iPhone 11

iPhone 11 (2019) - FULL Review!


Apple used to release just a single new iPhone every year. But then in 2014 everything changed when Apple released two, rather than just one. We had the iPhone 6 and the much larger iPhone 6 Plus, for those that wanted a larger display size. From there on that’s what the lineup looked like, until 2018 when Apple added a third model, an iPhone “Lite”. This was a lower end iPhone for those that still wanted the latest specs and camera but don’t want to spend a ton on a new phone. That was the iPhone XR from 2018 which launched alongside the iPhone XS and the XS Max. 

This year Apple has done the same thing, they’ve released the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max which are the successors to the XS and XS Max from last year, and the iPhone 11 which is the successor to the iPhone XR from last year. As it turns out this is actually a very good iPhone and this is my full review with my final thoughts on Apple’s lowest end iPhone for 2019 which just like the Nintedo Switch Lite, ended up being better than the more expensive models. 

This article contains 7 different sections with my full thoughts on the Design, Display, Camera, Performance, Special Features, Battery Life & Value, so get all those snacks and drinks ready and enjoy!


DESIGN

Despite being the more recent model, the 11 (Right) has thicker bezels than the X (Left)

Despite being the more recent model, the 11 (Right) has thicker bezels than the X (Left)

Lets start off with the design the iPhone 11 which is a bit of a mix between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. What I mean by this is that it has the aluminium frame of the iPhone 8 rather than the stainless steel frame that the iPhone X and the Pro’s have, so it feels a bit less premium, but you still have that iPhone 8, 7, 6 feel in your hand. You also have the iPhone X style design on the front with the notch, however the bezels are thicker than on the iPhone X, and interesting enough the side bezels are actually thicker than on the iPhone 8. This is why this phone is a mix between the old iPhone 8 style design and the new iPhone X style design, and I have to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this design.

The iPhone 11 Pro’s already look outdated as they are still using the exact same design from 2017 with the X so all look identical from the front, and the regular iPhone 11 looks just as outdated. This looks to me like an early 2017 design, considering that the iPhone X came out in late 2017 and already had a more modern design, when compared to the 11. Which is such a shame seeing as competitor devices like the Galaxy S10, the Note 10, the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro and many other smartphones already look so much more futuristic than the iPhones do. Just because of the lack of a notch and the full screen displays. 

Measuring 8.3mm in thickness, this is the thickest iPhone since the 4S (Left)

Measuring 8.3mm in thickness, this is the thickest iPhone since the 4S (Left)

Also the iPhone 11 is quite thick. At 8.3mm this is the thickest iPhone that Apple has released since the iPhone 4S in 2011, 8 years ago. Taking a look at the bottom of the phone, you’ll not only find a lightning port but you might also notice that the lightning port is not aligned perfectly with the screws and the speaker grill, like they are on the Pro’s for example.

Apple used to be the company that payed a lot of attention to detail, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case for quite a few years now. 

The back however, does look better than I expected. On the mock-ups that we had it just look horrendous, but seeing it in person, on the final unit I think it looks pretty decent. I definitely prefer having the Apple logo in the middle, just like on the iPads and the MacBooks, and the camera module doesn’t look that bad either.

I do like how the inside of the camera module has the same colour as the back of the phone does, rather than being full black like it was on the mock-ups, and the glass inside the module is matte, whereas the glass on the rest of the back is glossy. Fun Fact, the iPhone 11 Pro has these reversed with a matte glass back and a glossy camera module.

But overall I’m not a big fan of this design. It’s the same one as the iPhone XR from 2018 which already had an outdated design compared to the iPhone X from 2017 and the colours are just not as vibrant as last year.

 

DISPLAY

Moving on to the Display, this is a bit of an odd one, since Apple gave the low end iPhone a medium sized display, rather than giving it the smallest display. We have a 6.1” display on the 11 compared to the 5.8” on the 11 Pro, and 6.5” on the 11 Pro.

To be fair it actually does make sense for it to be this way. People who want the smallest iPhone possible, still get all the features from the Pro, while people who want a cheaper iPhone still get a fairly big display, and at 6.1” this is a very good size display. It’s small enough for me to almost use it in one hand and large enough to comfortably view your content. When you compare it side by side to the 11 Pro Max, you can tell that the 11 isn’t that much shorter than the Pro Max is but it’s definitely not as wide, meaning that it’s much more comfortable to hold.

