Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro is official with three cameras and Super Retina XDR display


CUPERTINO, Calif.—Alongside the new iPhone 11, Apple on Tuesday unveiled its higher-end follow-ups to the iPhone XS and XS Max: the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The 11 Pro will start at $999, while the 11 Pro Max will start at $1,099. They’ll both begin shipping on September 20, with pre-orders starting on September 13.

The updated iPhones include 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED displays, respectively, both with pixel densities of 458 pixels per inch. Apple is calling these “Super Retina XDR” panels and says they include support for the P3 color space, Dolby Vision HDR, HD10, and up to 1,200 nits of brightness (which is notably high for a smartphone). Like the base iPhone 11, it advertises better spatial audio with Dolby Atmos surround sound support.

Also like the iPhone 11, the Pro phones run on Apple’s new 7nm A13 Bionic chip. Alongside the expected CPU and GPU power upgrades—Apple says all of its cores are up to 20% faster—the company is touting improved machine learning and efficiency. It says the latter will allow the iPhone 11 Pro to get four hours more battery life than last year’s XS and the iPhone 11 Pro Max to last five hours longer than the XS Max.

The design of the two new phones generally doesn’t stray far from the prior XS and XS Max: it’s still primarily made of glass with a stainless steel band, though the glass now has a matte feel and Apple says it’ll be more durable than its predecessor. It also features an IP68 rating for water- and dust-resistance, so it should safely survive any spills or dunkings. The phones will come in a variety of finishes: “midnight” green, space gray, silver and gold.

As prior leaks suggested, the biggest update to the iPhone 11 Pro is in its cameras: both models have gone from a dual-camera system to a triple-camera one.

This is a developing story, and we will update it as more details become available. Apple’s event is still ongoing, but you can follow everything as it happens in the Ars liveblog.

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