It’s a colourful character. The iPhone 11 (without the Pro moniker), successor to the hugely popular iPhone XR, is available in some really jazzy shades. It has the most powerful chip ever seen in a smartphone, a dual camera system, and a great battery life.
It seems a more than worthy successor to the XR, Apple’s lower-priced iPhone aimed at young people, the fashion conscious and those who didn’t need the extra power afforded by the cutting-edge iPhone releases. As we’ll see, it’s a smartphone that puts in a performance to match its good looks.
The Screen Scene
The screen on the iPhone 11 is a 6.1-inch liquid Retina display, just like last year’s iPhone XR. Both front and back are made from toughened glass, with the back milled from a single piece of glass for extra precision. The display boasts wide colour support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience, and you can interact with it using Haptic Touch, which is deeply integrated across iOS 13.
Unlike the XR, the iPhone 11 features two rear-mounted cameras. The upper lens is a 12MP Wide Camera, and the lower one a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with a 120° field of view. They’re the same as those used in the iPhone 11 Pro.
The Camera app’s new High Key Mono effect lets you take black and white photos that look like they were done in a studio against a plain backdrop. In our example seen here, the group of friends were outdoors and standing in front of an orange wall.
The front camera is also updated, to a 12MP TrueDepth model. It can, for the first time, record slow-motion selfies, which Apple rather embarrassingly calls ‘slofies’.
A feature shared by the iPhone 11 Pro and the regular iPhone 11 is QuickTake video. When you’re taking still photos, you can instantly record a video instead by tapping and holding the shutter button. It’s really convenient.
The iPhone 11 shares the following features with its Pro stable Mates.
- Spacial audio
- Dolby Atmos
- 12MP Wide and Ultra Wide cameras
- 12MP TrueDepth front camera
- Night Mode photography
- A13 Bionic processor
- 4K video resolution
- Video image stabilisation
The iPhone 11 has better water resistance, being safe in up to two metres of water for up to 30 minutes, but we don’t recommend you put this to the test by dropping it down the toilet.
The iPhone 11 is out on Friday, 20th September.