The LCD Panel on the iPhone 11 compared to the OLED panel on the Samsung Galaxy S10

The LCD Panel on the iPhone 11 compared to the OLED panel on the Samsung Galaxy S10

Now, the display on the 11 is actually the main downgrade that you’re getting from the Pro. With the 11 we get an LCD display compared to the OLED displays that we get on the Pro’s. LCD is what Apple was using before the iPhone X. In LCD displays the pixels only provide the colour and not the light source. So you need a separate back light to light the pixels up. This means that when you are displaying a scene with black in it, the back light will still be on for the other pixels and the black would have this blue-ish grey-ish look. With OLED displays, there is no back light because the pixels are the light source themselves. This means that when you’re displaying black, the pixels are actually turned off entirely for that section, and therefore you get true blacks.

Also, if you’re using Dark Mode on iOS 13 the battery life would be improved by having an OLED panel, again because the display will be turned off for the sections where black is displayed. Aside from this, thanks to the OLED display, the Pro’s have a much better contrast of 2 million to 1, vs 1400:1 on the 11. 

Colours look more vibrant as well, with the display being brighter on the Pro, up to 1200 nits in HDR content compared to 625 nits, and yes the 11 Pro’s can actually display HDR 10 content natively. The viewing angles are also better on the Pro’s thanks to that OLED display, and the resolution is also higher as well.

We have 326PPI or pixel density on the iPhone 11 compared to 458 on the 11 Pro Max. Compare that to the 550 PPI that the Samsung Galaxy S10 has, and yes there is a pretty big difference especially with the 11.

Now realistically you would not be able to tell the difference unless you look at the phones very closely. However if you watch a lot of YouTube content, then I have some bad news for you. The iPhone 11 only has a 1792 x 828 resolution display, which is actually lower than 1080p. Which means that you would not be able to play 1080p videos on YouTube. Yes, the YouTube player does let you select 1080p but that doesn’t really mean anything since the display itself is sub 1080p. Also on iOS you cannot play any YouTube videos higher than 1080p anyways, even if you have an iPhone 11 Pro Max for example. 

But comparing the Video Quality on YouTube on the 11 to the 11 Pro, you cannot really that much of a difference between the two. However, when you compare this to the regular Galaxy S10 which actually costs less than the iPhone 11 now, there is a gigantic difference between the two displays in every single way. 

So I’m not saying that this is a bad display, it’s just that it’s nowhere near as good as the iPhone Pros, or pretty much any of the android competition at this price point.

 

CAMERA

So so far it doesn’t look good for the iPhone 11. It comes with an outdated design and a fairly downgraded display for its price, but the good news is that that is where all the downsides end, because everything else is very good on this phone.

The camera for example is mostly the exact same one that we get on the iPhone 11 Pro’s, which is overall the best smartphone camera on the market right now.

An example Night Mode photo from the 11

An example Night Mode photo from the 11

We have full 4K 60 video recording with the front camera, which no other smartphone can do at the moment. We have a wider field of view on the front as well, so whenever you’re taking photos you can zoom out to get more into the shot which you couldn’t do before.

HDR photography has been improved and so has night shots have been improved dramatically, with a dedicated night mode that kicks in automatically.

So this is a gigantic improvement from the XS.

We also have that ultra-wide angle module which lets you capture so much more in the scene. You can even record 4K 60 video with that module, which again no other smartphone can do at the moment.

You can smoothly transition between all 3 lenses, so this is overall the best smartphone camera on the market right now.

The Note 10 also has a very good camera, even a bit better in terms of the wide angle photography but video is much better on the iPhone, and I’m very glad that the 11 got mostly the same camera as the Pro’s did. I say mostly because it is lacking the zoom or the telephoto module which is not really a big downgrade since you can always zoom in digitally, it’s just that the zoomed in photos won’t be as sharp. 

 

PERFORMANCE

Performance wise this is a champion as well. No really, it has the exact same Apple A13 processor that the iPhone 11 Pro’s get, which is still the fastest processor in any smartphone, and is at least an entire year ahead of the competition, if not even more than that.

