The annual Apple event took place last night, where they unveiled all their latest gadgets and gizmos. Apple Watches, iPads, and Tv’s abound but of course, all eyes were on the star of the night, the iPhone 11. While the smartphone’s design garnered mixed reviews from critics (and the Twittersphere), thanks to its unusual tri-camera configuration, there’s unanimous agreement that it’s features are cutting-edge.
Like the current iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 will have a 6.1-inch LCD display with the same cutout at the top to house Apple’s FaceID camera array. The iPhone 11, however, will have a dual-lens rear camera with wide and ultra-wide angles, plus a higher-resolution front camera at 12 megapixels with support for slo-mo and 4K video. Apple’s also answering the likes of Night Sight on Google’s Pixel phones with a “Night Mode” that automatically improves lighting in low-light shots. You can also expect the usual leap in processing power, plus faster FaceID recognition and support for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard. The iPhone 11 will come in six colors, including purple, green, yellow, white, black, and red, and it’ll be $50 cheaper than the iPhone XR at approximately R10 000 and up. Pre-orders start Friday with shipping on September 20.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
The naming scheme has changed, but the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are effectively upgrades to the current iPhone XS and XS Max, with brighter “Super Retina XDR” displays in the same 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes. They also add a third rear camera lens, allowing for a 4X optical zoom range between ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. Battery life gets a big boost as well—up four hours over the iPhone XS for the iPhone 11 Pro, and up five hours for the iPhone 11 Pro Max—and Apple’s finally including a fast-charging 18W power adapter instead of the usual 5W adapter. (If you’re wondering about rumors of Apple Pencil support and two-way wireless charging on the iPhone Pro, Apple reportedly scrapped those features for this year’s phones.) The glass on the back has a matte finish that’s supposed to be more durable, and there’s a new “midnight green” color option alongside white, black, and gold. The iPhone 11 Pro will start at around R14 696, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max will cost around R16 000 and up. Both are available for pre-order on Friday, and will ship on September 20.
Article originally published on fastcompany.com.