iPhone 11 Pro: Complete Guide to Apple’s New iPhones

BY Jason

Published 6 Oct 2019

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: The Complete Guide

Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, the thirteenth generation iPhone on September 10, 2019, alongside the lower-priced iPhone 11. They succeeded iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The pre-orders started on September 13, 2019, with the official release date on September 20.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Specifications

Here’s a quick look at the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max specifications including details Apple does not mention on its tech specs page:

  • Feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screen sizes with all-screen OLED display and a notch at the top for the TrueDepth camera system and speaker
  • Super Retina XDR Display with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Powered by A13 Bionic chip with 4GB RAM
  • Triple 12MP Ultra Wide (ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view), Wide (ƒ/1.8 aperture), and Telephoto (ƒ/2.0 aperture) cameras with 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 10x
  • iPhone 11 Pro lasts up to 4 hours longer than iPhone XS, and iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts up to 5 hours longer than iPhone XS Max thanks to the larger batteries. iPhone 11 Pro comes with a 3,190 mAh battery compared to iPhone XS’ 2,658 battery, and iPhone 11 Max comes with 3,500 mAh battery compared to iPhone XS Max’s 3,174 mAh battery.
  • Gigabit LTE chip with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
  • Gold, Space Gray, Silver, Midnight Green
  • 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Features

Here’s a look at the best iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max features.

1. Pro Colors

The new iPhone 11 Pros come in a brand new finish. There’s a textured matte finish at the back glass to really give it a Pro feeling. The new devices come in four colors: Midnight Green, Space Grey, Silver, Gold. The trusted Space Grey and Silver options look good in the new finish. But it’s the green and the gold colors that really steal the show.

2. Pro Design

The back of the new iPhones is made of a single sheet of sculpted glass. It adds strength and beauty to the enclosure. The band and the structure is made of surgical-grade stainless steel.

3. A13 Bionic Chip

Apple says that the 7nm+ based A13 Bionic chip is now the fasted CPU in any smartphone. It features up to 20% faster CPU than the A12 chip. The A13 chip has special improvements for machine learning accelerators that allow the CPU to deliver more than 1 trillion operations per second.

Apple also says that the iPhone 11 Pro has the fastest GPU in any smartphone on the market. It’s up to 20% faster than the GPU in iPhone XR.

4. Pro Display

Apple has a new display for the new Pro iPhones. It’s called a Super Retina XDR display. It goes up to 800 nits so it’s better for viewing in the sunlight. During HDR photos and HDR10 movies, it can go up to 1200 nits. There’s a 20 million:1 contrast ratio. And inspite all these improvements, the display is a lot more efficient as well.

5. New Primary Camera System

The primary camera on the iPhone is also updated. The 12MP f/1.8 sensor has 100% Focus Pixels for up to three times faster autofocus in low light.

There’s also the Telephoto lens with 52 mm focal length and a larger f/2.0 aperture. This should ensure the telephoto sensor is able to capture better photos in low-light scenarios.

6. New Ultra Wide Camera

The iPhone 11 Pro gets a whole new camera. And it’s an ultra-wide sensor! The 12MP Ultra Wide sensor has an f/2.4 aperture. It basically allows you to zoom out 0.5x from the regular shot. It gives you a 120-degree field of view at a 13 mm focal length thereby giving you 4 times the scene view.

Using this camera you can take some amazing cinematic shots. The best part is that all of this works seamlessly in the camera app. You don’t need to understand anything about the three cameras. Just select the zoom levels and you’re good. Zoom in 2x using Telephoto lens and zoom out 0.5x using the Ultra-Wide lens. All in all, you get 4x optical zoom in total.

7. 4K Video on Ultra-Wide Camera

The 4K recording works on the Ultra-Wide camera as well and you can seamlessly switch between the cameras while shooting the video. You can tap on the zoom button to zoom out, or you can slide on the icon to slowly switch between the camera.

8. Audio Zoom

The Ultra-Wide camera and the new zoom technology comes with a really cool addition in the software. As you zoom in and out of a video, the audio zooms too!

9. Night Mode in Camera App

iPhone 11 Pro has a new low-light mode that turns on automatically and works without the flash. It takes multiple images while optical image stabilization steadies the lens. Then the software aligns the images to correct for movement and removes sections with too much blur. It then de-noises and enhances all the available details.

What you end up with is a final image using which you can actually see in the dark.

10. QuickTake

QuickTake is a new feature coming later in the year that will let you shoot videos while you’re taking photos. What’s awesome is that it will keep the same frame and all the image settings, seamlessly switching to the video mode.

