The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are here, flexing new camera muscles, a fresh palette of colours and the A13 Bionic chip that promises speedier performance across the board.
From the front, this crop of iPhones look like last year’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR — notch and all. (Here’s how the iPhone 11 phones compare to the iPhone XS and XR.) From the back, a square camera array shouts out the difference between 2018 and 2019. Apple’s redesigned camera mount is the hallmark for iPhone 11 devices, but it also houses two camera sensors for the iPhone 11 and three for the 11 Pro.
For many people, the iPhone represents the gold standard for smartphone design and cutting-edge features like Face ID unlocking, which Apple says is now faster than before. Despite new features like a faster A13 Bionic processor and support for Wi-Fi 6, Apple’s iPhone challenge this year is mighty. Phone sales are down. Competitors are pulling ahead on camera tools and features. The iPhone 11 phones, which lack 5G support, could fall behind while the speedier data networks continue to grow in 2020.
New iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max key specs
- Two screen sizes: 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED displays (458 ppi pixel density apiece)
- “Super Retina XDR” display supports HDR 10 with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
- Phone body: Textured matte finish
- 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage capacities
- Three rear cameras with 4x optical zoom: Wide, ultra-wide, telephoto lenses (OIS for wide and telephoto)
- Upcoming camera feature called Deep Fusioncompiles nine images to reduce noise and amp up details
- 4 hours more battery life (Pro) and 5 hours longer battery life (Pro Max) than last year’s models
- Faster Face ID unlocking
- Wi-Fi 6 support, but no 5G
- 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera (aka “slofies“)
- New portrait lighting effect: Monochrome
- iOS 13 on-board
- Fast charging adapter
- Colours: Midnight green, space gray, silver, gold
All three models have a choice of three storage options: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
- iPhone 11 starts at $1,199.00 (64GB), $1,280.00 (128GB), $1,500.00 (256GB)
- iPhone 11 Pro starts at $1,749.00 (64GB), $2,000.00 (256GB), $2,350.00 (512GB)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,899.00 (64GB), $2,150.00 (256GB), $2,500.00 (512GB)
The 11 Pro and Pro Max also feature an A13 chip, but have a trio of 12 megapixel cameras on the back, as well as a 12 megapixel front facing camera. The 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display, while the Max Pro has a 6.5-inch version of the same panel.
What’s new in the iPhone 11
- Six colors: Black, yellow, purple, green and Product Red, white
- A13 Bionic chip
- 64GB, 128GB, 512GB storage capacities
- Hour more battery life than iPhone XR
- Faster Face ID unlocking
- Wi-Fi 6 support, but no 5G
- Dual camera system with a 12-megapixel lenses: wide and ultra-wide (switch by tapping on the screen)
- Camera night mode
- 2x optical zoom
- New portrait lighting in monochrome
- 12-megapixel front-facing camera (up from 7 megapixels)
- 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera
- iOS 13
What’s new in iOS13?
Optimized battery charging
Routinely charging your iPhone’s battery to full, and keeping it there for extended amounts of time, can damage your battery over time. A new option in iOS 13 is intended to help prolong your battery’s life by learning your charging habits and preventing the battery from immediately charging to 100%.
The new Scroll Bar
When you’re scrolling a webpage in Safari, a new Scroll Bar shows up on the right side of the screen. Only instead of just being a handy way to see where you’re at on a page, you can now use it to scroll faster. Try it out by starting to scroll on a page, then long-press on the scroll bar and drag it up or down. The faster you drag, the faster Safari will scroll.
Scan documents in the Files app
The revamped Files app now lets you scan documents and save them directly to your device or cloud storage with little effort. Open the Files app, select the Browse tab, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, then Scan Documents. Hold your device over the document you want to scan, and it should automatically capture the page. You can scan multiple pages into one PDF file and then save to iCloud, or import it into another app once you’re done.
iMessage search actually works now
Searching for past messages in the iMessage app has always been horrible. It simply hasn’t worked. That’s changed. You can now search for a single word or phrase, and results are almost instantly displayed.
Search your iPhone with your voice
Anywhere you find a search bar in Apple’s own apps, you’ll notice there’s now a microphone on the far-right side. Tap on the new icon to enter your search query by voice, instead of having to type it out.
Apps like Settings, Mail, Messages and the Today View are just a few examples of where you can find the new voice search option.
New volume indicator
Another long-overdue feature iOS users have been begging Apple to change is the volume indicator. You know, the pop-up that takes over the screen whenever you adjust the volume when watching YouTube or Netflix?
iMessage and FaceTime gain Dual SIM support
Business users and international travelers will appreciate the addition of iMessage and FaceTime support for the second number when two SIM cards are being used.
Use a mouse to control your iPhone or iPad
It’s true, you can use a mouse or trackpad to navigate your phone or tablet. The experience of using a mouse with your iPad takes some getting used to — there isn’t a typical mouse pointer. Instead, there’s a cursor that more or less mimics your finger.
Long screenshots of websites
If you’ve ever had to take multiple screenshots of a webpage in order to capture the text of an article, you’ll be happy to know that iOS 13’s screenshot tool has a new trick. Open Safari and take one screenshot of any website and immediately tap on the thumbnail preview. Above the screenshot will be two options: Screen and Full Page.