At long last (and after months of rumors), the first “pro” iPhones are here—the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have officially arrived. As the first iPhones with the the Pro surname, they mark a real sea change for Apple’s iconic handset and join a lineage of devices that carry an expectation of not just greatness, but also productivity prowess and cutting-edge performance.

But exactly what kind of pro device is the iPhone 11 Pro? It doesn’t have a USB-C port or a Smart Connector like the iPad Pro. It doesn’t stand alone as the fastest in its class like the Mac Pro, nor does it reinvent basic functionality like the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. In fact, to look at them, you might not see much that’s pro about them at all—at least no more so than the iPhone XS and XS Max.

But along with all of the new features that we get in the entry-level iPhone 11, the Pro is still very much a pro-level device for power users. Here are five reasons why…

The display

Apple’s OLED iPhone displays are hardly news at this point, but the ones in the new Pro line look to be among the best in any phone available. While the 5.8-inch display in the Pro and 6.5-inch display in the Pro Max lack the high-refresh ProMotion feature of the iPad Pro, we’re still looking at upgraded technology in the new handsets.

Apple calls its new display the Super Retina XDR—to match the branding of the $5,999 Pro Display—and it’s brought a slew of enhancements, including the highest pixel density in an iPhone screen and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which is twice as much as before. It’s also rated for 1,200 nits of max brightness and is 15 percent more energy efficient than before. And it won’t break as easily either—it’s got stronger glass than the iPhone 11, too.

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The new iPhone 11 Pro displays are packed with features.

The battery

Apple iPhones have always had great battery life, but the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max push it even further. On the iPhone XS and XS Max, Apple touted up to 14 hours of video playback, but on the 2019 Pro models, battery life has been vastly improved:

iPhone 11 Pro: 4 hours longer
iPhone 11 Pro Max: 5 hours longer

That pretty much means you’ll never have to worry about charging your phone throughout the day. It would have been nice to get an always-on display to go with all that extra juice, but we’ll take what we can get.

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