Apple reveals the iPhone 11 with an ultra-wide camera

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The iPhone 11 is real. At its event in Cupertino today, Apple revealed its latest phones, along with a new naming scheme. This post focuses on the cheaper iPhone 11; you can read about the ‘Pro’ models here.

The iPhone 11 is the base model this time around – the successor to the iPhone Xr. It packs the same 6.1-inch screen size, comes in 6 colors, and includes Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers. It features a dual camera; notably, the second camera uses an ultra-wide lens as opposed to a telephoto lens as in past devices.

Apple focused most of the iPhone 11 segment on the camera. The company introduced several software improvements, including the ability to take pet portraits, a high-key monochrome mode, and a proper Night Mode to compete with Google. Apple says its new low-light feature will use AI to automatically brighten photos and reduce noise. We’ll have to see how it compares to the upcoming Pixel 4 later this year – a phone we expect to be able to take proper pictures of the stars.

There are further improvements in video front. Apple says it has the “highest-quality video ever in a smartphone,” showing off a clip with impressive dynamic range, although it didn’t go into specifics about how video quality has been improved. You can switch between the main camera and wide-angle camera on the fly during recording though, which is nice. You can also now capture video simply by holding down the shutter button, so you needn’t waste time switching modes. The front camera has also been improved, able to capture slow-motion video as well as 4K footage at up to 60fps.

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