On September 10 Apple unveiled the new iPhone 11, its flagship R12000 smartphone that offers a range of powerful new features with an [affordable] price tag. The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, while the iPhone 11 is going to be the perfect iPhone for most people.
The iPhone 11 is the continuation to the previous iPhone XR, and features a 6.1inch LCD display that Apple calls a “Liquid Retina HD Display.” It features a 1792 x 828 resolution, True Tone support for adjusting the white balance to the ambient lighting. 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.
The camera system sets the iPhone 11 apart from the XR, with Apple introducing a new dual-lens camera that is an improvement over the previous 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. 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. The camera interface on the iPhone 11 has been redesigned 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.
4K video recording 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 True Depth Camera system has been upgraded 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 features an A13 Bionic 7-nanometer chip along with a third-generation Neural Engine. Apple states that 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.
What about battery life? The iPhone 11 lasts for one hour longer than the iPhone XR. 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.
Apple is offering the iPhone 11 in 64, 128, and 256GB capacities with prices that will start roughly from R12000. The iPhone 11 will be most likely only launch in South Africa around October this year.