It’s new smartphone season. I just reviewed the Galaxy Note 10+ earlier this week, and will certainly be reviewing the iPhone 11 next month. Apple’s latest smartphone is set to come in three versions – the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11R. Most sources seem to point to Apple playing it safe this year. Let’s take a look.
Apple will likely stick a similar 6.5-inch screen on the Pro model and a 6.1-inch screen on the mid-range and budget models. Only the 11R will have an LCD screen, while the other two will carry OLED screens.
Some believe that Apple could upgrade the screen on the 11 and 11 Pro with a 90Hz refresh rate, which would make scrolling more smooth. However, other sources point to the same 60Hz refresh rate as previous iPhone models. Most agree that the 2020 iPhone will have a 120Hz refresh rate just like the current iPad Pro models.
The biggest change to iPhone will likely be a three-camera system that will be available on both the 11 and 11 Pro. Unlike the vertical triple-camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the new iPhone will have a triangular setup that allows wide-angle shots and, possibly, more than 2X optical zoom.
Apple’s A12 Bionic chip that powers the 2018 iPhones is, perhaps, the best mobile processor on the market. It is believed that Apple will update the new iPhones with their new A13 Bionic chip. It”s hard to imagine a phone running faster than the 2018 iPhones, but leave it to Apple to break new ground. Let’s hope the new chip doesn’t affect battery life too much.
Apple Pencil Support
There are mixed reports on this. If Apple includes support for the Apple Pencil, it could convert users who own a Galaxy Note specifically because of its stylus. It’s important to note that there have been reports on a new iPhone’s Apple Pencil compatibility for years, but those have never panned out. Let’s hope things change this year.
The iPhone 11 will not support 5G, but most won’t be upset since 5G is only at the beginning stages. However, it’s almost certain that the 2020 iPhone will have 5G capabilities.
So far, the iPhone 11 upgrade sounds boring this year. However, if Apple’s new smartphone offers an improved camera, an improved 90Hz screen, and Apple Pencil support (all three, not just one of these) than the upgrade for consumers will be justified.