Apple’s Keynote 2019 saw one of the most anticipated smartphone of the year; the Apple iPhone 11. Of course, that is a given at this time of the year. Unlike last year’s Apple iPhone XS, there are there Apple iPhone’s that is graced with the 11 number. No, this is not Stranger Things; go away.
As the title suggests, the Apple iPhone 11 comes in three flavours now. You get the most affordable one, the regular Apple iPhone 11. Instead of going to the ‘Plus’ naming scheme this time, they go for the ‘Pro’ naming scheme like everyone else out there for their two other devices. There is the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. To be fair, they have dropped their Plus moniker since after Apple iPhone 8.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Still, the Pro does not just mean bigger, it means better – just as expected. Visually, this is the Apple device that has been seen in the rumour mill for a while. This is the first triple camera Apple iPhone with that very square camera module and uncomfortably asymmetrical camera arrangement. In some ways the design is a la Huawei’s Mate 20 series, but with a smaller LED module. Look at it this way too, the square is a little smaller on the Apple iPhone.
While the square container on the Huawei’s is flush with the body, the Apple’s protrude out of the body ever so slightly. Well, it is an expected camera bump, just like any other iPhone before. Of course, it is still placed at the same place on the device, the same top corner of the device. The arrangement somehow reminds me of a fidget spinner.
Still, this is the most powerful and most feature packed Apple iPhone to ever come to the market. It is the first Apple iPhone with a triple camera arrangement. All the lenses are 12-Megapixel lenses and they are what you would expect from a triple camera smartphone. The main lens is a regular wide-angle lens supported by a familiar telephoto lens and a brand new ultra-wide-angle lens.
Triple Cameras, Triple The Fun
We should talk about the cameras for a second, because the improvements that was made on the Apple iPhone 11 Pro was made mostly on the camera. It now packs features like Smart HDR that cleverly changes the lighting dynamics of a photo to make out better details in the dark and such. Thanks to the A13 Bionic processing chip too, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro now has something called the ‘Night Mode’ which is supposed to take even better photos in low-light without compromising details and quality of the photo. Like Smart HDR, the camera software basically relights everything and brightens up the photo like there is a completely different light source from elsewhere. Impressive stuff we must say.
Thanks to a better machine learning unit in the A13 too 4K videos have much better stabilisation than before. Of course, the extended dynamic range from the photo taking does help in videos as well. Oh, not to forget this does shoot 4K videos at up to 120fps (slo-mo).
The front camera is also a 12-Megapixel shooter they call a TrueDepth camera. It comes equipped with Smart HDR too for a more natural looking self-portrait. Then again, that is a software thing more than a hardware thing. The front-facing camera is not just for photos though, it takes videos at up to 4K resolution at up to 120fps (slo-mo) for some of that dramatic ‘slofie’.
Super Retina XDR
Then you look to the display, which is still notched to keep the front-facing camera, earpiece, and other sensors. Sadly, that weird notch that started from the Apple iPhone X is still there. Although, they say that the display on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max is better than ever.
They call it Super Retina XDR, the brightest ever OLED display fitted on an iPhone. At 1,200 nits, it is no doubt the brightest ever on an Apple smartphone. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro comes with a 5.8-inch display while the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with a 6.5-inch display. Still, there is more than just skin deep with the new Apple A13 Bionic processing chip.
It is the most powerful in an iPhone, the A13 Bionic chip. They claim it to be the most powerful in any smartphone and showed a graph that trumps the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Again, no quoted numbers; we cannot confirm that to be the case. It still maintains the A12 Bionic’s six core design though with two high-performance cores and four low-power cores. There are four neural processors, which also means more powerful machine learning in the Apple iPhone 11. Most of the machine learning implementation can be found on the camera app of the device. At least that is the most obvious place.
100% Recycled Aluminium
The Apple keyword of the day is ‘100% Recycled Aluminium’. That is what the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max is made of. Heck, it is what the Apple iPhone 11 and the new Series 5 Apple watch is made of. The new construction is also now rated at IP68 instead of IP65, which also means better depth resistance to water. The new iPhone is also supposed to have an improved battery life compared to the older iPhone XS and XS Max. There is still no fingerprint sensor to be found on the new Apple design language, and the rumours for USB Type-C has been debunked because this is still a Lightning cable device.
Apple iPhone 11
You must liken this to last year’s Apple iPhone XR. Yes, it is the most affordable Apple iPhone with Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processing chip in the market, but it is not the cheapest Apple iPhone on sale today. For that, there is the Apple iPhone 8.
As expected, and mentioned, the Apple iPhone 11 (the regular one) receives an A13 Bionic processing chip treatment like its power powerful Pro siblings. To be fair, they also hold very similar designs, save for a differently sized 6.1-inch display. The display is also not a Super Retina XDR. Instead they go with the Liquid Retina display to make it a little more affordable than the world-beaters.
Double Trouble Camera
The camera module at the back is not a triple camera system like the one on the Pro models. It is one telephoto lens less. You still get 12-Megapixel on both the main camera and ultra-wide-angle lens though. Of course, they implement the same camera app, so this still gets the Smart HDR and Night Mode function like the Pro models. Yes, even on the front-facing camera. Yes, the cameras are put on similar square bumps.
The aluminium body construction is water resistant still, so there should not be any issues with spills and what not. There is still the notch; yes, like the Pro models, that stayed. The Lightning port remains too. Still, this has even better battery life than the Pro models and the Apple iPhone XR; that should be something.
There is not much to say anymore about the iOS really. They look similar, feel similar, works like any other iOS that comes before it. Sure, it should be a little smoother than before. It is just as intuitive and simple as before.
On the new iOS 13 there is a new Dark Mode to keep your eyes from being blinded by so many whites on the display. There is a new Sign In with Apple, that is very similar to how Samsung Pass and Google Sign In works. There is a brand-new Maps that is fitted too. The biggest addition to iOS 13 on the iPhone is just the new camera app that is supposed to be more advanced and powerful than before.
Price and Availability
The Apple iPhone Pro and Pro Max will start at US$999 and US$1,099 respectively. It will be available in the United States (US) by September 20th, 2019. That is Friday next week. Malaysia, according to Apple’s official website, will be getting the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max just the week after on the 27th September 2019. You can get your hands on one from MYR 4,899 and MYR 5,299 onward. For Malaysia, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are available in Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green, and Gold colours. There are three storage flavours to choose from too – a 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. You can check them out yourselves here.
The Apple iPhone 11 (the regular one) will also be available September 20th, 2019 onward in the US. That would be priced from US$ 699. For Malaysia, it is pretty much the same story. We get it a week later, on the 27th September 2019. Price of the Apple iPhone 11 starts from MYR 3,399; which is not too bad, considering. It is available in White, Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, and (Product)RED. There are also 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB options you can choose from. For more information of the Apple iPhone 11 you can check out their website. I do not know about you, but if I am getting one; I would like a Midnight Green Apple iPhone Pro, please.