FORBES: Apple iPhone 11 Vs iPhone 11 Pro. What’s The Difference?

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FORBES: Apple iPhone 11 Vs iPhone 11 Pro
FORBES: Apple iPhone 11 Vs iPhone 11 Pro

For the second year in a row, Apple’s most exciting new iPhone is its cheapest.

The confusingly named iPhone 11 replaces the iPhone XR and, pound for pound, it blows the socks of the iPhone 11 Pro, the confusingly named successor to the iPhone XS. This is why. 

Storage And Price – iPhone 11 Streaks Ahead

So yes, in most areas the iPhone 11 Pro is slightly better than the iPhone 11 but it is not this much better: 

  • iPhone 11 –  64GB ($699), 128GB ($749), 256GB ($849)
  • iPhone 11 Pro – 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149), 512GB ($1,349)

Yes, while the iPhone 11 Pro is identically priced to the iPhone XS, the iPhone 11 is $50 cheaper than the iPhone XR at every price point. Storage capacities also remain unchanged from last year, but the fact a 64GB iPhone 11 is $300 cheaper than a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro is mind-bending. 

Design – Heavier and Uglier 

Now in its third year, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro carry the same polarising notched display as the 2017 iPhone X. But this year, Apple has made the Pro heavier and the back of both models uglier. The good news is these downgrades are for good reasons. 

  • iPhone 11 Pro – 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm (5.67 x 2.81 x 0.32 in) and 188 g (6.63 oz)
  • iPhone 11 – 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in) and 194 g (6.84 oz)

Having jumped 11 grams, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro is now almost the same weight as the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 but justifying this is superior build quality (stainless steel Vs aluminium chassis) and a big battery upgrade (more later). A further iPhone 11 Pro improvement is enhanced IP68 water resistance (it survives 30 minutes at 4 metres Vs 30 mins at 2 metres), but this is not going to be a game-changer for most people. 

Meanwhile, both phones still support dual sim (physical nano-sim and internal eSIM) and now add enhanced external speakers with ‘spatial audio playback’ (virtual surround sound) and Dolby Atmos certification. They also retain their glass backs (the Pro has moved to a matte finish) and Apple claims they have the “toughest glass in a smartphone” but it didn’t elaborate on this. 

In terms of finishes. The iPhone 11 is more interesting with Product(Red), black, white, yellow, green and purple options while the iPhone 11 Pro is limited to more sober space grey, silver, gold and a new dark (“midnight”) green. 

So what makes them uglier? By far their biggest talking point… More


Gordon Kelly

Gordon Kelly Senior Contributor Consumer Tech FORBES