After months of rumours, Apple has finally unveiled a trio of new iPhones, including the high-end iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max (which we’re focusing on in this article). Here’s everything you need to know about the new devices.
The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the same phone, in different sizes. If you prefer smaller phones, go for the 11 Pro. If you’d like more screen to play with, go for the 11 Pro Max.
They’re direct descendants of last year’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max − the 11 Pro basically replaces the XS, and the same goes for the 11 Pro Max and with the XS Max. Both Pro models sit above the equally new but significantly cheaper iPhone 11 in the pecking order.
Read on for everything we know about the iPhone 11 Pro range, including price details and a look at its headline feature − those cameras.
The iPhone 11 Pro at a glance
- Both the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are available to order right now
- The iPhone 11 Pro features a 5.8-inch screen; the iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 6.5-inch screen
- The 11 Pro starts at £1049; the 11 Pro Max starts at £1149
- The 11 Pro runs iOS 13 software out of the box
- There are three 12-megapixel sensors on the back: wide-angle, ultra-wide and telephoto
- Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip runs the show
- There’s no support for 5G
Related: iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro
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/$999 (64GB); £1199/$1149 (256GB); £1399/$1349 (512GB)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: £1149/$1099 (64GB); £1299/$1249 (256GB); £1499/$1449 (512GB)
iPhone 11 Pro release date
You can pre-order them right now, and both handsets will start shipping on September 20, which is this 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 “[optimise] 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).
Related: iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone XS
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.
Related: iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR
Read on for a more in-depth look at the iPhone 11 Pro range, or check out some of our other iPhone 11-related content through the links below:
- iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro
- The Apple Watch 5 is way more interesting than the iPhone 11 for one key reason
- iPhone 11 Colours: Midnight green headlines Pro range, but that’s not all
- Does the iPhone 11 have a 90Hz screen?
- Why the iPhone 11 Pro’s Deep Fusion tech could make it a Pixel 4 rival
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.
Related: 5G in the UK
Both models are IP68-rated, and Apple says they can survive being submerged in four metres of water for up to 30 minutes.
The iPhone 11 has arrived
On a 24 month contract pay £1.50 on top every month and get a pair of Apple AirPods for only £36 alongside the stunning iPhone 11 with dual rear camera set-up, liquid retina LCD and A13 Bionic chip.
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.