Is it Worth Waiting for iPhone 11?September 13, 2019
As I’m sure you are all aware, on Tuesday Apple unveiled its new line of Smart Phones. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The phones start at $699, $999 and $1,099 USD, and I’m very surprised to see a sub $1000 offering from Apple. Over the years I haven’t been the biggest Apple fanboy, but I’ve given them props when they create a product worth the price tag. I’ve also called them out when they have tried to pull the wool over the eyes of everyone. With the upcoming release of the new phones, I wanted to discuss is it worth waiting for the iPhone 11, and should you buy it.
In today’s article, I will be going over all the main “new features” and how they compare to last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. I am over the moon with their decision to finally remove the roman numeral naming method, but there is a part of me that wanted to see Apple call these new phones the XI.
New Processor and Battery
Apple has added the new A13 bionic Chipset to the iPhone 11. The iPhone X line up had the A11 and A12 chipset. Apple claims that the new Chipset has a 20% faster CPU speed and 30% more power efficiency. That’s a decent bump in performance and should see a decent real-world benefit in battery life. Apple says that it will bring “hours” of extra battery life to the iPhone 11 line up. On stage Apple mentioned that it will also be the fastest GPU in any smartphone ever. That’s great, but the failed to mention why and how we will revisit this at a later date.
Battery sizes have been increased as well. iPhone 11 has a 3110 mAh, iPhone 11 Pro has a 3190 mAh, and the iPhone Pro Max has a 3500 mAh battery. All those batteries are bigger than last year’s models, that coupled with the A13 bionic should see a big bump in battery life.
New Front and Rear Cameras – the Biggest Change
Apple has gone with a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup on the iPhone 11 and a triple 12-megapixel camera set up on the Pro models. Rear cameras now include a wide-angle lens like most other mainstream manufacturers. With this new camera setup on the Pro Models I was expecting some level of “Pro” camera setting customization when it comes to shooting a photo, by all accounts, this doesn’t exist.
The front-facing camera has been upgraded to a single 12-megapixel shooter that is also capable of Slow Motion videos. These are welcomed additions over iPhone X, keeping in mind, the camera set up on the iPhone X was one of the best of any smartphone released in 2017.
The one con with this new camera is the ridiculous camera bump, its a two-level bump at that. Personally, it makes the camera look like it was a last-minute addition and I’m not a fan.
The iPhone 11 retains the same LCD display as the iPhone XR. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have the same super OLED display as the XS and XS Max, but max brightness has been bumped up slightly. The change is ever so slight and not really that noticeable. Same display, same notch
Is it Worth Waiting for iPhone 11 Design?
The new phones still look exactly the same as the last generation, minus the new camera module. Apple claims a slight bump in durability, and Pro Max gets an increased water resistance rating. The iPhone 11 comes in six colors, Product(Red), black, white, yellow, green and purple. The Pro Models come in a matte finish of Gold, Space Gray, Silver, Midnight Green. I love the pro colors and the matte texture might help a fair bit with fingerprints.
My Thoughts on the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro
Apple hasn’t done anything crazy or groundbreaking with this refresh. I’m happy they moved away from the Roman Numeral naming, but I’m not a fan of the “Pro” label either. Think about it, what makes this phone a “Pro” phone, what features stand out to you that you can’t currently get on another flagship phone? go on, I’ll wait. The fact of the matter is, Pro products are supposed to be for the bleeding edge tech enthusiasts that need a little more out of their hardware. We need to wary of the Pro buzzword, and how manufacturers are tricking consumers into thinking their products are the best.
Apple Pre-Orders open in 6 hours and will be available from the 20.09.2019. Is it worth waiting for the iPhone 11?, I personally would be waiting for the 12. If you own any model iPhone X I would recommend you wait till the next generation. If you own an iPhone 8 or below and you have to have Apple, the entry-level iPhone 11 at $699 USD is great value. The Pro models of the 11 just make me angry.
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