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All you need to know about the iPhone 11 − Apple’s new flagship

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iPhone 11 release date, price, features and everything else we know about Apple’s new flagship

Apple has finally unveiled the new iPhone 11 range, comprising a trio of feature-packed handsets. Here’s everything we know about the iPhone 11, including its release date, new camera features, how much it will cost and more.

The iPhone 11 at a glance

  • The iPhone 11 will cost £729/$699 and hit stores on September 20
  • You can order it from September 13, at Apple.com
  • It launched alongside the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • It will run iOS 13 out of the box
  • There are two 12-megapixel sensors on the back, with the second one there for ultra wide-angle shots
  • It’s powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, which Apple claims is the most powerful chip ever to sit inside a phone
  • 5G connectivity doesn’t feature on any of the new iPhones

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The iPhone 11 is basically an update to the iPhone XR, with a few select upgrades. For instance, there are now two camera sensors on the back. The secondary camera shoots wide-angle photos and you can easily jump between the two sensors, even when you’re shooting video. Apple claims you’ll get the highest quality video ever on a smartphone.

Apple also claims the new A13 Bionic chipset inside the phone, both for general performance and graphics. We saw a demo of Pascal’s Wager, a new iOS-exclusive game, that looks a lot like Dark Souls and we were instantly impressed by how good it looks, but aren’t convinced by its gameplay. To be honest though, Apple always picks great-looking games to showcase its new hardware so that’s nothing new.

In terms of design the iPhone 11 looks almost exactly like the iPhone XR. So what has changed? Well first off you’ve got a few new colours – including a rather fetching purple. Apple’s also added water resistance claiming you can now submerge it in 2m of water for 30 minutes.

Apple didn’t talk much about the display. But we do know it’ll be the same as the iPhone XR – 6.1-inches. It packs the same resolution too, which might actually put some people off. We were impressed with the display on the XR though so we’re not too fussed.

Related: iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 price − How much will the new iPhone cost?

Apple will be selling the iPhone 11 for $699 in the US, but a much steeper £729 in the UK.

Still, that’s cheaper than the $749/£749 price of the outgoing iPhone XR and feels like the most affordable iPhone we’ve seen in many years. Of course this isn’t the ‘true flagship’ as that honour goes to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

It’s available in a pleasing range of colour schemes: yellow, purple, green, white, black and (PRODUCT)RED.

Here’s the full pricing breakdown, in both £s and $s:

  • iPhone 11: £729 (64GB); £779 (128GB); £879 (256GB)
  • iPhone 11: £699 (64GB); £749 (128GB); £849 (256GB)

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iPhone 11 release date − When is the next iPhone out?

You’ll be able to order the new iPhone 11 from this Friday (September 13), with devices shipping out to customers on September 20. That date applies for all the new iPhones.

iPhone 11 – Design and display

Apple is renowned for producing sleek, iconic designs — but the iPhone 11 it feels very familiar.

As the multitude of leaks had suggested, iPhone 11 has a large massive camera bump on its back, to house its new double-camera array. That bump looks way chunkier than the ones you’ll find on the back of Android flagships like the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10, and it’s bound to divide Apple fans.

The divisive screen notch was popularised by the iPhone X two years ago, but many Android manufacturers have now ditched it for more subtle solutions including the teardrop notch, cutout camera, and pop-up camera. Apple has kept the notch around, and it looks like just about the same as before.

While the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max boast OLED displays, the iPhone 11 has to make to do with LCD. Apple is still sticking with the Liquid Retina moniker for the iPhone 11 and it remains at 6.1-inches with a resolution that’s only slightly above 720p.

Related: iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone XS

iPhone 11 camera – What’s new?

The iPhone 11 gets a dual-lens array, with the Pro and Pro Max upping that to three lenses. Considering the iPhone XR has a single lens, this is still an upgrade.

From the images we’ve seen so far, the design of the iPhone 11’s camera module will not win any plaudits. But we’re happy that Apple has introduced the secondary sensor to the cheaper model. And maybe it’ll look better in real life than in press images…

So, what’s new with the cameras here? Well, the biggest update is, of course, that secondary sensor. This is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle snapper, which can capture much wider shots thanks to the 120-degree lens. During the demo, Apple showed that you could easily switch between the two with the tap of a soft-key, and you can shoot video in wide-angle too.

Another new camera feature is slow-motion selfies, or ‘slofies‘, as Apple is calling them. This uses the updated 12-megapixel True Depth camera on the front to snap selfies that move. It sounds slightly gimmicky, but we’re sure this will be a seriously popular feature – just like Animoji was. Another new camera feature is a dedicated Night Mode for shooting shots in low-light situations and it looks like it works in a similar way to other Night Mode.

iPhone 11 performance – How powerful will it be?

The iPhone 11 packs an A13 Bionic CPU. It entered production in May, according to Bloomberg and it keeps the same 7nm architecture as before. Apple said during its demos that this was the fastest chip on the market both in terms of performance and graphics.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the iPhone 11 packs 4GB of RAM − just like the iPhone XS − but iOS optimisation makes the most of what seems to be a relatively stingy amount of memory in comparison to competitors, which increasingly pack in up to 12GB of memory.

As usual, Apple didn’t mention RAM at all on stage, so we’ll have for a teardown to know more.

iOS 13 will ship on the new iPhone 11 and this brings highly-requested features like a system-wide dark mode, improved mapping service and more.

iPhone 11 – Battery life, USB-C and 5G

If you were waiting to pick up the iPhone 11 in the hope it would ditch Lightning, we’ve got some bad news.

Even though some rumours had suggested Apple would drop its port for the common USB-C standard, that hasn’t happened.

Apple has kept the same charger around the iPhone 11 too, deciding to make the 18W charger exclusive to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. Wireless charging remains, though.

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5G isn’t supported either, which is a bit of a shame, considering how impressive we’ve been by 5G in the UK so far.

While mobile connectivity might not be the fastest around, the iPhone 11 has super-fast Wi-Fi. The iPhone 11 benefits from the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 ax standard, more commonly known as Wi-Fi 6, bringing with it up to a 4x performance boost in crowded areas and up to 40% higher data speeds.

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