Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 11 Pro and (rather clunkily-named) iPhone 11 Pro Max, its latest and − at least on paper − greatest flagship smartphones. Read on for all you need to know about them.
The iPhone 11 Pro at a glance
The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are essentially the same phone, in different sizes. The 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro features a 5.8-inch screen, and the and 11 Pro Max features a 6.5-inch screen.
They’re direct descendants of last year’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and they sit above the equally new, but significantly cheaper, iPhone 11 in the pecking order.
The new models look very similar to the XS handsets too, except for that massive rear camera bump. It’s hard to argue against the 11 Pro range being the ugliest iPhone models to date.
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iPhone 11 Pro price
The standard 11 Pro has an eye-watering starting price of £1049/$999 − and that only gets you 64GB of storage. The 11 Pro Max starts at a staggering £1149/$1099 (also for 64GB).
Here’s the full pricing breakdown:
- iPhone 11 Pro: £1049 (64GB); £1199 (256GB); £1399 (512GB)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: £1149 (64GB); £1299 (256GB); £1499 (512GB)
iPhone 11 Pro release date
Preorders open at 1pm BST on September 13 − that’s this Friday − and both handsets will start shipping on September 20, which is next Friday.
iPhone 11 Pro colours
Both models are available in ‘midnight’ green, ‘space’ grey, silver and gold colour schemes.
All of them have a textured matte glass rear, and a glossy stainless steel band that runs all the way around the edge.
iPhone 11 Pro camera
The key feature of the 11 Pro range is the new rear-facing triple camera setup, which combines the following sensors:
- 12-megapixel ƒ/1.8 wide-angle sensor (the one at the top)
- 12-megapixel ƒ/2.4 ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree field of view (the next one down)
- 12-megapixel ƒ/2.0 telephoto sensor (the one at the bottom)
Arguably the most eye-catching new camera feature is something called Deep Fusion. It’s a new image processing system that, Apple says, uses machine learning to “[optimize] for texture, details and noise in every part of the photo”. With one touch of the shutter button, the 11 Pro will shoot multiple images, then pick out the best bits and combine them to form the best possible snap. Deep Fusion will arrive through an update later this autumn.
The UI has also been changed, to show you what each of the three different sensors can capture at any one time.
There’s Night Mode too, which will turn on automatically when you fire up the camera in a low-light setting; Audio Zoom, which detects where sound is coming from while you film; and Portrait Mode, which has been upgraded. The 11 Pro range lets you choose between Wide and Telephoto framing, which should allow you to take better portrait-style shots of multiple people.
Portrait Mode is available through the 12-megapixel ƒ/2.2 front-facing camera too, and it’s joined by a new feature called slofies (aka slow-motion selfie videos).
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iPhone 11 Pro performance
Both models are powered by the new Apple A13 Bionic chip, described by Apple as its “most efficient chip to date”.
It uses the second generation of Apple’s 7nm process and, like the A12 Bionic before it, the A13 Bionic features a total of 18 cores – a six-core CPU, four core GPU, and an eight-core Neural Engine processor, which is dedicated to handling on-board machine learning processes.
It essentially unlocks the door for powerful new capabilities like 4K video at 60fps and slow-motion selfies (slofies), and should ensure excellent general performance, whatever tasks or games you throw at the phones.
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iPhone 11 Pro screen
The 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch, 2436 x 1125 display, while the 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch, 2688 x 1242 screen. Both displays boast 458 pixels per inch − the Pro Max’s screen is simply larger.
Apple is calling the 11 Pro range’s screen ‘Super Retina XDR’, and it incorporates a new OLED panel and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision variants of HDR. Contrast ratio is 2 million:1, and maximum brightness tops out at 1200 nits.
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iPhone 11 Pro battery life
Apple says the 11 Pro will offer four hours more battery than the XS, and that the Pro Max will offer up to five hours more use time than the XS Max. Tha’s some impressive stamina.
You’ll also get a fast-charging 18W adapter and Lightning to USB-C cable in the box, whichever model you opt for. Previously, you’d have had to purchase the adapter separately, to the tune of £29.99, with the USB-C to Lightning cable costing £19.99 on top.
iPhone 11 Pro 5G, Face ID and more
None of Apple’s new iPhones offer 5G connectivity, but that was expected. Reports suggest we won’t see a 5G iPhone for at least one more year.
And there is, sadly, no headphone jack to be seen on either model.
However, there is a faster and more capable Face ID system − up to 30% faster, according to Apple − which should also allow you to unlock your phone from longer distances and wider angles, for instance.
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Both models are IP68-rated, and Apple says they can survive being submerged in four metres of water for up to 30 minutes.
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