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All the details on Apple’s newest iPhones

By Kai Ping Lew
Wed 11 Sep 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Apple today announced iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, a new pro line for iPhone. The new Super Retina XDR display is a pro display with the brightest display ever in an iPhone.

The Pro phones will feature a new A13 Bionic chip, a new triple camera system and comes in four colours, including a new midnight green.

They will be available for pre-order beginning Saturday, 14 September and in stores beginning Friday, 20 September.

Apple worldwide marketing senior vice president Phil Schiller says,  “iPhone 11 Pro provides our customers with great range of creative control and advanced photo and video editing features in iOS 13. The Super Retina XDR is the brightest and most advanced display in iPhone.”

Pro design and display

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a textured matte glass back and polished stainless steel band, and come in four finishes.

They feature the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and are rated IP68 for water resistance up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes, and are protected against everyday spills including coffee and soft drinks.

The new Super Retina XDR display, a custom-designed OLED, provides users an immersive HDR viewing experience for movies and other high-definition video with up to 1,200 nits brightness.

Super Retina XDR features wide colour support with system-wide colour management and True Tone to offer a more natural viewing experience.

With a 2 million-to-one contrast ratio with true blacks, users can enjoy a more vivid viewing experience for HDR videos and photos, and the Super Retina XDR display more power-efficient.

Customers can interact with their favourite apps in a quick, seamless way with Haptic Touch integrated across iOS 13 to provide app shortcuts for everyday tasks right from the Home screen, including taking a selfie in Camera, checking an appointment in Calendar or previewing email within Mail with just a simple press.

Performance and battery life

A13 Bionic provides fast performance for every task iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max handles and features up to 20% faster CPU and GPU than A12.

A13 Bionic is built for machine learning, with a faster Neural Engine for real-time photo and video analysis, and new Machine learning Accelerators that allow the CPU to deliver more than 1 trillion operations per second.

Battery-wise, the iPhone 11 Pro offers up to four more hours of battery life in a day than iPhone Xs, and iPhone 11 Pro Max offering up to five hours more than iPhone Xs Max.

A pro camera system for everyone

iPhone 11 Pro introduces a triple-camera system with all-new Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras, integrated into iOS to create a pro-level camera experience designed for everyone.

Each camera in the triple-camera system records 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilisation.

With a wider field of view and large focal plane, the Ultra Wide camera is great for shooting action videos.

Users can easily zoom between each of the three cameras, while Audio Zoom matches the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound.

With iOS 13, video editing tools are accessible to everyone with the ability to rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to videos instantly.

These adjustments are easy to apply and review at a glance, so even a novice can create professional quality video projects.

The all-new Ultra Wide camera aims to change the camera experience by capturing four times more scene, great for taking landscape or architecture photos, tight shots and more.

The new Wide sensor with 100 percent Focus Pixels and advanced software enables Night mode, and delivers improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments, resulting in brighter images with natural colours and reduced noise.

The triple-camera system takes Portrait mode to a new level with the ability to choose Wide and Telephoto framing, enabling Portrait mode with a wider field of view, great for taking portraits of multiple people.

The Telephoto camera features a larger ƒ/2.0 aperture to capture 40% more light compared to iPhone Xs for better photos and videos.

Next-generation Smart HDR uses advanced machine learning to recognise subjects in the frame and intelligently relight them for more natural-looking images with greater detail.

A new True Tone flash is over 30% brighter.

Deep Fusion, coming later this spring, is a new image processing system enabled by the Neural Engine of A13 Bionic.

Deep Fusion uses advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimising for texture, details and noise in every part of the photo.

A redesigned camera interface provides a more immersive experience that works together with the triple-camera system and all-screen display to let users see and capture the area outside of the frame.

For the first time, users can easily record video without switching out of Photo mode with QuickTake by simply holding the shutter button to start recording.

