For tech heads, September is always an exciting time of year. What Christmas is to some, Apple’s reveal day is to the brand’s fanatics and this year amongst a slew of rumours and leaks the forthcoming technology is almost here. Adding to its lineup, Apple will bring forth the 7th-gen iPad and iPad OS, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, but its most anticipated release is the new series of iPhone 11 models. Taking to Cupertino in California, Tim Cook revealed the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max and it appears some reported rumours are correct.
Considered the base or entry-level model in the 11 range, the iPhone 11 will arrive in six new colours: red, purple, green, yellow, white and black. Along with ‘spacial’ audio enhancements to provide a theatre-style experience, the forthcoming model is said to be the toughest to-date with an andonised aluminium and glass design, surrounding the phone’s 6.1-inch LCD TrueTone display. While it will also boast an extra hour of battery life, the key feature for the new designs comes from its camera.
The phone will use two lenses framed by sculpted glass, a 12mp wide camera and 12mp ultra-wide camera meaning a more expansive image with the same resolution. Other photo features include the very handy ‘Night Mode’ designed for dimly-lit areas and reducing noise from an image as well as multi scale tonal mapping that treats the highlights differently in different parts of an image. As for video capabilities, the two cameras will support 4K quality, cinematic video stabilisation and ‘Audio Zoom’ allowing video to match the audio in-frame.
Pre-order will begin from 10pm AEST on September 13 while the official store release will occur seven days later on September 20. RRP is $1,199 AUD.
iphone 11 pro and iphone 11 pro max
Like past events, there is always an upgrade model (or two) so for those after better quality, processor or even screen size, the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8-inch) and Pro Max (6.5-inch) is worth the consideration and according to Cook, is for the customer who wants “more sophisticated technology”. Unlike the standard model, the phone is available in space grey, silver, gold and a new midnight green option.
Similarly but more durable than the iPhone 11, the Pro models boast the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and is rated IP68 for water resistance up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes – though we wouldn’t want to test the tech on our own phones. Additionally, protecting the phones is the new Super Retina XDR display, a custom-designed OLED which provides users with an immersive HDR viewing experience and 1,200 nits of brightness. And when it comes to the all-important battery life, the iPhone 11 Pro offers up to four more hours of battery life and the iPhone 11 Pro Max offers up to five hours more than iPhone Xs Max.
As the leaks suggested earlier this year, the camera albeit a controversial design reveals three lenses, the Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras. While its photos are still unprecedented, the camera is best used for 4k video with extended dynamic range, the same cinematic stabilisation as the iPhone 11, a wider field of view and larger focal plane. All three phones also allow for slow-mo selfie videos – if that’s your thing.
The Pro and Pro Max will also be available for pre-order from September 13 with an in-store release on September 20. The Pro is priced at $1,749 for the starting 64GB model while the Pro Max is a cool $1,899 for the 64GB model.
For more information, visit Apple here and for a run down on the entire event, tune in below.