iPhone X[R]: What does “R” stands for in iPhone XR? Find out inside.

iPhone X[R] or iPhone XR (called it “Ten R”) is the most strange iPhone yet to date. Strange because of the usage of “R”. Previously the record was held by iPhone SE, simply for using [SE] instead of the normal [S] – which Apple clarified as “Special Edition”.

For iPhone XR specs and prices, together with its siblings – iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max – specs and prices, do check here. I got them summarized in one page for your easy readings.

So what about “R” in iPhone XR? What does “R” stands for?

Here’s what I can think of.

R – Rhythm

R – Revolutionary

R – Revive

R – Reduced

R – Racing

R – Rally

R – Roar

R – Regular

R -Reach

R – Retro

R – Recycled


Of course, though it make sense “R” in iPhone XR is meant for “Regular” since its the cheapest between its siblings, but I don’t think Apple like to call it “iPhone X Regular”.

I do personally really like the first one – “R” for Rhythm, since iPhone XR is released in 6 different colors, showing the rhythm of people who are using (or planning to use) them.

Or, could Apple named iPhone XR just like how One Plus named their device with “T”?

In case you don’t know, One Plus is a handphone company, based in China. While back then Apple were always come with “S” series, One Plus simply would like to “one plus” Apple by not using “S” series in their phone but “T” – which indeed “one plus” more character in Alphabets.

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What is “R” in iPhone XR? Rhythm? Revolutionary? Regular? Reduced?

So really if the “R” in iPhone XR has no meaning at all, then likely Apple is kind of following One Plus way, but instead of “one plus”-ing, Apple is subtracting one from “S”, to indicate that this iPhone XR is just one step behind its siblings – the iPhone XS.

Update as of 20th September 2018: After further readings and findings, plenty of people (from Quora and even from comments on this blog) told that R is actually “Reach” as Apple implied during the Apple Special Event back in 12th September 2018.

So what do you guys think? Though now it seemed obvious, but I do still love “R” in the iPhone XR to be “Rhythm” – thanks to its 6 colors that for sure makes a rhythm when bunch of iPhone XR users stand together holding their colorful iPhone XR.


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11 thoughts on “iPhone X[R]: What does “R” stands for in iPhone XR? Find out inside.

  • September 14, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    “R” stands for the third heart sound which is after S1 S2( XS XS Max), also this kind of heart beat is normal for younger people but would mean a heart failure after middle age which also means the iPhone will not use any old time technology in its future phones after this one- iPhone XR.

    Or we should see the “XR” as a whole body to say instead of Ten R. So the iPhone XR will means the crossroad between the old and new.

  • September 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    i thought maybe iphone xr stood for iphone x retro??? what do you think? it must stand for something because s stands for special, and se stood for special edition…..

    • September 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

      I don’t think Apple would want to call it Retro. At least not officially. Because if they do call it Retro, people may not want to get it 😛

  • September 19, 2018 at 5:59 am

    The “R” in XR stands for reach – Apple wants to “reach” as many people as they can with a lower price tag on this phone compared to the XS and the XS Max. Rewatch the keynote event.

  • September 19, 2018 at 6:00 am

    The “R” in XR stands for reach – Apple wants to “reach” as many people as they can with a lower price tag on this phone compared to the XS and the XS Max. Rewatch the keynote event, they explain it pretty well.

  • September 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Xr is extended reality. Term voor vr and ar.. apple is preparing for extended reality with arkit and more 😉

  • October 29, 2018 at 2:20 am

    iphone XR ( R ) = Rainbow / we have six colors of iphone XR

    • October 29, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Hi Rasti.Azad,

      Well that can be right though apparently Apple has confirmed “R” on iPhone XR is nothing but just like “R” found on racing car.


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