In addition we now have 4GB of RAM up from 3GB, matching the amount of RAM we have on the iPhone 11 Pro’s.

In fact, because of that lower resolution display, the performance on this iPhone will actually be even better than on the Pros! And performance has been very good on my 11 Pro Max, for example the only issue that I’ve had and I still have this every now and then is RAM management. Sometimes apps keep refreshing in the background which is quite frustrating. I don’t have this issue at all on my Note 10+, but that also has 12GB of RAM compared to 4.

Make sure to watch our ultimate speed test of the iPhone 11 Pro Max versus the Note 10+, as the iPhone 11 will perform very similar to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

Moving on to the special features, we do actually get quite a few new ones.

Despite being the strongest glass on an iPhone, they are still susceptible to scratches

Despite being the strongest glass on an iPhone, they are still susceptible to scratches

For example, we get what Apple’s calling the strongest glass in a smartphone, which is what they have been saying for a few years now. We get this on both the Pro’s and the 11.  I already have scratches on mine and I actually ended up having my 11 Pro Max replaced because of this, but that’s actually how glass works. If you want to make a glass durable to drops you have to also make it flexible, and if you make it flexible it means that you add plastic which will make it scratch easier.

So yes, while the glass on the iPhone 11’s is way more durable to drops than older iPhones, they will still scratch. So do keep that in mind, I would consider buying a screen-protector if you haven’t already.

The water resistance has been improved on the iPhone 11’s

The water resistance has been improved on the iPhone 11’s

Aside from the improved glass, water resistance has also been improved on the 11. We now have up to 2m of depth up to 30min, from 1m for 30min which was what we had on the XR. This means that the iPhone 11 is now as water resistant as the iPhone XS was, and even more water resistant that the 8 and the X. The 11 Pro’s now have up to 4m of depth resistance, but personally I’ve submerged all of the iPhones from the 7 to the 11 Pro in swimming pools and even sea water and they were all fine. Do keep in mind that water damage is not covered under warranty. 

As well as those we also get the improved speakers that we got with the iPhone 11 Pro’s. So we get special audio playback and Dolby atmos support as well. 

But something that we do not get is a fast charger. Apple finally bundled one in the box of the iPhone 11 Pro’s but the 11 still gets that very slow 5W charger which is so annoying.

 

BATTERY LIFE

Speaking of chargers, let’s talk about the battery life.

So last year, ironically the iPhone XR had a better battery life than the XS & XS Max had, even though those actually had an OLED display, which was also more power efficient. The effect of this was that many people actually picked the iPhone XR over the XS’s, just because they wanted more battery life.

Well this year, things have changes.

Apple has now removed 3D touch from the iPhone 11 Pro’s and increased the battery size. Alongside the more power efficient Apple A13 chip, we get four more hours of battery life on the 11 Pro compared to the XS, and five more hours on the 11 Pro Max compared to the XS Max when playing back video. So that’s a massive improvement. But the iPhone 11 also get an improvement of one extra hour, over the XR from last year.

So while it’s not as good as the 11 Pro or Pro Max, it’s actually even better than the XR from last year which was already known to have the best battery life in any iPhone yet.

 

VALUE

So in the end. What are my final thoughts on the iPhone 11? 

Well, this lower end iPhone has the exact camera, aside from the zoom module, and the exact same performance that the much more expensive iPhone 11 Pro’s do. Those are the two things that are what most people care about the most in a phone; speed and camera.

So if you can look past the outdated design and lower end display I can assure you that you’ll absolutely love this phone! And at $700, $300 less than the iPhone 11 Pro and $400 less than the Pro Max, this is in my opinion the iPhone that’s worth it the most in 2019.

But is it the smartphone that’s worth it the most in 2019?

Well no, that would be the regular Galaxy S10, which offers a much better display, a more modern design than even the iPhone 11 Pro’s, and a triple lens camera module that is on par with the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

But if you’re an iPhone user this is the one that I would recommend to most people, and then you’ll have $300-$400 left to spend on AirPods or an Apple Watch.

iPhone 11 Unboxing - This is the iPhone to get!


