A new trio of iPhones is now available at an Apple store near you but if you’re still sitting on the fence about whether or not to splurge on what might be the most exciting iPhone releases yet, we’ve got you.
Touted as some of the most powerful iPhone models ever, the new releases include the Apple iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Don’t expect any radical design changes, but enhanced photography aided by new processors are in store, as usual.
Here’s a breakdown of the important differences you need to know as the iPhone goes pro for the first time.
Size and Screen Size
One of the biggest differences between the iPhone 11 and the Pros is the display. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 features an LCD “Liquid Retina” panel with a 1792 × 828 resolution. That comes out to a pixel density of 326.
While this is notably lower than the fantastic resolutions of 458 pixels-per-inch found on the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro (2436 x 1125) and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max (2688 x 1242), it’s still a great screen overall.
The lesser-spec iPhone 11 features an “all-new” design, with its reworked glass and aluminium chassis said to be the toughest on a smartphone to date.
The other two new phones are made out of a combination of stainless steel and glass and the finish on the back is no longer glossy, but sleek and matte (for the gold and midnight green finishes).
All three iPhones run on Apple’s new A13 Bionic processor, which is both more powerful and efficient than the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR. According to Apple, this system on a chip is packed with the fastest ever CPU in a smartphone.
Unless you live on the bleeding edge of technology, you might not care to hear about the number of transistors on a chip. But in a nutshell, these phones are really fast – downloading apps is fast, processing and editing photos are fast, and even Face ID is faster.
In Apple’s words, these new phones demonstrate their most dramatic leap in terms of battery life. This is partly due to the LCD screen needing less power due to the more efficient A13 Bionic chip.
The iPhone 11 boasts all-day battery life, while the iPhone 11 Pro will have up to four more hours of battery life, and the Max will have up to five more hours of battery life with the charging going up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes with fast charge.
As you’ve probably heard by now, the big change in these phones is in the camera system.
The iPhone 11 camera gets a dual-camera setup at the back – a wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) and ultrawide-angle (ƒ/2.4 aperture) lens with a 120-degree field of view which means you can capture more of your surroundings in images.
The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max both have a triple-camera system consisting of three 12MP cameras – the ultra-wide camera, wide camera, and telephoto camera. The ultra-wide-angle camera has a focal length of 13mm and a ƒ/2.4 aperture with the same 120-degree field of view.
The wide-angle camera has a focal length of 26mm and a ƒ/1.8 aperture, while the telephoto camera with its 52mm focal length and larger ƒ/2.0 aperture, lets in more light than other iPhone cameras.
Apple’s new Night Mode in all three phones also creates stunningly detailed photos in drastically dark settings by illuminating the entire scene. The best part? Night Mode is triggered automatically when the phone detects there’s little natural light available. You’re sure to be the designated photographer during dinner parties!
Prices and Storage
There are some dramatic differences in terms of prices between the iPhone 11 and Pro and Max, but in true Apple style, that’s expected with the differences in terms of camera, processors and more. The iPhone 11 retails at SGD1,149, the Pro at SGD1,649, and the Max at SGD1,799.
The trio is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Looks like 64GB is the new 32GB.
Long gone are the days where you could only choose between the same few monochromatic iPhone colours. This new release brings us colours we’ve never seen the iPhones in before. The iPhone 11 comes in six new colours: Purple, green, yellow, black, white and (product) red, which contributes directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS when you buy it.
The iPhones Pro and Max come in four different colours: Space Gray, silver, gold, and the brand new midnight green.
For people who absolutely need the larger screen and that extra one hour of battery life, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a great choice. But like most of us, if you find that hard to justify, then go for the next very similar, yet still powerful phone – the iPhone Pro – and save on the additional top-up of about SGD600.
The iPhone Pro models offer just a little bit more than the iPhone 11 models but on its own, the iPhone 11 is an excellent smartphone, even in comparison to some of the more powerful features of the iPhone 11 Pro.
While you miss out on the triple-lens camera setup, you still get the ultra-powerful A13 Bionic processor as well as features like Portrait mode, Smart HDR, and night mode. At its price, it might just be the most appealing phone of the lot.
It’s ultimately up to you to decide whether or not the features are worth the addition in price, but for most people, the iPhone 11 will certainly suffice.
The Apple iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are now available. More details here.