We never saw Apple put the “Pro” label on an iPhone like it does with MacBooks and iPads. However, that all changed this year. Pro often suggests better processors and larger displays for Apple’s other products. The iPhone 11 Pro’s processor is the same as the iPhone 11’s, however its display is better. Apple boasts the Pro phone’s photo and video chops but you get many of those features on the iPhone 11. The only true benefit is the third camera on the iPhone Pro, which is part of the three-camera array on the back of the iPhone 11 Pro phones. The iPhone 11 doesn’t include a third telephoto camera like the Pro.
This year, the best iPhone is the iPhone 11 Pro, but it’s mainly because it has a complete package of a better battery, slightly better antennas, a higher-quality OLED display, which added telephoto camera and an 18-watt charger in the box. However, in most in most cases, it’s similar to the iPhone 11 except for that camera.
Price and size
Going with the 5.8- or 6.5-inch 11 Pro is simply about choosing screen size, with the bigger Max model also having more pixels, for those who need the phone as a good monitor for photos and video. Probably the bigger Pro Max should have an extra hour of battery too. The bigger one costs an extra $100. The 5.8-inch one is preferred for its pocket size and easier one-hand use.
Once again, Apple started with a 64GB entry level which costs $999 or $1,099 for the Pro Max. That’s too less storage for most pro users, if you are fancying this as a 4K video camera. Then you switch to 256GB for $1,149 or $1,249, which is the expected choice for anyone who shoots much video. The 512GB, $1,349 or $1,449 tier is for someone who’s using it to shoot 4K films as a profession.
This year’s colors are all industrial metal shades. The midnight green’s green-gray look is impressive. The matte glass back is better looking than the over-glossy back on the standard iPhone 11. However, it still slides off inclines easily. Most user will also put a case on it as it’s quite expensive.
The telephoto camera is useful
The telephoto camera has included Night Mode and the same video quality benefits offered with the wide camera. You can use them both interchangeably. Although the ultrawide camera has its own distinctive qualities, it lacks the Night Mode’s astonishing low-light effects, but you get more options with the three cameras.
Two types of Portrait mode are included in the Pro phones this year: the original zoomed-in type and a pulled-back wide type such as the iPhone XR offered last year.
More battery life
Last year, the iPhone XS and XS Max trailed on battery life, while the iPhone XR stayed ahead. The iPhone 11 Pro phones this year are leaps ahead and Apple says they have added an extra 4 to 5 hours’ battery life. If you want maximum battery life, then you should opt for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
3D Touch is gone
Apple has replaced it with what they call “Haptic Touch,” seen on the iPhone XR last year. This feature uses gentle taps which kick in when you hold a finger on the display, making it seem as if you pressed down. This year’s iPhone OS, iOS 13, has replaced the pop-up app menus which used to function when pressed into the screen. It seems that those peek and pop-up moves take a bit longer now.
Why opt for iPhone 11 Pro Max
The most expensive iPhone this year is the $1,449 iPhone Pro Max with 512GB of storage. Even with 256GB of storage – the minimum you will probably want for a high-end phone such as this – the price will drop to $1249. You may for this year’s best iPhone for two main reasons.
Either you like that bigger OLED display or that extra hour of battery life.
Not everyone would like to spend so much. However, if you are actually using your phone as a professional camera, you want the best viewfinder and editing display available. And this would be the right phone for you.