Apple announces the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max
Last night, at their annual iPhone reveal event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. All three devices offer a standard 12MP camera plus, for the first time on an iPhone, an ultra-wide 13mm camera module. In addition to those two cameras, the Pro models also provide a 12MP telephoto camera. The iPhone 11 packs a 6.1″ 326ppi LCD ‘XDR’ display, with the 11 Pro and Pro Max offering 458ppi OLED HDR displays measuring 5.8″ and 6.5″ respectively. All three displays also support HDR video content.
The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Max all offer a second 12MP ‘ultra wide’ camera with a 13mm equivalent F2.4 5-element lens, which provides a dramatic wide 120 degree field of view. A new feature uses the ultra-wide camera to show you what’s beyond the frame when using the main camera, helping you decide whether to switch to the wider field of view. Portrait mode is now available with the wider 26mm field of view.
The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max continue to offer the telephoto camera of previous generations. This is also a 12MP sensor paired with a faster F2.0 lens with optical image stabilization.
A new ‘Night mode’, to compete with Google’s Night Sight and Huawei’s own industry leading ‘Night mode’, turns on automatically in dim conditions and uses ‘adaptive bracketing’ to capture and fuse multiple exposures. Varying shutter speeds can be used to capture both short and long exposures, helping reduce blur with moving subjects.
A new ‘Deep Fusion’ mode, coming this fall, captures up to 9 frames and fuses them into a higher resolution 24MP image. Four short and four secondary frames are constantly buffered to ensure short shutter lag, and one long exposure is taken after the shutter press. These are then intelligently combined, presumably using a super-resolution technique with tile-based alignment, to produce a blur and ghosting-free high resolution image. Also new is the ability to record slow-motion selfie video clips at up to 120 fps.
Under the hood, the new iPhones will come with the new A13 Bionic chip which Apple claims is its most powerful chip to date whilst also being their most power efficient one. This will be good news to those heavy users out their as you can expect to get 4-5 more hours use over last year’s iPhone Xr, Xs and Xs Max models.
This new chip is also going to bring some serious GPU gains for mobile gamers with the impressive ‘Pascal’s Wager’ showcased to show off the graphically capabilities of the chip. Below is an official trailer for the game from E3 2019 in June but it still showcases the type of graphics you can expect on the new handsets.
Going back to the camera specs, all three iPhones have upgraded video capability, with the rear cameras capable of 4K 60p footage with what Apple is calling ‘extended dynamic range’ (EDR). Optical and digital stabilization work in combination for smooth footage. The front facing camera can record 4K 60p video. It’s now easier to switch from shooting photos to shooting videos: in stills mode, simply hold down the shutter to start recording a video.
Like previous models, slow motion and time-lapse modes are available. Apple claims the Pro models have all three rear cameras calibrated at the factory, so you can quickly switch between lenses when recording video and retain the same look across all cameras.
The Pro models sport high contrast (2,000,000:1) OLED displays capable of 800 nits brightness for easy viewing in sunny conditions, and up to 1200 nits brightness for HDR photo and video display. The iPhone 11 IPS LCD display has a lower 1400:1 contrast ratio and a maximum brightness of 625 nits.
The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max will be available for pre-order this Friday and will ship September 20th. The iPhone 11 starts at €829, the iPhone 11 Pro will cost €1,179 and the 11 Pro Max will set you back €1,279.