A breakdown of the recent iPhone release to help you make an informed choice.

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Photo by Thai Nguyen (Unsplash)

On September 10 of this year, iPhone revealed its new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. These products hit the stores on September 20, at the price of 979 CAD and 1,379 CAD respectively.

With all the memes making fun of the iPhone 11’s camera looking like a ‘stunned pikachu’, one would think that because of its unappealing aesthetics, this smartphone would not do so well in the market. However, against analysts’ predictions, the iPhone sold 3 million during the month of September units better than what was previously anticipated, which pushed Apple to increase production.

Consumers and reviewers are calling it “the best phone out there for its price point.” And it is true. The iPhone 11 is the cheapest smartphone Apple has ever put out, without considering the 150 CAD drop of the XR.

What is the appeal of this phone? Should you try it or not?

A lot of the charm of the iPhone 11 is, undeniably, its new and original color scheme. The new colors are metallic pastels: blue, lavender, and yellow, in addition to the normal black and white options.

In terms of specs, there is a clear improvement from XR to 11, mostly focused on the camera.

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Photo by Jan Kolar (Unsplash)

Here is the breakdown:


  • Dual lens system, each of 12 Megapixels, with ultra-wide shot option.
  • New Night Mode that allows for low-light pictures without the need for flash.
  • Portrait mode improved sharpness and precision. Smart HDR, which is basically a beautifying feature that treats faces differently from the rest of the shot.
  • Slow-motion selfies.


  • Apple claims this is the fastest chip in the market, A13 bionic. Power efficient, fast and fluid.
  • Allows the seamless recording of 4K video.
  • 4GB RAM
  • Hexa-core


  • Resists up to 30 minutes under 2 metres of water. Doubles the XR.
  • 3110 mAh battery, which translates to a day-long battery life.
  • Lightning port


  • Liquid Retina LCD
  • True tone

These are some of the basic specs to take into account when choosing a smartphone. In comparison, iPhone’s hardware is the best one in the market. It is the most durable and resistant to water, dust, and hard hits. It is a solid machine, there is no doubt.

However, there is nothing innovative about the iPhone 11 that is not already out in the market. For example, most smartphones now count with a triple-lens camera and higher resolution both for pictures and display than what the iPhone 11 is offering. In addition to this, Apple refuses to switch iPhone to a USB-C port and keeps its lightning port which is quite inconvenient. And even though the phone is fast, there are faster processors out there.

It is worth mentioning that Apple’s control over hardware and software – with iOS 13- makes battery-usage and speed more optimal so that a higher RAM or higher speed processor are not necessary, like they are for Android devices. Furthermore, an iPhone is extremely convenient for someone that uses all-Apple products, given their efficient interconnectivity and their ability to sync quite easily.

All in all, Apple has always made high quality technology for a not-so-affordable price. This is the first time in years that the company has lowered its prices to compete with the market. The iPhone 11 is fast, efficient, has a day-long battery, a camera that competes with Pixel’s, and comes at a very, never-seen before, affordable price. If you are wondering if it is worth it, it definitely is.