iPhone 11 Max
It's been a little over a year since our review of the iPhone XS and XS Max, and it's that time of year to check out Apple's latest and greatest: the iPhone 11 family. This time Apple was able to launch almost all three phones, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max simultaneously, and we got our hands on all of them. We're running them through our extensive test marathon, again hoping to see how Apple's latest hardware improvements change the product experience.
This year we are not seeing major changes in how Apple is reducing its market segment among phone models, although we are seeing little change in name for new phones. The iPhone 11 is the direct successor to the iPhone XR: the new phone is largely similar to its predecessor in terms of external, though we're seeing new internal hardware as well as two of the three new cameras in the series.
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max make the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max a success. Here again, we are not seeing major changes in design, although the back of the phone is quite different from the regular iPhone 11. These are also the first devices that employ Apple's new full triple-camera system, using a new one. The generation's main camera sensor, the well-known telephoto module and Apple's first ultra-wide-angle module, match an important feature set that is prevalent in many 2019 flagship smartphones.
Along with the annual SoC upgrades in general and the new generation A13, a large area Apple has improved hardware design this year in terms of battery capacity and screen efficiency, with the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max in particular here. Has benefited from notable changes.
Starting with hardware internals, the new generation phones now come with Apple's latest A13 SoC. We'll learn more about the changes coming later in this article, but the high-level observation is that this year we're seeing two of Apple's new CPU microarchitects: two large performance "Lightning" cores at 2.66GHz. And four smaller efficiency "Thunder" efficiency cores at 1.73GHz. The design in favor of the GPU remains a four-core processing block, employing a new iteration of Apple's custom GPU microarchitecture that once again promises to achieve greater performance and efficiency.
Improvements to Apple's microarchitecture, in turn, will have to be done for most heavy lifting due to the processing performance of the A13. This year we are not seeing great improvement in the chip manufacturing side of cases, as Apple is employing TSMC's relatively iterative N7P manufacturing process for the A13. The N7P offers some improvements over last year's N7 process, but is far from a complete (or even half) generational update.
Cellular connectivity is provided by Intel's "PMB9960" modem, which is likely to be the XMM7660. This modem provides LTE Category 19 connectivity with download speeds up to 1.6Gbps. However it should be noted that you will need a pro model phone to reach the full potential of the modem, as Apple retains the regular iPhone 11 slightly, and as a result that model only goes up to 1Gbps. Another major upgrade in connectivity is the introduction of WiFi 6 (802.11ax) support via a new Broadcom combo module, possibly based on the BCM 4375 chipset. This makes Apple only the second vendor (next to Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series) to actually offer the new WiFi standard in a phone this year.
iPhone 11 Max stprage
In terms of main memory, the Pro models remain at 4GB LPDDR4X, and this year the base iPhone 11 is now even on parity. Unfortunately, this year the storage tier will also remain at 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. I think it is extremely conservative of Apple to continue the 64GB base model that most of the competition has switched to 128GB as a minimum. Granted, Apple makes more efficient use of storage thanks to HEIC and HEVC image and video compression storage, but it's still a cheaper design decision for people to choose higher-level options, which bear some of the peak-price premiums. Does.
iPhone 11 Max display
Shifting gears, let's talk about what's outside the new iPhones. As this is not a year where Apple is introducing a major design change for the phone - with 2019 essentially serving as a second 'S' year - Apple has largely leveled off in terms of phone design Left alone. Therefore, looking at the front of the phone, you will not feel that much has changed. It also means that Apple has not touched the display dimensions, which continue from 5.8-inch to 6.5-inch, as they are almost entirely dictated by the phone's form factors. Both the 11 Pro and Pro Max have OLED screens, though this year Apple has upgraded the display panel, which they have been using since the original iPhone X. Calling it its Super Retina XDR display, the new model now promises higher brightness levels up to 800 nits in regular content, and up to 1200 nits in HDR content. The new panel is also said to be 15% more efficient, which we review later.
