Apple Ups Its Video Game With iPhone 11 Pro And iPhone 11 Pro Max Smartphones

Apple has announced iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, a new professional line for iPhone that delivers the highest quality video in a smartphone and records 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilization.

The Apple Pro smartphones, with a 12 megapixel sensor in 5.8 and 6.5-inch sizes, include the new Super Retina XDR pro display, an Apple-designed A13 Bionic chip and up to five hours longer battery life.

A new triple-camera system turns the new iPhone into a pro-level camera with ultra wide, wide and telephoto lenses. They deliver major improvements to low-light photography.

The Super Retina XDR display, a custom-designed OLED, provides users an immersive HDR viewing experience for movies and other high-definition video with up to 1,200 nits brightness. Super Retina XDR features wide color support with system-wide color management and support P3 wide color gamut and display of HDR video content.

With a two million-to-one contrast ratio with true blacks, pro users can enjoy a more vivid viewing experience for HDR videos and photos. The phones feature the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and are rated IP68 for water resistance of up to four meters for 30 minutes. They are protected against everyday spills including coffee and soda.

Both models offer a second 12MP ultra wide camera with a 13mm equivalent F2.4 5-element lens, which provides a dramatic wide 120-degree field of view. A new feature uses the ultra-wide camera to show what's beyond the frame when using the main camera, helping the operator decide whether to switch the wider field of view.

The telephoto camera features a faster F2.0 lens with optical image stabilization.

The front facing camera can record 4K 60p video and can also record EDR video at 4K 30p. All three rear cameras are calibrated at the factory, so users can quickly switch between lenses when recording video and retain the same look across all cameras.

At an Apple press conference, Filmic Pro, maker of a major cinema interface for the iPhone, demoed a new version of their app that will let users shoot 4K from multiple cameras at once, and coordinate it on the phone. It is due out later this year.

The devices have up to 20 percent faster CPU and GPU than the previous generation A12 chip. The new chip is built for machine learning, with a faster Neural Engine for real-time video and photo analysis. New Machine Learning Accelerators allow the CPU to deliver more than one trillion operations per second.

Users can easily zoom between each of the three cameras, while audio zoom matches the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound. With the new iOS 13 operating system, video editing tools are accessible with the ability to rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to videos instantly. These adjustments, within the camera app, are easy to apply and review at a glance.

Next-generation Smart HDR uses advanced machine learning to recognize subjects in the frame and intelligently relight them for more natural-looking images with greater detail. Deep Fusion, coming later this fall, is a new image processing system enabled by the Neural Engine of A13 Bionic. Deep Fusion uses advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details and noise in every part of the photo.

A redesigned camera interface provides a more immersive experience that works together with the triple-camera system and all-screen display to let users see and capture the area outside of the frame. For the first time, users can easily record video without switching out of photo mode with QuickTake by simply holding the shutter button to start recording.

Spatial audio provides an immersive surround sound experience and Dolby Atmos delivers powerful, moving audio.

The new iPhone Pros are available on Sept. 20.

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