iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro: Should you go Pro?

iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – Which new 2019 iPhone should you pre-order today?

We’re pitting iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro to judge which new phone from Apple is the best one to pre-order and spend your cash on. Apple’s trio of new iPhones include iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. 

With the iPhone 11 taking the place of the iPhone XR and the Pro model sitting where the XS was, this seems a little more confusing for buyers. 

So let’s have a look and see what’s different, hopefully helping you decide which iPhone 11 model is the right one for you. You can continue reading further down the page for an in-depth look, or see the points below for a quick rundown.

  • The iPhone 11 replaces the iPhone XR, with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display two rear cameras and loads of colour options including purple and green
  • The iPhone 11 Pro has a smaller 5.8-inch OLED, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max upping that too 6.5-inch. Both are XDR displays and Apple claims these can hit 1200 nits of brightness
  • Both Pro models are virtually the same and each has three cameras on the back: wide, telephoto and ultra wide
  • All phones are powered by the new A13 chip and come with iOS 13. We’re not sure how much RAM they have yet

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Specs and Camera

While these new iPhones don’t look too much different in terms of design, there’s a lot more going on inside. All three are powered by Apple’s brand-new A13 chip, come with iOS 13 installed and boast some improvements to the cameras

Let’s start with the A13 chipset. This is the next-generation of Apple’s silicone and during the launch keynote, it was claimed it was 6x faster in performance than the A12 processor found in previous generation iPhones,

The new iPhones also see 20% more powerful graphics while the GPU gobbles up 40% less power. With Apple Arcade – the firm’s all-you-can-eat gaming service – launching on September 19, it’s hardly a surprise Apple is heavily leaning into gaming performance.

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Apple claims the A13 Bionic chip is 6x faster than the previous gen A12

The iPhone 11 has a dual 12-megapixel setup with a dedicated ultra wide sensor. That ultra wide camera is there for wider shots, and it can even be used to add people and objects back into photos the main camera has missed.

It’s on the Pro model where it looks like the camera will really come into its own though. Here you’ve got three 12-megapixel sensors: wide (26mm, f/1.8 OIS), ultra wide (13mm focal length, 120-degree FOV, f/2.4 aperture) and telephoto (52mm, f/2.0, OIS), along with a load of new software enhancements.

Like the Google Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro, Apple is also keen to improve low-light photography. Night Mode is a new camera feature which dramatically boosts the quality of dark pictures, brightening up scenes which aren’t visible otherwise. Apple claims Night Mode is triggered automatically when the phone detects there’s little natural light available.

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iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone 11 Pro has the luxury of a telephoto camera, wide camera and ultra-wide camera

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max also have improved video recording abilities when compared to the iPhone 11 and older iPhone models like the iPhone XS. Apple claims the video recording is now pro-grade and you can shoot with the wide-angle camera too. You can also alter colours, crop in and apply filters to the footage after the video has been shot.

We don’t have confirmed battery sizes or how much RAM sits in these devices yet, however, Apple did say that the new Pro models will ship with an 18w USB-C charger in the box. There is still a Lightning port on the phones, but you can get a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box. It looks like the iPhone 11 will come with the same charger as before. All phones support wireless charging thanks to their glass backs.

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Even though we are seeing lots of phones with 5G in the UK begin to hit the market from the likes of Huawei, Samsung and OnePlus, Apple has decided against ensuring its next-gen phones support the faster connectivity options. This has long been rumoured and comes as no real surprise, even if it is something of a disappointment for those spending upwards of a £1000/$1000 on a new phone. Maybe we’ll see this hit the iPhone series next year when the 5G networks across North America and Europe.

Another huge difference between these new phones is their displays. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max both have ‘XDR displays’ (5.8-inches and 6.5-inches respectively) which means they can hit 1200nits of brightness and include support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. The iPhone 11 display seems almost meagre in comparison, with its LCD tech and 1792×828 resolution.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Look and feel

Apple used to work on the schedule that saw a huge design overall every two years – you’d get the big update one year and then an S update the following year. That’s changed slightly now, with the iPhone 6 design sticking around for multiple generations.

This year we’ve got three phones that look very much like the outgoing models. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max match the sizes from 2018, with the same stainless steel frame, glass back and rounded sides. You will notice that the back of the device is slightly more matte-looking than before, though and we’re massive fans of it.

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The iPhone 11 looks very similar, sitting between the two models in terms of size, however it ditches the stainless steel for aluminium and comes in a wider variety of colours. These colours are also a little more muted than before, with shades that are a little more pastel. 

Both have displays that stretch close to the bezel with a cutout for the FaceID unlocking sensor at the top. There’s no return for TouchID either, with no physical sensor or under the display sensor like on the Galaxy S10.

The new iPhone 11 Pro models also have, according to Apple, a stronger body and retain the IP68 rating of older devices – this means they can be dunked in water without causing them to break. The iPhone retails the same rating but can’t quite cope with being submerged for so ling.

The iPhone 11 has arrived

Apple iPhone 11 - 6GB of Data, 1500 Minutes, unlimited texts and Airpods

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 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – How much do they cost?

Check out the tablet below for all the prices of the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
64GB £729 / $699 £1049 / $999 £1149 / $1099
256GB £779 / $749 £1199 / $1149 £1299 / $1249
512GB £879 / $849 £1399 / $1349 £1499 / $1449

Apple’s new device prices are slightly different from what we saw last. The iPhone 11, which replaces the XR, starts at £729/$699, while the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999/$1049 and the Max version upping that to $1099/£1149. Prices will continue to rise as you add more storage.

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