The iPhone 11 Pro is a Good Upgrade and NOT Iterative IMO
EDIT TITLE: The iPhone 11 Pro is a Good Upgrade and NOT *Completely Iterative IMO
Before you downvote, hear me out. If you disagree, fair enough, but at least leave a comment saying why you disagree along with your downvote.
So I’ve been seeing a lot of comments on Reddit and YouTube saying that the iPhone 11 Pro is iterative. I have to say I disagree. I think the reason why not a lot of people are impressed with the iPhone 11 Pro is either because:
a) everybody knew what to expect because of the leaks, so there weren’t really any major surprises; or
b) there wasn’t a **complete overhaul** in the redesign.
Features and improvements:
**1. Display** – the display is more energy efficient. It has a better contrast ratio and more consistent color across the entire panel. It’s also brighter with 1200 nits peak brightness and 800 nits sustained brightness which is extremely useful when out in the sun during the summer (which is like a quarter of the year).
**2. Speakers** – spatial audio and dolby atmos support. As somebody who uses their phone as their main device for media consumption, this will be a nice feature to have.
**3. Wireless** – Faster LTE and WIFI-6 are also nice features to have. Considering that people are holding onto their phones longer, these are nice additions to have as users will have phones that are able to take advantage of these technologies when they become ubiquitous.
**4. Face ID** – Now that Face ID is faster (on top of iOS 13) and works at further distances and a greater range of angles, this is hugely convenient given that Face ID is used potentially thousands of times every month. As somebody with an iPhone XS Max, I can honestly say this is a welcomed upgrade.
**5. U1 Chip** – it’s only being used for AirDrop right now, but soon enough it will be able to let you find lost items by pointing you to the direction they’re in… even indoors. This will drastically cut the amount of time you spend looking for lost items.
**6. A13 Chip** – more powerful, more efficient. This will not only help with heat, but gaming and AR apps will run smoothly well into the future even as hardware demands increase.
**7. Battery** – the more power-efficient display and A13 as well as the increased battery capacity will mean battery life is significantly increased. I end the day on about 20% with low power mode turned on with my iPhone XS Max as long as I’m not on the phone too much, especially when out all day and cellular data is sucking up battery. But with the battery life improvements that Apple is claiming, I don’t think the battery will be something I would need to give any thought and I could use my phone freely when I’m out all day. Battery management is a huge burden to be lifted because all I want to do is just go about my day without having to worry about when and for how long to use my phone.
**8. Cameras** – we’ll have to wait until the reviews are in to see how much the cameras have improved but night mode shots, the ability to *seamlessly* switch between any lens as well and being able to recover erroneously cropped shots all seem like extremely useful camera upgrades.
Now I know that everyone wanted the iPhone 11 Pro to have a drastic redesign because that would make the phone feel new. I’m with you, I wanted a drastic redesign too. Although Apple didn’t completely change the look top-to-bottom, it doesn’t mean that the design is the same. The back looks completely different which means half of the phone has been redesigned. Frosted finish, triple cameras, repositioned logo, new color, everything about the back has changed as much as it possibly can. Did the notch get smaller? No. Are the frames flat like the iPad Pro or iPhone SE? No. But that doesn’t mean that the iPhone 11 hasn’t been redesigned.
Now I would have liked to see a 120Hz refresh rate on the display, a USB-C port, in-display Touch ID and Apple Pencil support among other things, but just because these features aren’t included, it doesn’t mean that this is a ‘boring’ or iterative upgrade. The 8 features I mentioned above are good additions and have genuine use cases and make positive contributions to the overall user experience. And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. A phone can have all of the bells and whistles, but the important thing is the user experience and the use cases the new features have.
EDIT: if you think the new features are iterative, go ahead and think of groundbreaking new features and list them in your comment. If you can’t think of any, it’s wise to not disregard the new features of the iPhone 11 Pro because they are pretty good.