In yesterday’s article, I took a first look at the iPhone 11 Pro & the Pro Max so if you haven’t read it, you should certainly check it out! 

But in this article I’ll be unboxing and taking a first look at the regular iPhone 11 and telling you why I think that this is the iPhone to get, for most people!


BOX

Ok, so first off the iPhone 11 comes in 6 colors. We have the standard White & Black. We have Green, Purple, Red, as well as Yellow. Last year we had the blue XR and this year we got the yellow one as I think that’s the 2nd best color after Red. 

Like previous models, the iPhone 11 comes in a white box, with an image of the phone on the front

Like previous models, the iPhone 11 comes in a white box, with an image of the phone on the front

And taking a look at the box, the iPhone 11 comes in the same white box that we have seen in previous years. On the front we have a picture of the actual iPhone that you’ll find inside, the yellow one in this case. Some of the elements of the box are actually raised or indented, for example the camera modules are raised, the aluminium frame and so on. It’s a really nice touch!

Then on the sides we have the iPhone logo, there’s no number or anything on this at all, and it does shine in the color of iPhone that you bought, so yellow in this case. Another thing that shines is the Apple logo on the top and bottom of the box which also has that yellow glow to it. Finally on the back of the box, we have the capacity, along with a list of what is included inside.

Now, I do find it quite odd how the iPhone 11 box is noticeably thicker than the 11 Pro’s box, even though we get the exact same accessories inside. So we get the standard booklet, which includes the quick start guide, the sim eject tool, the warranty and the safety guide as well as a pair of Apple stickers. It would’ve been so nice if the stickers actually matched the color of iPhone, like it does on the 12” MacBook but we only have white stickers, just like we have on the iPhone 11 Pro’s. Aside from this, we get a pair of lightning headphones, a USB type A to lightning cable. With the Pro’s we do get a USB type C to lightning cable but both iPhone still have a lightning port. Finally we get the same 5W charger that we have seen in previous years, but the regular iPhone 11 does support fast charging, so you’ll have to buy a fast charger separately, like the 18W one that comes as standard with the Pro’s.

IMPRESSIONS

The new design of the iPhone 11 appears to be a blend of the X and the 6

The new design of the iPhone 11 appears to be a blend of the X and the 6

First off I’ve got to be honest, I’m not really a fan of this design. It’s basically a merge between the iPhone 6’s design from 2014, that the iPhone 6S, 7 and 8 all had, and the brand new iPhone X’s design. The bezels are still as big as on the XR which looks pretty bad on a 2019 phone, especially if you add a case to this.

Now if you thought that the iPhone  11 Pro’s were thick, coming in at 0.5mm thicker than the XS from last year, well the 11 is even thicker than the Pro’s, measuring in at 8.3mm, so it does feel very bulky in the hand.

The colours and the brightness on the Pro’s (Left) are significantly better than on the 11 (Right)

The colours and the brightness on the Pro’s (Left) are significantly better than on the 11 (Right)

The display on this is still an LCD display which again is very odd to see on a phone that still costs $700 or £730, so it’s not a cheap device by any means. So comparing the display to the 11 Pro’s display there is a noticeable difference between the two. The 11 Pros’ display has significantly better contrast, and colors just pop instantly. Everything is also sharper since we have a QHD+ display compared to not even a 1080p panel on the regular iPhone 11. It’s not necessarily a bad display but on a $700 phone this should’ve been OLED. I’m sorry Apple but the Pixel 3a which costs $400 comes with a much higher resolution display, that’s also an OLED panel. 

But those are pretty much all the negatives I have to say about this phone. The outdated design and the display.

Aside from that, it’s actually very very good.

It’s got the same A13 Chip processor as the iPhone 11 Pro’s. We also have 4GB of RAM on this, again, just like on the Pro’s. 4GB has now been officially confirmed on the Pro’s, unfortunately it’s not 6 or 4+2 where 2GB would be dedicated to the camera. So I find it so interesting how Apple promotes the performance on the Pro’s so much when the regular 11 has exactly the same level of performance, which is great! You get the same performance on the entry level iPhone 11 as you do with the much more expensive iPhone 11 Pro’s.

