We're getting three iPhones once again, this time taking the form of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. So it would be quite the surprise when Apple introduced a new iPhone starting at just $699. Apple managed to reduce the bezels on the iPhone 11 Pro by eliminating Touch ID and replacing it with Face ID. But you will also be able to enjoy it on last year's devices. But along with adding the new iPhone 11 to the lineup, Apple is also continuing to sell the iPhone XR at a reduced price. So in actuality they released two new phones, but the iPhone 8 wasn't as interesting-or as high of a number-as the X (10).
While the iPhone XR includes just a single camera on the rear-a wide-angle camera offering 12 megapixels-the iPhone 11 will move up to a dual rear camera system of 12-megapixel cameras.
The following year saw a similar trend of big brother/little brother, with the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR. And thus, the launch of a predecessor to the iPhone XR-the iPhone 11-is probably the most significant product debut out of Apple's event. While it is still holding up pretty well, the A13 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 11 Pro is a different monster altogether.
The iPhone 11 Pro comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display in a body that's no bigger than the iPhone 7 which packs a 4.7-inch display.
What's even better is that Apple is also including an 18W USB-C charger with the iPhone 11 Pro.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 will follow in the footsteps of the XR by offering an array of color options. In fact, it even increases the contrast ratio from 1,000,000:1 to 2,000,000:1.
Of course, none of this is meant to imply the iPhone 11 isn't new by any means, it just seems like Apple's trying to use marketing magic to position the iPhone 11 as a less-expensive upgrade from the iPhone XS. So do all these changes mean you should upgrade from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 11 Pro? Especially the swamp water green (aka "midnight green") iPhone Pro 11 model, which Kuo says will be scarce because of unspecified production problems.
What about in the real world?
CNBC quoted TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, known as a close follower of the Cupertino, California-based company's supply chains, as saying that demand for new iPhones is beating his expectations - and that much of it was due to Chinese consumers. If you consume a lot of content and watch plenty of videos on your iPhone, you are going to love the display on the iPhone 11 Pro. Will those looking to upgrade take the leap since it's cheaper, or for the lower monthly payments, or for the trade in program?