The iPhone 11 is almost here. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled three new devices, all touting the next smartphone’s name — the dual-camera iPhone 11, and the triple-camera iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Apple’s latest smartphone release looks set to turn heads. The new devices use an A13 Bionic chip, dubbed by the company as the fastest CPU and GPU ever to ship in a smartphone, 20 percent faster than the A12. All three devices offer a new ultra-wide-angle lens, enabling users to fit subjects in the frame even in tight spaces and offering new creative effects. 5G is a no-show, but all three support Wi-Fi 6 and faster gigabit-class LTE.
A new U1 chip provides spatial awareness, using ultra-wideband technology for what Apple claims is the first time in a smartphone. Face ID is also 30 percent faster, with support for more angles and varying distances. Spatial audio also provides more immersive sound.
The devices were unveiled in full at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. The conference room forms part of the new Apple Park campus, one of the last projects Steve Jobs worked on at the company.
The iPhone is one of the world’s key computing platforms. Last month, Apple products accounted for 22 percent of the global mobile devices in use around the world. iOS, the iPhone’s operating system, is used on 14 percent of all computing devices, in a world otherwise dominated by Android and Windows.
Apple iPhone 11: What Will Be the Price Lineup?
Apple is covering a range of price points with its new devices.
- The iPhone 8 starts at $449.
- The iPhone XR starts at $599.
- The iPhone 11 starts at $699.
- The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999.
- The iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099.
The iPhone 11 comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB with a choice of purple, green, yellow, black, white and red. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB with a choice of midnight green, space gray, silver and gold.
Apple iPhone 11: When Will It Launch?
Pre-orders are set to go live Friday on September 13, 2019. Pre-orders will start at 5 a.m. Pacific time, or 8 a.m. Eastern time.
Following the pre-order launch, the new iPhones will go on sale on September 20, 2019.
Apple iPhone 11: How Can I Beat the Crowds?
The fastest approach may be using the Apple Store app. In recent years this has proven an effective way of lining up all the relevant information ahead of time, ready to press “go” when the time comes.
- Download the app onto your device.
- Navigate through to the new iPhones, and use the customization options to spec out your phone.
- Press the heart button to save your order for later.
- When the time comes, navigate back to your favorites to quickly call up your option and complete the purchase.
- Get some sleep.
If you don’t have a device to run the app — you are planning to buy an iPhone, after all — you can go through the website.
- When the time’s nearly there, navigate to the new iPhone web page. Keep reloading until a “Buy Now” button appears in the corner.
- Hit the button, continue your order.
- Make sure that you receive your email confirmation at the end of the process.
And that’s it! Once the pre-order is confirmed, you can sit back and wait for your shiny new device to hit your mailbox.
iPhone 11: What About Next Year’s Phones?
The new features may pale in comparison to what comes with the 2020 iPhone. Apple’s next smartphone could tout 5G connectivity, high-end OLED screens across the range, and a laser-touting 3D camera. Some reports even suggest Apple could finally ditch the Lightning connector and switch to USB-C, the same charger used for the MacBook and iPad Pro.
Perhaps the biggest change expected from the 2020 devices are the new screen sizes. The smallest 5.8-inch screen phone is rumored to shrink down to 5.4-inch, as the 6.1-inch phone stays the same and the 6.5-inch grows to 6.7 inches. As the lineup moves to offering OLED across the board instead of just on the two high-end models, the changes could offer greater differentiation between products.
Is it worth waiting? It’s hard to know, especially as rumors can easily shift between now and launch.