Apple launched the iPhone 11 at its annual big event in California. The iPhone 11 model replaces last year’s iPhone XR. Like that phone it has a 6.1in LCD display but adds a second rear camera.
It costs less than the iPhone XR, starting from £729 / $699, although Apple now sells the XR from £629 / $599. It’s available in black, green, yellow, white, purple and red and is available to pre-order on Friday, and goes on sale on 20 September.
The phone has Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor (the same as the 11 Pro models) that promises faster CPU and GPU performance. Apple claims battery life will be an hour better than the iPhone XR, which had the best battery longevity of any iPhone to date.
For the first time on an iPhone but not for the first time on a smartphone the iPhone 11 has a 12Mp ultra-wide that takes photos with a wider field of view. Android phones have had ultra-wide lenses for years, first most notably on the LG G5 in 2016.
The iPhone 11 also has a dedicated night mode in its rear cameras that improves low-light shots. Again, this is a first for an iPhone but common in Android phones of a similar price. It can also shoot 4K at 60fps using both lenses.
The hardware and design of the phone is very similar to the iPhone XR with aluminium edges and glass front and back. It likely has the same display panel, though these are not details Apple tends to confirm either way.
Apple also coined an unfortunate term to describe taking a slow-motion selfie. Please let’s not make slofies a thing, despite the adverts you are going to see in the coming weeks encouraging you to join in.