This is something that is not quick to do right now. Once the feature ships, all you need to do is tap and hold on the Shutter button to start capturing the video. You can then swipe left to lock the video if you wish to capture longer videos.

11. 12MP Front Facing Camera

There’s a new camera system in the TrueDepth camera. It’s now a 12MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.

12. Faster Face ID with Wider Angles

Face ID is now 30% faster and it works at greater angles. So even if the phone is not directly looking at you straight in the face, Face ID unlock will still work.

13. Slo-mo on Front Facing Camera

Apple is trying to make ‘slofies’ a thing. You can now capture slow-motion video from the front-facing camera at up to 120 fps.

14. 4K Recording on Front Facing Camera

Plus you can record 4K video on the front-facing camera at 24, 30 or 60 fps.

15. Portrait Mode with Pets

Thanks to how the new wide and ultra wide cameras work together, the portrait mode now works for pets too! This is something we’ve wanted ever since the Portrait Mode showed up in iPhone 7 Plus.

16. Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

The speakers in iPhone 11 Pro are equipped with 3D Spacial audio technology. It simulates surround sound for a more immersive experience.

iPhone 11 Pro also comes with Dolby Atmos support.

17. Deep Fusion

Deep Fusion is a new image processing technology by Apple that will ship with a software update later in the Fall. It’s another form of image composition technology. Apple takes 4 primary and 4 secondary shots before you press the shutter button. When you press the shutter button it takes one extremely long exposure shots to get as much detail as possible.

It then works pixel-by-pixel to stitch the details together from all the shots in the best manner. What you get is an image with amazing level of detail.

The feature was not available when the new iPhones went on sale in September, but on October 28th, Apple released iOS 13.2 to add support for Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. We have answered the most frequently asked questions about the Deep Fusion feature.

18. Longest Battery Life

iPhone 11 Pro makes a huge leap in battery life. The iPhone 11 Pro gets 4 hours more than iPhone XS. And with iPhone 11 Pro Max, it’s 5 more hours! It means the new iPhones will offer the longest battery life.

19. New U1 Chip

iPhone 11 Pro has a whole new chip called U1 that uses Ultra-Wideband technology for spacial awareness. This allows iPhone 11 Pro to precisely locate other U1 devices. If you want to share a file using AirDrop, just point your iPhone at theirs and they’ll be the first in the list of the AirDrop sharing screen.

20. Toughest Glass Ever in a Smartphone

Apple has heard your complaints loud and clear. With a back design that is precision milled and sculpted from a single piece of glass, iPhone 11 Pro features the toughest glass ever in a smartphone. This should help protect your iPhone in case you do drop it.

21. Improved Water-Resistance

iPhone 11 Pro is IP68 certified. This means it can withstand up to 4 meters of water for 30 minutes. That’s double what iPhone 11 is capable of.

22. 2X More Height for Panorama

You get twice as much height when you’re taking a panorama, thanks to the ultra-wide sensor. There are many more small camera improvements. The new telephoto lens captures 40% more light and the new True Tone flash is 36% brighter. Apple also promises Zero shutter lag on these new iPhone Pros.

23. Gigabit-class LTE

iPhone 11 Pro features a faster 1.6Gbps Gigabit-class LTE modem that will ensure even faster LTE download speeds.

24. Wi-Fi 6

iPhone 11 Pro is the first new iPhone to support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard for faster download speeds.

25. Bundled Fast Charger

This is something that we’ve been waiting for a long time. And the iPhone with the Pro name in it finally gets an 18-watt charger in the box. This means that you can now get fast charging on the iPhone from the get-go. This lets you get to a 50% charge in just 30 minutes. Really useful when you’re going to be using your iPhone 11 Pro Max for shooting videos.

Other than this, the iPhone 11 Pro has all the same features that you saw in iPhone XS. So it still supports wireless charging, has Dual SIM support with eSIM and more.

iPhone 11 Pro will ship with iOS 13, with support for editing 4K videos, a dark mode and a lot more.

Comparison Table of Apple’s 2019-2020 iPhone models

Here’s a look at how iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max compares with the other iPhone models available currently such as iPhone 11, and iPhone SE.

Note: If you’re on a mobile device, then you will need to view the table in landscape mode.

