Apple’s iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 11 Pro vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in midnight green, space gray, silver and gold finishes.
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in midnight green, space gray, silver and gold finishes.

Mitchel Broussard for MacRumors:

Although they look very similar, the iPhone 11 is made with an aluminum frame and both the front and back are made of glass. The iPhone 11 Pro has the same glass build as the iPhone 11, but with a premium matte finish on the back of the device. Instead of an aluminum frame, its frame is made of stainless steel.

At $999 for entry-level pricing, the iPhone 11 Pro has the same great camera of the pricier 11 Pro Max models, along with the OLED display and improved battery life compared to the previous generation.

Still, those advantages might not be worth the $300 upcharge from the entry-level iPhone 11, which still offers a solid camera, Face ID, a True Tone LCD display, and more color options. Because of this, the $699 64GB iPhone 11 will likely remain a more popular option among most 2019 iPhone buyers.

MacDailyNews Take: As expected and intended, iPhone 11 will be the mass market iPhone for this cycle. iPhone 11 Pro is for those who prefer a smaller premium iPhone and for whom battery life is not a concern. Apple’s flagship iPhone 11 Pro Max, our choice and what we’ll be ordering, is the new King of All iPhones with its sumptuous 6.5-inch, 2688 x 1242 resolution, 458 PPI OLED display and the longest battery life in an iPhone (up to five hours more than our current iPhone XS Max units)!


  1. Apple has lost it’s collective mind. 999 and up to make and receive phone calls. NO!

    These new devices are cameras with a phone in them. As a camera the design sucks. Apple removed the computer from its name, so they should feel free to build a camera and not make it seem related to other compute devices. How has this generation of iPhone improved the telephone call?

    Apple’s phone competitors are realizing it doesn’t take 1000 dollars to provide a great device. The target is $350 for all the bells and whistles.

    1. Hey Bob,
      Plenty of people buy the high end iPhones (including myself). However Apple also provide cheaper phones to cover the price range of the optimal market.
      Also business 101, don’t see a product for the same amount as it costs. Why because you cannot make any money out of it.
      Apple sells great products and charges for it. Every year or so a new phone manufacturer comes in and sell cheap phones that look similar. They may even add in features that are not mainstream. Some like 5G are nascent and have limited utility until the coverage increases. Others like folding phones starts showing cracks very early. Most make little profit and end up on the waste heap like so many in the past.
      Personally I buy Apple products because they are well made, the company supports me when I need help. Sure it costs more money to buy these products but saves me time and effort having to deal with a poor designed and manufactured device.

  2. Bob, I don’t believe Apple can do anything to improve call quality on the iPhone. I believe call quality has to do with carriers here in the US. It used to be and probably still is the case that cellular calls in much of Europe are as clear or clearer than our landline calls here in the US.

    Gruber wrote a piece about this more than a year ago.

  3. The price difference between the 11 and 11 pro really doesn’t seem to justify the different features IMO. One extra camera is great, but unless you’re absolutely positive you must have a telephoto lens, I doubt you’d miss it on the 11.

    I also find it sneaky how they presented the 11 pro and went into detail about how pro it’s silicon etc was as if it was different to the 11.

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