Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you’ve undoubtedly heard that Apple released three new iPhones last week: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you’re on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X, you might be considering upgrading. The question is though, is there enough phone in Apple’s first “pro” phones to justify the price? Let’s take a look.
Apple is known for having stellar performance without the fanciest specs compared to android counterparts. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max feature apples newest A13 Bionic chip and 4GB of RAM across all three models. This is the first time Apple has included the same amount of RAM across all three models.
Apple has also increased the battery capacity for each of its new phones resulting in an hour more of use for the 11, 4 hours more use for the 11 Pro, and 5 hours more use for the 11 Pro Max compared to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max respectively. This means you get more out of your phone for longer in the day.
iOS 13 is said to bring even better performance compared to iOS 12 which launched with last year’s iPhone XS models. I’ve been running iOS 12 since launch day and it is leaps and bounds better than iOS 11 in almost every respect.
I’ve also been running iOS 13 in beta format since launch and while it’s definitely not as bug free as iOS 12 was at launch (Apple is pushing for a supplemental update by the 24th) it is still a very good performing OS on my iPhone 8 Plus which feels the same as it did on day 1.
Should you upgrade?
That question depends on what you are currently using as your daily driver. If you’re rocking the iPhone 6S, I would say it might be worth upgrading. The iPhone 6S is the oldest device Apple is actively supporting with iOS 13 and signs point to this being the last update the 6S sees before being discontinued. This means that you should get at least another year out of your 6S before you have to upgrade to continue seeing updates.
iPhone 7 & iPhone 8 have the A10 Fusion and A11 Bionic respectively which is still being used in new products, most recently Apple’s 10.2 inch iPad. This means they likely will have one or two more updates left before they become discontinued. Depending on how you feel about the notch in Apple’s iPhone X designed phones will determine if you should wait or not. Personally, I am not a fan of the notch and I will be waiting for Apple’s 2020 iPhones which are speculated to remove the notch in favor of under-display TouchID.
If your on an older iPhone like the 6S, you will definitely notice a significant upgrade with the iPhone 11. You may even notice an improvement coming from the 7 but past that, you won’t really notice a difference in performance as Apple has fine tuned iOS 13 to be a good performer all around. Where you will definitely notice a difference is in the camera quality so if your iPhone is your primary camera, it is definitely something to consider.
If you are upgrading, I highly recommend the iPhone 11 over the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Yes, you will be stuck with a sub 1080p LCD screen rather than Apple’s OLED panel in the 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max, but you need to be a super pixel peeper to really notice the difference. So the question comes down to, are the cameras in the iPhone 11 worth upgrading to you? Let us know by tweeting us at @braehawktech on Twitter!