The new TrueDepth camera introduces a new 12MP camera with a wider field of view to capture selfies, and next-generation Smart HDR enables more natural-looking photos.

Expressive selfie videos take on a whole new look with the TrueDepth camera that now records 4K video at up to 60 fps and 120 fps slo-mo.

Featuring iOS 13

iOS 13 introduces a dramatic new look with Dark Mode, a more private way to sign in to apps and websites with Sign In with Apple, and an all-new Maps experience.

With advanced Camera and Photos features, photo editing is more comprehensive and intuitive with powerful new tools that now extend to video editing.

Portrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to adjust the intensity of light on a subject, and a new High-Key Mono effect creates a beautiful, monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos.

Pricing and Availability

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models in midnight green, space grey, silver and gold starting at RRP NZ$1949 inc. GST and RRP NZ$2149 inc. GST for the 64GB models.

Customers can get iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max from Apple's New Zealand website, in the Apple Store app and are also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

Customers in New Zealand and more than 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max beginning at 12 a.m. NZDT on Saturday, 14 September with availability beginning Friday, 20 September.

iOS 13 will be available on 20 September as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later.

Additional software features will be available on 1 October with iOS 13.1.

Dual-camera iPhone 11

Apple also announced the iPhone 11 today, which will be replacing the iPhone XR.

iPhone 11 introduces a dual-camera system, offering an intuitive camera experience iPhone 11 is powered by the A13 Bionic chip and comes in six new colours.

It will be available for pre-order beginning Saturday, 14 September and in stores beginning Friday, 20 September, starting at RRP NZ$1349 inc. GST.

Schiller says, “With the tight integration between hardware, software and services, the advancements in iPhone 11 bring an unparalleled user experience at an affordable price to more customers. We think people will love it.”

Design and display

iPhone 11 features a back design that is precision milled and sculpted from a single piece of glass.

It is rated IP68 for water resistance up to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes, and is protected against accidental spills from common liquids such as coffee and soft drinks.

iPhone 11 comes in purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT(RED).

The 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina display features wide colour support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience.

Haptic Touch is integrated across iOS 13 to provide app shortcuts for everyday tasks right from the Home screen.

Dual-camera system

iPhone 11 introduces a dual-camera system with all-new Ultra Wide and Wide cameras that are deeply integrated into iOS 13.

iPhone 11 shoots sharp video, with both the Ultra Wide and Wide cameras supporting 4K video with extended dynamic range for more highlight detail and cinematic video stabilisation.

With a wider field of view and large focal plane, users can shoot detailed action videos with the Ultra Wide camera.

The dual-camera system lets users easily zoom between each camera while Audio Zoom matches the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound.

With iPhone 11, the all-new Ultra Wide camera captures four times more scene, and is great for taking landscape or architecture photos, tight shots and more.

A new Wide sensor with 100 percent Focus Pixels enables Night mode, delivering improvements to photos captured in indoor and outdoor low-light environments, resulting in brighter images with natural colours and reduced noise.

Both cameras work together to enable Portrait mode photos for people, pets, objects and more.

Smart HDR uses machine learning to capture more natural-looking images with highlight and shadow detail on the subject and in the background.

Users can easily record video without switching out of Photo mode with QuickTake by simply holding the shutter button to start recording.

The updated TrueDepth camera introduces a new 12MP camera with a wider field of view to capture more in selfies, and next-generation Smart HDR enables more natural-looking photos.

Expressive selfie videos take on a whole new look on the TrueDepth camera, now recording 4K video at up to 60 fps and 120 fps slo-mo.

Pricing and Availability

iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT(RED) starting at RRP NZ$1349 inc. GST from Apple's New Zealand website, the Apple Store app and through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

Customers in New Zealand and more than 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 11 beginning at 12 am NZDT on Saturday, 14 September with availability beginning Friday, 20 September.

iOS 13 will be available on 20 September as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later. Additional software features will be available on 1 October with iOS 13.1.

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