Here are the biggest differences between Apple's new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Lisa Eadicicco/Business InsiderThe iPhone 11 Pro.
  • Apple debuted three new iPhones on Tuesday: the less expensive and more colourful iPhone 11, and the pricier iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • The Pro models have a more advanced camera, a display that’s better for contrast, and better water resistance than the iPhone 11.
  • Here’s a closer look at what’s different between Apple’s new iPhone models.
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Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Tuesday: the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

While their names may sound similar, there are some significant differences.

The most notable difference between the pricier iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 is in the cameras: Apple’s high-end iPhones have three cameras mounted on the back, while the iPhone 11 has two.

The more expensive iPhones also have a brighter OLED screen that is likely to offer better contrast than the iPhone 11’s LCD display.

Here’s a closer look at the precise differences between Apple’s newest iPhones.


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The improved camera is the biggest difference between Apple’s new iPhones and last year’s models, and there’s a lot to unpack.

Let’s start with the iPhone 11. Apple’s colourful new iPhone has two 12-megapixel cameras: one ultra-wide-angle camera, and one wide-angle camera.

Like the pricier iPhones, it also supports Apple’s new night mode, portrait mode, and new smart HDR for photos.

But the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have a third 12-megapixel telephoto camera in addition to the two 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle lenses. As such, they offer more advanced zooming – while the iPhone 11 can zoom out up to 2x and digitally up to 5x, the Pro models can zoom in 2x, zoom out 2x, and digitally zoom up to 10x.

And, of course, the Pro models also have the other features available on the iPhone 11, like night mode, portrait mode, and smart HDR.

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The most important difference between the displays on Apple’s newest iPhones is that the iPhone 11 features a liquid crystal display, or LCD, while the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max include an organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen.

That means the pricier iPhones’ screens should offer better contrast and deeper blacks than the iPhone 11’s.

Of course, the phones’ screen sizes are also different. The iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch screen, just like last year’s iPhone XR, while the iPhone 11 Pro’s measures 5.8 inches and the 11 Pro Max’s is 6.5 inches – these, too, echo the screen sizes of last year’s iPhones.

The more expensive iPhones also support HDR and pack more pixels per inch (458 versus the iPhone 11’s 326).

The displays on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have resolutions of 2436 x 1125 and 2688 x 1242, while the iPhone 11’s screen has a resolution of 1792 x 828.

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max’s screens are also brighter than the iPhone 11’s – they can reach a peak brightness of 800 nits, compared with the iPhone 11’s 625 nits.

Colours and design


There’s another big difference between these new phones that you can spot just by looking at them: their design and the colours they’re available in.

The iPhone 11 is constructed of glass and aluminium and has a slick, glossy feel much like last year’s iPhone XR, while the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have a textured, matte back made of glass and stainless steel.

The iPhone 11 also comes in more colour options than its pricier siblings. The iPhone 11 is available in purple, yellow, green, black, white, and red, while the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max come in a new midnight-green shade, silver, space grey, and gold.

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Apple says the new iPhones come with the toughest glass ever in a smartphone, which should make them more durable than their predecessors.

However, there is another key difference in their durability: Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are water-resistant up to a depth of 4 meters for 30 minutes, while the iPhone 11 is water-resistant only up to 2 meters for the same period of time.

Storage capacity


Apple is also offering its iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models with different storage capacities.

The iPhone 11 will come with 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB of storage, while the Pro models will be available with 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.

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As their names imply, the Pro models are also noticeably more expensive than the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 costs $US700 for the 64 GB model, $US750 for the 128 GB model, and $US850 for the 250 GB model.

The iPhone 11 Pro is priced at $US1,000 for the 64 GB version, $US1,150 for the 256 GB edition, and $US1,350 for the 512 GB model.

For the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple is charging $US1,100 for 64 GB, $US1,250 for 256 GB, and $US1,450 for 512 GB.

Here’s a more complete look at the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max’s specs.

Now tell us what you think!

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