The iPhone 11 Pro retains many of the design characteristics of the iPhone XS, and the iPhone X before it and while the iPhone 11 Pro looks nearly identical to its predecessor, the changes Apple has made do make it a much better phone.
This is the first 5.8-inch iPhone that doesn’t feel let down by a battery that needs constant access to a charging cable to get it through a full day. Apple claims there has been a four hour improvement) when you compare the XS to the 11 Pro. Apple has also made the iPhone 11 Pro thicker and heavier to accommodate this larger battery, although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, with extremely thin phones being hard to grip at times.
The triple camera array on the back is the 11 Pro’s party trick and that has become even more obvious after the launch of the Pixel 4. While Google’s new flagship takes excellent snaps, the versatility afforded by the three iPhone sensors delivers so much more freedom. The video recording remains the best on the market and the facial unlocking is far superior to anything else you can currently get.
The iPhone 11 Pro packs three distinct 12-megapixel cameras, which for the first time in an Apple device, includes an ultra-wide angle lens (13mm equivalent, f/2.4). You also get a standard lens (26mm, f/1.8) and a 2x telephoto lens (52mm, with an improved maximum aperture of f/2.0). The 11 Pro takes insanely detailed snaps with beautiful colour reproduction across all three cameras. You zoom in and zoom out without noticing you’re changing lenses – something that normally trips up other triple-camera phones.
The iPhone 11 Pro is an absolute performance beast, with the new A13 Bionic chipset helping put it up there with the fastest phones on the market.
Like the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro has improved audio. The ‘Spatial’ audio supports formats Dolby 5.1 (if you’re watching from Netflix) and Atmos (iTunes) with the purpose being to make noise seem like it’s coming from around the whole device, rather than just the speakers at either end. Audio quality is actually fantastic from both the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max and the effect (that’s all it really is) seem to work as well as expected.
The 5.8-inch OLED display used on the iPhone 11 Pro is very much the same as the panel on the iPhone XS. It’s a fantastic, sharp and colourful display and easily one of the nicest to look at out of any 2019 phone.
Pro camera system
The triple-camera system combines cutting-edge technology with the legendary simplicity of the iPhone. Capture up to four times more scene. Get beautiful images in drastically lower light. Shoot the higher quality video in a smartphone then edit with the same tools you love for photos. Youʼve never shot with anything like it.
Expanded field of view
The iPhone 11 Pro lets you zoom from the Telephoto all the way out to the Ultra Wide camera, for an impressive 4x optical zoom range.
Elegant, immersive interface
Apple leveraged the wider field of view to let you see what’s happening outside the image frame and simply tap to capture it. And there's almost nothing between you and your subject except, Pro camera font. So you’re always fully immersed in the scene.
The iPhone 11 Pro lets you capture videos that are beautifully true to life, with greater detail and smoother motion. Epic processing power means it can shoot 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilisation all at 60 fps. You get more creative control too, with four times more scene and powerful editing tools to play with.
When you just can't squeeze everything into the frame, zoom out. Because the Ultra Wide camera captures four times more scene. It’s like stepping back way back without taking a step. Bring on those mountain ranges, soaring cathedrals and iconic skylines.
Ultra Wide creates an artful perspective when you're in close a pro technique that's fun to experiment with. Position yourself below your subject for shots that feel powerful and heroic. In tight spaces, Ultra Wide is like taking a step back to capture more of your surroundings. With a wider canvas, you can capture more expansive scenes than ever before. The 120-degree field of view makes Ultra Wide ideal for landscape photography.
From dimly lit restaurants to moonlit beaches, the Night mode uses intelligent software and A13 Bionic to deliver low‑light shots never before possible on the iPhone. And it all happens automatically. You can also experiment with manual controls to dial in even more detail and less noise.
With three cameras working together, you can fit more in your portraits than ever. The iOS adds the High‑Key Light Mono effect for studio‑style monochromes. And Portrait Lighting lets you control the intensity of light to flatter your subject just like you would in a studio. How beautiful is that?
No matter where you get the shot, High‑Key Light Mono can transform it into a striking, studio‑style portrait.
Next-generation Smart HDR uses advanced algorithms to finesse highlight and shadow detail in your image. And now it leverages machine learning to recognise faces in your shot and intelligently relight them. That means the iPhone 11 Pro can automatically fine-tune detail in both the subject and the background. Even some DSLR cameras can’t do that. Smart HDR brings remarkable lighting and detail to faces while maintaining rich colour variation in the background.
Be ready when your photo op turns into a video op
Say you’re taking photos and you see something you’ve got to catch on video. With QuickTake, there’s no need to switch modes. Just leave your finger on the shutter to start recording. Want to keep the recording going? Swipe right. To take burst photos, swipe left.
Why selfie when you can 'slofie'?
The 12MP TrueDepth camera lets you take super-fun slow-motion selfie videos at 120 fps, or shoot in 4K at 60 fps. For stills, the camera now automatically zooms out when you rotate your iPhone, so you can get all your friends in the shot. Yes, even selfies can be Pro.
The Super Retina XDR display boasts not one but two peaks of brightness and understands when to use them. It hits up to 800 nits when you’re out in the sun great for shooting and making selections on the go and up to 1,200 nits when you’re viewing extreme dynamic range content. It’s like having a Pro Display XDR on your iPhone.
Can you be more precise? Yes
The Apple‑designed U1 chip uses Ultra Wideband technology for spatial awareness allowing the iPhone 11 Pro to precisely locate other U1‑equipped Apple devices. It’s like adding another sense to the iPhone, and it's going to lead to amazing capabilities.
It works from further away. At more angles too. And it’s still the secure facial authentication in a smartphone.
Privacy is built in
Everything about the iPhone is engineered to protect your privacy. Face ID data doesn’t leave your iPhone and is never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Maps tells you where you’re going without telling anyone where you are. Every iMessage you send is encrypted end to end. And the list goes on.