The new lineup includes the iPhone 11, an entry-level device, as well as the higher-end iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which have four-figure price tags.
The company’s iPhone sales have slumped in recent quarters in part because consumers are waiting longer to upgrade their smartphones. So, is it actually worth it to upgrade to these new models?
The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. All generations of the iPhone use Apple’s iOS mobile operating system software. The first-generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, and multiple new hardware iterations with new iOS releases have been released since.
The user interface is built around the device’s multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. The iPhone has Wi-Fi and can connect to cellular networks. An iPhone can take photos, play music, send and receive email, browse the web, send and receive text messages, record notes, perform mathematical calculations, and receive visual voicemail. Shooting video also became a standard feature with the iPhone 3GS. Other functionality, such as video games, reference works, and social networking, can be enabled by downloading mobile apps. As of January 2017, Apple’s App Store contained more than 2.2 million applications available for the iPhone.
Apple has released twelve generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the twelve major releases of the iOS operating system. The first-generation iPhone was a GSM phone and established design precedents, such as a button placement that has persisted throughout all releases and a screen size maintained for the next four iterations. The iPhone 3G added 3G network support, and was followed by the iPhone 3GS with improved hardware, the iPhone 4 with a metal chassis, higher display resolution and front-facing camera, and the iPhone 4S with improved hardware and the voice assistant Siri. The iPhone 5 featured a taller, 4-inch display and Apple’s newly introduced Lightning connector. In 2013, Apple released the iPhone 5S with improved hardware and a fingerprint reader, and the lower-cost iPhone 5C, a version of the 5 with colored plastic casings instead of metal. They were followed by the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with models featuring 4.7-and-5.5-inch (120 and 140 mm) displays. The iPhone 6S was introduced the following year, which featured hardware upgrades and support for pressure-sensitive touch inputs, as well as the iPhone SE—which featured hardware from the 6S but the smaller form factor of the 5S. In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which add water resistance, improved system and graphics performance, a new rear dual-camera setup on the Plus model, and new color options, while removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack found on previous models. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were released in 2017, adding a glass back and an improved screen and camera. The iPhone X was released alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with its highlights being a near bezel-less design, an improved camera and a new facial recognition system, named Face ID, but having no home button, and therefore, no Touch ID. In September 2018, Apple again released 3 new iPhones, which are the iPhone XS, an upgraded version of the since discontinued iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, a larger variant with the series’ biggest display as of 2018 and iPhone XR, a lower end version of the iPhone X.
The first-generation iPhone was described as “revolutionary” and a “game-changer” for the mobile phone industry. Subsequent iterations of the iPhone have also garnered praise. The iPhone is one of the most widely used smartphones in the world, and its success has been credited with helping Apple become one of the world’s most valuable publicly traded companies.
As of November 1, 2018, a total of more than 2.2 billion iPhones had been sold.
The iPhone 11 is here but is it worth the upgrade?
The short answer: It depends how much you care about better cameras and improved battery life.
Here’s a look at the key differences between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and two comparable models from the previous year: the iPhone XR, which was the low-end model released in 2018, and the iPhone XS, the higher-end model that year.
The iPhone 11 is here but is it worth the upgrade?
- iPhone 11: Starts at $699
- iPhone XR: Starts at $599 (originally $749)
- iPhone 11 Pro: Starts at $999
- iPhone XS: Like the 11 Pro, the XS originally started at $999. Following the event Tuesday, however, Apple removed this model from its online store.
- iPhone 11: Up to 17 hours of video playback
- iPhone XR: Up to 16 hours of video playback
- iPhone 11 Pro: Up to 18 hours of video playback
- iPhone XS: Up to 14 hours of video playback
- iPhone 11: Dual 12MP ultra wide and wide cameras with night mode; 4k video recording up to 60 frames per second (fps)
- iPhone XR: Single 12MP wide camera; 1080p HD video recording up to 60 fps
- iPhone 11 Pro: Triple 12MP ultra wide, wide, and telephoto cameras with night mode; 4k video recording up to 60 fps
- iPhone XS: Dual 12MP wide and telephoto cameras; 1080p HD video recording up to 60 fps
- iPhone 11: A13 Bionic chip
- iPhone XR: A12 Bionic chip
- iPhone 11 Pro: A13 Bionic chip
- iPhone XS: A12 Bionic chip
- iPhone 11: Red, purple, green, yellow, white and black
- iPhone XR: Blue, yellow, coral, red, white and black
- iPhone 11 Pro: Midnight green, silver, space gray and gold
- iPhone XS: Silver, space gray and gold