From the Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino, California, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the newest line of iPhones. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are set to be released on September 20th, succeeding the iPhone XR. Pre orders began on September 13th .
The base iPhone 11 will retail for $699, $50 cheaper than the iPhone XR at its launch date. The iPhone 11 Pro will retail for $999 while the iPhone 11 Pro Max will retail at $1,099. Apple is heavily promoting trade ins and payment plans to offset the cost.
Perhaps the most striking change is the tri-camera array which will be featured in the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, a first in iPhone history. A redesigned camera app will allow users to switch between the three cameras. One camera will be a wide-angle lens, another will be an ultra-wide–angle lens, while the third will be a telephoto lens allowing users to zoom in on far away objects, therefore boosting the quality of portrait shots. One of the most prominent features of the three cameras is the Night Mode designed to enhance photographs taken in low light. The base iPhone 11 will feature a duel camera system including the wide and ultrawide camera lenses. The front facing camera is the same across all three models, it will feature slow-motion video and a wider angle.
The iPhone 11 camera will also feature a new technology called Deep Fusion which selects the best features of nine different photographs taken together in a batch. Deep Fusion then combines the best features into one composite photograph. This will have the effect of sharper details and range on photographs. This technology will be available on all three models of the iPhone 11.
Additionally, the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models will be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic processor chip which has been reported to be 40% more efficient that the A12 Bionic chip used in the iPhone XR. The new iPhones will also feature a 5% larger battery than the iPhone XR. Combining battery size with the new chip, an extra hour of battery life has been reported by Apple for the new iPhones. The 11 Pro models will come with 18W fast chargers, while the base model will come with the standard 5W charger. This has generated some controversy as most other competing smartphones have been packaged with fast chargers, including ones that are cheaper than the iPhone.
The iPhone 11 will come in six colors: black, green, white, red, purple, and yellow. The 11 Pro models will come in four colors: midnight green, space grey, silver, and gold. A new anodized aluminum finish will also be available and is said to be more durable. Apple also claims that new iPhone will be made with the toughest glass ever found in a smartphone. Furthermore, there will be improved water resistance and a more immersive sound system.
Perhaps the most controversial part of the iPhone 11 is that it is not equipped for the 5G network. Released in late 2018, the 5G network is said to be substantially faster than the 4G network which it is replacing. The first smartphone to support the 5G network, released in March 2019, was the Samsung Galaxy S10. Apple has claimed that the 5G network is still in its infancy stages and has not warranted enough use to be accessible through the iPhone. Essentially, Apple is waiting for it to become mainstream before introducing it into their phones.
Aside from a few technical and physical upgrades, the most prominent change from the iPhone XR is the camera system. Besides the camera upgrades, there aren’t very many features that will stick out to the everyday user. Time will tell whether users decide to upgrade to the iPhone 11, or simply stick with their current model.