Let’s face it: the smartphone market isn’t what it once was. I’ve known it firsthand! LG and Sony already pulled out of the Philippines due to fierce competition from Chinese phone makers like Huawei, OPPO, and realme. Thanks to all that competition, even Apple is feeling that pressure. After Apple’s iPhone event last September 10, we now have the 2019 iPhone lineup!
Apple announced the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max! As you can see above, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the last iPhones with Touch ID, the Home button, and even 3D Touch! Yup, all the new 2019 iPhones ditch the latter feature for Haptic Touch. That basically replicates most of what 3D Touch did, but with a long press. Besides that, there are other things that the new iPhones have to offer. Without further ado, here is the 2019 iPhone lineup guide!
NOTE: I am not including the iPhone models that are currently sold in the Philippines but are not in Apple Resellers.
2019 iPhone Lineup Guide
iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 – $449 / P30,990 (64GB), $499 / P33,990 (128GB)
iPhone 8 Plus – $549 / P36,990 (64GB), $599 / P39,990 (128GB)
Available Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Notable Specs: A11 Bionic chip, 2GB RAM (iPhone 8) / 3GB RAM (iPhone 8 Plus), glass design, wireless charging
As of this writing, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the cheapest in the 2019 iPhone lineup. These are also the last iPhones with the Home button, Touch ID, and 3D Touch.
These iPhones are the first since the iPhone 4s to have a glass back. These are also the first iPhones (alongside the iPhone X) that support Qi wireless charging and USB-C fast charging. (Sadly, you can only get fast charging if you buy the USB-C to Lightning cable and the 18W USB-C Power Adapter.)
Who are these for? Unlike last year, you basically have no other choice if you decide to upgrade from an older iPhone but still clamor for the Home button. The gold on the iPhone 8 series is nice and the A11 Bionic chip is still fast enough for most cases. If you’re looking for the most affordable iPhone, then this one is for you.
Price: $599 / P40,990 (64GB), $649 / P43,990 (128GB)
Available Colors: (PRODUCT)RED, Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue
Notable Specs: A12 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, 6.1″ Liquid Retina LCD display, 7MP TrueDepth front camera system, Face ID, 12MP rear camera with OIS, glass design, wireless charging
Guess the reach of the iPhone XR is farther than even what Apple expected. It’s their most popular iPhone last year due to the lower price tag, great battery life, and wide color choice. This was the first time Apple offered a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone as a standard color.
As mentioned, the iPhone XR comes in multiple colors, has a 6.1-inch LCD display, and gets the same A12 Bionic chip and 12MP wide-angle camera. Despite it only having a single camera, it can take Portrait photos thanks to the new Neural Engine in the A12 Bionic chip!
Who is this for? This phone actually got a HUGE P10,000 discount! (Its launch price was P50,990 for the 64GB model.) If you want a modern iPhone but can’t reach either of the new models, this phone is even a better deal for the price! This iPhone will already be a huge upgrade over the iPhone 6s in every aspect, including the great battery life!
Price: $699 / P47,990 (64GB), $749 / P50,990 (128GB), $849 / P56,990 (256GB)
Available Colors: (PRODUCT)RED, Yellow, White, Green, Black, Purple
Notable Specs: A13 Bionic chip, 4GB RAM, 6.1″ Liquid Retina LCD display, 12MP TrueDepth front camera system, Better Face ID with multiple angles, Dual rear cameras: 12MP wide with f/1.8 aperture and 12MP ultra-wide with f/2.4 aperture, glass design, wireless charging
Banking on the popularity of the iPhone XR, Apple named its successor the iPhone 11. This tells me that THIS is the iPhone to get for most people, and I tend to agree. It seems that a lot of reviewers do too.
The $699 starting price (P47,990 in PH) alone makes it worth your consideration. Yes, there are phones with flagship-caliber specs at this price point with more bells and whistles. There’s something to be said about having a no-fuss experience despite some compromises. It has the A13 Bionic chip which gives it 1 hour better battery life than the iPhone XR. This iPhone now has dual rear cameras but with a twist: you get a 12MP ultra-wide camera! It helps in getting more of the scene in your photo.
Who is this for? Basically, this is for anyone looking for an iPhone! The iPhone 11 takes everything good about the XR and improves in almost every aspect. It’s also $50 cheaper than the XR when it first launched, so it’s about what you expect for a normal iPhone.
iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro – $999 / P67,990 (64GB), $1149 / P76,990 (256GB), $1349 / P89,990 (512GB)
iPhone 11 Pro Max – $1099 / P73,990 (64GB), $1249 / P82,990 (256GB), $1449 / P95,990 (512GB)
Available Colors: Midnight Green, Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Notable Specs: A13 Bionic chip, 4GB RAM, 5.8-inch (11 Pro) / 6.5-inch (11 Pro Max) Super Retina XDR Display, 12MP TrueDepth front camera system, Better Face ID with multiple angles, Triple rear cameras: 12MP wide with f/1.8 aperture, 12MP telephoto with f/2.0 aperture and 12MP ultra-wide with f/2.4 aperture, matte-backed glass, wireless charging, comes with 18W fast charger and Lightning to USB-C cable
Thanks to the resounding success of the iPhone XR, Apple had to rebrand the successors of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. With that, we now have the first Pro iPhones in the iPhone lineup.
The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max maintain the same screen sizes as its predecessors. They also share most of the specs with the iPhone 11: the A13 Bionic chip and the wide and ultra-wide rear cameras. What makes them stand out is the better Super Retina XDR display with 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and proper HDR support. They also have the 12MP telephoto rear camera that now has a faster f/2.0 aperture.
Who is this for? Unlike last year where most of the focus was on the Xs and Xs Max, most people will gun for that iPhone 11. I said it best in a tweet:
There’s nothing more to say but that.
There you have it! That was my 2019 iPhone lineup guide. Have you decided on which iPhone you’re getting? Sound off in the comments section below!
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(10/9/2019) Updated with Philippines pricing on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
(09/15/2019) Updated with changes to iPhone lineup due to Apple’s September 2019 event:
Removed: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max
Added: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
(10/26/2018) Updated with Philippines pricing on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
(09/16/2018) Updated to reflect changes to iPhone lineup based on Apple’s September 2018 event. Removed iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone X. Added iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max.