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Apple announces iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max with three cameras

by George Mensah
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After 12 years of offering only “iPhones,” Apple is today officially splitting its smartphone lineup into two categories akin to the Mac and iPad: iPhone and iPhone Pro. While the iPhone 11 replaces the aluminum iPhone XR, Apple is transitioning the steel-bodied iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max into iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models differentiated largely by 5.7-inch and 6.5-inch screens and batteries.

Just like the iPhone XR-to-iPhone 11 transition, the Pro devices superficially look identical to last year’s XS models from the front, with black notches and thinner-than-iPhone 11 bezels around high-contrast OLED screens. The screens are now being marketed as “Super Retina XDR” due to enhanced brightness (800 nits typical) and dynamic range support (1200 nits maximum) that goes beyond prior models. Apple says that the displays now deliver a 2,000,000:1 typical contrast ratio, twice that of their predecessors, and that Face ID can unlock the screens 30% faster, from a wider array of distances and angles than before.

Four colors will be available: space gray, white/silver, a new gold, and a wholly new midnight green model, all with matte rather than glossy rear glass. Apple says that the enclosure of the iPhone 11 Pro has been shock-proofed for greater safety against accidental drops, with the “strongest glass ever” in a smartphone. Unlike the iPhone 11, which is waterproof to 2-meter depths for 30 minutes, the new one can be submerged at 4-meter depths for 30 minutes without risking damage. Both the front- and bottom-mounted speakers are Dolby Atmos-certified for better audio spatialization.

More changes are apparent on the rear, most notably including a massive rounded-square camera block, now housing three different lenses rather than two. Rather than increasing the Pro model’s zoom capabilities, the third lens adds a “0.5x” wide-angle (13mm) perspective, enabling the capture of landscapes and large group shots without resorting to Panorama mode. The other lenses offer 26mm and 52mm focal lengths, which Apple lists as 1x and 2x, though the full range is now up to four times the starting focal length.

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