It’s that time of the year – new Apple iPhones are here. Launched alongside the AppleTV+ and Apple Watch Series 5, was the trio of the new iPhones. Called the Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the Cupertino giant has once again brought out its annual iteration of the iPhone lineup. Clearly, the focus this year has been on the camera department. However, that is not all that the new iPhones bring to the table. So let’s take a look at what makes the new iPhone 11 so special.
Apple iPhone 11 features
Let’s talk about the budget offering first – the Apple iPhone 11. This comes in as the successor to last year’s iPhone Xr. The device comes in a total of 6 new colors, that are White, Black, Purple, Green, Yellow, and Product Red. The device will be packing in a 6.1-inch TrueTone LCD display which Apple affectionately calls the Liquid Retina display. There will be support for haptic touch as well as Dolby Atmos to create a more enriching entertainment experience. The display is also said to be 33% brighter than the iPhone Xr.
Under the hood, the device will be powered by the latest Apple A13 Bionic chipset. The company claims that this offers the fastest CPU and the fastest GPU in the industry. Performance has always been a strong suit for Apple and we don’t see that changing with the iPhone 11. The device also offers slight battery improvements here. The iPhone Xr has proved itself to be the best battery on an iPhone device, and with the iPhone 11, Apple is claiming an extra hour of battery life.
Easily the highlight here is the new camera system. With the iPhone 11, you get a dual 12MP+12MP camera setup. The primary sensor is a 12MP wide sensor while the secondary sensor is a 12MP ultra-wide sensor. Despite lacking a physical telephoto lens, Apple is relying on its software advancements to include a portrait mode here as well. Apple has also added a Night Mode to compete with counterparts like Google’s Night Sight and Huawei’s Super Night Mode. The focus here is more on videography though. Both the lenses can shoot in 4K resolution at 60fps at an Xtended Dynamic Range (XDR). Interestingly, you can switch between the lenses simultaneously.
As for the front camera, there is a 12MP TrueDepth shooter for clicking selfies. Apple has also added a new slow-motion feature for selfies, called Slofies. It records selfie videos at 120fps, allowing you to add cool effects to your videos. Apart from that, the iPhone 11 itself is splash-, water- and dust-resistant, and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
The software improvements made in the iPhone 11 will carry over to its big brothers too, so let’s talk about what makes the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max different. This is the first time Apple is using the word “Pro” in their naming scheme, which seems apt, considering that the two devices might just prove to be the best smartphones for a photographer/videographer. While both the devices share a lot of features, let us first see what separates the Pro and the Pro Max.
Both the models come with a new OLED Super XDR display, with the iPhone 11 Pro featuring a 5.8-inch display while the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with a maxed out 6.5-inch display. Apple claims that the 11 Pro should offer 4 hours of extra battery life than the iPhone Xs, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max would offer 5 hours of extra juice as opposed to the iPhone Xs Max. Other than that, both devices come with the same specifications. Both the models will be available in four color variants, namely midnight green, space gray, silver, and gold. Under the hood, you’d still get the Apple A13 Bionic chipset, same as the iPhone 11. The devices will also ship with an 18W fast charger in the box.
In terms of cameras, the iPhone 11 Pro comes with a triple camera setup of 12MP+12MP+12MP. Two of those lenses are the same as the iPhone XR, while you also get an additional 12MP Telephoto lens. Apart from a hardware-implemented Portrait Mode, the iPhone 11 Pro also brings a lot of features to personify the “Pro” tag.
Next-generation Smart HDR uses advanced machine learning to recognize subjects in the frame and intelligently relight them for more natural-looking images with greater detail. A new True Tone flash is over 30 percent brighter, in case you don’t want to use the Night Mode. There’s also Deep Fusion here in which the device basically shoots 9 images and fuses them together with the help of the neuro engine on-board of the A13 Bionic. All the four cameras here (three rear, one front) can shoot in 4K@60fps in XDR. Apple is touting the iPhone 11 Pro to offer the highest video quality in a smartphone. We will have to see if the Google Pixel 4 can outsmart it, but so far, Apple’s claim certainly seems to be true.
Pricing and Availability
Apple has kept its pricing game really competitive this time around. The Apple iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models with prices starting at Rs. 64,900. Both the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models with prices starting at Rs. 99,900 and Rs. 1,09,900 respectively. All three smartphones will go on sale starting 27th September. Apple is also including a year of AppleTV+ subscription for all new iPhone customers.