- iPhone 11. 1.2GB/s LTE, VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 6 and MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with read mode, Ultra-Wideband chip
- iPhone 11 Pro. SIM/eSIM, 1.6GB/s Gigabit LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, VoLTE, NFC with reader mode, Ultra Wideband chip
Last year’s iPhone XR didn’t have a Gigabit LTE modem, and that was a big minus. Apple has fixed this by adding a modem to both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The second smartphone is faster in terms of mobile internet, but the iPhone 11’s speed is also on point.
In everything else, the smartphones are on the same level, they even have a new Ultra Wideband wireless chip.
iPhone 11 or 11 Pro: which to buy?
The iPhone 11 is the base representative of Apple’s 2019 lineup. It costs significantly less than the full-fledged flagship iPhone 11 Pro. Reducing the cost and retail price is achieved by simplifying a number of features. The question is how critical these simplifications are? It’s up to you, but we’ll tell you all the differences between iPhone 11 and 11 Pro and highlight the key points.
Reviewing iPhone 11: Unpacking
The package includes an old-fashioned 5 watt power supply with a USB-A connector, a cable with Lightning/USB-A connectors, wired headphones, which are connected to the phone through a proprietary connector, documentation and iPhone 11 itself.
Adapter Lightning/3.No 5 mm headphones included. If you want to connect your own wired headphones to iPhone 11, you will need to buy a proprietary adapter. Or an adapter from a third-party manufacturer, but in this case the sound quality can suffer. What kind of DAC is in the Chinese adapter, no one knows. Apple’s proprietary adapter has a good DAC, I checked.
When you connect wired headphones with jack 3 to your iPhone 11.5 mm through the proprietary Apple brand converter you get a very high quality sound. Signal is uniformly amplified throughout the range. Stereo balance is good. Non-linear distortions are minimal. Volume is adequate, though not record high.
The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models have identical front cameras
The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have a 12-megapixel selfie camera that supports 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. They also have the same TrueDepth camera system, which allows you to use Face ID to unlock your phone and help you make purchases.
Comparison of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras
All three smartphones share two cameras:
- The main 12 MP wide-angle lens with an aperture of ƒ/1.8;
- 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a ƒ/2 aperture.4 and a viewing angle of 120 degrees.
In addition, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have an additional 12 MP telephoto lens with ƒ/2 aperture.0, the presence of which implies, among other things, the possibility of double optical zoom. The digital zoom in the iPhone 11 allows you to zoom in up to 5x, while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have up to 10x.
Also, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max cameras have improved optical image stabilization.
The front cameras on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are identical, with 12 MP resolution and ƒ/2 aperture.2.
Differences in the video shooting capabilities of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max cameras
Another area that separates the iPhone 11 Pro from the iPhone 11 is video recording.
All of the new iPhones can shoot at the same frame rate and resolution, but, again, thanks to the telephoto lens, the iPhone 11 Pro can use 6x digital zoom, while the iPhone 11 is limited to 3x.
You already know that the optical zoom provides a better image than the digital one. But zooming in on the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max while shooting video, even at the expense of digital zoom, also provides better quality.
The complete set
We received the iPhones in Russia with a complete set, so we can compare them in detail. In addition to the smartphone in the package are headphones and they are the same, as well as a paper clip and a charger. And here’s the difference in charging. Both phones support wireless and fast wired charging 18W. But the iPhone 11 has a standard adapter and wire, but the Pro version has a powerful adapter for 18 watts and the wire USB-C. Lightning.
The complete package of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro
On the one hand, the 18-watt charger allows you to charge your iPhone quickly, so it’s better to have one in the house, especially if you sometimes need to charge your gadget 50% before leaving the house in half an hour. On the other hand, if you don’t have a brand new MacBook (like me for example) then the USB-C wire will only work for the adapter from the package, and you’ll have to use a regular one for the other ports if you have one.
However, I only used the adapter and cord from the kit once when I tested the fast charge. In real life, I use wireless charging stations that I have around my apartment, at work, and in my car. For me this is a much more convenient way and the iPhone is almost always charged. The choice of version will not be affected by this item, because fast charging can be purchased, but iPhone 11 Pro owners will initially appreciate the features of this upgrade.
Is it worth buying the iPhone 12 Pro instead of the iPhone 11 Pro? (comparison)
Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 lineup this week. This year’s lineup consists of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models. The iPhone 12 mini is a brand new model, but the others are descendants of last year’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
If you’re thinking of swapping your iPhone 11 Pro for the new iPhone 12 Pro, but you’re not sure, we can help you. Below we’ve compared both smartphones to make it easier for you to make your decision.
- iPhone 11 Pro: 144mm x 71.4mm x 8.1mm, IP68 immersion to 4 meters
- iPhone 12 Pro: 146.7mm x 71.5 mm x 7.4mm, IP68 with 6m immersion
The iPhone 12 Pro has flat edges and the iPhone 11 Pro has rounded edges. That’s the only difference in how they look. However, this difference makes the iPhone 12 Pro look more modern. iPhone 12 Pro is thinner but weighs more than iPhone 11 Pro.
Although the iPhone 12 Pro looks slightly better than its predecessor, there’s not much difference. Design shouldn’t be the main factor in your decision.
