The rear cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. [credit: Samuel Axon ]
Last year, Apple’s iPhone XR was the interesting story in the iPhone lineup, while the top-end iPhone XS was only a modest update over its predecessor the iPhone X. But this year, the roles have flipped: the iPhone 11 Pro is a notable step forward for the flagship tier, while the iPhone 11 is only a slight improvement over the iPhone XR as the company’s latest entry-level new phone.
With the iPhone 11 Pro, the best smartphone display on the market just got significantly better, the fastest smartphone CPU and GPU got even faster, and Apple caught up to competitors with new camera features.
If anything, though, the past two years of new iPhones have demonstrated that many people’s habits of upgrading every two years should be amended to every three or even four years. And there’s nothing here to convince you to switch to an iPhone if you already weren’t interested in Apple’s ecosystem of devices, software, and services. Apart from the fact that iOS 13 opened things up a bit for power users this year, all the strengths and weaknesses of Apple as compared to Android remain the same.