Software Changes Yield Photo and Video Magic
As always, the iPhone 11 Pro is more than the sum of its parts. While 12 megapixels is no longer a revolutionary number (Apple has offered this resolution for years and some flagship Android devices now feature a 48 megapixel primary camera chip), Apple continues to refine exactly how those megapixels process inside the cameras. That means the images coming out of the iPhone 11 are dramatically better than, say, the iPhone 6S with the same megapixel count.
It goes without saying that the changes are more dramatic the larger the generation gap between devices you’re comparing, but since we’re comparing the XS and the 11 Pro, we can say this: even a year and a generation removed, there are noticeable differences in images and video output. The software in the 11 Pro is powerful and smart; Portrait Mode now offers 1x and 2x options, combining the single-lens Portrait Mode of the XR and the 2x Telephoto Portrait Mode of the XS models. This makes Portrait mode more flexible and more powerful, both because of the two bokeh-licious focal lengths and the way the software can yield ever more convincing results out of two distinct cameras on the same device.
Extra-intriguing: the ability to shoot Portrait Mode with Moment lenses a la iPhone XR and Google Pixel.