It also comes with fast charging support,even though we don’t have that fast charger included the the box, as I mentioned earlier.

As well as all those we get new and improved speakers, with special audio and dolby vision support, just like the iPhone 11 Pro’s do.  Now, when comparing the 11 and the Pro’s sound quality. They’re actually very very similar. The Pro Max is definitely the best one but between the smaller Pro and the 11, I couldn’t really tell the difference.

Haptic touch is also the same one as on the 11 Pro’s, now that 3D touch got removed from the Pro’s and not only that, but the regular iPhone 11 also come with WiFi 6, just like the iPhone Pro’s.

 

CAMERA

When it comes to the camera system, we now get a dual camera module, one more than the single module that we had on the XR.

The 11 (Right) is missing the Zoom Module that we get on the Pro’s (Right)

The 11 (Right) is missing the Zoom Module that we get on the Pro’s (Right)

Now, on the Pro’s we have triple lens camera module, up from the dual one that we had on the XS’s. So we have the regular module, which Apple’s calling the wide, we have the zoom module and we have the wide angle module, which Apple’s calling the ultra wide.

On the 11 we’re missing the zoom module. Now, we did have a lot of leaks in the past, that suggested the 11 would be missing the wide-angle and getting the zoom instead. However, the way we have it now is just perfect. Zoom can always be simulated through software and digital zoom, but a wide angle shot is impossible to simulate through software, unless you take a panorama but even that won’t be as zoomed out as a wide angle shot would be.

So for the most part we get the exact same camera we have on the iPhone 11 Pro’s, we have the exact same regular module and the exact same wide angle camera.

In addition, most of the camera features are also there as well, such as the Night Mode, the ability to take portrait mode shots on pets and objects, so not just people. 

We have the same brighter True Tone flash as well as the exact same improved SmartHDR processing that the 11 Pro got over the XS, thanks to that Apple A13 processor.

The front facing camera is very impressive as well. We now have a 12MP sensor, up from the 7MP one that we had before. This not only means that we can now shoot 4K video at 60fps, which is a first not just in an iPhone but in any smartphone on the front camera. But not only does the front facing video just looks stunning, but it’s also wider when compared to the XS and yes, we have the exact same front camera here, as on the 11 Pro.

Turning the phone landscape whilst in the Selfie camera will trigger wide selfie

Turning the phone landscape whilst in the Selfie camera will trigger wide selfie

Something else that’s cool is when you rotate your phone in landscape, it switches to the full resolution of the sensor, and lets you take some even wider shots, thanks to that extra 5MP resolution.

Now normally your selfies would be 7MP in resolution so they will be automatically cropped from that 12MP resolution that the front camera has. However you don’t get any image distortion, like you get on something like Pixel 3XL that does have a wide angle lens on the front. 

So really, the only feature that you’re missing on the 11, camera wise, is the lack of that zoom module. But you can still zoom in digitally, your shots won’t be as good of course. Apart from they’re the exact same cameras as on the Pro’s.

PRO VS REGULAR

So both the Pro and the Regular 11 are pretty similar, but one big difference is the price. The 11 costs $700, while the 11 Pro costs $1000, a significant $300 difference between the two, with which you could buy an Apple Watch Series 4, or the Series 3 which now costs $200, or even save towards a Series 5 which costs $400.

But in that case, why does the Pro even exist, and what extras does it offer over the regular 11?

Well, just 4 things really.

A comparison between the frames of the 11 (Left) and the Pro (Right)

A comparison between the frames of the 11 (Left) and the Pro (Right)

The 1st one is a more premium design. We still get the glass on the front and back which Apple is still calling the toughest glass in a smartphone. The only difference here is that with the 11 Pro’s we get a matte glass back and a glossy camera cutout, whereas on the 11 we get a glossy glass back and a matte camera cutout - so quite the opposite here. Also the frame of the phone is made out of aluminum on the 11 compared to stainless steel on the 11 Pro’s.

The 2nd improvement that you’re getting with the 11 Pro’s is that display that I mentioned before which is in my opinion the biggest improvement. High resolution, brighter 800 nit vs 625 nit panel when outdoors, better color reproduction, better HDR content playback and of course OLED versus LCD.  But the 11’s display still supports DCI-P3 color gamut, just like the MacBook Pro’s do, so it’s still a very good display for an LCD panel.

