iPhone 11 Is The Least Surprising Apple Phone Ever

Dhir Acharya - Sep 11, 2019, 7:00 am IST


Apple has just announced its latest iPhone lineup, the iPhone 11, but the list of features appears to be a bunch of been there, done that.

Apple has just announced its latest iPhone lineup, the iPhone 11, but the list of features appears to be a bunch of been there, done that. Not only are they already present on other phones like the triple-camera setup, a low-light mode, but they are all the same as rumors we’ve learned over the past months. In addition, it does lack a 5G phone, which other brands like Huawei, Samsung, and OnePlus have each released.

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All in all, it appears that Apple just obligatory upgrades its iPhone instead of bringing something worth lining for. “Apple has not really delivered a revolutionary iPhone since the first high-speed 3G version with App Store way back in 2008,” according to Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston.

Same old design

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The iPhone 11 lineup comes with the exact design as last year iPhone X lineup. If we have to name one difference, it’s only the camera module, which Apple has opted for a square on the back instead of placing the lenses vertically like in previous models as well as most current smartphones.

Without looking at the rear, it could be hard to tell if it’s the new iPhone or last year’s model with the same notch, curves, and everything.

However, the iPhone 11 has a smaller screen than 2018’s iPhone XR, at 5.8 inches.

Three rear cameras

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This is among the longest-rumored features and it’s also the main focus in Apple’s announcement for the iPhone 11 lineup. The biggest change comes to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Prom Max with a square camera module on the back, housing two standard 12MP lenses and a 2X telephoto lens with 12MP resolution, ultra-wide featuring a view field of 120 degrees.

The camera setup lets the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max produce professional-level photos. “It's the first camera system that's called Pro. And it's really worthy of that name,” said Apple’s Schiller.

While Apple repeatedly says that these phones have the best camera ever, remember that its rivals have already put more cameras to their handsets a year ago. For example, Chinese brand Huawei gave its P30 Pro four cams while HMD Global even put five cameras on its Nokia 9 PureView.

Stronger battery, not so strong

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Besides the cameras, the tech giant also showed off larger batteries on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, which offers another four and five hours, respectively, compared with the XS. However, looking at the specs, the iPhone 11/11 Pro’s battery is 3,200 mAh while the 11 Pro Max houses a 3,500 mAh battery, which are quite smaller than current phones, such as the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus with a 4,300mAh battery.

And iOS 13, of course

Another long-rumored detail about the iPhone 11 lineup is its operating system. The news around iOS 13 have been flowing for months and Apple itself shed light on the new OS for its phones at its previous big event, so no surprise came today.

In brief, we expected the event would uncover more details about the latest generation of iPhones, and feed us with something we don’t know. But so far, it’s not the case, so we probably should lay back and wait for further updates when early reviewers get their hands on the devices.

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