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What is the Newest iPhone Out Right Now? [November 2019]

Posted by William Sattelberg on October 28, 2019

Like clockwork, Apple unveils their newest iPhones every September, just in time for the holiday season. Better screens, faster processors, improved cameras—it’s easy to predict what the next iPhone is going to be like, especially in between radical redesigns. This year, as usual, Apple announced and released their brand-new lineup of phones in September, improving and iterating on the iPhone XS and XR from last year. If you’re wondering what the newest iPhones are like, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s explore the three newest iPhones while also taking a look at what’s on the horizon for 2020.

iPhone 11

With the iPhone 11 line, Apple has finally returned to arabic numerals, clearing up the X/ten controversy from the last two years (the iPhone X was pronounced the iPhone Ten, but if you had a nickel for every time someone says iPhone Ecks, well, you could afford an iPhone 11). However, the naming structure of the iPhone 11 represents something more than just a simple clarification. Instead, it’s clear that Apple has finally positioned the iPhone 11 as the “iPhone for everyone.”

Replacing the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 features the exact same design and display as last year, but with some added features that make it much improved. The biggest improvements come in the camera department, with an added ultra-wide lens on the back of the phone. The iPhone 11 also features improved camera processing, which helps to position the iPhone as a real challenger to Google’s Pixel phones, often considered the reigning champ of the smartphone camera war.

Improved processing power is to be expected, as is the larger battery that improves on the already-great battery runtime in last year’s iPhone XR. The real feature with the iPhone 11, however, is the new price. Starting at $699, the iPhone 11 is fifty dollars less than the starting price of the iPhone XR last year. If you’re willing to pay $749, the same starting price as last year’s phone, you can double your storage to 128GB. It’s a great way to get some extra functionality from your phone—and with how good the iPhone 11 is, you could likely hold onto this device for upwards of three or four years without any serious problems.

Here’s the full spec list for the iPhone 11:

    • Weight: 194g
    • Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
    • Operating System: iOS 13
    • Screen size: 6.1 inches
    • Resolution: 1792 x 828 pixels
    • Chipset: A13 Bionic
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Storage: 64/128/256GB
    • Battery: 3110mAh
    • Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front-facing
    • Starting price: $699

iPhone 11 Pro

If the iPhone 11 serves as the successor for the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 Pro is the newest phone in the iPhone X series. As the smallest new iPhone you can buy today, the iPhone 11 Pro is a must-have for a lot of people (even if it’s not quite as small of a phone as many would like). The iPhone 11 Pro is the first time Apple has ever given the “Pro” moniker to an iPhone, and while there’s a lot to love about this phone, it’s missing a couple features—namely USB-C instead of Lightning—that stop it from truly feeling like the first iPhone built for pros.

That doesn’t stop it from being a great phone. For the first time since designing the iPhone X, the iPhone 11 Pro finally features great battery life, with Apple putting a much larger battery in this than what was in last year’s phone. Apple also added three cameras on the back of the device, including the wide and ultra-wide lenses from the iPhone 11 and a telephoto lens last seen on the iPhone XS. The display is brighter than ever, crossing well over 1,000 nits at peak brightness, and the speakers have been upgraded to support Dolby Atmos.

Here’s the full spec list for the iPhone 11 Pro:

    • Weight: 188g
    • Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm
    • Operating System: iOS 13
    • Screen size: 5.8 inches
    • Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels
    • Chipset: A13 Bionic
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Storage: 64/256/512GB
    • Battery: 3046mAh
    • Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front-facing
    • Starting price; $999

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Much like the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is identical to the iPhone 11 Pro in everything but size. In other words, it’s the iPhone 11 Pro, but more. The biggest change here is the larger battery, helping to grant the Pro Max up to ten full hours of screen-on time in regular usage. It’s a huge phone, and that massive battery also makes it one of the heaviest iPhones ever released by Apple. That said, outside of the larger display and battery, you gain or lose nothing with the Pro Max—except, of course, for an extra $100.

Here are the full specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

    • Weight: 226g
    • Dimensions: 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm
    • Operating System: iOS 13
    • Screen size: 6.5 inches
    • Resolution: 1242 x 2688 pixels
    • Chipset: A13 Bionic
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Storage: 64/256/512GB
    • Battery: 3969mAh
    • Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front-facing
    • Starting price; $1099

Rumored iPhones

The iPhone 11 series might be the newest on the block, but Apple isn’t stopping here. The 2020 iPhone rumors are already popping up, pointing at a brand-new redesign for the first time since the iPhone X in 2017. Here’s what’s been leaked about the next two iPhones:

    • First, leaks continue to appear about an upcoming revision of the iPhone SE. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), the iPhone SE 2 will launch in the first quarter of next year, with a design based on the iPhone 8. This matches how the original SE was built from the iPhone 5S design. The SE 2 will reportedly use the same A13 Bionic chip we saw in the iPhone 11, along with 3GB of RAM, and you’ll be able to pick one up starting at just $399.
    • Of course, the more exciting phone is the 2020 flagship iPhone, and we’ve been starting to hear about what the devices might look like. Reportedly, Apple will offer next year’s iPhone in three sizes: 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″, with the former two being the successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max and the latter the successor to the iPhone 11. That sees the Pro series getting both smaller and larger in the two OLED models, while the entry-level iPhone 11 stays at 6.1″ with an LCD panel. Other rumors suggest a redesigned frame featuring a boxier design, similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Expect more leaks throughout the first half of 2020.

Other iPhones

The iPhone 11 series is the newest on the block, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only devices Apple sells. If you don’t mind buying older hardware and you’re looking to save some cash, Apple still sells these iPhones brand-new both in Apple Stores and on their website:

    • iPhone XR, $599
    • iPhone 8, $449
    • iPhone 8 Plus, $549

All three devices run iOS 13 and should get you years of iOS updates to come, making them great budget-friendly choices that offer a premium Apple design at a lower cost. Of course, if you’re on the fence, you might want to wait until winter to see if Apple finally releases that long-rumored iPhone SE 2.

Which iPhone Should I Pick?

As always, this choice is dictated mostly by budget. If you’re budgetless, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the best of the best, and the displays on both phones are truly remarkable. That said, most users would be better off getting the iPhone 11. At just $699, it’s a perfect all-around phone, complete with a spacious 6.1″ display and some fun colors that aren’t offered to the Pro line. You still get the ultra-wide camera to play around with, and most features stay the same between the two devices.

The only reason to choose the Pro or Pro Max over the iPhone 11, in our eyes, is that display. If you can, play around with both phones in a store to get a feel for what the displays on each phone look like. The iPhone 11’s screen is much lower in resolution and uses an LCD panel rather than the OLED technology on the Pro series. For some, the decrease in sharpness and the reduction in color detail may be too much of a sacrifice, but most consumers will be hard-pressed to notice the difference.

Which iPhone are you picking up this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below, and check out our guide to the iPad versus the iPad Pro for more Apple head-to-head fun!

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