iPhone 11: what changes and what remains the same in relation to the XR

Just now, we explored the changes brought by the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max [vai ser difícil acostumar com esse nome…] compared to its predecessors. Now, it’s time to do the same with the iPhone 11, which has the iPhone XR as its direct predecessor – and several points in common with it.

Therefore, here we will take a different approach: we will run a fine comb through the aspects of the new smartphone, noting what has changed in relation to its predecessor and highlighting the points that remain unchanged. Let’s go then?

Lower price

This is perhaps the most significant change of the new generation – perhaps because it is the only one that was not exhaustively anticipated by the rumors industry. In the United States, iPhone 11 comes from $ 699, a 6.6% reduction from the $ 749 charged for the entry-level iPhone XR model until yesterday.

Of course, we will have to see how this reduction will be reflected in Brazil (if that will happen), since Apple has not yet announced the prices of new iPhones here. Anyway, it is a good indication that the Apple is, yes, concerned with the evasion of consumers due to its prices considered high.

It is worth remembering, also in this matter, that the iPhone XR – unlike its brothers XS and XS Max – remains on the line and has suffered a reduction in price, starting from US $ 599. In Brazil, the device also underwent an adjustment and now has a share of R $ 4,299.

Equal dimensions

Just use the Apple iPhone Comparator and check that all three dimensions of the iPhone 11 are identical the iPhone XR (150.9 × 75.7 × 8.3mm). The weight of the devices is also the same, 194 grams.

As the device’s side buttons and connectors appear to have not changed, the resemblance creates a positive side effect for iPhone XR owners: you can use the new iPhone 11 cases on it – as long as you don’t mind having a hole for it. the camera much larger than the single lens your device needs.

The reverse, obviously, does not happen because of the square for the rear cameras – that is, it is not possible to use an iPhone XR case on the iPhone 11.

Dual camera

The iPhone XR’s unique camera gave way to a much larger module with two lenses. We have here two sensors of 12 megapixels each, with ultra-wide and wide-angle lenses; in practice, this means that we will have a zoom out 2x optical – do not confuse with the zoom in optics of the XS and XS Max iPhones, which was obtained with a telephoto lens (not present here). The idea is to capture more of the scene, with a 120º viewing angle.

We also have here the new Flash True Tone with more brightness and slow synchronization, in addition to several new features in the software: Night Mode helps to take photos in very low light conditions, and Portrait Lighting Mode now has six effects (on iPhone XR were three). We also have the new generation of Intelligent HDR.

In terms of video, we support audio zoom and QuickTake mode, which starts shooting by holding the camera’s capture button. Extended dynamic range now works on videos at up to 60 frames per second (30 were previously).

The front camera also gained improvements, and now has a 12MP sensor capable of recording 4K video at up to 60 frames per second.

Visual almost equal

Looking from the front or in profile (and ignoring the new colors, of course), the iPhone 11 is identical to the iPhone XR. The only change is at the rear, with the new camera module – which is now integrated into the rear glass – and the vertically centered Apple logo. As with the iPhones 11 Pro, the inscription “iPhone” went up in the air, creating an even more visual clean.

Even better processor

Just like the iPhones 11 Pro, here we have the new chip A13 Bionic, which, according to Apple, contains the most powerful CPU and GPU ever placed on a mobile device – which we will, of course, have to prove with benchmarks and actual usage tests.

THE Neural Engine it has also been updated for the third generation, for machine learning processes, performed on the device itself, even faster and more complex.

Equal screen

We still have the very same screen Liquid Retina HD – what is nothing more than a term created by marketing for an LCD panel with 6.1 inch IPS technology. Resolution (HD), contrast (1400: 1), wide color tone (P3) and maximum brightness (625 nits) remain unchanged, as well as the presence of True Tone technology.

Shamefully equal loader

For those who heard a hiss of hope indicating the death of the infamous 5W charger, which has been with the iPhone since its first generation, unfortunately this is not the case. Yes, the 11 Pro models come with a new 18W fast charger, but the iPhone 11 still comes with the old version of the peripheral, with the same 5W / USB-A as usual and the same slow charging.

5W power adapter

It can be argued that the choice was an Apple way of cutting costs and thereby reducing the price of the device. But still… seriously, Apple?

Improved strength

While the iPhone XR had an IP67 certificate, the iPhone 11 carries the same IP68 certificate as the more expensive brothers. It can be submerged at depths of up to two meters for a maximum of 30 minutes.

In addition, the glass on the front and back of the iPhone 11 has been reinforced through an ion exchange process.

3D Touch died for good

This is hardly a change, since the iPhone XR no longer had 3D Touch. But it’s worth remembering: the resource was definitely filed of the new line from Apple, and is not present on either the iPhone 11 or the iPhones 11 Pro. Good night, sweet prince.

New colors

In contrast to the vibrant colors of the iPhone XR, Apple decided to adopt, this year, a much more sober approach, but still multicolored. The iPhone 11 will be sold in purple, yellow, green, black, white and red versions – the latter, in the traditional (PRODUCT) RED, which is the only vibrant one in the new group.

The same capabilities

We have iPhone 11 versions with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB – the same as the iPhone XR offered until yesterday (with the new releases, the most expensive option of the old device no longer exists).

Battery – supposedly – a little better

The iPhone XR was already the longest-running smartphone in the Apple line, and the company made the bold promise to further improve its resistance away from the plug. According to Apple, the iPhone 11 has a battery that lasts an hour more than that of its predecessor – given that, as well as performance, it must be proven with tests and with checking the part numbers, not yet disclosed.


As with the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 also gained support for Wi-Fi 6 networks, with much higher maximum transfer speeds (up to 38% better).

New U1 chip

Here, too, we have the presence of the new spatial location chip U1 – which, as we describe in detail in this article, will probably work in conjunction with the “Apple Tags”, Apple’s unreleased trackers yet. For now, it also serves to provide an improvement to AirDrop, with directional indication of users close to you, and to more accurately search for other Apple devices that have the chip.

Broader audio

IPhone 11 also supports spatial audio playback (which simulates surround sound for an immersive experience), being compatible with the technology Dolby Atmos.

The rest? The usual…

For the rest, nothing to declare: you can expect from iPhone 11 the same thing you got (or would get) with an iPhone XR, as support for Apple Pay and the “Hey there Siri” command, the EarPods with Lightning connector, the lack of headphone output, support for eSIM technology and Dual SIM, among other things.

What did you think?