iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Key Differences

September 11, 2019 Dean Stalham

What are the key differences between the new iPhones that were announced?


Apple have at last unveiled its new selection of mobile devices which are the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 is essentially the replacement for the well received iPhone XR, while the Pro Model and Pro Max take the place of the more premium devices in the XS range.

We have sat down and compared the 3 devices to bring you this guide to the key differenced between the models so you can make an informed buying decision.

What do the 3 models have in common?

  • Processor
  • No 3D Touch
  • Storage options
  • Software

All 3 devices run on the same processor, much like their 2018 counterparts did. This year, that processor is the beastly A13 Bionic chip with third-generation neural engine. All three devices have the same storage option which are 64GB, 256GB and 512GB.

All devices have ridded themselves of 3D touch, instead this will be replaced with Haptic Touch which was debuted on the XR

Another thing that these 3 devices share is they all have an improved front camera offering a 12-megapixel lens, and the popular Portrait Mode. Face ID is also back again across the board.


So what is the difference between the devices?

As you can see above the devices have a lot in common so you might be wondering what incentive there is to choose the premium model. There is, however, a few differences to consider before you make your mind up.


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

Apple have made the cameras on these devices a major focus this year and this is where the differences begin. The iPhone 11 comes with 2 Lenses, while the iPhone 11 Pro models come with 3 lenses.

The less pricey iPhone 11 has dual 12-megapixel ultra wide and wide cameras with the ultra wide lens offering an aperture of f/2.4, while the wide lens has an aperture of f/1.8. The pricier iPhone 11 Pro models have a 3 lense 12-megapixel sensor, with the same two lenses as the iPhone 11, along with a super-powered telephoto lens offering an aperture of f/2.0.

All 3 devices have Auto Adjustments, Night Mode, Portrait mode with advanced Depth Control, and really cool 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 models have 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out and 10x digital zoom. The Pro models also have dual optical image stabilisation, while the iPhone 11 has standard optical image stabilisation.


  • iPhone 11: 6.1-inch, LCD, 1792 x 828, True Tone, Haptic Touch
  • iPhone 11 Pro: 5.8-inch, OLED, HDR, 2436 x 1125, True Tone, Haptic Touch
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 6.5-inch, OLED, HDR, 2688 x 1242, True Tone, Haptic Touch

Another difference between the 3 devices is the screen size and display, as they were for 2018’s iPhone XR, XS and XS Max and resolutions differ too with the iPhone 11 offering a meaty pixel density of 326ppi and the iPhone 11 Pro models offering a meatier pixel density of 458ppi. The Pro models are also much brighter we found.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch screen like the iPhone XS, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch screen like the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch display like the iPhone XS Max.


Physical size

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

As with the display sizes, the overall size between the three 2019 iPhones differs.

The iPhone 11 Pro is the smallest (and lightest), followed by the iPhone 11 and then the – as you may have guessed -iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Design & Appearance

  • iPhone 11: Dual camera, aluminium
  • iPhone 11 Pro models: Triple camera, stainless steel

While at first look the devices may look pretty similar from the front, there are differences on the rears, as well as material choice.

The iPhone 11 Pro devices have a square-sized camera with three camera lenses, while the iPhone 11 has a dual camera as mentioned before. All models have extremely dust and water resistant and the Pro models can be submerged up to four-metres for 30 minutes, while the iPhone 11 can only be submerged up to two-metres for 30 minutes.

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

Battery life

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

One thing that the iPhone XR was praised for was the long lasting battery life. Apple claim to have improved this further for the latest iPhones, though they have not detailed specific capacities so take that as you will. 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 models offer once again offer Wireless Charging on board. All three models are also fast-charge capable, but only the Pro models come with 18W fast chargers in the box.

Colour options

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

Also, much like last year, the colours vary between the standard iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro models.

The iPhone 11 is available in Purple, Yellow, Green, Black, White and Red.

The iPhone 11 Pro models are available in Midnight Green, Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

So what’s the bottom line?

The Apple iPhone 11 is the cheaper option of the three new iPhones, offers more colours, sits in the middle in terms of size and misses out on a couple of features compared to the Pro models, as well as takes a slight downgrade in terms of camera.

The iPhone 11 Pro models meanwhile, offer all the latest and greatest Apple features, specifically camera capabilities and design materials, but they are also the pricier options.

With this in mind it is hard to justify the price difference between the Pro and standard models unless you are a real tech-head that craves the newest and most premium model.

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