Yesterday was the D-day for iPhone and Apple fans all over the world. The iPhone model for 2019, the iPhone 11, has finally been launched. It came along with two other powerful and more premium models, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which are having the triple rear camera systems.
First of all, the iPhone 11 is the successor of iPhone XR, which is the budget iPhone announced last year. This year’s basic iPhone models (default iPhone 11) comes in 6 colours: purple, white, yellow, green, black, and red. The new iPhone’s glass is touted to be the toughest glass in any smartphone yet.
Overview of the iPhone 11
There is a screen size of 6.1 inches on the iPhone 11 with the resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels. And the screen comes with a Liquid Retina Display technology which is coupled with advanced LCD. The display of the iPhone 11, aside from having a Liquid Retina display, has true tone, wide colour gamut display technologies. Also, there are features like Tap to Wake and Haptic Touch.
For its video playbacks, Apple has now fitted a Spatial Audio tech in the new iPhones. This tech “provides an immersive theatre-like experience by creating a sound-filled” around the user.
Let’s get on the back and see what the camera offers there. The iPhone 11 (the basic or regular one) has only two cameras on the back (unlike the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max). But that doesn’t make it any less of a smartphone camera. It looks like Apple is gradually listening to its consumers.
The two rear cameras are 12MP (ultra-wide), 12MP (wide). The all-new wide camera lens comes with optical image stabilisation, and 6-element lens. The wide camera has a 100% focus pixels, for faster autofocus and it is 3x faster in lower light. This is the part I say Apple is listening to consumers — the low light imaging.
The ultra-wide camera has 5-element lens and 120o field of view. There is the wide camera shot and you can switch to the ultra-wide. The ultra-wide camera shot lets you capture more area around the subject of the photo without physically stepping back to get a bigger shot.
The rear camera setup on the iPhone 11 now has a new photo-rendering technology that allows the camera “to intelligently detect the subjects” of the photo and re-light them with the perfect details to produce the better shots.
Another feature in the iPhone 11 camera is the QuickTake. This allows you to quickly take a video in the Photo frame by tapping and holding the snap button. You wouldn’t need to switch to Video frame for that. The company bragged that the iPhone 11 has “the highest-quality video ever in a smartphone”, a direct callout to the Samsung Galaxies and the Google Pixels.
Other features of the camera include 36% brighter true tone flash against the previous iPhone, 2x optical zoom, Portrait mode with depth control, portrait lightning with light control, next gen Smart HDR, 4k video at 60-fps, and the almighty Night Mode.
The selfie camera has been upgraded to 12MP from the 7MP of the previous iPhone XS series. iPhone 11’s selfie lens has 4k video shooting ability with extended dynamic range up to 30-fps and 4K at 60-fps as well.
And there is “Slowfie”. What’s that? It is simply a video taken with the selfie camera but it’s in slow motion. So you wouldn’t need to take the selfie video and go edit to slow-mo. It is already there in the iPhone 11.
The iPhone 11 is running on a new A13 Bionic chip. Again, Apple brags that the A13 Bionic is the fastest processor ever used in a smartphone. The A13 Bionic still puts the iPhone 11 ahead of the iPhone XR (A12 Bionic), the recent Galaxy S10+ (Snapdragon 855), Huawei P30 Pro (980), and the Google Pixel 3 (Snapdragon 845).
The company itself during the launch did not say a word on the storage size and RAM of the iPhone 11, the 11 Pro, or the 11 Pro Max. But we reckon that the base storage capacity will start at 64GB, move to 128GB and then 256GB.
The iPhone 11 Pro is going to have 64GB, 256GB, 512GB for storage but the RAM is unknown. For the Max model of the iPhone 11 Pro, we have the same storage capacities as the regular 11 Pro.
The capacity of the battery of neither the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, nor the 11 Pro Max was revealed. All that was said was the iPhone 11 was going to last an hour more than last year’s iPhone XR. I wonder why Apple doesn’t reveal the actual capacity of the batteries in its iPhones. For consolidation, Apple says the battery will last all day!
As with all newer smartphone flagships, the iPhone 11 and its counterparts are water and dust resistant. The Face ID is said to unlock at 30% faster than the previous iPhone. This will be possible with the help of the iOS 13 which may be released on September 19, 2019. Unfortunately, there is no USB-C in the iPhone 11.
Surprisingly and not-so-surprisingly the iPhone 11 is going to cost just $700 which is around ₵3,835. I say surprisingly because Apple never pegs the price of a new device below the launch price of the previous device.
Also, not-so-surprisingly because the smartphone market, in general, is not doing so well. Even the likes of the Samsungs are not hitting their targets. So it makes sense that Apple will rethink overpricing its iPhones.
Well, the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max are starting at $1000 (₵5,475) and $1100 (₵6,023), respectively.