Perhaps one of the most popular and recognizable smartphones of the world today has a new iteration coming out soon. Without of a doubt, we are referring to the newest iPhone, namely, the iPhone 11 series. With the overwhelming success of the iPhone thus far, it should come as no surprise that Apple is continuing on their annual release schedule as they had been doing for the past few years till present. While over the past few years it is increasingly seeming like Apple is iterating on other models, than innovating on their own, it bears observing where this year will go. Now, it’s time to break down the three new iPhone models we will be receiving this year.
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Confusingly enough, the iPhone 11 isn’t the successor to the iPhone Xs, but rather the iPhone XR, the budget variant of the iPhone. Well, in what is sure to be considered a masterclass in branding and marketing, the XR had been the bestselling model of the iPhone globally, so instead of continuing to market it as the ‘budget’ variant, they made it the flagship, and instead marketed the mainstream entrant as a ‘pro’ model, which we’ll come on to later. Since iPhone users are mostly brand chasers, having a budget model isn’t really the most glamourous, so Apple did a masterstroke and made the budget model the flagship instead, perhaps further boosting sales in the future, and subverting consumer expectations along the way. Not to say there are no new innovations in the new iPhone, as usual, the annual iteration cycle is in full effect.
The specs for the new iPhone 11 are as follows:
- 6.1 Inch liquid retina HD display, with 1792×828 resolution. Screen is equipped with IPS and haptic touch technology with true tone display.
- IP86 rated resistance, which denotes 2 meters of waterproofness for up to 30 minutes. Officially the third generation of the iPhone to be waterproof.
- Third generation A13 bionic chip made in-house by Apple engineers. Proprietary chip optimized to run Apple software itself.
- Dual 12 megapixel wide and ultrawide rear cameras. Both cameras allow for distinctive shooting modes and depths of field.
- 2x optical zoom, and 5x digital zoom across rear cameras. Optical zoom is lossless, allowing one to double the magnification without losing any semblance of quality or structure.
- 100% focus pixels with wide lens optical image stabilization. Even with wide shots, motion blur and shakiness are eliminated using software inbuilt to the system.
- 4K video recordings at 24, 30, or 60 frames per second. Ultra-slow-mo makes a return as well from previous iterations of the device.
- Audio zoom feature built into video recording app. Microphone is better at capturing far away sounds efficiently.
- 12 megapixel front camera with built in portrait mode. Front camera’s portrait mode allows for enhanced bokeh effect and depth of field in selfies.
- FaceID unlocking system for facial recognition access. This makes a return for iPhone X but is expected to be faster and more optimized.
iPhone 11 Pro
Arguably, this is the true successor to the flagship line of iPhones, linearly, the iPhone 11 pro comes after the iPhone XS. This is the true flagship, featuring the brilliant XDR display, and triple camera setup, so for enthusiasts, this is surely the one you’ll be eyeing. Unsurprisinly, this is where the majority of innovations went, and it’s worth analyzing what exactly is new in this variant.-
The standout specifications of the iPhone 11 Pro are the following:
- 5.8 Inch super retina XDR display, with 2436×1125 pixel resolution. Ultraclear display which is superior to that on the iPhone 11, higher pixel density makes for sharper imaging.
- IP68 water resistance approved, for 4 meters of waterproofness up to 30 minutes. Waterproof for up to 2 meters more than aforementioned iPhone 11.
- Third Generation A13 bionic chip. Again, optimized in house for iOS making for smoother and snappier performance.
- Triple 12 megapixel cameras for wide, ultrawide, and telephoto image capturing. Third telephoto lens feeds data to first and second to get sharper, more precise, and accurate imagery, color, and structure in images. Perfect for enthusiast photographers.
- Dual lens optical image stabilization for clearer, more precise photographs. Both lenses are utilized to make even the shakiest of photos more stable.
- AI night mode built into software for clearer pictures in low light. Following in the footsteps of the Google Pixel 3, the AI night mode simply uses a host of software to improve imaging.
- 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, 6x digital zoom. Higher zoom index than iPhone 11, using third camera to feed more data to image sensor.
iPhone 11 Pro Max
In essence, this model carries nearly the identical specs, software, cameras, and features as the aforementioned iPhone 11 pro, with the primary difference being the size, and subsequently, the screen. This iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 6.5 inch super retina XDR display, which stands close to an inch larger than it’s little brother the iPhone 11 pro. The pixel resolution has also been bumped up to 2688×1242 to ensure lossless scaling of software from the smaller phone. All in all, this is nothing but a larger iPhone 11 Pro in every sense.
In conclusion, ones desire to purchase any one of the new series of the iPhone falls completely on personal preference. If you’re an iOS head who would never consider switching to android, then chances are, you’ll appreciate this new iPhone. However, if you’re a diehard Android fan, it’s unlikely that this will be the one to sway your opinion on the Apple phone.
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