Apple 2019-2020 iPhone Specifications
iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone 11 iPhone SE (2020)
SoC Apple A13 Bionic

2 × Lightning Performance @ 2.66GHz
8MB L2

4 × Thunder Efficiency @ 1.73GHz
4MB L2

GPU Apple, 4 Cores
Display 5.8-inch OLED
DCI-P3/True Tone
800 cd/m² brightness
2M:1 contrast ratio
6.5-inch OLED
DCI-P3/True Tone
800 cd/m² brightness
2M:1 contrast ratio
6.1-inch LCD
DCI-P3/True Tone
625 cd/m² brightness
1400:1 contrast ratio
4.7-inch LCD
DCI-P3/True Tone
625 cd/m² brightness
1400:1 contrast ratio
Size Height 144.0 mm 158.0 mm 150.9 mm 138.4 mm
Width 71.4 m 77.8 mm 75.7 mm 67.3 mm
Depth 8.1 mm 8.1 mm 8.3 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 188 grams 226 grams 194 grams 148 grams
Battery Life 3046mAh

+14.5% capacity
“+4 hours vs XS”


+25% capacity
“+5 hours vs XS Max”


+5.7% capacity
“+1 hours vs XR”



same as iPhone 8

Wireless Charging Qi
Rear Cameras Main 12 MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PD

f/1.8, OIS

Wide Color Gamut
Quad LED True Tone Flash

12 MP 1.4µm

f/1.8, OIS

Wide Color Gamut
Quad LED True Tone Flash

12 MP f/2.0 Telephoto, OIS
2x Optical Zoom
Wide 12MP f/2.4
120° Ultra-wide Angle
Front Camera 12MP f/2.2 Wide Angle 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
I/O Apple Lightning
Wireless (local) 802.11ax Wi-Fi with MIMO + Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC
Cellular Gigabit-class LTE-A
4×4 MIMO and LAA
2×2 MIMO and LAA
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance IP68
up to 2 meters (Pro models = 4 meters), up to 30 minutes
up to 1 meters, up to 30 minutes
Dual-SIM nano-SIM + eSIM
Launch Price 64 GB:
$999 / £1049 / 1149€256 GB:
$1149 / £1199 / 1319€512 GB:
$1349 / £1399 / 1549€
64 GB:
$1099 / £1149 / 1249€256 GB:
$1249 / £1299 / 1419€512 GB:
$1449 / £1499 / 1649€
64 GB:
$699 / £729 / 799€128 GB:
$749 / £779 / 849€256 GB:
$849 / £879 / 969€
64 GB:
$399 / £419 / €479128 GB:
$449 / £469 / €529256 GB:
$549 / £569 / €649

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Pricing

iPhone 11 Pro pricing starts at $999/$1099 in the US, £999/£1099 in the UK, €1149/€1249 in Europe, RMB8699/RMB9599 in China and ₹99900/₹109900 in India.

256GB iPhone Pro is available for $1,149, while the 256GB iPhone Pro Max is available for $1,249.

512GB iPhone Pro is available for $1,349, while the 512GB iPhone Pro Max is available for $1,449.

iPhone Upgrade Program customers can get an iPhone 11 Pro for $41.62 per month and iPhone Pro Max for $45.79 for the 64GB version. The iPhone Pro 256GB model costs $47.87 per month and the 256GB iPhone Pro Max model costs $52.04 per month, and the 512GB iPhone Pro model costs $56.20 per month, and the 512GB iPhone Pro Max model costs $60.37 per month.

Learn more about the pricing and availability here.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Review

Reviews of iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have generally been positive. You can checkout our iPhone 11 Pro review to find out if it is worth buying the new iPhones. You can also check out our detailed camera comparison of iPhone 11 Pro with Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.

You can also check out the iPhone 11 Pro video review by the famous YouTuber, Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD:

On October 4, 2019, Consumer Reports ranked iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max as the best smartphones you can buy right now.

Jailbreak iPhone 11 Pro?

You can’t jailbreak iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max currently as jailbreak tools like Unc0ver jailbreak or Chimera jailbreak don’t support iOS 13 or the new iPhones. You can check our iOS 13 jailbreak post for the latest updates.


There are no major problems reported with the new iPhones. But some users have complained that the new iPhones scratch more easily than the previous iPhones. If you are concerned about the issue then you might want to consider using a screen protector.


You can also check out the comparisons of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max with other iPhone models and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7T to learn if you should buy the new iPhones.

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The Best iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Accessories 

We have carefully chosen accessories for the new iPhones, including essential screen protectors, stylish protective cases, Bluetooth earphones, useful adapters, high-capacity power banks, convenient wireless chargers, fast chargers, and quality cables in our dedicated guides below:

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max How-Tos

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This post was last updated on April 21, 2020.