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Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 models Tuesday, touting upgraded, ultra-wide cameras as it updated its popular smartphone lineup and cut its entry price to $699.

The newest handsets come as Apple seeks to spur new upgrades in a slumping global smartphone market.

The new iPhones are “jam packed with new capabilities and an incredible new design,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook told a launch event in Cupertino, California.

The surprise from Apple was the reduction in the entry-level price at $699, down from the starting level of $749 for the iPhone XR a year ago even as many premium devices are being priced around $1,000.

Apple additionally unveiled a more expensive “Pro” model of the iPhone 11.


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It also set launch dates for its original video offering, Apple TV+, and its game subscription service as part of efforts to reduce its dependence on the iPhone.

The TV+ service will launch November 1 in more than 100 countries at $4.99 per month and will include a “powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries.”

Apple is featuring scripted dramas, comedies and movies as well as children’s programs in the service, which will compete against streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon.

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“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favorite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of video.

Apple said customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac will get the first year of the service for free.

The company’s online gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, will launch next week, offering exclusive titles for mobile and desktop users.

The new service, which will also cost $4.99 per month, will include more than 100 game titles made for Apple devices.

“You can’t find these games on any other mobile platform or subscription service, no games service ever launched as many games, and we can’t wait for you to play all of that,” product manager Ann Thai told the Apple media event.

Apple also unveiled updates to its iPad tablet and Apple Watch smartwatch


New iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

  • Two screen sizes: 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED displays
  • Super Retina XDR display supports HDR 10 with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • Textured matte finish
  • Three rear cameras with 4x optical zoom: Wide, ultra-wide, telephoto lenses
  • Upcoming camera feature called Deep Fusion compiles nine images to reduce noise and amp up details
  • 4 hours more battery life (Pro) and 5 hours longer battery life (Pro Max) than last year’s models
  • Faster Face ID unlocking
  • Wi-Fi 6 support, but no 5G
  • 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera (aka “slofies“)
  • New portrait lighting effect: Monochrome
  • iOS 13 on-board
  • Fast charging adapter
  • Colors: Midnight green, space gray, silver, gold
  • iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 or $25 per month (£1,049, AU$1,749)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099 or $29 per month (£1,149, AU$1,899)
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What’s new in the iPhone 11

  • Six colors, including yellow, purple, green and Product Red
  • A13 Bionic chip
  • Hour more battery life than iPhone XR
  • Faster Face ID unlocking
  • Wi-Fi 6 support, but no 5G
  • Dual camera system with a 12-megapixel lenses: wide and ultra-wide (switch by tapping on the screen)
  • Camera night mode
  • 2x optical zoom
  • New portrait lighting in monochrome
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera (up from 7 megapixels)
  • 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera
  • iOS 13
  • Starts at $699 or $17 per month (£729, AU$1,199)

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