iPhone 11: Are Apple’s latest iPhones worth the money?

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ow that Apple has unveiled the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, the most obvious question is whether Tim Cook & Co. have done enough to convince you to buy the latest handsets when they hit stores on Sept. 20.

Though the final verdict must wait until we’ve put the new phones through their paces, the short answer is that depends on where you are in the buying cycle and how much stock do you put on new features that mainly focus on the camera.

For some, that answer is a lot. But what’s also of paramount importance is battery life, another area Apple has apparently addressed.

What I can tell you after some modest hands-on time is these are attractive models with a solid feel. Among factors to consider:

Can I get a bargain somewhere? 

Price is always a key buying factor too, of course, and while the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are surely expensive starting at $999 and $1,099, respectively, the iPhone 11 starts at what, for a newly minted model, is a pretty reasonable $699, lower with a trade-in. If you really want a relative bargain, consider last year’s iPhone XR, now down to a starting price of $599 or the iPhone 8 at $449.

The iPhone 11, the nominal successor to the XR which it resembles, comes in six colors and has a handsome 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display. It will be available in 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage capacities.

iPhone 11 gets a power boost

The anodized aluminum iPhone 11 has the same powerful A13 Bionic processor – Apple claims it as the fastest chip ever put in a smartphone – as the 11 Pros.

(Apple spent a fair amount of time on stage with geeky explainers on the power of this chip.)

And the iPhone 11 has a dual-camera system – the XR had one rear camera – built around wide and ultra-wide cameras, each 12-megapixels. Apple uses shading on the screen to help you get a sense of what’s in the frame on wide shots.


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