Fall is in full swing, bringing with it changing leaves, cold air, and hot new flagship phones! This year the tech world was abuzz with the possibilities of what Apple might bring to the table for the 2019 iPhones. 2018, after all, was an “s” year in the world of iPhone, where the previous year’s models saw slight improvements and a new suffix after their name, but Apple did manage to surprise everyone with their first ever “budget” flagship, the iPhone XR.
Finally revealed in their mid-September event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. So with 3 new phones to choose from, which one is right for you? And what happened to the XR? BFAds.net is here to answer these questions and more in our look at the new 2019 iPhones.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
For the second year running, Apple is straying from the practice used by Samsung of packing more features into physically larger phones. This means that as long as you’re buying one of the “Pro” Apple iPhones this year, you won’t have to sacrifice performance or features, making your choice boil down to the form factor of the phone.
|iPhone 11 Pro
||5.67” x 2.81” x 0.32”
||2436 x 1125
|iPhone 11 Pro Max
||6.22” x 3.06” x 0.32”
||2688 x 1242
The only notable difference here is that of battery capacity, with the physically larger size of the iPhone 11 Pro Max allowing it to house a physically larger battery with a 30% increase in capacity, although the physically larger screen does use more of that battery, so it will not automatically translate to a 30% increase in battery life (more on that later).
Just as with the iPhone Xs and Xs Max last year, this year’s iPhones have a difference in screen size but keep the same pixel density, giving you the same image quality regardless of which phone you choose, but shoppers should note that these OLED screens are not found on the iPhone 11, which features only an LCD screen.
In fact, when compared to the Xs and Xs Max, there was no radical design change that usually comes with a brand-new series of iPhone, and when viewed from the front, one would have a hard time distinguishing between the two. From the back, however, the 11 and 11 Pro are immediately recognizable thanks to the matte finish on the all glass backing, giving the new iPhones a bit of a frosted look while also cutting down on pesky fingerprints. The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro also come in a new color, Midnight Green, along with classic options of Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.
Under the Hood
Another year, another increase in the number after Apple’s custom Bionic chip, this year it's A13, up from A12 last year. Also, like the A12, the A13 is multi-core processor, and brings with it a 20% increase in performance over the A12.
This all might sound like standard fare, as every new generation of the Bionic chip brings a respectable speed increase, but this year Apple brought quite a bit more to the table with their new chipset. The A13’s six cores are divided into two groups, 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores that perform different tasks. This allows Apple to make the A13 one of the most power-efficient chipsets ever found in a phone, using only the lower powered efficiency cores to handle menial tasks like email and iMessaging, while the performance cores spring into action whenever extra horsepower is needed, such as when playing video games or streaming video.
This technology, present in all 3 of this year’s iPhones, gives a massive improvement in battery life, with the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max gaining an additional 1hr, 4hrs, and 5hrs of screen time, respectively, and allows the Pro series phones to boast ridiculously impressive use time like 18-20 hours of video playback in a single charge.
Other specs include an increase of RAM from 3GB to 4GB, and storage capacity ranging from 64GB up to 512GB for the Pro models.
What puts the “Pro” in iPhone 11 Pro? It’s all about the camera(s)
If you’ve paid attention at all to Apple’s marketing for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, or if you’ve seen any of them from the back, then it’s probably been hard for you to miss the fact that these phones are the first ever iPhones to feature 3 cameras.
Aside from the obvious assumption that 3 must be better than 2, what kind of improvements does the new camera suite bring? For starters, the 11 Pro and Pro Max feature the first ever 120-degree field of view ultra-wide camera on an iPhone, which compliment the already stellar wide and telephoto lenses we saw on last year’s Xs and Xs Max. All 3 cameras are 12 megapixels, with the wide and telephoto cameras boasting 6-element lenses with optical image stabilization, which sounds very impressive but the real star here is the seamless integration with these cameras and the new ultrawide camera.
Rather than tapping through menus and fumbling around manually switching between cameras, the iPhone camera app seamlessly lets you swap by using the primary camera by default, and then switching to either the telephoto or the ultrawide automatically when you zoom either in or out of the primary image, both optical zooms, with the ability to zoom in even further, up to 10x, digitally.
The other big addition to the camera setup is the new night mode, a feature that is quickly becoming a must-have for flagships ever since Google unveiled night sight on the Pixel 3/3XL. If the cameras are not detecting enough light, the app automatically switches to night mode, using the larger sensor found in the new ultrawide camera to take in more light and then combining the frames from all cameras until your previously dark image becomes a beautifully lit photo.
Video recording is another way that iPhone Pro and Pro Max separate themselves from the iPhone 11, with 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, and 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, and offering optical image stabilization (OIS) used even while recording video using either the primary or telephoto lenses, where the iPhone 11 can only benefit from OIS while recording horizontally.
Apple iPhone 11 – the default choice?
With all the buzz surrounding the iPhone Pro and Pro Max, where does that leave the iPhone 11? Since many liked the idea of the iPhone XR, mainly for the fact that it was a new iPhone that was aimed directly at budget-conscious consumers, Apple has dropped the “R” suffix and simply named the new model the iPhone 11, while the top of the line iPhones now carry the “Pro” moniker, a move that clearly indicates that Apple believes the 11 will satisfy many as the default iPhone choice.
So, if the iPhone 11 is the new iPhone XR, what’s changed? The truth is, there are more similarities than differences. In fact, the design appears to be identical, from the buttons and ports all the way up to and including the 1792 x 828, 326ppi LCD screen.
But under the hood is where the real improvements lie, with the iPhone 11 featuring the new A13 bionic chip and along with it the improved battery life we detailed earlier. Also, around the back, you won’t find the 3-camera setup found in the Pro series, but you will find a 2-camera setup that includes the new 12MP ultrawide camera along with the 12MP primary wide camera (no optical zoom on either), and night mode support, with all the photo and image quality improvements found on the Pro and Pro Max for the 2 included cameras.
Finally, the iPhone 11 comes in all new colors, including black, green, yellow, purple, red, and white, with the all glass back retaining the glossy finish found in last year’s XR, forgoing the matte finish found on the new Pro series.
Pricing Information and Final Thoughts
One of the more interesting choices Apple has made comes in the pricing scheme with the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models.
|iPhone 11 Pro
|iiPhone 11 Pro Max
The big change here is the price drop on their new budget flagship, the iPhone 11, down to only $699, and keeping the $1000 baseline price point for its higher end Pro series phone. Shoppers should note that while the 64GB options may seem very attractive because of the price, all of the 2019 iPhones have the ability to record 4K 60fps video, which will waste no time filling up the storage on the phones. If you plan to use the highest possible video settings, you may want to spend the extra money on a larger capacity phone since storage on iPhones is not expandable.
If these prices still seem steep to you, but you’re still dying to get your hands on a new iPhone, keep your browsers pointed at BFAds.net. The last few years have seen some stellar doorbuster deals on iPhones, including generous gift card offerings and even cash discounts! BFAds.net will be working round the clock to be the first to deliver ad leaks, doorbusters, price breaks, and of course our signature buying guides, making sure you’re at the right place at the right time this Thanksgiving to score everything on your wishlist!