The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the sequels for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max if any doubt exists. They’re just as tall, with similar designs and displays, but they come with better performance, some big camera improvements, bigger batteries, and a new wideband chip from Apple U1. There’s a lot to explore, in fact, so don’t let the familiar look foolish.
On the back though, there’s a brand-new triple-camera system, and the rear glass now has a frosted finish we’ve grown to love since the OnePlus 6. There has also been some change in water protection, and the eleventh iPhones can now be submerged in up to 4 meters deep water.
The new Bionic A13 chip is an enhanced version of the A12 of last year. It definitely packs even more power, including a new ISP and DSP, but it is mostly based on the development of the A12.
The iPhone 11 Pro pair leads a move in the development of Apple and we like what we see. Let’s begin with the first impressions, though.
At first, it felt quite familiar to get the iPhone 11 Pro out of its box. The phone has the same shape and feels as the XS and X, and since then it’s nearly impossible to feel the extra 10 g that the 11 Pro has won.
On the other hand, the 11 Pro Max, while the XS Max is as wide as it is, is 20 g heavier and you can tell that right away. If you’ve been with the first Max for a year, you’ll know you’ve got a heavier phone right out of the bat.
The front hasn’t changed since the iPhone X launch in 2017, both iPhones look very familiar. There is either an OLED 5.8 “or 6.5” screen with a gigantic notch at the middle, very bezels. There is no wasted space at the bottom, instead of below, the screen controller is under the screen. This is what Apple has defined as bezel-less, although you can clearly see some very thin black lines around the OLED displays, which are equal in size.
Apple also applies an oleophobic coating to all iPhones and enjoys it as well as the 11 Pro series. This is your shield against fingerprints and smudges, and while they eventually stick to the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max displays, they are easy to clean-it’s enough to wipe one with your palm side or part of your shirt.
And just like many other iPhones before Series 11, the new ones have the same buttons around the frame–a silent switch and volume keys on the left, the power / Siri key on the right. There’s also the SIM tray around that key.
The new triple camera on the top left of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max occupies a special square. The glass hump is pretty small and certainly not what we expected from the official images-the whole bump is half as thick as it was on the X and XS, along with the lens rings.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is powered by Apple’s largest battery that has been installed on an iPhone to date— a 3,969 mAh Li-Ion cell— 25 per cent larger than the one inside the XS Max.
Both models ship with an 18W fast charger from iPhone 11 Pro. If you use the aforementioned charger to charge your dead iPhone 11 Pro Max, it will recharge 50% of its battery in 30 minutes. If you do the same with your standard iPhone 11 Pro, the battery will replenish about 58%.
It takes about 2 hours to charge a full charge on both phones. If that’s too long, you can deactivate the newly introduced battery-ageing optimizations that limit charging above 80%. You will get faster recharge times by doing so, but your battery is supposed to age more quickly.
There are both stereo speakers on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. At the bottom of the phones is the first microphone, while the earpiece serves as a second speaker. The sound is very good and the only thing we noticed was that the earpiece lacked a bit of bass compared to the primary edge, but its loudness seemed to be on track.
The new iPhones also come with the newest Apple iOS, and the iPhone 11 series is the exception. We all run out of the box on the iOS 13, though the iOS 13.1 update was received and activated on September 24.
The iOS 13 is another major iPhone OS update, bringing a new system-wide dark theme, improving battery life and charging, and upgrading a few of the default apps with new looks and features— images, charts, reminders. Sign in with Apple ID is also part of iOS 13, and there is more extensive location access control.
The iPhone 11 trio has one biometric security feature, and that’s Face ID. It hasn’t changed much since it was launched into the iPhone X, though now that the new iPhones have a bit wider lens on their selfie cameras, Apple claims that the Face ID works from a wider perspective. Well, we tried it, and although this upgrade theoretically sounds reasonable, the improvement was difficult to see and feel.
All iPhone 11 devices support Face ID, and as an Alternate Appearance option, you can add a second face.
One of the main reasons the Pro moniker bears the new iPhones is due to the camera. Finally, Apple has added a third camera to its wide+tele setup, and it’s an ultra-wide shooter to be expected.
The iPhone 11 Pro pair uses the same back-side triple 12MP camera as well as the same front-side selfie setup. On both iPhones, all features, modes, options, and picture and video quality remain the same, so what follows now applies to both iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Max can capture all kinds of videos with all three cameras in all kinds of resolutions and framerates and even do it at the same time if you’ve got the right app. When Crop Out of the Frame is activated for videos, the device will use the ultra-wide camera to capture more footage and after 30 days, if you don’t edit your videos, the extra footage will automatically be deleted.
Faithful sequels and practical improvements on XS iPhones are the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And while we can still argue that this generation should be waiting for XS users, this is definitely a must-buy for any older iPhone holder.
The iPhone 11 Pro duo focuses on camera and battery life, two features that have consistently been missing from Apple. And it certainly took the Cupertino company time to catch up with the Android community, but it’s finally there, and the wait seems to be worth it. The main camera is getting a new ultra-wide snapper, Night Mode has arrived, and the size of the batteries has increased. That’s what many were hoping for.
Thankfully, Apple has managed to sneak some computer tricks that sprinkle some of the magic for which the creator is famous. With all four cameras at once, you can shoot 4 K videos at 60fps. The Crop Outside Frame is a very cool feature and it definitely took a proper adjustment of the camera to work that well. The expanded range of dynamics across all videos is quite impressive.