- iPhone 11 Pro: 5.8-inch OLED display, 2436 x 1125, 800 cd/m2 brightness. HDR10, Dolby Vision
- iPhone 12 Pro: 6.1-inch OLED display, 2532 x 1170, 800 cd/m 2 brightness. HDR10, Dolby Vision, Ceramic Shield protection
The iPhone 12 Pro’s display is slightly larger, which means you’ll be more comfortable using apps and watching videos on it. However, the difference is very small.
In addition, the iPhone 12 Pro display is protected by Ceramic Shield glass, which is 4 times stronger. On the other hand, the same protection can be provided by a good protective glass.
- iPhone 11 Pro: 12 MP primary lens with f/1.8, dual-pixel PDAF, optical image stabilization; 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.0, PDAF, optical image stabilization; 12 MP super-wide-angle lens with f/2.4, 120-degree angle; 4K video recording at 60fps; 12MP front camera with f/2.2, 4K video recording at 60 fps
- iPhone 12 Pro: 12 megapixel primary lens with f/1 aperture.6, dual-pixel PDAF, optical image stabilization; 12 megapixel f/2 telephoto.0, PDAF, optical image stabilization; 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2 aperture.4, 120-degree angle of coverage; 4K video recording at 60fps; 12MP front camera with f/2 aperture.2, 4K video recording at 60 fps
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro each have three cameras. Both have a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide angle lens. However, their basic cameras are different. The iPhone 11 Pro’s primary lens aperture is f/1.8, and the iPhone 12 Pro is f/1.6. The wider aperture helps take brighter photos and blurs the background more.
The iPhone 12 Pro has a LiDAR scanner that the iPhone 11 Pro doesn’t have. The scanner will improve augmented reality, as well as improve portrait photography. In addition, Night Mode on the iPhone 12 Pro is available for all cameras. There’s also Night Mode for timelapse and Dolby Vision video recording.
The iPhone 11 Pro still has one of the best cameras of any smartphone, but the iPhone 12 Pro’s camera is even better. Because of the camera only true fans of video and photography should buy iPhone 12 Pro. If you’re taking photos for yourself as a keepsake, the iPhone 11 Pro will do just fine.
- iPhone 11 Pro: Apple A13 Bionic (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 7nm process), 4GB RAM
- iPhone 12 Pro: Apple A14 Bionic (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 5nm process technology), 40% faster CPU, 30% faster GPU than A13 Bionic, 6GB RAM
The processor in the iPhone 12 Pro is considerably more powerful than its predecessor. However, the problem is that in reality the difference in performance will be barely noticeable. No point in changing your smartphone for the extra performance, you won’t feel it.
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro have an NVMe memory module, which is much faster than UFS storage on Android smartphones. The iPhone 12 Pro has 6GB of RAM, 2GB more than the iPhone 11 Pro. The new smartphone’s base memory is twice as large.
Battery and charging
- iPhone 11 Pro: 3046 mAh, 18 hours of video playback, 65 hours of audio playback, 18W charging, 50% from zero in 30 minutes
- iPhone 12 Pro: capacity unknown, 17 hours of video playback, 65 hours of audio playback, 20W charging, 50% from zero in 30 minutes
Battery life is the only aspect in which the iPhone 11 Pro is better. The iPhone 11 Pro can play videos for an hour longer. It’s not much, but it’s worth mentioning. If you want maximum battery life, you shouldn’t change your iPhone 11 Pro.
iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11. Which Should You choose?
iPhone 12 Pro supports MagSafe wireless charging, which is a plus. But that doesn’t justify buying an expensive new smartphone, either.
- iPhone 11 Pro: dual SIM, 4G, VoLTE and VoWiFi; Wi-Fi ax with MIMO technology, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS and GLONASS, UWB, Lightning connector
- iPhone 12 Pro: two SIM cards, 5G, VoLTE and VoWiFi; Wi-Fi ax with MIMO technology, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS and GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou, UWB, Lightning connector
The main difference between the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12, camera aside, is the 5G support on the iPhone 12 Pro. Yes, in theory this is a big plus, but in Russia 5G networks will appear only in a few years. For now, this support just doesn’t make sense.
Both smartphones have facial recognition. The technology is exactly the same.
The iPhone 12 Pro now costs the same as the iPhone 11 Pro, but it has twice as much base memory. In theory, it is more profitable to buy it.
The iPhone 12 Pro is slightly better than the iPhone 11 Pro, but that difference isn’t worth buying a new smartphone. If you are not satisfied with the quality of photos from the iPhone 11 Pro at all, you can buy the iPhone 12 Pro. It’s unlikely that this is really the case.
One of the key differences between the new products is the different screens. iPhone 11 has a 6.1 IPS display” (Liquid Retina HD), and the iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with a screen with an OLED type matrix (Super Retina XDR) and a diagonal of 5.8”.
The IPS sensor is known to be characterized by realistic colors, while OLED is a deep black and saturated colors even in daylight. In terms of screen brightness, the Pro version is noticeably superior to the standard eleventh iPhone: 800 nits versus 625 nits.
Both devices support True Tone and Haptic Touch, but did not support 3D Touch technology, as the American company decided to abandon it.
In terms of performance there are no differences between smartphones. Both devices are based on the Apple A13 Bionic processor. According to Apple, today it is the fastest and most powerful processor among all mobile devices.
The chip features four high-performance cores that are up to 20 percent faster than the A12 Bionic, as well as two additional cores that are 30 percent more efficient than their predecessor.
There is no official confirmation of the amount of RAM of the devices, but if we believe the results of smartphones demonstrated earlier in the network in AnTuTu tests, both models will have 4 GB of RAM.