Apple Announces iPhone 11: Dual-Camera System, Six New Colors, Longer Battery Life

Apple announced the iPhone 11 at its ‘By Innovation’ event today. The naming scheme might trip you off but the iPhone 11 is the successor to the iPhone XR from last year.

iPhone 11 Specs

The iPhone 11 is made from anodized aluminum and features the “toughest glass ever.” The rear glass panel also covers the dual-camera system. The speaker setup has also been improved for better spatial audio. Like the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 retains the same 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display, though Apple has improved it with wider color gamut support and True Tone. Apple has improved the water-resistance capabilities of the iPhone 11 and it now carries an IP68 certification.

Apple will be offering the iPhone 11 in six different colors: Purple, Yellow, White, Green, Product (RED), and Black.

The iPhone 11 is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip which has the “fastest CPU in a smartphone” and the “fastest GPU in a smartphone.”

The iPhone 11 offers an hour longer battery life than the iPhone XR. The latter was already known for its long-lasting battery and it is great to see Apple further pushing the boundary in this regard. Apple will continue to bundle a 5W charger with the iPhone 11. There’s wireless charging onboard as well.

The iPhone 11 features Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi 6 for faster connectivity. There’s dual-SIM support as well with eSIM compatibility.

iPhone 11 Camera

The 12MP camera features a 6-element lens with f/1.8 aperture and OIS. Apple claims that its focus performance has improved noticeably especially in low-light. There is also a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera with a 120-degree FoV and an f/2.4 aperture.

The Camera app has been updated to take better advantage of the new dual-camera system. Apple has also updated the Portrait mode to ensure it now works on pets.

There’s a new Night mode in the camera app as well which automatically turns itself on in low-light scenarios. Apple is using adaptive bracketing to reduce blur for photos taken using Night mode.

The video recording capabilities of the iPhone 11 has also been improved, with Apple calling it the “highest-quality video in a smartphone”. Apart from improved stabilization and extended dynamic range at up to 4K videos, Apple is also allowing users to switch between the two cameras while recording videos. One can also start recording videos on the iPhone 11 by simply holding the shutter button in the camera app.

The True Tone flash module has also been updated to make it 36% brighter.

The TrueDepth camera at the front has also been updated with a wider field of view and a newer 12MP sensor. This will help one capture more people in a single frame while in landscape mode. The front camera can now also record 4K videos with extended dynamic range. As if that was not enough, Apple has also added slow-motion video recording capability a.k.a “slofie” to the front camera.

The iPhone 11 has a lower price tag of $699. It will go up for pre-order on September 13 and hit the retail stores on September 20th.