Apple has once again released its latest selection of iPhones, and September 2019 sees the release of the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Yet, despite the hype before the launch centring around the fall in price, the release of the new models show Apple has also introduced a range of new features, some of which we explore below.
Starting with what for many is the most anticipated feature, the camera has clearly received some special attention. The resolution has been upgraded, jumping up 5 megapixels from its predecessor the iPhone XR, climbing to 12MP from 7MP. For context, the Google Pixel 3a has a 12.2MP camera, whilst the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G has a 16MP camera.
Alongside this upgrade, Apple has also included features that aim to improve the camera’s versatility. ‘Night Mode’, for example, has been introduced to get rid of the challenge of taking photos in low lighting, by automatically enhancing brightness in darker settings. Additionally, these latest iPhones have a fresh camera lens layout; the original ‘Wide’ lens above and the new ‘Ultra-Wide’ lens below, which can capture four times as much scene.
Moreover, the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also include an additional ‘telephoto lens’, originally introduced with the iPhone XR, which offers a longer focus range. When combined with another two lenses, users can take more professional-looking pictures than is possible with older versions of the iPhone.
Another original feature is what Apple is calling the ‘slofie’; a high-quality, slow-motion video taken in selfie mode, which can certainly be used to spice up any content you post on social media accounts.
What’s more, if you are a keen videographer, the iPhone 11 offers the highest-quality video in a smartphone allowing you to shoot at a resolution of 4K at 60 frames-per-second (fps).
There hasn’t been any improvement in screen quality in the basic release – the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR both have Liquid Retina HD displays, but if you opt for the Pro or Pro Max this is upgraded to a ‘Super Retina XDR’ display which is sure to make the most of the new camera capabilities.
One of Apple’s key focuses in marketing the iPhone 11 has been its processing chip. The new A13 Bionic chip is 30 percent more battery efficient than the previous A12 chip, and the fastest in any smartphone, making everything you do fast and fluid as well as lasting longer. Apple have also paired this chip with an improved battery, meaning the increase in processing speed shouldn’t take a toll on durability.
One thing that hasn’t changed with the iPhone 11 range is the generation of network it offers to users, having chosen to bypass the opportunity to incorporate 5G into the new models. 5G is the next-generation data network which can already be found in devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G; it promises to be anywhere between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G, making it a vast leap in data sharing. Nonetheless, Apple has already announced that it will be present in the 2020 iPhones, as this is likely to coincide with 5G being available on a more useable scale, once the infrastructure that makes it possible is more widespread. With 5G networks in 2019 still in their early stages of development, it is also expensive to purchase a phone with this technology embedded. Therefore, waiting until more phones have made it a standard part of their offering might be worthwhile.
How it looks
Aesthetically speaking, the new iPhone has moved away from previous versions that offered bright colour options, instead opting for a more pastel colour range. However, this can only be said for the iPhone 11 and not the Pro or Pro Max, which have the usual options of Silver, Gold and Space Grey, along with the addition of ‘Midnight Green’. The hardware itself is also slightly more waterproof than previous models, which is beneficial for the clumsier iPhone customer. And, as Apple officially killed the home button with the iPhone X, the iPhone 11 continues the trend of opting for Face ID, which Apple calls ‘the most secure facial authentication in a smartphone… even more secure than Touch ID’.
Overall, it seems that the camera has undergone the biggest change in this version of the iPhone – but what are your thoughts about Apple’s latest iPhone models? Let us know in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, you may also find these interesting: