Apple's New iPhones for 2019: Release Date, Prices, Features & More

Apple's September 10 event is over and, as expected, the tech giant revealed three new smartphone models shipping later this month: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. So, what sets these phones apart from their predecessors, and who might want to purchase these new devices? Let's go over the pre-order and shipping dates, pricing, and specs of the new iPhone release. We'll discuss how the 2019 iPhones are similar, how they differ from one another, and what that means for your iPhone upgrade this year.

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Before we review the 2019 iPhone features, there's a perk that comes along with the purchase of any new iPhone this year. Tim Cook announced today that anyone who purchases a new iPhone will receive a free year of Apple TV+, valued at $59.88. 

2019 New iPhone Release Date

All three iPhones that were announced today will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 13 at 5 a.m. PT and will be in stores on Friday, September 20. 

New iPhone Prices

iphone 11 pro price

As always, you can turn in your gently-used iPhone to the Apple Trade In program to defray the cost of your new iPhone. Not all models are accepted, and the amount of credit you receive varies depending on which iPhone you exchange. If you aren't trading in an old iPhone, you'll pay full price for your 2019 iPhone; see prices below.

iPhone 11
$699 or $29.12 per month for 64 GB
$749 or $31.20 per month for 128 GB
$849 or $35.37 per month for 256 GB

iPhone 11 Pro
$999 or $41.62 per month for 64 GB
$1,149 or $47.87 per month for 256 GB
$1,349 or $56.20 per month for 512 GB
 
iPhone 11 Pro Max
$1,099 or $45.79 per month for 64 GB
$1,249 or $52.04 per month for 256 GB
$1,449 or $60.37 per month for 512 GB

2019 iPhone Features

Now for the new iPhone features; what makes 2019's iPhones worth purchasing? There aren't any storage or display size increases this year, but there are several other camera, processor, battery life, and many more updates that may make buying a new iPhone worth your money.  

iPhone 11

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  • Comes in red, black, white, yellow, green, and purple finishes
  • Liquid Retina HD 6.1-inch LCD display
  • 2436‑by-1125‑pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • 64, 128, or 256 GB
  • A13 Bionic chip
  • Wireless and USB charging
  • Dual cameras with Wide and Ultra-Wide lenses
  • Up to 18-hour battery life for video playback
  • IP68 Water Resistance for up to two meters and as long as thirty minutes
  • 30 percent faster FaceID

iPhone 11 Pro

iphone 11 pro

  • Comes in midnight green, silver, space gray, and gold matte glass finishes
  • 100 percent recycled aluminum and glass case
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512 GB
  • A13 Bionic Chip
  • Wireless and USB charging
  • Triple cameras system includes Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto cameras 
  • Up to 18-hour battery life for video playback - Fast Charge adapter included
  • IP68 Water Resistance for up to four meters and as long as thirty minutes

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Comes in midnight green, silver, space gray, and gold matte glass finishes
  • Surgical-grade stainless steel and glass case
  • 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512 GB
  • A13 Bionic Chip
  • Wireless and USB charging
  • Triple cameras system includes Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto cameras 
  • Up to 20-hour battery life for video playback—Fast Charge adapter included
  • IP68 Water Resistance for up to four meters and as long as thirty minutes

Which New iPhone Should I Get?

iphones side by side

You've decided to invest in one of the 2019 iPhones, but which one? The iPhone 11 is the least expensive, but doesn't include all the features of its two, higher-end compatriots. For one, it has a Liquid Retina display that offers True Tone and wide color support, but is still less vivid and precise than the OLED screen in the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. In terms of storage, the iPhone 11 tops out at 256 GB, whereas the 11 Pro and Pro Max each offer up to 512 GB. The most noticeable difference between the iPhones this year, though, is in the camera options. The iPhone 11 has two rear cameras rather than the three offered by the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. All three of 2019's new iPhones integrate the A13 Bionic chip, bringing CPU and GPU performance up to 20 percent faster than any of the 2018 iPhones. We can anticipate improved speed, battery life, and graphics from all three new iPhones as a result. 

In my opinion, the iPhone 11 is perfectly suited to anyone who would like an overall faster smartphone with improved battery life and doesn't require tons of storage. People who use their devices mainly for talking, texting, periodically downloading music and videos for offline listening and watching, and using a moderate number of apps will be more than happy with the 64, 128, or 256 GB iPhone 11. Although the Wide and Ultra-Wide cameras aren't Apple's top of the line, they still allow for amazing new features like Night Mode, for low-light environments both in and out of doors. The everyday, casual photographer will be both impressed and pleased by what the iPhone 11 has to show for itself. 

The iPhone 11 Pro has a smaller display size, but higher display quality than the iPhone 11. Both the Pro and the Pro Max offer Apple's new, triple-camera system, featuring Wide, Ultra-Wide, and Telephoto cameras. This combination allows for more versatile and higher quality iPhone photography than ever before, including Wide and Telephoto framing in Portrait mode, and new Deep Fusion photo processing, an improvement over the iPhone's previous HD offerings. The 11 Pro and Pro Max also have "the highest video quality ever in a smartphone". The iPhone 11 Pro is perfect for photographers, gamers, and video enthusiasts who insist on the highest display quality possible, and require a lot of storage, but won't miss the 0.7-inch difference in display size, or mind having two fewer hours of battery life during the day.  

 iphone 11 pro 3 cameras

Now, Apple's highest-priced, largest iPhone of the year, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Of course, a top-of-the-line iPhone is a status symbol, and some will invest in the Pro Max for that reason alone. For gamers, photographers, and videographers who require maximum storage, battery life, screen size, and display quality, though, the iPhone 11 Pro Max checks all the boxes. For these individuals, the higher price point is more than worth it, and they'll be lined up at the nearest Apple store on the 20th to pick up their new phones.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.