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The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are all about the camera

Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 11 Pro and (rather clunkily-named) iPhone 11 Pro Max, its latest and greatest top-spec smartphones. They’re essentially the same phone, but come in different sizes. Here’s everything we know about them.

The 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max are essentially successors to last year’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and they sit above the equally new, but significantly cheaper, iPhone 11 in the pecking order.

They look very familiar too, except for that new rear camera bump − not the prettiest addition, I’m sure many would agree.

Related: iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro

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iPhone 11 Pro price

The standard 11 Pro has an eye-watering starting price of £1049/$1099 − and that only gets you 64GB of storage. The 11 Pro Max starts at a staggering £1149 (also for the 64GB model).

Here’s the full pricing breakdown:

  • iPhone 11 Pro: £1049 (64GB); £1199 (256GB); £1399 (512GB)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: £1149 (64GB); £1299 (256GB); £1499 (512GB)

Both models are available in ‘midnight’ green, ‘space’ grey, silver and gold colour schemes.

iPhone 11 Pro release date

Preorders open at 1pm BST on September 13 − that’s this Friday − and both handsets will start shipping on September 20, which is next Friday.

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iPhone 11 Pro camera

The key feature of the Pro range is the new rear-facing triple camera setup, which combines a 12-megapixel ƒ/1.8 wide-angle sensor, a 12-megapixel ƒ/2.0 telephoto sensor, and a 12-megapixel ƒ/2.4 ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree field of view.

Arguably the most eye-catching new functionality is something called Deep Fusion, which lets you shoot nine images with one touch of your camera shutter. The phones will then pick out the best bits and combine them to form the best possible snap.

There’s Night Mode too, which will turn on automatically, Audio Zoom, which detects where sound is coming from while you film, and Portrait Mode on both the back and the front (through the 12-megapixel ƒ/2.2 selfie camera).

Related: iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone XS

iPhone 11 Pro performance

Both models are powered by the new Apple A13 Bionic chip, described by Apple as its “most efficient chip to date”.

It uses the second generation of Apple’s 7nm process and, like the A12 Bionic before it, the A13 Bionic features a total of 18 cores – a six-core CPU, four core GPU, and an eight-core Neural Engine processor, which is dedicated to handling on-board machine learning processes.

It essentially unlocks the door for powerful features like 4K video at 60fps and slow-motion selfies (slofies), and should ensure excellent general performance, whatever you throw at the phones.

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iPhone 11 Pro screen

The 11 Pro’s display boasts a 2436 x 1125 resolution, while the 11 Pro Max screen has a 2688 x 1242 resolution. Both displays have 458 pixels per inch − the Pro Max’s screen is simply larger.

Apple is calling its latest display technology ‘Super Retina XDR’, and it incorporates a new OLED panel and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision variants of HDR. Contrast ratio is 2 million:1, and maximum brightness tops out at 1200 nits.

Related: iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR

iPhone 11 Pro FaceID, 5G and more

There’s also a faster and more capable Face ID system, which should allow you to unlock your phone a little more easily − from wider angles, for instance.

Both models are IP68-rated, though Apple says they’re more durable than ever, and can survive being submerged in four metres of water for up to 30 minutes.

And there is, sadly, no headphone jack to be seen on either model.

Related: 5G in the UK

None of Apple’s new iPhones offer 5G connectivity, but that was expected. Reports suggest we won’t see a 5G iPhone for at least one more year.

iPhone 11 Pro battery life

Apple says the 11 Pro will offer four hours more battery than the XS, and that the Pro Max will offer up to five hours more use time than the XS Max. Tha’s some impressive stamina.

You’ll also get a fast-charging 18W adapter and Lightning to USB-C cable in the box, whichever model you opt for. Previously, you’d have had to purchase the adapter separately, to the tune of £29.99, with the USB-C to Lightning cable costing £19.99 on top.

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