Apple's iPhone XR shown off in first 'hands-on' videos

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Looking to drum up publicity for the iPhone XR ahead of preorders on Friday, Apple has provided a handful of news sites and YouTubers with hands-on time.

Much of the coverage appears to revolve around an Apple press showing organized in New York City. Rather than being full reviews, published videos mostly go over the similarities and differences with the XR versus the iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as 2017's iPhone X.

A common theme is the XR's six different colors, its use of a 6.1-inch LCD instead of OLED, and the presence of a single camera on the back instead of the twin units on the XS line. Some videos address the phone's ability to simulate the XS's depth-of-field effects, and the replacement of 3D Touch with haptic feedback.

The XR ships Oct. 26, starting at $749.

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