iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max were officially announced by Apple at its grand event held at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino. CEO Tim Cook said in his keynote speech – “iPhone XR became the most smartphone in the world” – without revealing the sales number for the cheapest one of the last year’s models. Apple also announced the Apple Arcade, rolling out on September 20 at $4.99 per month. But the most interesting announcement is the Apple TV+, which albeit costs $4.99 monthly in the US, has been priced at Rs 99 per month in India, giving a head-on blow to Hotstar, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.
Apple Live Event September 2019 Updates
The event started at 10 am PT, which will be 10.30 pm IST, Tuesday in India.
iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Price, Specifications
As the name suggests, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top-notch model among the three. The iPhone 11 Pro, rumoured to start for $1,099 (approximately Rs 79,000) while the iPhone 11, the cheapest of the lot, is said to be priced at $749 (roughly Rs 53,600) onwards. The baseline variant is likely to be the iPhone 11 Pro, which will reportedly start at $999 (roughly Rs 71,900). The iPhone 11 will replace iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 Pro will replace the iPhone XS, and lastly, the iPhone 11 Pro Max will replace the most premium model, the iPhone XS Max.
All three iPhone models will be powered by Apple A13 chipset but will miss out on 5G modem chips this year. According to Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple is poised to launch its first 5G iPhone models next year, after noting down important points during its holding pattern. There will be major focus on Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality capabilities of the upcoming iPhone models.
But more than the performance of the 2019 iPhone models, eyes will be on what Apple has to offer in the camera department. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said that there will be radical changes on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. While the first one will add another camera at the back, as opposed to a single one on the iPhone XR, the other two will be Apple’s first products with three main cameras. Multiple renders have shown a design, which has been subject to unsavoury criticism, that includes a protruding camera island in a ‘squircle’ shape housing three sensors aligned in alternate succession.
New OLED panels are also said to be present on the top two models while the cheapest iPhone 11 model will pack a LCD display, much like last year. Moreover, Apple will be ditching 3D Touch in favour of Haptic Touch on the new models, the first instance of which were spotted in an iOS 13 beta preview. A major chunk of rumours also suggested Apple is packing the new iPhone models with reverse charging for accessories and smartphones from other brands, in addition to support for Apple Pencil. However, a last minute scoop from renowned analyst Kuo disputes these rumours. In any case, we will hear what all Apple has to offer with the iPhone 11 series phones at the event.
Apple is also highly expected to announce the pricing of its high-stakes streaming service called Apple TV+, which features big budget shows starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey.