At last week’s big iPhone reveal, Tim Cook said that the iPhone XR is “the most popular iPhone” and the “most popular smartphone in the world” – turns out that a cheap or, well, more affordable iPhone, has some serious appeal. The next generation of that smartphone is the iPhone 11; it has the same dimensions, same glass-and-aluminum design and the same LCD display as the iPhone XR, but Apple upgraded the water-resistance, sound quality and battery life. Plus they gave it a few new colorways.
The iPhone 11’s biggest upgrades have to do with its camera and its price. The iPhone 11 has a dual rear-camera system with the same wide and ultra-wide lenses as the iPhone 11 Pro (no telephoto, though), and many of the same new features, such as Night mode. And at $699, Apple actually made its entry-level iPhone even more affordable; last year’s iPhone XR started at $749.
The Good: The new dual-camera system, particularly the addition of the ultra-wide lens, is a genuine reason to upgrade to the new iPhone. I found myself shooting twice as many photos as soon as a realized how fantastic those ultra-wide photos actually look. Those two lenses, a 12-megapixel wide and 12-megapixel ultra-wide, are the exact same as the ones on the iPhone 11 Pro, and they take the exact same photos. The only difference is the iPhone 11 Pro has a third telephoto lens but if you’re not zooming in or taking a lot of Portrait Mode photos, you’re not really missing out if you opt for the less expensive iPhone 11.