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Apple is once again making waves in the mobile industry, unveiling its latest addition to the iPhone collection a few days ago. Their latest high-end models, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max replace the iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR respectively. With all the hype surrounding these new models, this article goes in-depth into everything you need to know about the release date, pricing, and new features of one of these models, the iPhone 11 Pro.
According to Apple, the iPhone 11 Pro features a triple camera system (which I will elaborate on below) and massive forward surges in battery life and processor capabilities which make the title “Pro” a whole lot apter. With all the buzz and speculation about the device, here is what we know about the phone.
The phone was unveiled to the world two days ago on September the 10th. Apple reports that the Pro is available for pre-order starting on Friday the 13th (I had to) of September. They begin shipping on the 20th of September.
Users will be spoiled for choice as the iPhone Pro comes in two sizes. (the larger being the Pro Max) , and four finishes, namely: Gold, Midnight Green, Silver, and Space Gray. The phones have glass bodies and come with a matte textured finish.
iPhone 11 pro specs
- Brand: Apple
- Model: iPhone 11 Pro
- Phone Dimensions: 144.00mm x 71.40mm x 8.10mm
- Weight: 188.00g
- Removable Battery: No
- Screen Size: 5.8inch (OLED)
- Pixel Density: 456 PPI
- Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels
- Processor Type: Apple A13 Bionic
- Phone Storage: 512GB, 256GB and 64GB
- RAM: 4GB
- External Storage: None
- Battery Life: 18 hours
- 3 rear cameras
- Rear Camera: 12-Megapixel (f/1.8) + 12 Megapixel (f/2.4) + 12 Megapixel (f/2.0)
- Rear Flash: Dual LED
- Front Camera: 12 megapixels (f/2.2)
- Video Resolution: 4k
- Operating System: iOS 13
- Wi-fi Standards: 802.11 Supported. a/b/g/n/ac supported
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Lightning; Yes
- NFC: Yes
- SIM Support: Dual SIM Support (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
- Face Unlock: Yes
- 3D Face Recognition: Yes
- Compass; Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Ambient Light Sensor: Yes
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
iPhone 11 Pro Pricing
Apple offers a $25 per month payment plan or a $599 purchase with a trade-in. Of course, these preliminary prices are subject to terms and conditions that depend on, among many other things, what region of the world the customer is in and what additional benefits the customer wants with the purchase. iPhone 11 pro with higher specs will go all the way to $999.
Apple has pulled on all the stops to deliver this 13th generation flagship. With the Specs out of the way, it remains to question what exactly separates the iPhone 11 Pro from previous iPhone models. And, more potently, why Apple claims this generation of flagships are the most powerful smartphones, they have ever made.
iPhone 11 Pro: New Features
Arguably one of the most notable features that come with the new iPhone 11 Pro is the improved camera system. Apple has literally upgraded threefold – equipping the phone with a triple camera system composed of the 13mm focal length Ultra Wide camera, the 26mm Wide camera, and the 52mm Telephoto camera. Combined, these cameras allow the iPhone to let you zoom from the Telephoto all the way to the Ultra Wide camera, giving a fantastic 4x optical zoom range. Fundamentally, the camera has been redesigned to give users a wider field of view (relieving users of having to step back to capture the full scope of a scene, for example) in their pictures but, at the core, the collaboration among the three cameras gives the equivalent of taking three raw images from separate cameras and merging them into one consistent, eye-catching picture.
The device still allows you to record video footage in 4k resolution, with the added feature of advanced video editing tools curtesy of the A13 Bionic Processor. Hence users can expect to find more of the Ultra Wide feature and especially, an audio zooming feature that helps to match video frames to audio. When recording with the front camera, users can also look to find the all-new slow-motion mode, letting them capture themselves in a dramatic slow motion.
The camera is also equipped with bolstered Night Mode and Portrait features that refine the quality of pictures in low-lit areas and the depth-of-field dependent portraits. According to Apple, a looming motivation behind the improved camera was to grant users the ability to seamlessly switch between recording and capturing modes even during a recording. It’s therefore not far-fetched to expect a demonstrably more accessible camera interface.
Design and Display
The glass-body, as mentioned above, features the most hardened glass ever used on an iPhone (or any smartphone for that fact). The iPhone Pro is also designed to be water-resistant with an IP68 rating for water resistance up to 4m for up to 30 minutes. The device is essentially bulwarked against spills and dust. The 11 Pro also features an all-new, custom-designed OLED display, the Super Retina XDR. The new iPhone can therefore not only reach new heights of brightness, but it can achieve these both out in the sun (where it can reach up to 800 nits) and when users need to view an extremely dynamic range of content (in which case it can go up to 1200 nit). The enhanced screen resolution packs up to 458 pixels per every inch of the screen and the screen itself, more impressively, boasts a 2 000 000:1 contrast ratio
The screen still comes with useful features like True Tone which matches the white balance of the room to minimize eye damage, Haptic Touch which relieves you of having to switch between apps for actions such as taking a selfie and the beloved Night Shift. What stands out the most is the screen’s efficiency. The screen is 15% more efficient, contributing to the massive improvement in the phone’s battery life. Speaking of battery life, here is what Apple has done to make sure that the phone stays on longer
The new iPhone 11 Pro will stay on up to 4 hours longer than the iPhone Xs, and the fast charge feature will give you back 50% of your battery in only 30 minutes. Cardinal components of the system – the battery pack, the main chip, the display, and associated software have all been engineered to make the system work together more efficiently. iOS 13 also comes with a Performance Controller that is responsible for efficiently assigning tasks throughout the system. Apple has also designed a Power Management Unit that determines strategic times and locations to distribute power. The cumulative effect is that the device will neither over-perform or under-perform at critical junctions in the phone’s usage. When it comes to what exactly feeds on the battery, there is no better-concluding section than the Performance Section which follows.
So what exactly can the iPhone 11 Pro do and how fast can it do it? The device carries a custom-made A13 Bionic chip. It is deeply rooted in machine learning, and Apple boasts that it is a chip way ahead of its time. The chip itself is made along a 64-bit Fusion Architecture that comes with performance and efficiency cores to make the device work faster using less power. Brought together, Apple finds themselves bragging again – this time, about having the fastest CPU and GPU in a smartphone, 20% more efficient than its predecessor the A12.
As highlighted above, the chip is designed for machine learning. It comes with a faster Neural Engine for real-time media analysis. A new pair of Machine Learning Accelerators enable the chip to deliver more than one trillion operations per second. Last and certainly not least, the Core ML 3 facilitates mass machine learning allowing the Developers to fully utilize the processing power of the revolutionary A13 Bionic Chip. Overall, the tag-team comprising of the all-new, custom-built A13 Bionic Chip and iOS13 make for a formidable force capable of unparalleled forward surges in processing power.
All that we know about the new iPhone 11 Pro seems to enforce the idea that Apple wants to convince customers that an upgrade to the new device is necessary. It is not unusual when these new releases get on the market that the necessity of acquiring them is questioned at all levels. This time around, Apple has endeavored to reach new horizons in hardware upgrades and accessibility features that heighten the user experience. So if the unveiling at The Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Park two days ago showed us anything, it’s that Apple was committed to exploring groundbreaking engineering to design the high-end iPhone 11 Pro. Also, as this is the first time, Apple has assigned the title “Pro” to one of their mobile devices. The iPhone 11 Pro stands as a feat of processing power packed neatly and delicately to fit into the user’s pocket.
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