Well! The new iPhones are here and it seems Apple is perfecting things they do best without shaking up the design too much. We have included both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro in this article. The iPhone 11s will keep the notch with the iPhone 11 coming in an anodized aluminum and glass housing meanwhile the iPhone 11 Pro will come in a stainless steel housing.
The iPhone 11 Pro is obviously the beneficiary of a bigger, better and more dynamic display. While the 6.5-inch display on the iPhone 11 Pro is certainly larger than the 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone 11, both the displays have a similar 2K resolution. Even the pixel density on both the latest Apple iPhones is surprisingly similar at 458 Pixels Per Inch (PPI). What sets the iPhone 11 Pro apart is the Super Retina OLED XDR display with support for Dolby Vision. Moreover, the display has support for HDR 10 standards, which is certainly a rare feature to be seen in smartphones.
“The Super Retina XDR display boasts not one but two new peaks of brightness and understands when to use them. It hits up to 800 nits when you’re out in the sun — great for shooting and making selects on the go — and up to 1200 nits when you’re viewing extreme dynamic range content. It’s like having a Pro Display XDR on your iPhone.”
The new iPhones are equipped with completely redesigned sensors. While the front one is an interesting take as well, the focus is drawn to the rear sensors. Getting the front camera out of the way first. Apple has replaced the over-used 7-megapixel sensor with a new and wider 12 megapixel one. With these sensors, users can shoot 4K video with their front cameras as well. Not to mention, Slow-motion capture is also supported by this new sensor.
Coming to the real picture now. There has been an inclusion of a whole new 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor which gives a 120-degree view at f2.4 aperture. This has been added to all the models with the 11 having 2 sensors on the back while the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have three. The ultrawide sensors allow for a 2x zoom out which allows for a greater scene to be captured in video and or photo. Talking about the 11 first, the phone has been fitted with a new wide-angle 12 megapixel, at f1.8, main sensor. The primary sensor has new features allowing perfect color reproduction and focus points. Both these sensors can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. The story changes a bit with the 11 Pro model. The iPhone 11 Pro has an additional telephoto lens as well which allows for a 2x zoom. It, too, shoots 4K video at 60fps.
Apple has made significant changes to the software side of thing. Firstly talking about the photos, the camera software allows for better depth detection due to the additional ultrawide lens. What this does is allow for the regular 11 models to take depth shots of objects as well, something which the older model could not do. Apple has also included a night mode to its cameras. Apple’s night mode works a bit differently though. It uses its neural science to auto-detect a scene and applies night mode to it automatically. Apple showcased the demo on stage and naturally, the results looked pretty impressive. Users will have to wait to see these results in the real world. Apart from that, features that were previously available on the iPhone XS such as portrait light control and depth control are now available across all the models in the lineup.
Over to the video side and Apple has really taken strides to ensure it is the video king in this market. Starting up with its 4K extended dynamic range which really pushes the software and the sensors to capture real to life video quality on the device. Something we saw on gimbals was objected tracking to keep focus. Apple, with its advanced software, has added this to its video mode. What this would allow for would be to track objects, especially when there is some shallow depth of field, to keep focus and give a cinematic touch to the footage. Since the 11 Pro and Pro Max have 3 sensors (All of them at 12 megapixels), Apple’s software has allowed to smartly shift, while shooting, between these lenses. What this would do is create a dynamic effect to the shot. Not only that, but the sensors take information from each other to keep the lighting and focus point in check to maintain an undisturbed shot. Changes in iOS13 have made video editing possible. This allows users to edit their footage on the go, something that wasn’t possible without a third-party app.
Lastly, Apple teased at an upcoming feature called deep fusion. While the technique uses the neural engine in the A13 Bionic, it takes a bunch of photos before and after the shot to give an overly detailed photo. There aren’t many details given about the feature and it would not come out for the iOS till late fall. The demonstration on stage was pretty convincing though.
Both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro will have a new SoC, dubbed the A13 Bionic. Apple states that this chip will have a significantly faster CPU and GPU combination built on a new 2nd Gen 7nm process node. They stressed on the chips ability to better execute Machine Learning workloads with a new Machine Learning Accelerator having 6x faster matrix multiplication. Apple states that the A13 Bionic packs 8.5 billion transistors offering better-sustained performance than previous chips.
Apple devices are known for being expensive but the Cupertino Giant has actually priced their new phones gracefully. The iPhone 11 is starting at just 699$ US and the iPhone 11 Pro will start at 999$ US.
People were expecting Apple to breach the 1000$ mark with the new phones but that is not the case with the base models although there’s a bigger iPhone 11 Pro Max priced at 1099$ US.