iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max: Everything you need to know about the new iPhones

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After months of speculation and anticipation, we finally have details on the 2019 Apple iPhones. Named the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, these devices follow on nicely from the 2018 iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, with a range of new and updated features, not to mention a whole range of new colours to choose from.

So, what can you expect from the new iPhone 11 series? We’ve answered a range of questions you might have about these phones to help you decide whether the iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max is the right smartphone for you.

iPhone 11 Specs

The iPhone 11 is the 2019 equivalent to the 2018 iPhone XR. It features an aluminium and glass design with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which is IP68 water and dust resistant. There are two rear cameras with a new ultra-wide 12-megapixel lens and 120-degree field of view. As for the front camera, you’ll get a 12-megapixel front-facing camera with a new extended dynamic range, 4K video capabilities and a slow-motion video option dubbed ‘slofie’ mode.

iPhone 11 in six colours
Source: Apple

You’ll have a choice of six colours: White, Black, Green, Yellow, Purple and (PRODUCT) Red, all available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage sizes.

iPhone 11 Pro Specs

Want a new iPhone with more fancy features? The iPhone 11 Pro is the 2019 answer to the iPhone XS, with a bunch of new features to tempt you.

iPhone 11 Pro in four colours
Source: Apple

While the iPhone 11 Pro is smaller than the base iPhone 11, at 5.8 inches, you’ll enjoy the new Super Retina XDR display with enhanced colour accuracy and consistency, even in sunlight. You’ll enjoy a surgical-grade steel body with matte textured finish, precision-milled glass and IP68 water and dust resistance.

There are less colours to choose from, with Apple sticking to the classic Space Grey, Silver and Gold, although the addition of a Midnight Green option is good news if you’re bored of the three basic colours. All colour options are available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage sizes.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Specs

Closeup of midnight green iPhone 11 Pro triple rear cameras
Source: Apple

If the 5.8 inch iPhone 11 Pro is a bit small for you, you can upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro Max which includes a 6.5-inch display. You’ll get all the same features as the iPhone 11 Pro, along with the same colour options and storage sizes as the 11 Pro.

iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max: features at a glance

iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Price From $1,199 From $1,749 From $1,899
Screen size 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display
Battery QI wireless charging, one hour longer life than iPhone XR QI wireless charging, 4 hours longer life than iPhone Xs QI wireless charging, 5 hours longer life than iPhone Xs Max
Chipset A13 Bionic Chip with third-generation Neural Engine A13 Bionic Chip with third-generation Neural Engine A13 Bionic Chip with third-generation Neural Engine
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear camera Dual 12-megapixel wide angle and ultra wide cameras with 2x zoom, Night Mode and 4K video Triple 12-megapixel wide angle, ultra wide and telephoto cameras with 4x zoom, Night Mode and 4K video Triple 12-megapixel wide angle, ultra wide and telephoto cameras with 4x zoom, Night Mode and 4K video
Front camera 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and 4K video 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and 4K video 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with Portrait Mode and 4K video
Operating system iOS 13 iOS 13 iOS 13
Colours Black, White, Purple, Yellow, Green, (PRODUCT) Red Gold, Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green Gold, Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green

When does the new iPhone come out in Australia?

The good news is that you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the new iPhone 11 phones. You’ll have the option to buy outright from retailers, or on a phone plan from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max phones will be released on 20 September, 2019 and pre-orders go live at 10pm AEST, 13 September, 2019.

How much is the new iPhone?

If you want to buy the iPhone 11 outright, here are the iPhone 11 prices for each storage model:

  • 64GB:$1,199 AUD
  • 128GB: $1,279 AUD
  • 256GB: $1,449 AUD

Prefer the iPhone 11 Pro? Here is how much the iPhone 11 Pro will cost to buy outright for each storage model:

  • 64GB: $1,749 AUD
  • 256GB: $1,999 AUD
  • 512GB: $2,349 AUD

As for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the priciest of the bunch, here is what you can expect to pay for the iPhone 11 Pro Max in its three storage sizes:

  • 64GB: $1,899 AUD
  • 256GB: $2,149 AUD
  • 512GB: $2,499 AUD

If you’re looking for a cheap iPhone 11 plan, we’ve picked out several options from Telstra, Vodafone, and Optus. The following table lists a selection of published 24-month plans for the 64GB iPhone 11 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This table includes products with links to a referral partner.

Is the iPhone 11 5G?

Unfortunately Apple is a bit slow when it comes to 5G phones and as expected, none of the iPhone 11 devices will include 5G connection capabilities. This puts Apple behind its arch-rival Samsung, which has already released two 5G compatible phones in 2019. It’s expected that the 2020 iPhones will include a 5G compatible model, but until then, iPhone users will need to wait a bit longer.

As for accessing a 5G network, currently Telstra is the best option as its continually rolling out 5G sites across Australia and has the widest selection of 5G devices. Optus is also rolling out its 5G network, however with only one 5G-compatible mobile device and limited locations, Optus customers might need to hold out longer for more developments.

If you’d prefer a 5G phone to one of the latest iPhones, you’ll have several 5G compatible devices to choose from with Samsung, OPPO and LG already releasing their first 5G smartphones this year.

Is the new iPhone 11 worth it?

While the most dedicated Apple fans will no doubt be lining up to buy one of the new iPhones, for the rest of us, it can be tricky to know if picking up the latest iPhone is the best option for you.

If Apple is your phone manufacturer of choice, you’re not limited to the new iPhone 11 series. The 2018 devices, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, are still available to buy outright in stores and on a phone plan from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are of course, feature packed and do have some cool functions that weren’t available with the 2018 devices. As to be expected, the new iPhones also come with improved technology, such as longer battery life, improved cameras (including better low-light functionality) and a new A13 Bionic chip, which is great news for gamers.

That being said, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR devices still stack up as good value iPhones. So, is the iPhone 11 series worth it? It really is up to you — price could also be a factor. As to be expected, the new iPhones are not cheap, so it’s worth comparing the prices of the newer iPhones and older iPhones to help you determine which device is best suited to your price range.

If you are interested in the older iPhones, the below table includes a range of iPhone XS plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest, and then by data allowance. Please use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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