Three New iPhones is Now the Norm
Like last year, Apple launched the XR, XS and XS Max. two very different lines with varying price points and storage capacities to cater to a wide price range. They’re doing something similar with iPads too, with a new entry-level iPad that has Apple Pencil and keyboard support. To keep the iPhone 11 more attractive, it’s being offered in three storage variants (64GB, 128GB, 256GB) and a choice of six new colours. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants.
11 replaces XR, 11 Pro & Pro Max replace XS & XS Max
Apple has changed the naming scheme around but the names are still a bit of a mouthful. What you need to know is simply this: the iPhone 11 is the latest but entry-level iPhone. It still has the latest Apple A13 Bionic chip, FaceID, the latest software and upgraded camera. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are roughly the same size as the outgoing XS and XS Max with five important upgrades: the triple rear camera, the upgraded front camera, better OLED dispay (twice the contrast), super-fast and more efficient A13 Bionic chip and longer battery life.
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New Camera Features: Ultra-Wide & More
The three new cameras on the 11 Pro are an ultrawide f2.4, a wide f1.8 and a telephoto f2.0. The focal lengths on these equate to 13mm, 26mm and 52mm respectively – this gives it an effect 4x optical zoom capability across all three lenses. The wide and telephoto both have optical image stabilization – combined with electronic image stabilization, the 11 Pro gives you super-smooth video. There’s a lot of focus on machine learning and neural engines this time. The A13 Bionic is optimized for that and it does all the work in the background: selecting best shots or combining images where needed. You can also switch between all three lenses while recording while a feature called Audio Zoom matches the audio to the video frame. (Samsung recently did this with the Galaxy Note 10+).
Big Boost in Battery Life
Conventional logic suggests that longer battery life is best achieved with larger (higher capacity) batteries. That’s why you’ll see so many Android phones with 4,000mAh and even 5,000mAh batteries. But the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have smaller batteries – 3,500mAh and 3,190mAh respectively. The battery gains are mostly from the more efficient A13 Bionic chip, built using a 7nm process. As a result, the 11 Pro offers up to four hours higher battery life compared to the iPhone XS while the 11 Pro Max offers up to five hours higher battery life compared to the iPhone XS Max.
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Features That Slipped Under The Radar
Love it or hate it, the new camera bump is a visual highlight of the new iPhones. What’s not really spoken about is the fact that the back glass now has a textured matte finish. Apart from being more durable this should also be a lot more resistant to fingerprints. The new Midnight Green colour (only on the Pro iPhones) has a green stainless steel frame that matches the back glass. This is a hard electroplating layer and not paint. Night Mode combines multiple photos into one to give you a brighter image (many have done this) but it also comes on automatically when needed. All phones get the same Face ID system – it’s 30% faster and works at different angles. You get a new feature called Audio Sharing which allows you to connect two sets of Apple AirPods or Beats headphones at the same time. Finally, there’s a new U1 chip in the Pro models that gives it spatial awareness. This means it can precisely locate other 11 Pro devices in the vicinity. This has implications with peer-to-peer gaming and instant sharing.
Fast Charging In The Box
Someone at Apple is listening to all the complaints. For the first time ever, an 18W fast charger is included in the box, along with a USB C to Lightning cable (yes, this means the fast charger has a USB C port even though the phone still has a Lightning port). This gives you a 0 to 50% charge in about 30 minutes. It’s high time because iPhone has had support for fast charging but never included it while other Android flagships are offering 20, 30 or even 45W charging speeds. The same 18W charger is also compatible with previous iPhones.
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Max: Key features and price details
Goodbye 3DTouch – You Will Be Missed
As it turns out, not a lot of people use 3D Touch. So Apple just decided to do away with this extra layer on the screen and save a bit of cash. In case you’re not aware, 3D Touch lets you press a little harder on the screen for contextual menus. On iPhone X/XS/XS Max for instance, you can enable flashlight or jump to camera right from the lockscreen using 3D Touch. You can also 3D Touch on the keyboard to get a cursor. Last year, the iPhone XR introduced a feature called Haptic Touch. This basically means that if you press and hold, you get similar contextual menus, accompanied with a haptic vibration. This year, every new iPhone only gets Haptic Touch. This is a bummer because 3D Touch was one of the only remaining unique features of a premium iPhone.
A 720p Display? On a Rs 65k Phone?
Yes, you read that right. At a time when even Rs10k phones are coming with 1080p FHD displays, the iPhone 11 has a 720p LCD. Well, technically, it’s an 828p display because the display resolution is 1792 x 828 pixels. They call it Liquid Retina and it has cool features like True Tone (auto adjusts to colour of ambient light) but it’s still an LCD and not OLED at the end of the day. A more telling comparison can be made using pixel density. The Rs65k (64GB variant India price) iPhone 11 display has a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. By way of comparison, the Galaxy S10 (currently priced at Rs62k for the 128GB version) has a pixel density of 550ppi. The strange bit is that the iPhone 11 can shoot 4k 60fps video across all its cameras – it’s just you’ll have to view and edit them on a 828p screen.
No Fast Charger with iPhone 11
If you look at the box contents of the iPhone 11 on Apple’s official webpage, you’ll see that the 18W USB C fast charger is not included. It’s compatible, but not included. Instead, you get the usual 5W charger in the box which take about 3 times longer for a full charge. If you’re keen to buy the official 18W charger and cable, Apple will sell that too but you could just as easily get by with getting just the USB C to Lightning cable and purchase any third party fast charger.
No Fast Wireless or Reverse Wireless Charging
All three new iPhones still have Qi compatible wireless charging but it’s capped to the same 7.5W maximum. You have to use a compatible charger to get the benefit of 7.5W else you’ll be stuck with the same 5W. Expectations were high for reverse charging too, for three strong reasons: Apple’s AirPower charging mat was shelved, many other premium phones now offer reverse wireless charging and Apple’s own second generation AirPods now come with a wireless charging case.
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