The iPhone 11 is here but is it worth the upgrade?

Posted at 5:53 PM, Sep 11, 2019

Apple unveiled its latest slate of iPhones on Tuesday at a widely-covered media event at its campus in Cupertino, California.

The new lineup includes the iPhone 11, an entry-level device, as well as the higher-end iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which have four-figure price tags.

The company's iPhone sales have slumped in recent quarters in part because consumers are waiting longer to upgrade their smartphones. So, is it actually worth it to upgrade to these new models?

The short answer: It depends how much you care about better cameras and improved battery life.

Here's a look at the key differences between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and two comparable models from the previous year: the iPhone XR, which was the low-end model released in 2018, and the iPhone XS, the higher-end model that year.


  • iPhone 11: Starts at $699
  • iPhone XR: Starts at $599 (originally $749)
  • iPhone 11 Pro: Starts at $999
  • iPhone XS: Like the 11 Pro, the XS originally started at $999. Following the event Tuesday, however, Apple removed this model from its online store

Battery Life

  • iPhone 11: Up to 17 hours of video playback
  • iPhone XR: Up to 16 hours of video playback
  • iPhone 11 Pro: Up to 18 hours of video playback
  • iPhone XS: Up to 14 hours of video playback


  • iPhone 11: Dual 12MP ultra wide and wide cameras with night mode; 4k video recording up to 60 frames per second (fps)
  • iPhone XR: Single 12MP wide camera; 1080p HD video recording up to 60 fps
  • iPhone 11 Pro: Triple 12MP ultra wide, wide, and telephoto cameras with night mode; 4k video recording up to 60 fps
  • iPhone XS: Dual 12MP wide and telephoto cameras; 1080p HD video recording up to 60 fps

Processing Power

  • iPhone 11: A13 Bionic chip
  • iPhone XR: A12 Bionic chip
  • iPhone 11 Pro: A13 Bionic chip
  • iPhone XS: A12 Bionic chip


  • iPhone 11: Red, purple, green, yellow, white and black
  • iPhone XR: Blue, yellow, coral, red, white and black
  • iPhone 11 Pro: Midnight green, silver, space gray and gold
  • iPhone XS: Silver, space gray and gold