It felt like it took forever, but the wait is officially over.
Yesterday, Apple announced its new products for 2019, and we were not disappointed.
There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks as Apple rolls out its new devices, including a new Apple Watch, new iPads and Apple Arcade, but the star of the show was undoubtedly the iPhone 11 Pro range.
It promises to be the most advanced and detailed iPhone yet, in case you were wondering.
Before we head on over to MyBroadband for more details, you can check out the highlights of the launch, summed up in 11 minutes, here:
The iPhone 11 Pro will ship in four colours: Midnight Green, Space Grey, Silver, and Gold.
It is available in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models named the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max respectively.
Both of these devices boast high-resolution Super Retina XDR AMOLED displays that have a 2-million-to-1 contrast ratio, 1,200 nits of brightness, and are 15% more power-efficient than previous-generation panels.
Apple also revealed its new A13 Bionic chip. This incredible piece of technology is capable of performing up to one trillion (ONE TRILLION) operations per second, and includes the latest-generation Apple machine-learning technology.
The chip uses a 7nm manufacturing process and includes over 8.5 billion transistors, with all of its cores being up to 20% faster than the A12 Bionic – while also being more power-efficient.
“All of this translates to great performance and battery life for our customers,” Apple said.
The chip accomplishes all of this by using 15% less power, with the iPhone 11 Pro delivering up to four hours more battery life compared to the iPhone Xs, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max delivering up to five hours more than the Xs Max.
The full specs for the iPhone 11 Pro are as follows:
Which brings us to the much-talked-about triple camera feature.
Both the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max feature triple-camera systems which comprise a 12MP wide lens, 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens.
The three lenses are housed in a square module in the corner on the rear of the device, and this configuration enables optical zoom of up to 2x along with other powerful features.
All three cameras are capable of shooting 4K 60fps video with slow-motion, time-lapse, and other functionality.
Apple has also built advanced video and photo editing features into its Photos app in iOS 13 to enable iPhone 11 Pro users to tweak their photos on their device.
You can also shoot with two cameras at the same time to generate simultaneous video with both the front and back lens.
So how do you get your hands on one?
The new iPhone 11 Pro models will be available for pre-order in the US on September 13, will begin shipping on September 20, and are priced as follows:
iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro 64GB – $999
- iPhone 11 Pro 256GB – $1,149
- iPhone 11 Pro 512GB – $1,349
iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB- $1,099
- iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB- $1,249
- iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB- $1,449
We should also mention that there is a third model, simply called the iPhone 11. These details via a second MyBroadband article:
The new device sports a dual-lens camera on the rear and retains the notched front display present on previous-generation devices.
Apple said the iPhone 11 is IP68 rated for water resistance up to 2 metres for 30 minutes, and boasts the toughest glass ever implemented on a smartphone.
The iPhone 11 is powered by the new Apple A13 Bionic processor, the next-generation chipset that Apple claims offers up to 20% improved CPU and GPU performance when compared to the A12.
Apple said the A13 is the fastest CPU and GPU ever included in a smartphone, yet the phone delivers one hour more battery life than the iPhone Xr.
The iPhone 11 will also begin shipping on September 20, with the following prices:
Packs plenty of punch, but at a lower price point than the iPhone 11 Pro models.
Here are the iPhone 11’s specs:
When the new iPhones hit SA shores, Digicape, South Africa’s largest independent Apple retailer, should be your first port of call.
Digicape will accept up to five of your old devices as a trade-in against the purchase of any new product. So bring in your old iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, and you could save thousands of rands.
Plus, right now, you could save 40% on selected items like the iPhone 6s or a MacBook Pro.
Via WIRED, let’s just get a little more info on some announcements we briefly touched on earlier:
The latest seventh-generation iPad announced today starts at $329. The entry-level model now comes with a larger 10.2-inch retina display, a slightly outdated A10 fusion chip, and an included keyboard to appeal to the education market. (A $299 price for education customers helps, too.) It also has a new 100-percent recycled aluminum body and will come with a free year’s subscription to Apple TV+.
Speaking of Apple TV+, today the company revealed its plan to join the crowded streaming service market on November 1. For $5 a month, customers will be able to watch the variety of exclusive shows that Apple has been hyping over the past few months. The latest was a trailer for a new Jason Mamoa–helmed show called See. Whether it will be enough to extract customers from Netflix, Hulu, or the upcoming Disney+ service is still a puzzle.
Announced back in March, this subscription service gives customers access to a ton of exclusive games, available across mobile, desktop, and TV platforms. Apple said there will be over 100 titles when Arcade launches on September 19. Onstage, developers from Konami, Capcom, and Annapurna Interactive came out to introduce games they had developed for Apple Arcade. As with Apple TV+, Arcade is $5 per month. The strategy for Apple seems to be using low prices and a bizarre new version of Frogger (the frog has to dodge a baby; yes, seriously) to lock customers into its ecosystem.
Right, that just about sums it up.
Keep an eye on the Digicape website to see what the South African pricing will be, when the new range hits our shores.
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