The time is finally here, after much rumour and speculation, Apple has just announced the iPhone XI. Things are new, things are different, or so Apple is saying. Let's run through everything the company told us about its brand new phone on stage in Cupertino.
The big focus is on the camera, as most big phone companies, have been doing. The base iPhone XI comes with a dual camera system, with a 12MP (f/1.8) lens and a 12MP (f/2.8) ultra wide angle lens. So wide in fact that Apple says going to UWA mode is the equivalent of a 2x optical zoom out.
On top of that the camera is capable of shooting 4K 60FPS, on both rear and front cameras, and for the first time Apple is bringing slo-motion video recording to the front camera (which has a 12MP resolution). Other features include automatic night mode detection, a feature that lets you press and hold the camera shutter to shoot video, a zoom wheel, and what Apple called Semantics Processor and “multiscale tone mapping.”
Apparently that means the camera should be better at focussing on people and not blowing out all the highlights. At any rate those improvements mean Portrait Mode is more optimised for taking pictures of your pets, which should be nice.
No scale, sadly
As for the internals, Apple has naturally upgraded the iPhone 11 to the A13 bionic, which is claims is the fastest CPU and GPU in any smartphone.
Battery has been improved too, and Apple claims the iPhone XI will have one hour more than the iPhone XR. Our US colleagues estimate that to be around 13 hours.
That's great for iPhone users, but knowing Apple's battery-life reputation that still won't last as long as Android devices (and their huge batteries) are known to do. That's what happens when you fo for thinness over battery life.
Other features Apple didn't talk about include water and dust resistance, WiFi 6 support, a 6.1-inch display, and more.
It also has Dolby Atmos, and toughened glass on the front and back. As for colouring it'll be available in purple, white, yellow, green, black, and Project Red.
Prices in the US start at $699. UK prices start at £729 and pre-orders open on Friday ready for a 20th September release.