Unfortunately YouTube still doesn’t allow you to view videos in higher than 1080p on Apple devices, due to Apple’s lack of support for Google’s VP9 codec, which means that you’re not really missing out on as much as you would think. 

The 3rd reason to get the 11 Pro would be for that zoom or telephoto lens which, personally, I don’t think is a strong enough reason to upgrade.

Finally, the 4th reason is the battery life. The iPhone XR already had an amazing battery life last year. In fact, it even lasted more than the more expensive iPhone XS & XS Max did. In fact lot of people, even other tech reviewers that I know, chose the iPhone XR over the XS Max, just because of that improved battery life.

But this year the iPhone 11 offers 1 hour more than the XR did last year, so it’s even better. However, the 11 Pro gives you 1 extra hour over the 11 does when playing back video, and the 11 Pro Max offers you 2 extra hours over the regular 11 , again when playing back video. So if you need the best possible battery life that would now be the 11 Pro Max. 

A breakdown of the battery lives of each of the new iPhones

A breakdown of the battery lives of each of the new iPhones

Now there are a few more differences between the two, like the improved water resistance up to 4M compared 2M on the iPhone 11 Pro’s, or up to 512GB of storage on the Pros, but these 4 categories; design, display, zoom camera and battery are the biggest ones.

 

CONCLUSION

So whilst the Pro does have a few benefits over the Regular, I’m not sure if it’s enough. If you just need a new iPhone and you don’t want to spend $1000 on a new phone the regular iPhone 11 does the majority of the things that the Pro does.

But if you are looking for a new phone and you’re open minded about Android, there are many other options that are even better than the 11 is, like the Galaxy S10e or the S10, which now costs even less than the 11 does and offers you a triple lens camera module that’s very similar in quality, a much better OLED display with no notch and an in-display fingerprint reader. I think that’s the best deal for a smartphone today. Of course you also have phones such as the OnePlus 7 Pro which for the same price offer you an even better display with a 90Hz refresh rate, no bloatware, and a full-screen display with no notches or cutouts at all.

But if you’re looking for just a new iPhone the iPhone 11 is certainly the most worth it over its counterparts!

iPhone 11 and 11 Pro - 40 Things You Didn't Know!


So Apple has just had it’s September 2019 Event and whilst they did announce some interesting things regarding a new 10.2” iPad, and the Apple Watch Series 5. However, the product that everyone was waiting to hear about was also announced, the new iPhone line up!

So here are 40 Things You Didn’t Know about the iPhone 11 & 11 Pro!


1. Night Mode
Google has it, Samsung has it, Huawei has it, OnePlus has it and now Apple has it as well!
This massively improves the low light photography on the iPhone 11’s.

The Night Mode example that Apple showed at their September Event (Source: Apple)

The Night Mode example that Apple showed at their September Event (Source: Apple)

2. Exclusivity of Features

However, even-though this is a software feature - Night is restricted to the iPhone 11’s only.

And the same thing applies to “Quick Video Recording” which allows you to record a video by just holding on the shutter button when in Photos mode which previously was for burst shots.

Source: Apple

Source: Apple


3. U1 Chip

New U1 chip allows the iPhone to very accurately detect the position of another U1 equipped device, with an error margin of just 5cm.

This will be extremely useful when Apple releases the competitor to the Title tracker.

4. Thicker Body

The iPhone 11 Pro & Pro Max now got thicker than the XS & XS Max from last year, by 0.4mm.
The iPhone 11 however, kept the same thickness as the XR from last year, at 8.3mm thick.

5.No 5G

This pretty much says it all. No 5G until 2020 actually.

The OnePlus 7 Pro which costs £649 comes with a 90Hz Refresh Rate display

The OnePlus 7 Pro which costs £649 comes with a 90Hz Refresh Rate display


6. No Pro Motion Display

And no 120Hz or even 90Hz refresh rate display that other Android smartphones are starting to have now.

This is pretty disappointing considering that Apple already uses a 120Hz Pro-Motion Display on the iPad Pro, yet not on the iPhone Pro.



