Apple on September 10 unveiled the iPhone 11, its new flagship $699 smartphone that offers a range of powerful features at an affordable price tag. Sold alongside the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 11 is going to be the iPhone perfect for most people.
The iPhone 11 succeeds the iPhone XR, and it features a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls a “Liquid Retina HD Display.” It features a 1792 x 828 resolution at 326ppi, a 1400:1 contrast ratio, 625 nits max brightness, True Tone support for adjusting the white balance to the ambient lighting, and wide color support for true-to-life colors.
Like the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 does not include 3D Touch, instead using Haptic Touch. Haptic Touch is supported across iOS 13, but it lacks the pressure sensitivity of 3D Touch.
Design wise, the iPhone 11 features a glass body that comes in six different colors: White, Black, Yellow, (PRODUCT)RED, Purple, and Green. The latter two colors are both new in 2019.
The iPhone 11 doesn’t look much different than the iPhone XR, but Apple says it’s made from the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and offers improved water resistance (IP68), boosting overall durability. Spatial audio offers a more immersive sound experience, and Dolby Atmos is supported.
The camera system sets the iPhone 11 apart from the XR, with Apple introducing a new dual-lens camera that’s an improvement over the prior single-lens camera. The camera setup features a standard wide-angle camera and a new ultra wide-angle camera with a 120 degree field of view. Unlike the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, there is no telephoto camera lens.
According to Apple, the ultra wide-angle camera captures four times more scene, making it ideal for landscape photos, architecture images, tight shots, and more. Both of the cameras work together to enable Portrait mode for people, pets, objects, and more, an upgrade over the iPhone XR that only supported person shots in Portrait mode.
The camera interface on the iPhone 11 has been overhauled with a more immersive experience that lets you see and capture the area outside of the frame using the ultra wide-angle camera if desired. 2x optical zoom out is supported, as is digital zoom up to 5x.
Apple has added a new Night Mode that’s designed to use the iPhone’s processing capabilities and the new wide camera sensor to capture crisp, clear, bright photos even in very low lighting conditions, similar to the Night Sight mode on Google Pixel devices.
Next-generation Smart HDR takes advantage of machine learning to capture more natural-looking images with improved highlight and shadow detail, and this fall, Apple is introducing a Deep Fusion feature that will use advanced machine learning techniques for pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details, and noise. All in all, the iPhone 11 offers much improved photographic capabilities over the XR.
4K video recording with extended dynamic range is available at 24, 30, or 60fps, and both of the cameras in the iPhone 11 can be used for recording video, with live swapping available using a simple tap.
A QuickTake video mode lets you hold down on the shutter button in the Camera app to automatically record video with subject tracking, and an Audio Zoom feature matches the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound.
The front-facing TrueDepth Camera system has been updated with a new 12-megapixel camera, and making Face ID up to 30 percent faster and able to work from more angles. For the first time, it supports 120 fps slo-mo video, allowing users to capture slo-mo selfies, aka “slofies.” The TrueDepth camera also supports next-generation smart HDR for more natural-looking photos and it can record 4K video at 60 fps.
Inside the iPhone 11, there’s an A13 Bionic 7-nanometer chip along with a third-generation Neural Engine. Apple says the A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone with 20 percent faster CPU and GPU than the A12. New Machine Learning Accelerators allow the CPU to deliver more than 1 trillion operations per second, and the Neural Engine is faster than ever for real-time photo and video analysis.
When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 11 lasts for one hour longer than the iPhone XR. It supports up to 17 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of streamed video playback, and 65 hours of audio playback, though it does not match the battery life of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. Fast charging is available, but unlike the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 ships with a standard 5W charger and fast charging requires extra equipment.
The iPhone 11 features Gigabit-class LTE with 2×2 MIMO and LAA, Wi-Fi 6 support (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual-SIM with eSIM, and an Apple-designed U1 Ultra Wideband chip that improves spatial awareness and allows for better indoor tracking. In iOS 13.1, the chip will allow for directionally aware suggestions for AirDrop.
Apple is offering the iPhone 11 in 64, 128, and 256GB capacities with prices that start at $699. The iPhone 11 will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 13 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The device is set to launch in stores and ship to customers on Friday, September 20.