For iPhone enthusiasts, September means a lot. It’s that time where Apple introduced new iPhones. In fact, yesterday at its special event, the tech juggernaut announced three new iPhones: the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. They all look a lot like last year models with same design and size, except with the camera, which got an overhaul. It was about time.
If you’re in the market for a new iPhone and cannot make up your mind, this guide is for you. To put it short and simple, the iPhone 11 is the iPhone to buy this year. If you’re an average user, you’ll get the best bang for your bucks. If you want to know why, keep reading.
The iPhone 11, which is the next-generation version of the iPhone XR, is Apple’s affordable iPhone this year. It will retail at $700 while its predecessor, the iPhone XR, was priced at $750 when it was introduced. It’s a mid-range smartphone by Apple’s standard of course and also considering the gap between the high-end models price. That’s $300 less, but it’s still not the sweet spot for budget-conscious buyers. At this point, we all can agree Google understands better how to do a low-priced smartphone than Apple, and the Google Pixel 3A is a prime example of a budget-friendly smartphone. See Apple, Google gets it.
Like last year, all iPhones are powered by the same new Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, which means the iPhone 11 will be as fast as the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. In terms of battery life, which is a key point when it comes to buying a new phone, the iPhone 11 last one hour longer than the iPhone XR. If you worry about getting it wet, it’s rated IP68 with a maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes compared to the iPhone Pro that has a maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 mins.
The only thing the iPhone 11 is missing from all the goodness of the triple-rear camera of the iPhone Pro is the third lens, which is a telephoto lens. The iPhone XR got a single-lens camera, therefore has limited Portrait Mode features. The dual-lens camera of the iPhone 11 got all Apple Portrait Modes and doesn’t need to rely on AI to estimate the required depth of field data. After all, you’re not getting an average camera. In fact, it’s one of the best cameras combined with AI to deliver shockingly good photos.
The iPhone 11 is by far a better product than the iPhone XR could ever be, and additionally it costs less. The iPhone XR was Apple’s best selling iPhone in their lineup last year. The company sold more iPhone XR than iPhone XS and XS Max thanks to its price point. We can expect the same thing to happen again this year.
It’s interesting how Apple seems to cannibalize its own high-end iPhones with a mid-range iPhone. Anyway, the company has no choice since iPhone sales have stalled over the past years, so with diversifying its iPhone lineup Apple is hoping to boost its secret iPhone sales.
The iPhone 11 starts at $699 for the 64GB configuration, which is $300 less than the iPhone 11 Pro base model. You’re technically sacrificing the third lens (the telephoto) and the OLED display of the iPhone 11 Pro with this price-cut. If you’re deeply tied into the Apple Ecosystem, with that extra money you can add $100 to it and buy the new Apple Watch Series 5.
Without a doubt the iPhone 11 Pro is a superior product than the iPhone 11, but are the extra lens and the OLED panel worth $300? The answer will come down to what you value most in a smartphone. If you’re not an early adopter who needs the latest and greatest iPhone and is willing to pay top dollar each and every year for it, the iPhone 11 is the iPhone to buy. Give it a go, your wallet will thank you later.
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