Some flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 (Above), now come with reverse wireless charging. The iPhone does not.

Some flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 (Above), now come with reverse wireless charging. The iPhone does not.

7. No Reverse Wireless Charging

This was supposed to be coming but it apparently got removed because of some inefficiency issues that Apple was experiencing.

However the hardware might still be present (according to Sonny Dickson), which means that you might just see this enabled through a software update in the future, although highly unlikely.

Case manufacturers were designing cases to accommodate an S-Pen style stylus for the iPhone (Source: Olixar)

Case manufacturers were designing cases to accommodate an S-Pen style stylus for the iPhone (Source: Olixar)







8. No Apple Pencil Support

Another feature that was leaked heavily and was supposed to be coming, apparently got removed as well.

Not too fussed about this myself, as I wouldn’t have used it unless the Pencil was built into the iPhone (like the Samsung Galaxy Note does it), but the leaks suggested that it would just be a standalone Pencil, just like the 1st gen Apple Pencil.






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9. Improved Telephoto

If you care about telephoto (zoomed in) shots, the iPhone 11 Pro lets 40% more light into the sensor, by have a larger f/2.0 aperture vs the f/2.4 aperture that the iPhone XS’s had.

Also - you can now use either the telephoto or the regular module, when taking Portrait Mode shots.

10. Wide Angle Panoramas

Thanks to that 3rd ultra-wide angle module, Panoramas are also much wider now!

A wide angle panorama taken in Chine (Source: Austin Mann)

A wide angle panorama taken in Chine (Source: Austin Mann)

When using the camera you can access this zoom wheel, which will transition smoothly between the lenses depending on the shot you’re taking (Source: MKBHD)

When using the camera you can access this zoom wheel, which will transition smoothly between the lenses depending on the shot you’re taking (Source: MKBHD)

11. Flawless Transition

And you can fluidly switch between all 3 lenses, by using the new zoom wheel! Extremely intuitive and easy to use!



12. Auto Focus and Exposure

And the iPhone 11 also keeps the exact same focus point and exposure level, across all 3 camera modules!

13. 100% Focus Pixels

The main (regular) camera module on the iPhone 11’s, also have 100% Focus Pixels now, which means that every single pixel on the camera sensor, would now be used for focusing. So you get faster and more accurate focus.

14. True Tone Flash Improvements

The True Tone Flash is now 36% brighter

15. Smart HDR Improvements

The SmartHDR functionality that we got with the iPhone XS’s last year is now even better, thanks to the Apple A13 processor.

16. 4K 60 on all Lenses

And unlike all other smartphones that also have 3 camera modules - the iPhone 11’s are the only ones capable of recording 4K60fps on all 3 modules, as most other phones are restricted to 4K30, when using the wideangle lens for example.

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With apps such as Filmic Pro you will be able to view and record multiple camera streams (Source: Apple)

With apps such as Filmic Pro you will be able to view and record multiple camera streams (Source: Apple)

17. Simultaneous Recording

The iPhone 11’s also allows you to record multiple video streams using all the cameras, at the same time (using 3rd party apps such as Filmic Pro)!

18. Extended Dynamic Range

And you can now record in Extended Dynamic Range in 4K60 as well! Previously, this was restricted to 4k30.

19. 4K 60 Front Camera

This is huge! Previously we had 1080p60, now we have full 4K60 video recording, with the front facing camera!

When held in landscape, the front facing camera will automatically switch to a wide angle lense (Source: Apple

When held in landscape, the front facing camera will automatically switch to a wide angle lense (Source: Apple

20. Wide Angle Front Camera

Front camera is also wider now. It uses a larger 12MP sensor but only saves the photos in 7MP.

However, you can also shoot wider shots, by using the full 12MP sensor.


21. Deep Fusion

This will be coming in a future software update, but it will allow the iPhone to combine multiple photos into a very high resolution image.

22. Water Resistance

This has been increase to 4m of depth on the iPhone 11 Pro’s (from 2m on the iPhone XS’s) and up to 2m of depth of the iPhone 11 (from 1m on the iPhone XR). Up to 30minutes of submersion on all of them.

23. Water Damage

BUT if your phone does get damaged by water, this will not be covered under warranty. Pretty odd that they’re promoting such a feature, but if your phone breaks, you’ll be on your own.

