iPhone 11 Pro
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The new iPhone 11 line did not receive a major cosmetic upgrade, but instead brought a host of performance upgrades. The iPhone 11 Pro now features Apple's brand new three-camera system, the A12 Bionic chip, and a bigger battery for all-day battery life.
● Three lens camera featuring Deep Fusion, Night Mode, and Telephoto lens
● A13 Bionic Chip
● 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display
● Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, U1 chip, NFC support
● Audio Zoom
● Available starting at $999
Preorders began on September 13, 2019, and shipped the following week on September 20.
AppleInsider reviewed the new flagships shortly after launch, giving them a 4.5 out of 5. We revisited them a month later, and cited that we preferred the OLED of the Pro models more than the Liquid Retina display of the iPhone 11.
iPhone 11 Pro Features
Colors and storage
There are four colors: gold, Space Gray, silver, and the new-to-Apple Midnight Green. Gold and silver feature stainless steel rims with a silver color, while the Space Gray and Midnight Green colors have darkened stainless steel rims. All options have black front-facing features.
This model has same storage capabilities as the iPhone XS, available with 64GB, 256GB, and 128GB options.
The 5.8-inch, 2,436-by-1,125 OLED display of the iPhone 11 Pro has been dubbed the "Super Retina XDR display" by Apple. It features a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch, and a 2,000,000 to one contrast ratio, compared to 1,000,000 to one on the iPhone XS and iPhone X. It has a brightness level of 800 nits typically and up to 1200 nits with HDR, whereas the iPhone XS has 625 nits.
The iPhone 11 Pro boasts a three-lens camera system on the back of the device. Apple has included a five-element ultra-wide lens with an f/2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view, and a six-element f/1.8 wide lens.
A six-element telephoto lens with an f/2.0 aperture has a 2x optical zoom-in and a 2x optical zoom-out.
The wide and telephoto lenses have optical image stabilization.
On October 29, 2019, Apple released a feature in iOS 13.2 called Deep Fusion to the iPhone. The feature utilizes machine learning for image processing. Deep Fusion is not user-facing and works in the background automatically when certain criteria are met. Deep Fusion will not work if the user has enabled "Photos Capture Outside the Frame" within Settings > Camera, and will not work if using the ultra-wide lens.
It is typically used for scenes with sub-optimal lighting. Optimal lighting scenarios will trigger Smart HDR instead.
When the right criteria are met, the iPhone will shoot nine images and a Neural Engine combines them into a single photo, prioritizing detail and eliminating noise. This is used instead of the normal image capture and stacking modes, and is an entirely new algorithmic photo system.
The iPhone 11 also boasts a new low-light mode that allows the user to take brighter pictures with reduced noise and improved clarity in low-light environments. This feature is limited to the newer models due to chipset limitations.
The iPhone 11 series are all capable of shooting 4K video at up to 60 frames per second and 1080p slow-motion video at up to 240 frames per second.
New to the iPhone 11 line is the audio zoom feature, which allows the iPhone's microphone to match the audio with the amount of video zoom. As a user zooms in closer to the subject, the accompanying audio will get louder as well.
All iPhones support panorama mode, burst mode, time-lapse, facial recognition, digital and optical image stabilization, autofocus, and quad-LED flash.
The iPhone 11 devices received an upgrade to the selfie camera— it's now a 12-megapixel True Depth camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
The front camera features a portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control, Portrait Lighting with effects, 4K video recording, 1080p HD video recording, and next-generation Smart HDR. It also features cinematic video stabilization, wide color capture, Live Photos, burst mode, and auto image stabilization.
Like previous iPhones, the True Depth camera allows users to utilize Apple's Animoji feature.
The iPhone 11 line was the first to see the addition of a front-camera slow-motion mode. Apple had provided a demo video in which they referred to the process as taking a "slofie."
The iPhone 11 Pro has a 3046mAh battery and a similar power draw to the iPhone XS. In our tests, we found that it was able to last 12 hours before the battery was depleted.
The pro models ship with a USB-C power adapter, and a USB-C to Lightning cable. Fast charge is capable of charging the iPhone up to 50% charge in 30 minutes.
Support for wireless charging was also included, which provides a constant trickle of energy that can help extend the battery life of the iPhone.
The iPhone 11 line utilizes the same A13 Bionic processor and all come with 4GB of application RAM
Using the GeekBench 5 benchmark, the iPhone 11 Pro got a three-run average single-core score of 1361 and a multi-core score of 3561.
When testing with the AnTuTu benchmark, it received a cumulative score of 456760 across CPU, GPU, UX, and memory tests. That compares favorably to our results on our iPhone XS, which scored a total of 370618. It saw the biggest boosts in the CPU and GPU categories.
The iPhone 11 models offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0 support, NFC with reader mode, and the U1 chip for Ultra-Wideband.
Apple's new U1 chipset allows the iPhone to determine its relative location in regards to other iPhones, as well as utilizing other sensors to know precisely where it is in space.
iPhone 11 Pro Pricing
The iPhone 11 Pro retails unlocked at $999 for the 64GB model, $1149 for the 256GB model, or $1349 for the 512GB model. Check out AppleInsider's Price Guide for deals.