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The iPhone 11 Pro made its debut on September 10, 2019, at Apple's "by innovation only" event. It premiered alongside the budget-friendly iPhone 11, and the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 11 Pro was available for preorder on September 13, 2019, and shipped the following week on September 20. 

AppleInsider reviewed the iPhone 11 Pro shortly after launch, giving it a 4.5 out of 5. We revisited it a month later, and cited that we preferred the OLED of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max more than the Liquid Retina display of the iPhone 11.

Buyer options

Space Gray and Midnight Green Space Gray and Midnight Green

The iPhone 11 Pro comes in four colors: gold, Space Gray, silver, and the new-to-Apple Midnight Green. It features the same storage capabilities as the iPhone XS, available in capacities of 64, 256, and 512 gigabytes.


The Super Retina XDR display makes movies pop The Super Retina XDR display makes movies pop

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. 

Audio and video

Rear camera

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. 

Ultra wide lens (left) and the standard wide lens (right) on iPhone 11 Pro Ultra wide lens (left) and the standard wide lens (right) on iPhone 11 Pro

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. 

Deep Fusion is typically used for scenes with sub-optimal lighting. Optimal lighting scenarios will trigger Smart HDR instead.

When Deep Fusion criteria are met, the iPhone will shoot nine images and a Neural Engine combines them into a single photo, prioritizing detail and eliminating noise.

The iPhone 11 Pro 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.

iPhone 11 Pro Night mode (left) and iPhone XS (right) iPhone 11 Pro Night mode (left) and iPhone XS (right)

The iPhone 11 Pro is 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.

Like previous generations, the iPhone 11 Pro supports panorama mode, burst mode, time-lapse, facial recognition, digital and optical image stabilization, autofocus, and quad-LED flash.

Front-facing camera

iPhone 11 Pro has a 12MP True Depth Camera System iPhone 11 Pro has a 12MP True Depth Camera System

The iPhone 11 Pro 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 iPhone 11 Pro's 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." 

Battery Life

The iPhone 11 Pro boasts a 3046mAh battery and a similar power draw to the iPhone XS. In our tests, we found that the iPhone 11 Pro was able to last 12 hours before the battery was depleted.

The iPhone 11 Pro line ships 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. 

iPhone 11 Pro ships with a USB-C to Lightning cable and power adapter iPhone 11 Pro ships with a USB-C to Lightning cable and power adapter

The iPhone 11 Pro will also benefit from Qi charging mats, which provide 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. 

iPhone XS (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (right) Geekbench 5 results iPhone XS (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (right) Geekbench 5 results

When testing the iPhone 11 Pro 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.

Wireless Connections

The iPhone 11 Pro offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0 support, NFC with reader mode, and the U1 chip for Ultra-Wideband.

The iPhone 11 Pro does not feature 5G connectivity and we expect that the iPhone 12 and newly rumored iPhone SE2 will feature 5G when they launch in 2020.

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.


The iPhone 11 Pro retails unlocked at $999 for 64 gigabytes of storage, $1149 for 256 gigabytes of storage, or $1349 for 512 gigabytes of storage. Check out AppleInsider's Price Guide for deals.

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