Apple unveiled the highly anticipated iPhone 11 during its Special Event on Tuesday. The company also announced that the new iPhones would be hitting the shelves on September 20.
The price for the iPhone 11 starts at $699, the iPhone 11 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max at $1099. Yes, that is a lot of money. So before you decide to buy one, we want you look into a few things that you should consider about the new iPhone.
The Real Price for the iPhone 11 Pro
The price for the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999. But if you look closely, for $999 you will only be getting 64GB of internal storage. And given than iPhones do no support external storage cards, that is simply not enough for a Pro phone in 2019/20. The alternative is a 256GB version that sells for $1149, $150 more.
This is Apple's marketing genius.
Offering a $999 starting price but knowing full well nobody who considers themselves "PRO" will go with just 64GB in 2020.
So effectively, the 64GB version only exists as a psychological anchor.
The real price starts at $1149 pic.twitter.com/XQ1eASCpZT
— Tobias ᴠᴀɴ sᴄʜɴᴇɪᴅᴇʀ (@vanschneider) September 11, 2019
This is some clever marketing from Apple. One would expect a ‘Pro’ smartphone priced at $999 to have at least 128GB. But as @vanschneider points out, the 64GB version with its $999 price tag could just be a psychological anchor.
Not futureproof for 5G
Potential buyers should be aware that the new iPhones will not support 5G connection. Although it may be sometime before 5G starts becoming ubiquitous, it will without doubt be more available in the coming years. And given the massive price tag that starts at $699 for the base model and goes all the way up to $1450 for the 11 Pro Max, one would expect a bit of future proofing. 5G will soon be a big part of our lives, so this is something buyers should consider before just throwing their money at Apple.
With the first few generations of the iPhone, the camera was one of the best in the market. Fast forward a decade, and this is no longer the case. Apple has added a new ultra-wide lens on the iPhone 11 Pro. But does that justify the massive price tag. There are several alternatives today that are a lot cheaper than the iPhone that do a much better job with their camera. So if you’re looking for one of the best smartphone cameras, you better look elsewhere.
iPhone 11 will support the Qi standard for wireless charging. But for the price tag, one would expect bilateral charging. Bilateral charging would let you use your iPhone as a charging plate for other phones and wireless devices. Apple does not offer this with the new iPhone. Given that there are a lot of Android alternatives that offer this feature, the new iPhone may appear less desirable.
Of course, Apple is known for being a perfectionist company. They do not include a feature unless this feature will meet the minimum standards. And it’s true that bilateral charging is still not quite there. But once again, for the price, one would expect some extra effort from Apple. Oh well.
If you’ve decided to get the new iPhone, you might be able to skip the lines on Friday, September 20. Check to see if you are eligible for pre-approval.