A Bionic brain

At the heart of the Pro models is the new A13 Bionic processor. Yes, this is faster than the A12, and is designed with a focus on machine learning. I could go into the increase in performance percentages for the CPU and GPU. over the A12, but in reality, the actual benefits can be seen across all sorts of things.

For example, facial recognition-based phone unlocking (FaceID) is faster, though it was pretty fast on the iPhone XS. You can now perform advanced video editing on the phone, which takes quite a bit of grunt to do, especially in 4K. The background photo processing results in a faster portrait mode, impressive night photography and enhanced focus tracking. Graphics-intensive games look to be even better than before judging by what we saw demonstrated at the Apple keynote, however, we’ll need to test this first hand to have an opinion. 

Power matters

The A13 Bionic has been designed with efficiency in mind, which has a direct impact on battery life. The iPhone 11 Pro is rated to last 4 hours longer than the iPhone XS, while the Pro Max can last 5 hours longer than the XS Max. This appears to be true in the short time we’ve had the iPhone 11 Pro Max. For example, we shot the entire Sunrise package in one day, with lots of photos taken as well, and it lasted with power to spare late into the evening.

Finally, we get an 18 Watt charger that supports Fast Charging in the box.

Qi compatible wireless charging is supported on all iPhone 11 models, as well as a fast-charge capability. While not as fast as some competitors, you can top the Pro up to 50% charge in 30 minutes from a completely drained battery. While this was supported on the iPhone XS, you needed a separate 18 watt charger – now this is included in the box.

It would be good to see a reverse-wireless charging feature, as with most of the iPhone’s competition. This enables the phone to charge other devices using its battery, and it’s unclear why this isn’t supported.

Connectivity options

It’s good to see that Dual SIM support comes as standard. This includes one eSIM and one physical SIM. With Telstra announcing that you can choose either type of SIM as your primary number, hopefully physical SIMs will be a thing of the past soon. Either way, it’s handy to have two numbers in one phone, whether a private and work number, or a local data SIM when travelling.

The new models come with improved Wi-Fi speeds too, thanks to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), with a 38 percent increase in performance compared to 802.11ac.

Unfortunately, one big omission for the iPhone 11 is the lack of 5G connectivity. One could argue that since 5G is still in its infancy in Australia, that it doesn’t really matter. However, given that coverage will keep getting better, it would be nice to know that support is there when it finally rolls into your neighbourhood. Given that competitor flagship phones from Oppo, Samsung, LG and Huawei all support it, this is a glaring ommission. If 5G is on your list of must-haves, then the iPhone 11s will likely support it next year.

Still, in practical use, Australia’s 4G network is very good, and very fast. With faster LTE support of up to 1.6 gigabits per second, you won’t be left wanting when downloading or streaming to your iPhone 11 Pro over the best parts of the Australian 4G network.

Availability

We’ve included a summary directly from Apple about how to buy the new iPhone 11 as well as what the company is offering for trade ins:

  • In-store – customers can purchase iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro from 8am, Friday 20 September at any Apple store in Australia.
  • Pre-order online – customers can choose to purchase iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro online at apple.com, and have product delivered or pick it up in an Apple store.

Pricing and trade ins

Through Apple Trade In, customers can trade in eligible devices for an Apple Store Gift Card. If it’s not eligible for credit, Apple will recycle it for free. And if you Trade In your current iPhone, you could get up to $810 in credit towards a new one.

iPhone prices with trade-in: 

  • iPhone 11 starts from RRP A$1,199 inc. GST. Customers can also get iPhone 11 from RRP A$849 inc. GST with trade-in.
  • iPhone 11 Pro starts from RRP A$1,749 inc. GST. Customers can also get iPhone 11 Pro from RRP A$1249 inc. GST with trade-in.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max starts RRP A$1,899 inc. GST. Customers can also get iPhone 11 Pro Max from RRP A$1399 inc. GST with trade-in. 

GadgetGuy’s take: A power-packed iPhone for people that love iPhones

The iPhone 11 Pro is a seriously impressive and capable smartphone. While a lot of the features introduced have been present on Samsung, LG, Oppo and Huawei’s flagship devices, Apple has delivered them with its typical flair and quality.

The three-lens system is the standout feature for the iPhone Pro and great for all types of content creators – and it really delivers. Paired with iOS13, the Pro is full of features and great to use. We love the new colour options too, which are less flashy and more luxe than the shiny and glossy trend. It’s still expensive, and 5G really should be included, but it’s still a justifiably desirable device and one that deserves ‘Pro’ in its name.

Valens Quinn travelled to San Jose for the iPhone 11 launch as a guest of Apple Australia

iPhone 11 Pro specifications:

Model 11 11 Pro 11 Pro Max
Same = Pro
Display 6.1”, 1792×828, 326ppi, IPS
1,400:1
625 nits max brightness
P3 gamut
Dolby Vison/HDR10
5.8”, 2436×1125, 458ppi, OLED
2M:1 contrast 800nits
Same

6.5” 2688×1242
Same
Processor A13 Bionic
Third gen Neural engine
Same Same
RAM/Storage 64/128/256 64/256/512 Same
Rear Camera Ultrawide: 12MP, f/2.4
Wide: 12MP, f/1.8   OIS
2X Optical 5X Digital zoom
Night mode
Portrait mode
HDR
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Ultrawide: 12MP, ƒ/2.4
Wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: 12MPm, ƒ/2.0
Dual OIS
2x optical 10x digital zoom
Same
Same
Selfie 12MP, f/2.2 Screen fill light
HDR
Portrait mode
Bokeh
[email protected]
EIS at 30fps
Animoji and Memoji
Same Same
Coms Wi-Fi 6 AX MIMO
BT 5.0
NFC
GPS
Same Same
Security Face ID Same Same
Calls FaceTime video and audio
VoLTE
Wi-Fi calling
1 x Nano/1 x eSIM
FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
Same Same
Battery mAh not disclosed
Lighting connector
Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with optional 18W adapter
Same but includes 18W charger Same
Build Alloy frame
Glass back
IP68 (2M x 30min)
SS frame
Textured matt glass back
4M x 30min
Same

Size 150.9×75.7x 8.3mm x194g 144×71.4×8.1mm x 188g 158×77.8×8.1,226g
Colours Purple
Yellow
Lime Green
Black
White
Red
Midnight Green
Silver
Space Grey
Gold
Same
Price $1199/1279/1499 $1749/1999/2349 $1899/2149/2499

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Name: iPhone 11 Pro Max Price (RRP): $1,899 with 64GB, $2,149 with 256GB, $2,499 with 512GB Manufacturer: Apple
Portrait mode is now so quick and good that it's our favourite photo modeMatte finished cases and that Midnight Green colourThe new Ultra Wide lens adds to an already impressive camera for more creative optionsVery solid 4K video recording and front selfie slo-motion modeThe brighter OLED display4-5 hours more battery life than the iPhone XS
No 5G supportNo reverse wireless chargingStill uses Apple's proprietary Lightning cable instead of USB-C
Features
Value for money
Performance
Ease of Use
Design
4.7Overall Score