fewer people now upgrade their phone on a regular basis. Both factors that should conserve energy in comparison.
Later sale date: While the iPhone XS devices go on sale September 21 (preorders start September 14), you won't be able to buy the iPhone XR until October 26 (preorders start October 19). Why pay $US999 for the incredible screen on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max when you could effectively buy the same phone for $US100 less?
For any iPhone X owners anxious about whether the discontinuation will dent the resale value of their phone, the Forrester analyst Thomas Husson has some reassuring words.