24.Improved Audio

Audio has also been improved by adding spacial audio and Dolby Atmos Support.

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25. Improved FaceID

FaceID is now faster by 30% BUT this is thanks to iOS 13 and NOT any new FaceID hardware. Many reviews got this wrong and said that FaceID comes with new hardware but it does not.

26. WiFi

WiFi 6 is here on the iPhones 11’s! Not only does this mean that we can get speeds of up to 9.6Gb/s but you can say goodbye to traffic congestion (only if you’re using a WiFi 6 router, alongside WiFi 6 enabled devices on that network).

The new iPhone shares the same display panel as Samsung’s Note 10 (Above)

The new iPhone shares the same display panel as Samsung’s Note 10 (Above)

27. Note 10 Display

Apple introduced the new Super Retina XDR display. But this is actually the same display that Samsung uses on their Note 10 and S10 line of smartphones.

Source: Apple

Source: Apple


28. Display Brightness

Brightness is up to 1200nits from 1000 (when viewing HDR content) and up to 800 nits from 625 nits (outdoors).



29. Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio is now double. 2M:1 up from 1M:1

3D Touch Demo

3D Touch Demo

30. Goodbye 3D Touch

This has now been completely removed and replaced with Haptic Touch.

So instead of pressing harder for that secondary tap, you now hold for longer. I don’t mind this, as I wasn’t using 3D Touch at all, but those who have been using it, will miss it.

31. Improved Haptics

The Haptic engine has now been improved with the iPhone 11’s. Most likely because of the removal of 3D Touch and the focus towards Haptic Touch.

Like on Samsung Flagships, if you pinch and zoom, the audio will become louder as well (Source: Samsung)

Like on Samsung Flagships, if you pinch and zoom, the audio will become louder as well (Source: Samsung)






32. Audio Zoom

Same as the Note 10 & the Note 10+, when you zoom into a video, the audio will also get louder. Pretty cool!








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33. Improved Battery

We now get up to 5 hours of more battery life on the 11 Pro Max vs the XS Max, up to 4 hours on the 11 Pro vs the XS, and up to 1 hour on the 11 vs XR.

This is the biggest battery life improvement we’ve ever had in an iPhone.

34. Fast Charging

Not a lot of people know this, but all iPhones from the 6 onwards supported fast charging.

35. Fast Charger

We finally get one inside the box of the iPhone 11 Pro & Pro Max, the regular 11 doesn’t get one unfortunately.

This has been extremely long overdue, as Android manufacturers have been including a faster charger in the box for the past 5+ years.

Source: Apple

Source: Apple

36. eSIM

The iPhone XS was one of the first phones in the world to get eSIM support.

What this means is that you do not need to have a physical SIM inside your phone to make phone calls. Instead, you can just register to a carrier from the settings menu and always be connected.

This also makes your iPhone theft proof, since if it gets stolen, there’s no SIM to remove which means that it will always have an internet connection, unless it’s turned off.

37.Matte & Glossy

It’s quite interesting how the iPhone 11 has a glossy back and a matte camera module, while the iPhone 11 Pro’s have a matte back and a glossy camera module.

The back of the iPhone 11 Pro (Source: Apple)

The back of the iPhone 11 Pro (Source: Apple)

38. Strongest Glass

Strongest Glass in a smartphone, so Apple claims. However they claimed the same thing with the XS, and mine shattered when it fell from my couch onto a wooden floor. 20-30cm drop and my iPhone was a goner.

Source: Apple

Source: Apple

39. Storage Letdown

64GB is the baseline. On a “Pro” smartphone. If this was $600-$700 I wouldn’t complain but for £1150? Ouch, that’s bad!

Source: Apple

Source: Apple

40. Lower & Higher Price

The iPhone 11 is now $50 less than the iPhone XR used to cost ($700 vs $750)

iPhone 11 Pro’s are the same price as the XS & XS Max from the year before, however outside the US they are quite a bit more expensive. £50 more in the UK and even more in some other countries.

The iPhone 11’s price compared to its predecessor, the XR (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 11’s price compared to its predecessor, the XR (Source: Apple)