Apple held its annual keynote on September 10th and took the media ablaze with the unveiling of its new iPhone 11 and adjacent models iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
As a company that lives and breathes mobile application development, we just couldn’t help reviewing the device from a visual and user experience point of view.
IPhone 11: Key Features and
Differences From the Previous Models
From the design viewpoint, iPhone 11 is very similar to the iPhone X, but there are few differences: the latter features stainless steel edges, while the iPhone 11 has aluminum edges which are less durable.
iPhone 11 stands out from its predecessor, as it features a dual camera with an autofocus sensor and a wider angle on its back side. It has a 6.1-inch display, while in iPhone X, the screen size is 5.8 inches. The display technology used in both versions is the biggest difference: iPhone 11 features an advanced LCD liquid retina display panel with a 1792×828 resolution, whereas iPhone X features an OLED display with a resolution of 2436×1125.
However, if you’ve been using iPhone X before, you’ll like notice a very slight difference in brightness and color when using the new model. However, you’ll most likely be struck with the display quality and brightness if you’ve used models below iPhone X.
Speaking about improved camera, the portrait mode now works on animals and we’ve finally got the night mode. The video stabilization has also been improved in the iPhone 11. From UX perspective, it’s become more convenient, as we don’t need to change the shooting mode from photo to video anymore: it’s enough just to clamp a circle and it will automatically record the video. Apple says the iPhone 11’s video quality – 4K60 – is the best among all smartphones available in the market today. The front camera also allows for slow-mo capturing including slow-mo selfies (meet the new buzzword “slofies”).
And finally, the iPhone 11 and Pro versions have a Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM) support, which can be a good selling point for those who need to maneuver between two SIM cards.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone Pro vs iPhone Pro Max
As mentioned above, Apple has introduced three models in 2019: iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max. Although they all have a lot in common including battery capacity, OS and similar design, they still have differences that are worth highlighting here.
One of the main differences between the 2019 iPhone models is their camera. iPhone 11 comes with a dual camera, while the Pro and Pro Max models come with a triple rear camera.
iPhone 11 has two 12-megapixel super wide and wide cameras with an ultra wide lens providing an aperture of f/2.4, while the wide lens has an aperture of f/1.8. iPhone 11 Pro models have a triple 12-megapixel touchscreen setting with the same two lenses as the iPhone 11, as well as a telephoto lens with f / 2.0 aperture.
All models have a night mode, automatic adjustment, portrait mode with advanced bokeh settings and depth control, portrait lighting with six effects and next-generation Smart HDR for photos. The night mode is very good, offering much better opportunities in low light on all three devices.
Battery and processor
iPhone 11 can work autonomously for up to 17 hours, iPhone 11 Pro – up to 18 hours, and iPhone 11 Pro Max – up to 20 hours.
The batteries are said to have been improved for the latest iPhone models, and while Apple does not detail specific features, many users agree they’ve improved and the autonomous work has been extended.
All three models offer wireless charging, but none of them has reverse wireless charging on board. All three models are also capable of fast charging, but only the Pro models come boxed with 18W fast chargers.
All three models feature A13 Bionic processor fitted with advanced machine learning accelerators, which allows speeding up multiplication of matrices (a specific task for training neural networks).
No surprise that the pricing between iPhone 11 and Pro models is different. The iPhone 11 costs start at $699, while the iPhone Pro costs start at $999, and the iPhone Pro Max – at $1,049.
How iPhone 11 and iOS 13 impact application development
All new Apple iPhone devices come preloaded with iOS 13 which is “faster and more responsive with optimizations across the system that improve app launch, reduce app download sizes and make Face ID faster,” according to an Apple statement.
Let’s dive right into the features that will most likely affect iPhone app development down the road.
- Core Machine Learning (ML) 3 and Create ML
While the previous versions only supported AI-based game development, the current one will enable iOS app developers to use quantization to reduce ML size by 75%.
A new Create ML feature allows AI developers to build ML models from scratch in a complete no-code environment. It offers model training with various datasets for object recognition, sound identification and other tasks.
- AI Powered Siri
As Apple’s Siri keeps gaining traction, iOS 13 is perfectly suited for building unparalleled conversational AI experiences. Equipped with an upgraded SiriKit, iOS 13 brings a lot of advantages for mobile app developers who can leverage them for creating a myriad of hands-free, screen lock, payment, and other solutions and experiences.
- Swift 5
Now compatible with Linux OS, Swift 5 brings in exclusive support of new data and dynamically callable types along with access to memory at runtime. It also features a new API which will allow for easier modifications.
- Enhanced Security
Apple has made App Transport Security compulsory for all apps developed for iOS 13 and above versions, so all iOS developers will have to comply to get their app accepted and published in the App Store.
- Improved CRM functionality
Now enterprises can build robust and highly-secured iOS apps to be able to manage their day-to-day operations more efficiently.
These are just some of the features that will impact the way we build iOS apps in 2019 and beyond.
iPhone 11: User Experience and Early Feedback
We’ve also reviewed user feedback about using the new device and whether it’s worth purchasing it to replace the iPhone X and earlier models. Here we go!
“[Switching from iPhone X to Iphone 11] would be like moving from a Tesla S into a Tesla 3. Sometimes people don’t need so much space, or a car so big as Model S (especially in Europe), so getting the smaller model is not really a downgrade, as Model 3 packs up some other features that may be more important”
“The new iPhones have a better life, a better camera and they are faster. If you are a photographer, then you may like the 11 Max Pro.”
“I live a few kilometres from the border between Italy and Switzerland. I know Italians who go to work in Switzerland (the wages are way higher) and Swiss students coming to Italian universities (there’s little choice they speak Italian but no German). For such people, the Dual SIM Dual Standby feature is huge.”
Both the iPhone 11, its Pro versions and iOS 13 offer unsurpassed new experiences for both users and mobile developers and enable the development of truly next-gen applications that leverage cutting-edge technologies such as AI, ML, AR, etc.
While users have yet to evaluate their experience with using new devices and OS and share extensive feedback, one thing is for sure – iPhone 11 is an excellent example of how smartphones are turned into full-fledged creative studios that can produce high-quality content instantaneously. And what about you – have you already tapped into new opportunities provided by Apple’s flagship product?