iPhone 11 Explained

On September 10, 2019, Apple held a conference announcing the long-anticipated iPhone 11. Despite leaks throughout the year, Apple still managed to bring us some unexpected surprises. Here are some of the new features:


There are a few noticeable differences in design compared to the previous model, the iPhone XS. The camera bump has changed from a vertical oval to a square. A single sheet of glass covers the entire back, pouring over the sides and the top of the cameras seamlessly. Apple also said it is “the toughest glass ever in a smartphone.”  

The iPhone 11 comes in 6 new colors: purple, white, yellow, green, black, and Productᴿᴱᴰ.

The Apple logo is now centered on the back as a visual indicator of where to place your phone on a wireless charging mat.


Way better cameras

This year, Apple has made the iPhone 11’s selling point its amazing new camera: the ultra-wide. This camera provides a 120° view, allowing users to capture more in photos while preserving detail. 

Below is a comparison of the iPhone 11 camera in the original mode (left) versus the ultra-wide camera (right).

Night mode is another new feature. It automatically turns on to brighten photos and reduce noise (specks or grains) in photos.

The iPhone 11 also introduces slow-motion selfies, Portrait Mode for pets, and QuickTake. With QuickTake, users no longer have to swipe to switch from photo to video mode: simply press and hold down the shutter button to take a video.

In addition to all the aforementioned features, the iPhone 11 Pro also has a triple-lens system with wide, ultra wide, and telephoto lenses which allows a 4x optical zoom range.



Apple tweaked a few functions for the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11’s screen has better contrast ratio and brightness. Apple says this is the ‘brightest display’ yet” on the iPhone. Face ID has been improved to work faster. The A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone 11 has the fastest CPU, which controls how fast the phone operates, and the fastest GPU, which controls how fast information is displayed.


The new iPhone will still be using the Lightning Charging Cable and have an all-day battery life, but with one more hour than its predecessor. The iPhone 11 Pro has four more hours, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has five more hours.


The devices have been on sale since Sept. 20. The iPhone 11 starts at $699, iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, and iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1099.

If any of these functions seem enticing, you should check out the iPhone 11 on Apple’s official website.

TL;DR: better camera, better battery, better processor. 


Fiona Han

Fiona Han is a freshman from Shanghai, China. She is a writer at The Oracle who is interested in philosophy and psychology.