On September 10, 2019 Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 Pro. The phone that will change video forever. This new device could almost be passed off as a camera alone, but that would be disingenuous to all the other cool features within the phone.
The focus, more than ever, from Apple is about the photography and video capabilities of their latest model. See more in their press release.
New iPhone 11 Pro available for $999 USD, with pre-orders starting at 5:00 a.m. PDT on September 13, 2019
Features all new triple-camera system with telephoto, wide, and ultra wide cameras (all 12MP sensors)
Captures 4K video at 60 fps with extended HDR and cinematic stabilization, the highest quality video in any smartphone yet
Custom built A13 Bionic with a focus on machine learning, particularly helpful with Night mode for photography
Notable Features and Improvements
Before we go into a more in-depth overview of the photography, video, and camera systems Apple has implemented in the iPhone 11 Pro, here are some of the other most notable improvements.
1. Up to Five More Hours of Battery Life
Apple highlights a few major improvements to battery life with their latest iPhones.
- Up to 4 more hours of battery life in iPhone 11 Pro
- Up to 5 more hours of battery life in iPhone 11 Pro Max
- Up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes with fast charge
Apple shares that a number of improvements to the processing chip and software in the smartphone lead to an increase in battery life. However; the largest improvement comes from the new display! The Super Retina XDR display is up to 15 percent more power efficient than the display in iPhone Xs.
2. Super Retina XDR Display
Features 458 pixels per inch, a wide color range, and smart features for using your phone faster or more usable in various conditions:
- Haptic Touch – lets you do things like take photos or write notes without opening the apps
- True Tone – matches white balance to the room you’re in so the phone is easier on your eyes
- Tap/Raise – you can tap or raise your phone to wake it even faster
- Dark Mode – true blacks and better range of dark/light brightness settings
Super Retina XDR Display – Photo: Apple
3. The Fastest Chip Ever in a Smartphone
The custom built A13 Bionic chip is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone and focuses on machine learning across the entire chip. The performance cores are both faster and use less power than previous generations, and get faster as the machine learns more.
4. Dual SIM, Wireless Charging, and More
To wrap it up, these are the last notable features that Apple announced.
- Dual SIM and eSIM support so you can add a second line or local data plan when abroad.
- Faster charging and wireless charging with on Qi‑certified chargers
- Spatial audio and audio sharing. Allows for you to connect two sets of AirPods of headphones at once.
Photography & Video on the iPhone 11 Pro
Pro Camera System
A revolutionary triple-camera system with Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras, deeply integrated into iOS to create a pro-level camera experience designed for everyone.
Each camera records 4K video with built in HDR and cinematic stabilization to improve the quality of your videos.
With iOS 13, powerful video editing tools are accessible to everyone with the ability to rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to videos instantly.
“The new Wide sensor with 100 percent Focus Pixels and advanced software enables Night mode, and delivers huge improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments, resulting in brighter images with natural colors and reduced noise.”
Three cameras with unique views and angles.
Wide Camera – 26 mm focal length with f/1.8 aperture and 4x more scene
Ultra Wide Camera – 13 mm focal length with f/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Telephoto Camera – 52 mm focal length with f/2.0 aperture and 2x optical zoom
The iPhone 11 Pro lets you capture videos in 4K quality at 60 fps. The built in extended HDR and cinematic stabilization features help you make higher quality videos with ease, and there is more creative control on the new iPhone.
iOS 13 ships improvements to the video editing tools with features for zoom and audio zoom, rotation, cropping, filters, auto-enhance, and more.
Pricing and Availability
Available for pre-order starting at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on September 13, 2019. Shipping for the phones will begin on September 20, 2019.
The iPhone 11 Pro (5.8-inch display) starts at $999 USD. The iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5-inch display) starts at $1099 USD.