The iPhone 11 is finally here – this is what we know about it
Apple has just announced the iPhone 11 at its big iPhone launch event in San Francisco, and we’ve got the first details of the new phone right here.
Below we’ve listed all the key specs and features of the new iPhone as we’ve learned them, but if you want to read about everything Apple’s unveiled you may want to follow along with our iPhone 11 launch event liveblog.
The new iPhone 11 has just been confirmed by Apple on stage, so we’re putting all the information here as we learn it. We’ll also have our hands-on review of the iPhone 11 up soon, along with our first impressions of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
iPhone 11R release date and price
The iPhone 11 starts at $699 / £729 / AU$1,199, which is a touch cheaper than the iPhone XR was at launch.
You can pre-order the iPhone 11 from September 13, and it’ll ship (or you can buy it for real) from September 20. Most networks in most countries will offer the device, as it’s far from an exclusive handset.
iPhone 11 design and display
The new iPhone 11 is available in Purple, White, Yellow, Green, Black and Product Red. The rear of the phone is glass, and there’s a Lightning connector on the bottom edge.
There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack on this device, with Apple having dropped the port.
It comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which is the same size as the screen on 2018’s iPhone XR. The notch remains at the top of the screen, and overall the device looks remarkably like last year’s phone.
The dimensions of the phone are 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm, and it weighs in at 194 grams.
It’s also water-resistant, coming with an IP68 rating. That should mean you’re able to submerge it in the bath or take it in the shower, as it can survive in up to two meters of water.
iPhone 11 camera
There’s a big focus on the camera this year, and that’s because it’s a dual-lens sensor, for the first time on the cheaper iPhone.
There’s a 12MP wide camera with a 26mm lens, and that’s paired with a 12MP ultra-wide camera. That second snapper has a 120-degree field of view.
Night Mode has returned for low light conditions, and it comes turned on automatically on the iPhone 11. It’s a similar affair to Google’s Night Sight on Pixel phones, and the on-stage example seemed quite impressive.
It improves brightness and attempts to reduce noise in your images. Apple believes the iPhone 11 will be three times faster in low light scenarios too.
Video modes include 4K video recording, slow and time-lapse. Apple also says it has improved image stabilization on the new phone too.
Overall, Apple claims to have the “highest quality video recording in a smartphone”. We’ll be sure to test out that claim at the time of our full review.
The selfie camera is a 12MP TrueDepth camera, and the aim is so you can rotate the phone to take wider images although this isn’t a wide-angle shooter. It’s also the first time Apple has included 4K video recording on the selfie camera.
iPhone 11 specs and performance
The chipset inside the iPhone 11 is called the A13 Bionic. Apple claims it has the fastest CPU and GPU in a smartphone with this device, and that’s something else we’ll be sure to test in the future.
Apple has shown off some video games being played on the phone, but we’ve yet to fully learn what the chipset will be capable of.
The battery inside the iPhone 11 comes with the claim it’ll last an hour longer than the iPhone XR. Apple never announces the exact sizes of its batteries, but we’ll be sure to learn it in the coming days.
The device will come running iOS 13 software out of the box immediately that comes with a system-wide Dark Mode for the first time.
A claim on the stage says it comes with “enhanced Face ID”, but it’s uncertain exactly how the facial unlocking technology has been improved.
The phone will be available in 64GB, 128GB or 256GB options. We’ve yet to learn the exact differences in prices for the three devices.