At Apple’s annual iPhone event in Cupertino, California, the company revealed the new iPhone 11.
The phone follows in the footsteps of last year’s iPhone XR and notably adds another rear-facing camera and two new colour options — ‘Purple’ and ‘Green.’
Beyond this, the phone is also rocking Apple’s A13 Bionic chip. The company says this is the fasted chip in any smartphone.
The iPhone 11 features the same 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 Liquid Retina LCD display included in the iPhone XR. Beyond the new green and purple hues, the phone also comes in new ‘White,’ ‘Yellow,’ ‘Blue’ and ‘Black,’ plus the usual ‘Product Red’ offering.
Apple is using something called spacial audio to help make the iPhone sound better when you’re watching video on it.
The iPhone 11 is tougher this time around, too, since Apple says the device is made out of stronger glass than last year’s model. The XR is also IP68 water and dustproof rating, allowing the iPhone 11 to be submerged up to two metres for up to 30 minutes.
The dual-camera system also includes a new wide camera. Apple says that overall, the camera is capable of focusing much faster than before. Plus, there’s an ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view. With the broader lens, Apple has revamped the camera app to hint that users can take wide shots since the edges of the frame are always within view. Both lenses are 12-megapixels.
You can even use the ultra-wide camera when you’re taking video. Speaking of video, Apple has upgraded its stabilization technology to make videos appear more stable.
Further, there’s a new video feature is called ‘Quick Take.’ When you’re in the camera app’s photo mode, you can now hold on the shutter button to start shooting video. Another new feature called ‘Deep Fusion’ uses both cameras at the same time to optimize an image to capture more texture and detail. Deep Fusion is set to launch this fall.
Apple is utilizing technology called semantic rendering to enable the iPhone 11’s smart HDR, which determines lighting conditions across several aspects of the image.
Since there are two cameras, users can take ‘Portrait Mode’ photos of things optically similar to last year’s iPhone XS models.
To keep up with Google, Apple has added a ‘Night Mode’ to the iPhone 11. A significant amount of behind the scenes processing powers this feature to improve the iPhone 11’s low-light performance.
The front TrueDepth camera has also been upgraded to 12-megapixels. To switch to the wider angle shooter, all you need to do is turn the camera into landscape mode. On top of the wider lens, Apple has added a slow-motion mode to the front shooter. The company called taking these photos “Slofies” during the keynote.
The Face ID aspect of the front sensor has also been improved to work at more angles and is 30 percent faster, according to Apple.
The company also boosted the phone’s battery life by another hour when compared to the iPhone XR.
Finally, a feature Apple didn’t mention on stage was a new co-processor called the U1. This chip uses ultrawideband technology that similar to a small scale GPS. This makes iPhones sense each other better when they’re close together.
The iPhone 11 starts at $979 CAD for the 64GB model, $1,049 for the 128GB model and $1,189 for the 256GB option.
Pre-orders begin on September 13th, with the phone going on sale on September 20th.
Apple mentioned that anyone who buys the new iPhone 11 gets Apple TV+ for free for a year as long as the offer has been redeemed within three months of purchasing a device.