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iPhone 11: Is it really worth the upgrade?

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On 10th September, the much-anticipated Apple event was held, announcing the next generation of iPhones, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

What’s new in this launch?

The most apparent difference between iPhone X family and iPhone 11 is the additional camera, but we will come back and discuss the camera later. The least less obvious upgrades are the new A13 Bionic chip, better battery and the support for Wifi 6. Basically, this means faster phone and longer battery life.

iPhone 11 also comes in 6 colours, namely, black, white, green, purple, yellow and Product Red. The Pro and Pro Max are available in four colours: Midnight Green, Space Grey, Silver and Gold.

The most significant upgrade we believe comes in the camera department. For the iPhone 11, there is now a night mode and some new portrait lighting in monochrome. The front-facing camera is also upgraded to 12 megapixels from 7 megapixels. Additionally, there is 4K video support for both the front and rear camera and also slow-mo support for the front camera. As for the Pro and Pro Max, on top of these upgrades, there are also now 3 rear cameras. The new camera comes with a telephoto lens. In an upcoming software update, the camera will be equipped with a new feature called Deep Fusion. Nine images will be compiled to produce a picture that has lower noise and more details.

Why isn’t the upgrade worth it? 

In our opinion, the longer battery life is always a welcomed upgrade. We never know when we need that extra juice during a long day out. However, we believe that the faster CPU is not necessarily a good reason to upgrade your phone. Sure, the benchmark scores may show better result, but in day to day use, it doesn’t make much of a difference.

In the camera department, Google and Huawei already have the “night mode” features in their phones from the previous generation. Also, Google’s photo camera app already has similar feature to Apple’s Deep Fusion. Portrait mode and slow-mo support are pure gimmicks. For most users, these are probably features you show off to your friends to flex your iPhone 11. However, we do acknowledge that unless we have tested and done a side by side comparison, our analysis on the camera quality is just speculation. Maybe Apple’s night mode and Deep Fusion will be so much better than its competitor, but we will have to wait and see.

 

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