This week live from the Steve Jobs theater, Apple made a few major announcements at the much-anticipated special event hosted by CEO Tim Cook. Amongst them are the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the new iPad and iPadOS, Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade.
The biggest takeaway from the showcase is the introduction of the A13 Bionic chip for the iPhones that enables fast machine-learning capabilities. All of which also gear towards improved overall graphics and productivity performances.
And yes, that means more battery life too, with up to 17 hours of video playback for iPhone 11, 18 hours for the 11 Pro and 20 hours for the 11 Pro Max. Wow!
A13 Bionic chip
Equipped with the new A13 Bionic chip, both phones have improved photo and video taking capabilities and graphics performance. According to Apple employee Cayenne, the chip is the fastest CPU and GPU in a smartphone.
Thanks to the powerful chip and its machine-learning capability, it can improve highlights, shadows and skin tones in HDR photos and also allows you to shoot videos while in photo mode with QuickTake.
iPhone 11 dual-camera system
The most obvious change is the camera design which occupies a bigger physical space on the back of the phone (the rumours were right!).
The newest iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro boast impressive dual-camera and triple-camera systems respectively. For the iPhone 11, the dual-camera system allows users to take Wide and Ultra Wide shots in 12MP.
The Wide sensor is now improved for sharper images with up to 3x faster autofocus in low light. The Ultra Wide sensor are for shots like landscapes, action shots and even large interiors as they can capture a lot more of the scene.
iPhone 11 Pro triple-camera system
You can achieve similar photo quality with the iPhone 11 Pro, but with its triple-camera system, you can also get a more expanded field of view. This Telephoto camera gives you 4x optical zoom range.
With the majority of its focus on the camera, Apple provides users with more options to play with when taking photos.
This includes the new Night mode that automatically turns on when taking low-light photos. The colours appear natural and the photos brighter.
As for the Portrait mode, Apple has tweaked it to give you more controls like High-Key Light Mono effect and Portrait Lighting Control.
Another fun option is the Slofie, slow-mo selfie. The front camera is now equipped with the new 12MP TrueDepth camera that enables you to capture more of the scene and create a cool slow-mo picture at the same time.
With the improved camera systems, the iPhone 11’s shooting capability also shines. Besides the QuickTake function, you can shoot videos in 4K.
But for the iPhone 11 Pro, there’s so much more! You can seamlessly switch between cameras while filming, use “audio zoom” to match audio with video framing and edit your videos.
To really show off the iPhone graphics, Apple has partnered with Chinese MMO game developer Giant Interactive on a new dark fantasy action mobile game called Pascal’s Wager.
Seeing the live gameplay, the iPhone 11 is capable of smoothly running graphic-heavy games like Pascal’s Wager without any freezes or other hiccups. This speaks very highly of the A13 Bionic chip for sure!
Pricing, colours, preorder details
The iPhone 11 comes in six colours: black, white, yellow, green, purple and red. The pricing goes at S$1,149 (64 GB), S$1,219 (128GB) and S$1,389 (256GB).
Whereas the iPhone 11 Pro comes in gold, midnight green, silver and space grey. The pricing for the 5.8-inch display goes at S$1,649 (64GB), S$1,889 (256GB) and S$2,199 (512GB). For the 6.5-inch display (iPhone 11 Pro Max), it goes at S$1,799 (64GB), S$2,039 (256GB) and S$2,349 (512GB).
The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are set to release on 20 September. In the meantime, you can make a preorder on 13 September from 8pm onwards.
Not sure which iPhone to get? You can check out the full and quick rundown of the differences between iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro on the Apple website.
With that said, the iPhone 9 and iPhone XR will still be in production if you’re looking for something more affordable.
*Notes: Prices shown in screenshots are in USD.