Apple’s much-anticipated launch of its new phone became an unexpected triple play when the technological giant produced not one, but three new phones, in a rainbow of colours.
In front of a packed house at the Steve Jobs theatre in California, Apple unveiled three versions of its latest offering to the world, the iPhone 11, with an emphasis on updated camera lens.
One version of the new phone carries a lens that takes front-on, slow motion selfies, Apple calls Slowfies.
Generally the phones have been well received but critics, and some potential customers, say there is nothing cutting edge about the technology behind them.
The phones come as a standard model iPhone 11, the Pro and the Pro Max, the first phone ever to carry the word Pro in its description.
All three phones will be available in Australia from September 20 and are certain to be greeted by long overnight queues outside Apple buildings in all states as earnest customers vie to be the first in their group with the new devices.
A quick breakdown of the new offerings is:
The entry level iPhone 11 has dual cameras – a standard lens and an ultra-wide one.
Apple says the dual cameras make recording videos easier and switching between standard and ultra-wide is said to be flawless.
Physically the iPhone 11 and last year’s release of iPhone XR are practically identical, at least from the front, with the same 6.1-inch LCD screen.
It comes in new six colours, black, green, purple, gold, silver and red.
The iPhone 11 starts at $1199 for the 64GB model
Other features of the iPhone 11 include:
- Audio Zoom, to isolate sound to match the vision when zooming with video.
- Night mode on the rear camera, allowing for better low-light performance.
- The A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says is 20 per cent faster than last year’s A12.
- A new spatial awareness chip allowing for directional AirDrop suggestions.
- Dolby Atmos audio
- Water resistance increased to IP68.
iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
As with last year’s phones the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max feature OLED screens at 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches respectively, although this year the displays are even brighter and support Apple Pencil.
The Pro models feature everything found on the standard iPhone 11, with the main upgrade besides the better screen being an additional camera around back; the 12MP telephoto lens allows for 2x optical zoom.
The Pro models come in the expected black, silver and gold models, as well as a new dark green. They start at $1749 and $1899 and will also be on sale from September 20.