The tech world has been eagerly awaiting the launch of Apple iPhone’s latest flagship, the iPhone 11. However, what we didn’t know was that CEO Tim Cook had an entirely new series of smartphone planned that sees engineering and computational science come together like never before. On 10 September 2019, while streaming live at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Campus in San Fransisco, Cook and company revealed the new iPhone 11 and the revolutionary iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
The iPhone 11 comes with an advanced 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD Display that gives you more screen, more smartphone, and more of an experience when streaming or looking at photos. The resolution is a 1792 x 828 with 326 pixels per inch (ppi), with a contrast ratio of 1400:1 as well as improved brightness. The display also offers Tap-to-Touch, True Tone with millions of colours on your display for a more real-life look. The display, however, doesn’t support 3D Touch like the iPhone XR but it does feature Haptic Touch like the iPhone XR and XR Max. Haptic Touch feels the pressure from your finger when, for example, selecting the Camera app from the lock screen. The phone gives a haptic vibration just before the app opens.
The new iPhone 11 is made out of glass and aluminium – the strongest ever in a smartphone as Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has described it. The phone’s water and dust resistance remain at IP68, however, it now allows you to submerge your phone in freshwater for up to two hours – 30 minutes more than the previous iPhone range. Overall, the durability of the phone is much stronger than the X range. New colours have been introduced as well: White, Black, Yellow, Red, Purple and Green.
Although Apple’s A12 chipset is still the leading performance chip in the world of smartphones, Tim and company have gone and done it again and surprised us all with the new A13 Bionic chip. This chip takes high performance and low energy-expenditure to a new level! The A13 chip makes your iPhone 11 20% faster than any other iPhone and graphics processing (GPU) is 40% faster than before.
How’s this possible, you ask? We had a similar thought. During the live launch, it was shown just how efficient the chip is. It only uses the most necessary parts of the chip to provide high performance and it’s this feature of the chip that lessens its energy consumption, allowing for longer battery life.
Now, for what everyone’s been waiting for! The iPhone 11 camera has some epic features that are going to take your selfie game to a new level. The dual camera now simultaneously utilises a 12-megapixel wide-angle and ultra-wide lens to give you 4x more in your shot. Now, the camera also offers a 120-degree field of view, which opens up your lens to bigger, wider photos.
Colour comes to life in the new iPhone 11 camera as well: Tone mapping is used to highlight the best parts of the image based on the amount of light in the photo. Portrait Mode’s studio lighting option has also been improved so that you can take professional “studio looking” photos. Night Mode has taken a leap into the future in the iPhone 11 and comes on automatically when shooting in the dark. It reduces motion and blur so that your night shots are clearer than ever – even without the flash.
Your selfies are now better than ever: The front-facing camera has been upgraded from 10-megapixels in the X range to 12-megapixels in the iPhone 11 and the camera also offers 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom.
Creating a “cinematic experience” rather than “taking a video” is a more justifiable way to describe the video features on the iPhone 11. Whether you’re in a moving car or running while filming, the new cinematic stabilisation feature makes your videos look like they were taken with a movie-level camera. Video is shot in 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) and automatically films using the ultra-wide lens for more content.
Apple also announced a new feature called QuickTake: If you’re in photo mode and would like to quickly shoot a video, simply hold down the shutter button in Photo and it’ll automatically begin recording a video.
Another awesome feature for video? Slofies. Yes, that’s slow-motion selfies. You can now take videos in slow motion in the selfie mode! We bet Instagram models the world over are super excited about this one…
When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 11 takes the cake. It lasts 1 hour longer than the iPhone XR, supports up to 17 hours of video playback, 10 hours of video streaming, 65 hours of audio playback.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
When science, mathematics, professional photography, engineering and a passion for using tech to improve one’s life come together, you get the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. Apple unveiled this top-secret project at the end of its live launch, and it is safe to say that it took the audience by surprise. Cook describes is as “the most powerful smartphone ever made for professionals” and the first-ever iPhone to be labelled “Pro”. Want to know more?
The very best engineering went into creating the most durable smartphone in the world. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are made of surgical-grade stainless steel with a matte PVD finish for fewer fingerprint marks. The glass used in the Pro’s chassis comes from a single sheet of glass that has been pressurised to be able to maintain even the hardest of falls.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer Super Retina XDR OLED displays, with the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro offering a 2426 x 1125 resolution and a whopping 6.5-inch Pro Max offering a 2688 x 1242 resolution. Both models have a whopping 2 million: 1 contrast ratio and 800 nits max brightness, as opposed to the iPhone 11’s 625 nits max brightness. True Tone is included for matching the white balance of the display to the ambient lighting in the room to make it easier on the eyes, as is wide colour for more vivid, true-to-life colours.
The biggest upgrade from the iPhone 11 to the Pro and Pro Max is the camera. Hold onto your desks because it’s a mouthful. Not only does the Pro range include a 12-megapixel telephoto lens that the iPhone 11 does not have making the Pro’s system a triple-lens camera, but it also debuts a new feature called Deep Fusion. The triple-lens camera system takes nine photos in split seconds before, during and after you’ve actually tapped the shutter button. The device’s neural engine then analyses the images and finishes by providing the best version using the various light sources, colours, and angles. During the live launch, Deep Fusion was described as “computational photography mad science” and we agree.
Because of the added telephoto lens, your photos get 40% more light and a larger f/2.0 aperture. The Pro models support 2x optical zoom and higher 10x digital zoom. The actual camera interface has revolutionised how much we can fit in one photo from a smartphone: You can now include scenery from outside the bounds of the camera frame using the ultra-wide camera if desired.
Film making and editing on a professional level are now possible on a smartphone. Video is recorded in 4K, up to 60 frames per second (fps). The new iOS 13 comes with new apps that allow filmmakers to record multiple people at once time using the three unique cameras.
All three of the new iPhones will come with the highly anticipated iOS 13 and will be released in the US on 30 September 2019. South African customers will most likely get it a month or so later.
Prices and release dates for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max:
The iPhone 11 series is landing in South Africa on 27 September 2019, available at the iStore and local retailers.
iPhone 11 64GB – R14,999
iPhone 11 128GB – R16,999
iPhone 11 256GB – R18,999
iPhone 11 Pro 64GB – R21,999
iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB – R23,999