iPhone 11 specs, price, features: all the details about Apple’s latest handset
After months of rumours and leaks, Apple has finally unveiled the new iPhone 11 range. In this guide we have rounded up all the information you need including price, release date, camera features and more.
The iPhone 11 at a glance
The iPhone 11 will cost £729/$699 and hit stores on September 20
It keeps the same 6.1-inch screen as the iPhone XR with the same resolution
You can pre-order it from September 13, at Apple.com
It launched alongside the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
It will run iOS 13 software out of the box
There are two 12-megapixel sensors on the back, with the second one there for ultra wide-angle shots and video
It features ‘Slofies‘
It’s powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, which Apple claims is the most powerful ever on a smartphone
5G connectivity doesn’t feature on any of the new iPhones
The iPhone 11 is basically a successor to the iPhone XR, with a few choice new upgrades; for instance, there are now two camera sensors on the back rather than just one. The secondary camera shoots wide-angle photos, and you can easily jump between the two sensors even when shooting video. Apple claims you’ll get the highest quality video ever on a smartphone.
Apple also claims that the new A13 Bionic chipset inside the phone delivers a best-ever standard both for general performance and graphics. In order to show this off, we were shown a demo of Pascal’s Wager, a new iOS-exclusive game that looks a lot like Dark Souls, and we were instantly impressed by how impressive it looks in action (even though we’re a little more sceptical of the gameplay).
When it comes to design, the iPhone 11 looks almost exactly like the iPhone XR. So what has changed? Well first off you’ve got a few new colours – six in total, including a rather fetching shade of purple. Apple’s also added much-desired water resistance, claiming you can now submerge the device in 2m of water for 30 minutes.
Apple didn’t talk much about the display, and there’s a reason for that: it’s more or less the same as the iPhone XR. Measuring 6.1-inches across, it even packs the same resolution too (828 x 1792), which some people might find off-putting. We were satisfied with the display on the XR though, so this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for everyone.
iPhone 11 price − How much will the new iPhone cost?
Apple will be selling the iPhone 11 for $699 in the US, but a much steeper £729 in the UK.
That’s still cheaper than the $749/£749 launch price of the outgoing iPhone XR, and it feels like the most affordable iPhone we’ve seen in many years. This year the ‘true flagships’ in terms of both specs and price are the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
It’s available in a pleasing range of colour schemes: yellow, purple, green, white, black and (PRODUCT)RED.
Here’s the full pricing breakdown, in both £s and $s:
iPhone 11: £729 (64GB); £779 (128GB); £879 (256GB)
iPhone 11: $699 (64GB); $749 (128GB); $849 (256GB)
In previous years the price in dollars was matched exactly by the price in Sterling, which put UK customers at a slight disadvantage due to the exchange rate. But this year the price is pounds is significantly more expensive. The bad news for Brits is likely due to Apple taking precautions for a possible fall in the value of the pound due to Brexit.
iPhone 11 release date − When is the next iPhone out?
The iPhone 11 will first be available to pre-order on Friday (September 13), and devices will ship out to customers from September 20. That date applies for all iPhones in the new range.
iPhone 11 design and display
Apple is renowned for producing sleek, iconic designs. The iPhone 11 mostly feels familiar, but the biggest change to the design is a controversial one.
As the multitude of leaks had suggested, iPhone 11 has a large massive camera bump on its back, to house its new double-camera array. That bump looks considerably chunkier than the ones you’ll find on the back of Android flagships like the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10, and it’s bound to divide Apple fans.
The divisive screen notch was popularised by the iPhone X two years ago, but many Android manufacturers have now ditched it for more subtle solutions including the teardrop notch, cutout camera, and pop-up camera. Apple has clung onto the notch for another year at least, and it’s starting to look a bit dated in comparison.
While the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max boast OLED displays, the iPhone 11 has to make to do with LCD. Apple is still sticking with the “Liquid Retina” moniker for the iPhone 11 display instead of adopting the new “Super Retina XDR“, and it remains 6.1-inches large with a resolution that’s only slightly above 720p.
iPhone 11 camera
The iPhone 11 has got a dual-lens camera array. The extra lens is an upgrade on the iPhone XR’s single camera, but the Pro and Pro Max devices have a total f three lenses.
The new secondary sensor is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle snapper, which can capture much wider shots thanks to the 120-degree lens. During the demo, Apple showed that you could easily switch between the two with the tap of a soft-key, and you can shoot video in wide-angle too.
Another new camera feature is slow-motion selfies, or ‘slofies‘, as Apple is calling them. This uses the updated 12-megapixel True Depth camera on the front to snap selfies that move. It sounds slightly gimmicky, but it has the potential to be another seriously popular feature like Animoji. Another new camera feature is a dedicated Night Mode for shooting shots in low-light situations.
The design of the iPhone 11’s camera module has proven to be controversial, but we’re happy that Apple has introduced a secondary sensor to the cheaper model.
iPhone 11 specs
The iPhone 11 packs an A13 Bionic CPU. It entered production in May, according to Bloomberg and it keeps the same 7nm architecture as before. Apple said during its demos that this was the fastest chip on the market both in terms of performance and graphics.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the iPhone 11 packs 4GB of RAM − just like the iPhone XS − but iOS optimisation makes the most of what seems to be a relatively stingy amount of memory in comparison to competitors, which increasingly pack in up to 12GB of memory.
As usual, Apple didn’t mention RAM at all on stage, so we’ll have to wait for a teardown to know more.
iOS 13 will ship on the new iPhone 11 and this brings highly-requested features like a system-wide dark mode, improved mapping service and more.
iPhone 11 – 5G, battery life and USB-C
If you were waiting to pick up the iPhone 11 in the hope it would ditch Lightning, we’ve got some bad news. Even though some early rumours had suggested Apple would drop its proprietary port for the common USB-C standard, that hasn’t happened.
The iPhone 11 is capable of Qi wireless charging, but it is still packaged with the puny 5W charger that iPhones have used for a decade now. The premium Pro and Pro Max models finally come with an 18W charger as standard, but iPhone 11 customers will have to shell out on a brand new charger straight away to get decent charging speeds.
5G connectivity isn’t supported by any models in the new range, which is a bit of a shame considering how impressive we’ve been by 5G in the UK so far.
While mobile connectivity might not be the fastest around, the iPhone 11 has super-fast Wi-Fi. The latest Wi-Fi 802.11 ax standard, more commonly known as Wi-Fi 6, brings with it up to a 4x performance boost in crowded areas and up to 40% higher data speeds.