Apple Has Unveiled the iPhone 11

At Tuesday’s annual Apple event, the company unveiled a trio of new smartphones, including the $699 iPhone 11, the $999 iPhone 11 Pro and the $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Even though last year’s iPhone XR dominated sales with a $749 price tag, making it the most expensive entry-level iPhone of all time, Apple is paying attention to those consumers who aren’t interested in buying expensive phones. This year’s iPhone 11 returns to the $699 price that Apple introduced with 2017’s iPhone 8 which is a welcome surprise to those who feared that Apple was abandoning the sub-$700 price point. I think that it’s safe to say that Apple sees the trend of people upgrading their phones less frequently and is trying to offer an enticement.

The iPhone 8 is now priced at $449 while the iPhone XR will set you back $599.

Besides a lower price than last year’s comparable model, the new iPhone 11 offers the following:

  • 6.1-inch Liquid Retina screen.
  • Aluminum and glass design.
  • 64GB, 128GB, 512GB storage capacities.
  • A13 Bionic chip, which Apple calls the “fastest CPU and GPU ever in a smartphone.”
  • Wi-Fi 6 support.
  • Two rear camera lenses: a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view.
  • 2x optical zoom.
  • New camera modes, including a night mode.
  • 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera.
  • New QuickTake video feature: Just hold the shutter button to start taking videos without switching to video mode.
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera (up from 7 megapixels).
  • Faster Face ID unlocking.
  • Improved battery life (1 hour) over the iPhone XR.
  • New color options including white, black, yellow, red, lavender, and green.
  • iOS 13.

Apple rebranded its pricier phones as “Pro”

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are all about the camera; however, there are some other changes that you can expect in the new models. Here is some of what you can expect:

  • 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays.
  • “Super Retina XDR” display supports HDR 10 with Dolby Vision.
  • 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage capacities.
  • Three rear cameras with 4x optical zoom: Wide, ultrawide, telephoto lenses (optical image stabilization for wide and telephoto shots).
  • 4 hours more battery life (Pro) and 5 hours longer battery life (Pro Max) than last year’s models.
  • Faster Face ID unlocking.
  • Wi-Fi 6 support.
  • 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera.
  • Fast charging adapter.
  • New color options including midnight green, space gray, silver, and gold.
  • iOS 13.

I find it interesting that none of Apple’s new iPhones offer 5G support. With carriers beginning to roll out 5G coverage, it’s only a matter of time before it’s the standard which means iPhone users will need to upgrade their devices. Or maybe that’s the plan?

What do you think about Apple’s new iPhone lineup? Will it breathe new life into the market or do you see it as just more of the same? Let us know in the comments.

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Jeremiah Zohner

Owner and CEO After developing a love of Star Wars and comic books as a child, Zohner was destined to be a geek. With interests touching on computers, video games, technology, books, TV and movies, and toys and collectibles, he is the epitome of a well-rounded geek. Zohner is one of the founding members of Stolendroids. After stepping away for a time to work on other endeavors, the time was right for him to make his triumphant return to the one project that he truly loves. When he’s not writing articles or podcasting, Zohner can be found spending time with his family, managing projects for a software company, or hanging out in the gym knowing that it won’t do a bit of good.

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