Best list? Come on, Alex. You know there’s somebody else out there with a longer list, or a more detailed list, or with better iPhone images, right? Right. But this one is my best list, so there’s that consideration. And, just like every other techno-writer out there, I watched Apple’s event via Apple TV (on YouTube, too) so I can tell you what I am looking forward to in the weeks to come.
What is iPhone 11 all about?
Many things, of course; every new iPhone has a giant list of what’s new and this year is no except. Pay no attention to those nattering nabobs of negativism and their elitist perspective on iPhone 11. The whole damned thing is new, better, faster, and one– my favorite but maybe not the one I buy– is less expensive.
Cameras – iPhone 11 has dual cameras and iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have three cameras. From what I can see, the triple-lens iPhone cameras will hasten the demise of DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. Already it is difficult to tell the difference between DSLR photos and iPhone photos, but the new models are different. The camera app can get photos from all three lenses– wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto– at the same time. The right app will get four cameras going– in video– if you want; three backside cameras, plus the selfie cam
Slofie – This will be a big deal. Apple has had a movie selfie camera for years, but now it’s so good it does slow-motion video. Slowfies? Slofies? Whatever. It’s a thing.
Glass – OK, glass bothers me because when it breaks it leaves a mess. If it’s not a mess on the floor, or not a mess if only a shattered display, it makes you feel bad for what you did. Apple says the new glass– front and back– is the strongest glass ever in an iPhone. Don’t they say that every year? I still get a cracked display. You gotta love AppleCare. AppleCare don’t love me.
Battery Life – Apple says iPhone Pro models will get up to four hours more per day, but the already long-life iPhone Xr battery in the iPhone 11 base model will get one hour more. My iPhone XS Max would last a full day but often needed a bit of a charge in the late afternoon. Apple read my letters to Tim Cook. Next.
Fast Charging – Yes, wireless charging is a convenience thing, but it’s damned slow. Speaking of damn slow, that archaic charger in old iPhone models was worthy of tire tread. The iPhone 11 Pro and Max models get a faster 18-watt wall charger and a USB-C lightning cable in the box.
Spatial Audio – This is one that made the list because I have a thing about louder, better, more crystal clear sound. Four kids and the chaotic noise they make while the sun is up means iPhone needs more sound. Spatial Audio is what Apple put into iPhone 11. I’ll let you know how it works. It just needs to be loud. Louder.
There are more items in the details, but most are less important. Wi-Fi 6? Big yawn. A13 Bionic chip is faster than PCs. And everything Android. Big whoop. Old news. New colors? I use a case. Clear is not magical. Super Retina XDR Displays? OK. Meh. Move along. Nothing to see here. Another Apple iterative improvement event.
Thass all folks. I only have to wake up in the dark– when its quiet in Kayhillville– next week to order mine.