Apple iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: Which should you buy?


Apple has announced its

2019 iPhone line-up


the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and

iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 11 `2018’s

iPhone XR

although Apple will continue to market last year’s versions , while

the iPhone 11 Pro

and iPhone 11 Pro Max take the place of

the iPhone XS


XS Max,

with both last year’s models being


We’ve compared the specifications for the three 2019 iPhones up against each other to help you establish which is the best fit for you.

You can also read our separate article on

how the iPhone 11 compares to the iPhone XR


how the iPhone 11 Pro Max versions compare to the iPhone XS Max


Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Initial review

What’s similar between 2019 iPhones?

  • Processor
  • Software
  • No 3D Touch
  • Storage


This is an area where both phones are similar. The Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max all operate on exact same processor, just like we saw with iPhone XR, XS and XS Max.. They all run A13 Bionic, 7nm+ EUV, Third-generation Neural engine


All the three versions have the same storage capacities – 64GB, 256GB and 512GB.

All the three versions start with 64GB of base storage. While this is acceptable on the iPhone 11, it is a bit of a shame to see the iPhone 11 Pro carrying the ‘pro’

moniker and ship with 64GB of base storage. Apple does offer the iPhone 11 Pro with a massive 512GB of storage space, but it charges a premium for it.

3D Touch

Is ubsent in all the three devices

Which has since been replaced with Haptic Touch like last year’s iPhone XR, however all offer

True Tone technology

 and a wide colour gamut on board.


All three versions ship with a better front camera offering a 12-megapixel lens, next-generation Smart HDR for photos and Portrait Mode, in addition

toPortrait Lighting. 

All the three versions feature an improved

Face ID

Which means Face ID on the iPhone 11 and iPhone

11 Pro works at wider angles

Providing the same experience and the exact new features.

What’s different between the new 2019 iPhones?

While the three 2019 iPhones share many similarities – including power, software and a similar (though not identical) design, there are a couple of differences

To consider before making your pick.

Camera capabilities

  • iPhone 11: double camera
  • iPhone 11 Pro: Triple camera
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: Triple camera

One of the major differences between the 2019 iPhone versions is their camera capabilities. The iPhone 11 ships with a

dual camera,

while the iPhone 11 Pro versions comes with triple back camera on board

The iPhone 11 has double 12-megapixel TrueDepth Camera, f/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth control, Smart HDR

The iPhone 11 Pro versions have 12MP TrueDepth Camera, f/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth control, Smart HDR, a triple 12-megapixel sensor setup

All the three versions have Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Night Mode, Auto Adjustments, Portrait Lighting with six effects and next generation

Smart HDR for photos.

The iPhone 11 has 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 5x, while the iPhone 11 Pro versions have 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out and 10x digital

zoom. The Pro versions also have dual optical image stabilisation, on the other hand, the iPhone 11 has standard optical image stabilisation.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro cameras explained: Why three and What does Each Do?


  • iPhone 11 – 6.1-inch Haptic Touch, Liquid Retina HD LCD display True Tone, 1792 x 828 pixels (326 ppi),
  • iPhone 11 Pro – 5.8-inch True Tone OLED, HDR, 2436 x 1125, 800nits, Haptic Touch, Retina Display,
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 6.5-inch, OLED, True Tone, Haptic Touch, HDR, 2688 x 1242, 800nits

Display sizes between the three new iPhone versions are different, as it was the case with the 2018’s iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. Resolutions is different too with the iPhone 11

Rocking a pixel density of 326ppi and the iPhone 11 Pro versions rocking pixel densities of 458ppi. Also, The Pro versions are brighter.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch screen such as the iPhone XS, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch screen similar to iPhone XR and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch

display like the iPhone XS Max. 

Just like their predecessors, the Pro versions have OLED displays along with

HDR support,

while the regular iPhone comes with LCD with no HDR support. All the three versions ships with

True Tone display technology

As well as

Haptic Touch.


Physical dimensions

  • iPhone 11 Pro: 188g, 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm.
  • iPhone 11: 194g, 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 226g, 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm,

the display sizes as well as the physical footprint among the three 2019 iPhones varies.

The iPhone 11 Pro is the lightest and smallest, followed by the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


  • iPhone 11 double camera, aluminium frame
  • iPhone 11 Pro versions Triple camera, stainless steel frame

The three new iPhones have similar design with all offering a notch on the front at the top of the display however, there are differences on the

rears, in addition to material choice.

The iPhone 11 Pro versions comes with a square camera housing with three camera lenses, while iPhone 11 include a dual camera. All the three versions have

an IP68 water and dust resistance rating,

but the Pro versions can be submerged about four-metres for 30 minutes, while the iPhone 11 can simply be submerged up to two-metres for half an hour.

The Pro versions also have a textured matt glass and stainless steel design, while the iPhone 11 is made form aluminium and standard glass. 

Battery capacities

  • iPhone 11: as much as 17-hours, wireless charging
  • iPhone 11 Pro: as much as 18-hours, wireless charging,
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: Up to 20-hours, wireless charging

Batteries are claimed to have improved for the latest iPhone versions, though Apple doesn’t detail specific capacities. The iPhone 11 is said to last up

to 17-hours, while the iPhone 11 Pro is said to last up to 18-hours and the iPhone 11 Pro Max is said to last up to 20 hours.

All three versions comes with

wireless charging

but none has

reverse wireless charging

on board. All three versions have fast-charging capabilities however, just the Pro versions come with 18W fast chargers in the box. 

Colour options

  • iPhone 11: 6 colours
  • iPhone 11 Pro versions: 3 colours

Colour options vary between the regular iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro versions.

The iPhone 11 comes in Yellow, Green, Black, White, Purple as well as Product(RED). 

The iPhone 11 Pro versions comes in Midnight Silver, Space Grey, Green and Gold.


  • iPhone 11: starts from $699/£729
  • iPhone 11 Pro versions: starts from $999/£1049

The pricing between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro versions differs.


iPhone 11 will start at $699/



iPhone Pro will start at $999/


and the

iPhone Pro Max will start at $1099/


Wraping up

The Apple iPhone 11 is the less expensive option of the the three new iPhones , offers more colours, sits in the middle in terms of size and overlooks a few features when compared with

the Pro versions, and takes a slight downgrade in terms of camera.

The iPhone 11 Pro versions meanwhile, provides all the most up to date and greatest apple features, specifically camera capabilities and design layout, but they are

also the pricier choices, beginning up of $999. Read

IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Do You Need To Upgrade?

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