iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max boast three rear cameras, night mode, longer battery life

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The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max are here, flexing new camera muscle, new colors and the A13 Bionic chip that promises speedier performance across the board. From the front, the iPhones look similar to last year’s iPhone XSiPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, notch and all. From the back, you get a square camera array that houses either two sensors (for the iPhone 11) or three (for the 11 Pro). 

Apple announced its flagship phones for 2019 on Tuesday during its annual launch event. You can watch the ongoing Apple event live, taking place in the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus. 

As always, we’re watching Apple’s moves carefully. For many people, the iPhone represents the gold standard for smartphone design and cutting-edge features like Face ID unlocking. 

But Apple’s iPhone challenge this year is mighty. Phone sales are down. Competitors are pulling ahead on camera tools and features. The iPhone could fall further behind if it lacks 5G while the speedier data networks continue to grow in 2020.

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The new iPhone 11 Pro has three rear cameras.


Screenshot by Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

New iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

  • Two screen sizes: 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED displays
  • Super Retina XDR display supports HDR 10 with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • Textured matte finish
  • Three rear cameras with 4x optical zoom — wide, ultra-wide, telephoto lenses
  • Upcoming camera feature called Deep Fusion shoots 9 images and compiles them to strip out noise and amp up details
  • 4 hours more battery life (Pro) and 5 hours longer battery life (Pro Max)
  • Faster Face ID unlocking
  • Wi-Fi 6 support
  • 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera
  • New portrait lighting in monochrome
  • iOS 13 
  • Fast charging adaptor
  • Colors: Midnight green, space grey, silver, gold

What’s new in iPhone 11

  • Six colors, including yellow, purple, and Product RED
  • A13 Bionic chip
  • Hour more battery life than iPhone XR
  • Faster Face ID unlocking
  • Wi-Fi 6 support
  • Dual camera system with a 12-megapixel lenses: wide and ultra-wide (switch by tapping on the screen)
  • Camera night mode
  • 2x optical zoom
  • New portrait lighting in monochrome
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera (up from 7-megapixels)
  • 4K video for both front and rear cameras, with slow-motion video for the selfie camera
  • iOS 13 
  • Starts at $699

Whether excitement for the iPhone 11 swells or falters depends entirely on the software, hardware tools and prices that Apple brings forth today. 

We’re relaying all of that live, so keep updating for all the freshest details, and stay tuned for photos, videos and hands-on impressions when we see Apple’s new iPhones after the event.