Apple unveiled their newest line of iPhones on Tuesday. They marketed the event with the tagline “By innovation only.” It brought us the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Overall, the new phones look much like the previous models. Apple focused heavily on the camera system and photo quality and not much else. Perhaps they meant to be ironic with that tagline. Here’s everything you need to know.
iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max
The front-facing camera on all models received an upgrade to 12MP. It will shoot 4K video at 60 fps as well as time-lapse and slo-mo video. You can also rotate your phone to fit more people in a selfie.
All 3 models are powered by the A13 Bionic. Apple boasts that it’s 20 percent faster than the A12.
Apple also boasts battery life improvements across the board. The iPhone 11 will last up to an hour longer than the iPhone XS. iPhone 11 Pro outperforms the XS by four hours. Finally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max provides an astonishing five extra hours compared to the iPhone XS Max.
The iPhone 11 replaces the iPhone XR as Apple’s entry level phone. It now sports two cameras instead of one. Many predicted one of those cameras would be a telephoto lens. Instead, Apple added an ultra-wide, 120-degree lens to complement the standard wide lens. Having both cameras allows you to capture more of the scenery around you.
The new Night Mode improves photo quality in low light conditions. The phone does its best to brighten low light photos while reducing noise within the image. According to Apple, the iPhone 11 will shoot photos 3 times faster than other phones with similar low light modes.
You can choose from six colors: purple, green, yellow, white, black, and red.
iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max
Apple has dubbed these phones as “the first iPhone powerful enough to be called Pro.” Head to the iPhone 11 Pro page, and you’ll see “Pro” so much that you’ll feel like a Pro.
Both Pro models feature improved standard wide and telephoto lenses over the previous models. However, Apple also added the same ultra-wide lens found on the iPhone 11. Unfortunately, it looks you stuck a mini fidget spinner on your phone. The real magic comes in the way the iPhone 11 Pro uses all three cameras at the same time.
While shooting photos, the phone uses all 3 cameras. Dubbed “Deep Fusion”, nine separate images are analyzed and combined to give you the best photo possible.
Choose from four colors for your iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max: space gray, silver, gold, and the new midnight green.
3D Touch has left the building. Apple replaced it with Haptic Touch. It’s really just the old long press with a little bit of vibration added for effect.
The latest iPhones are lacking 5G support also. 5G networks are still rolling out anyway, so that’s not a huge loss. However, lack of 5G support could impact sales for 2020.
Price & Release Date
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max start at $699, $999, and $1,099 respectively. Apple is heavily promoting trading in your previous phone to save some money.
Preordering starts on September 13 at 5 AM PDT. All models will be released on September 20.
Should You Buy It?
If you currently have any iPhone X model, we don’t see a huge reason to upgrade. Hold out for next year when we’ll likely see 5G models.
iPhone 6s, 7, and 8 users would benefit from significant performance improvements and better cameras.
If you’re still using an iPhone 6 or older, you should consider upgrading. iOS 13 won’t be compatible with your device, and your battery life probably has you reaching for the charger more often than you care to admit.
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