For the presentation of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple has not revealed everything on its smartphones. The product sheets suggest features which are nevertheless crucial and which have only been briefly mentioned.
The Apple keynote to introduce the new iPhones was long, but the summary tables projected after each announcement confirmed that Apple had chosen not to reveal all the specifics of its devices. Was it because it was the first really mainstream conference, broadcast live on YouTube? No one knows, but what is certain is that some of the flagship features of the new iPhones have barely been mentioned … if not completely forgotten.
And yet, they truly embody the evolutions of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro compared to the XS / XR range.
THE ULTRAWIDE BAND U1 CHIP
A new chip is entering the iPhone of 2019 and Apple did not make much of it at the conference. Just can we admire on the manufacturer’s site an insert that details the functionality of this chip called U1, called frequency on “ultra wide band”.
What is she doing ? For the moment, Apple reserves it for a very limited use: an equipped iPhone pointed to another equipped iPhone can “tell” that it is to him that it wishes to send a file by AirDrop. The location of the two devices is therefore ultra precise. But already, Apple is talking about the new features, enabled by the chip which will offer an unrivaled location in space: we think of augmented reality, but also motion gaming or even the Apple Tag that we are still waiting to see. We imagine that the iPhone will be able to point the user precisely to the object they are looking for.
The limits and advantages of this chip: it cannot be used over long distances, but is less sensitive to interference than Wi-Fi, consumes very little and could even go as far as transmitting a stream video. In short, the iPhone has a secret weapon for the near and more distant future: we can’t wait to see the new uses that will ensue.
IMPROVED FACE ID
You had to be focused during the short presentation video broadcast between two announcements: it very briefly showed that Face ID had been improved. In the program, Apple announces 30% more speed compared to previous smartphones for unlocking, but also and above all, better results for unlocking at long distance or at angles not necessarily optimal.
This is one of the announced highlights of the Pixel 4: Apple had to take the lead.
This year, the Wi-Fi nomenclature changes name and adopts simplicity: each standard has a number. Apple is still well positioned with its devices on the adoption of new Wi-Fi standards, which in turn promise more speed, better range or more stable connections. The new iPhones are Wi-Fi 6 compatible and thus join the latest models announced by Samsung. Of course, you won’t get it right away: not all Wi-Fi boxes and routers are up to date yet. If you want to experience it, Netgear has an excellent gamer range.
That the iPhone 11 is compatible Wi-Fi 6 on the other hand can give a little boost to the industry: Apple products, very mainstream, often justify the release of new compatible products.
THE IPHONE 11 IS EVEN MORE WATERPROOF
The iPhone XS and XS Max introduced in 2018 IP68 water resistance on the high end. The iPhone XR was only allowed IP67 resistance. This year, the smartphone that replaces it (iPhone 11) is entitled to the certification reserved for the high-end – it shares it with the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. This means in practice that it has been tested for immersion at a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.
3D TOUCH NO LONGER EXISTS
You were starting to get used to 3D Touch interactions on your iPhone, which allow you to make “strong” presses in addition to long presses? Forget it all: Apple is breaking away from its technology in 2019 and switching all of its screens to haptic touch, a less sophisticated version of 3D Touch introduced by the iPhone XR. In practice, the use is a little less pleasant (we really felt a physical support on the screen which activated features with 3D Touch), but we can easily understand that the complexity of 3D Touch is not of great interest.
THE ULTRA WIDE ANGLE CAN WORK ALL THE TIME
This is one of the most important updates on the hardware side, but it is followed by additions on the software side: the ultra wide-angle camera of the iPhone 11 can be configured to be used all the time, even when you take pictures at square format. As noticed by the first people who took it in hand, even when you use the main camera, the iPhone can also take a larger shot. You can use it later if you realize that you prefer a snapshot or video in another format. This invisibly stored file should be deleted after a period of time that Apple does not specify, if you are not using it.
Likewise, you will be able to see what the 3 cameras show on the same screen on a dedicated application like FilMic.