Why the New $1,199 iPhone 11 is a Very Good Option

Amongst the many announcements made by Apple overnight, one stands out as a very good option for those who want a new top-of-the-line smartphone, and it’s not their top-of-the-line smartphone.

The iPhone 11, with its two cameras (against the three of the iPhone 11 Pro & Pro Max), may seem like the junior burger of the iPhone stable, but a closer look at its specs shows that it’s a significant step-up from its predecessor, the iPhone XR, while not being too different from its new big brothers.

And it comes with a AUD$550-$1,300 saving, if you can deal with the slightly lesser camera.

Like the XR that came before it, the iPhone 11 has an anodised aluminium body available in black, green, yellow, purple, red, and white. Capacity options include 64Gb, 128GB, and 256GB.

A 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display brings the device to life with a Smart HDR feature to offer more vivid colours. The device unlocks with Face ID, which Apple claims is faster and more effective at different angles than prior. The iPhone 11 also gets the ultra-wideband U1 chip, improving its spatial awareness.

The iPhone 11 gets up to 17 hours of battery life–an improvement on the higher-end devices in the range.

As stated, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max models have three cameras. These capture at 52mm, 26mm, and 13mm focal lengths. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, has the wider 13mm and 26mm options, without the 52mm. If you think back to Apple’s last round of iPhone announcements, the XR was easily Apple’s bestselling smartphone, and that was with its puny one camera. The iPhone 11 offers users much the same, plus a new, wider option.

While the Pro models’ cameras are very, very impressive, the brand will surely find it harder and harder to convince users that an upgrade on what is existing is necessary, especially given that Steven Soderbergh shot an entire film on the iPhone 7 Plus only two years ago.

The camera tech on both phones will offer Night Mode, as well as the ability to do slo-mo selfies.

As for the other specs, the iPhone 11 gets the same A12 Bionic processor that comes in the higher-tier models. Apple claims that this is faster than any laptop CPU from Intel, so one can expect some serious speed from anything from the new lineup. There’s also the claim that this model enjoys an extra hour of battery life than its predecessor.

And all of this for AUD$1,199. That’s a whopping AUD$1,300 less than the top-of-the-line iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple’s iPhone has always been an easy go-to for consumers who want to fork out for a premium product that will integrate well within the Apple ‘ecosystem’, but with prices on the rise, and the technology inside receiving upgrades that only a select few would really notice, it will be interesting to see if the market swings towards the three-camera layout of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, or if customers will gravitate towards the lower end of the spectrum, given just how good it looks to be.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 11 start on September 13, and will ship on September 20.

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