Apple’s iPhone 11 adds dual camera, A13 Bionic and dual cameras

Posted: 11 September 2019 4:13 am

Apple iPhone 11

Apple's update for the iPhone XR comes in new colours with virtualised surround sound.

It wasn't much of a secret that Apple would announce new iPhones at its "By Innovation Only" event today, and it started off the new range with its "entry level" (by Apple standards) Apple iPhone 11.

It's a 6.1 inch iPhone in a range of colours, including new hues such as Purple, White and of course a PRODUCT(RED) variant.

The iPhone 11 features a virtualised surround sound feature that can give it more impact when watching videos, including Dolby Atmos support.

Apple iPhone 11

Where the iPhone XR had a single camera, the iPhone 11 has a dual camera with 12MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide lenses in play. Apple says it's updating its image processing, with semantic rendering to allow the camera to better pick the subject and where focus should be. The use of dual cameras also allows it to do more with portrait mode, including pet photos. There's a new portrait lighting mode, with high key monochrome available.

Apple has also added a "Night Mode" to iPhone 11, an area where Apple's been somewhat trailing its Android competition. Apple says it'll use variable bracketing, so shots in the dark where subjects are moving will be shot quickly, while still images will take longer exposures for even more light.

Apple iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 will run on Apple's new A13 Bionic chip, with Apple claiming it's the "fastest CPU ever in a smartphone", although it wasn't clear which benchmark it was using. Apple's making the same claim in terms of GPU performance as well. We'll have to wait until we can test it out to see how that claim really stacks up in real world use.

On battery life, Apple's still playing it cagey, with a claimed 1 hour battery life improvement over the iPhone XR. While that had decent battery life by iPhone standards, that still suggests it'll lag pretty badly behind existing high-battery life Android flagships like the Oppo Reno 5G or Huawei P30 Pro.

The iPhone 11 will be available in Australia from 20 September, with pre-orders starting on Friday 13 September at 10pm.

The iPhone 11 will cost $1199 for a 64GB model, $1279 for 128GB or $1449 for a 256GB model.

Visit our Apple iPhone 11 news hub for more news from Apple's launch event.

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