Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

On Sept. 20, Apple released the anticipated iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 PRO. The new devices come in six colors, including pastels: purple, PRODUCT red, green, white, black and yellow. This is the first time since the iPhone 5C these elaborate colors were available. The price and camera aren’t too shabby either.

When the iPhone X first came out, it was priced at a whopping $1,000. Sales on the X immediately dropped. Apple learned their lesson and made the iPhone 11 and PRO more affordable. The regular iPhone 11 and iPhone PRO’s full price—with a trade in—is $599.

A lot of consumers who have not jumped on the “no home button phone” train may be hesitant to switch over. Just as with anything else, swiping takes some getting used to. To woo them over, Apple considers investing in the new phone for one sole reason: the camera.

The 11 contains two camera lenses: 12MP Wide and 12MP Ultra-Wide. The “12MP Wide” has 100% Focus Pixels that can focus three times faster in lower light. The “12MP Ultra-Wide” lens specializes in focusing on landscapes, travel, large interiors and action shots. The iPhone 11 PRO also has these two lenses, but includes a third. The PRO’s third lens is a telephoto camera that provides multiple framing options.

Filming videos just got a whole lot sharper. The new iPhones capture four times more scenery; this is a dream for taking action shots of your pets or recording a meaningful performance.

No need for flash! Apple introduced “night mode.” “Night mode” is a feature for low-light photos where the colors come out naturally, and your Instagram photos are brighter. Another brand-new feature, “Smart HDR,” recognizes faces and highlights the natural-looking skin tones, as well as still recognizing the sunrise or moonlight in the background.

Tend to drop your phone in water a lot? Not a problem. The iPhone 11 is water resistant up to two meters for no more than 30 minutes; the PRO is water resistant up to four meters for no more than 30 minutes. After you take your phone out of the water on a hot summer day, you’ll be able to see the screen! The iPhone 11 and iPhone PRO also have “True Tone.” “True Tone” adjusts to match the color temperature of the light around you.

There is a lot to unpack with Apple’s latest pride and joy. Not to mention an all-day battery life. So, what’s your priority in a phone? Good camera, durability or battery life? Whatever it is, the iPhone 11 has it.

Madison Starinieri is a third-year student majoring in English education and special education.

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