Apple is acknowledging something major with its latest launch of iPhones for 2019: most iPhone buyers are just fine with an LCD display and appreciate the option for a lower-priced device.
In the launch last week, Apple noted that that the iPhone XR is the most popular iPhone on the market—far more so than the higher-end OLED models have been. 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. But along with adding the new iPhone 11 to the lineup, Apple is also continuing to sell the iPhone XR at a reduced price. Which of the two LCD iPhones is a better fit for you? What follows is our comparison of Apple's iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR on specs and price.
Display and body
While there are plenty of changes with the iPhone 11 over the iPhone XR, the display is not one of them. Apple is retaining the 6.1-inch LCD display—featuring the company's "Liquid Retina" technology—on the iPhone 11 from its introduction on the iPhone XR. The resolution is also staying put at 326 pixels per inch (1792 x 828), and the iPhone 11 display will continue to feature a nearly edge-to-edge design (with the exception of the camera notch cutout at the top of the phone's front).
The iPhone 11 also mirrors the iPhone XR in being constructed from aluminum and glass. One update with the iPhone 11 is on the glass backing, which is now "precision milled" and includes greater durability against scratches and drops. (Apple is describing the glass used on the iPhone 11 as the "toughest glass ever in a smartphone.")
Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 will follow in the footsteps of the XR by offering an array of color options. Two new colors—purple and green—are being added for the iPhone 11. Other color options for the device are red, yellow, white and black. The iPhone XR is available in those four colors as well as in coral and blue.
Camera and biometrics
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. In addition to wide angle, the iPhone 11 will introduce an ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view for taking expansive shots. Other camera features include portrait lighting, optical image stabilisation on the wide-angle camera and improved night mode.
The iPhone 11 will also get a number of enhancements to its front-facing camera, as well. The most buzzworthy new feature is the addition of slow-motion capabilities for the front camera—enabling slow-motion selfies, or what Apple is calling "slofies." The 12-megapixel front camera will also offer 4K video recording and extended dynamic range for video at 30 frames per second.
On biometrics, Apple said the iPhone 11 will feature improved unlocking of the device using Face ID. Facial authentication will now be 30 percent faster on the iPhone 11, while Face ID will also feature better performance "at varying distances and support for more angles," Apple said.
Processor and battery life
The iPhone 11 will move up to the new generation of Apple-designed processors, the A13 Bionic, from the A12 Bionic on the iPhone XR. The six-core CPU in the A13 Bionic includes two high-performance cores (running at up to 20 percent faster speeds than the A12 Bionic), along with four low-power cores (featuring up to 40 percent improved energy efficiency over the A12). Apple is calling the iPhone 11's A13 Bionic both the "fastest CPU ever in a smartphone" as well as the "fastest GPU ever in a smartphone."
Apple announced improved battery life for the iPhone 11, saying it will last "up to 1 hour longer than iPhone XR." However, Apple did not release specifics on how much internet use or talk time users can expect to get with the iPhone 11. The iPhone XR promises up to 15 hours of internet use or 25 hours of talk time. Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR can charge wirelessly with a Qi charging pad.
Price and availability
In one of the most significant changes with the iPhone 11, Apple is actually offering the smartphone at a lower starting price than the original pricing for the iPhone XR. The starting price for the iPhone 11 will be $1199, compared to the original starting price of $1229 for the XR.
However, Apple simultaneously lowered the starting price of the iPhone XR—making that now the less-expensive option in our comparison. The new starting price for the iPhone XR is $1049, $150 below the iPhone 11 price. Those starting prices will get you 64 GB of internal storage for either device. For models with 128 GB of storage, you'll pay $1129 for the iPhone XR or $1279 for the iPhone 11.
Tthe release date for the device is 20 September.