Meanwhile the iPhone 11 display is the same as last year: it is again an LCD and comes at a lower resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels. I wasn't too impressed by the density of the XR display, and the fact that Apple chooses to maintain this resolution is unfortunate, as the iPhone 11 is a device that many people will use for many years to come. This is a highly subjective topic and opinion depends on how you use your phone - I read a lot in bed in the evening and hold the phone in such a way that I am sure There is an agreement for XR and iPhone 11.
Otherwise, the rear of the new phone has changed substantially, at least as far as the glass back design can change. The Apple logo has been moved from the upper third of the body to the center, while retaining Apple's new cameras and Pro's larger triple sensor setup, and the new camera housing and design definitely grab your attention.
iPhone 11 Max features
A very big and really practical design change on the Pro model is a new frosted chemical-etched matte surface. To be sure, it's not long before we've seen it, as OnePlus, LG and Google have introduced it to their phones over the past year. But this is actually a bit of a revolution in how much it changes the feeling of phones vs. regular shiny glass - I want all vendors to adopt the design, as it is a definite plus for phones. Apple's tech has the most granular-feeling texture of all the vendors, so it still doesn't indicate being glassy, while the finer texture found on the Pixel 3 and the kind of plastic that can make you look stupid .
The regular iPhone 11, by contrast, has a shiny back, paired with a matte camera rectangle. It comes with the common disadvantage of being a classical finger-print magnet.
iPhone 11 Max battery life
What we don't see externally - but can certainly feel - is the increased battery capacity of the various models, with all phones receiving larger (and often heavier) batteries. The iPhone 11 is regularly the most non-critical as it only sees a capacity increase of 5.7%, bringing it to 3046mAh. Yet, even with this capability, Apple has kept the weight of the phone at 194g, similar to the iPhone XR.
On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have significantly increased battery capacity. The 11 Pro gets a 14.5% increase over the XS, putting it at 3110mAh. This large battery causes the phone's weight to increase by 11g, with the smallest iPhones now weighing 188g. The iPhone 11 Pro Max goes even further, achieving a massive 25% increase in total battery capacity of 3969mAh. This adds another 18g to the weight of the phone, bringing it to 228g overall.
The reason that Apple may increase the battery capacity of the 11 Pro Max much more than the 11 Pro is due to a change in the layout of the battery. For the 11 Pro Max, Apple has switched from a dual-cell battery configuration to a single-cell L-shaped battery; This effectively increases the actual battery volume inside the phone. The iPhone XS made this change only last year, so there is no change for the 11 Pro in terms of battery layout.
And regardless of whether the change in battery capacity was the cause or effect, Apple has increased the body thickness of the Pro models by 0.4 mm, bringing them up to 8.1 mm. The thickness changes are immediately noticeable when comparing the two generations, though this does not fundamentally change the ergonomics of the new phone. Otherwise, the iPhone 11 remains the same thickness as the XR.
iPhone 11 Max production
Speaking of the body, the back glass and camera bump are interesting in terms of their construction - all with a large glass piece as well as a raised rectangular protrusion, with a shovel bevel in transition. The cameras modules each have their own dedicated circular raised metal ring housing around them, but because it is now infected by a raised glass rectangle element, it is no longer as sharp as Apple's earlier phones. This is despite the fact that the total Z-height of the cameras is actually no different than that of the iPhone XS. The camera glass is also exactly the same diameter as its predecessors, although the thicker metal ring appears as if the cameras in the new series are just bigger and chunkier. We continue to see very small raised O-rings to prevent surfaces touching the camera glass directly and to prevent scratches.
iPhone 11 Max camera
For the camera module itself, we are looking at new sensors for all of them. In terms of the main sensor, Apple has not changed its basic features, it is still a 12MP unit with 1.4MP pixels; However, this new generation of sensors now introduces full-sensor dual-photodiode or full sensor PDAF. In general is not new to smartphones, as we introduced on the Galaxy S7 a few years ago, but its use among other sensors can be seen in detail. Camera optics are largely similar to f / 1.8 aperture lenses as well as OIS.
The telephoto module should also have a new sensor, although we have no information on it other than being 12MP. Publishers saw a big change, switching from a f / 2.4 aperture to a larger f / 2.0 in the new series with OIS. This module is not displayed on the regular iPhone 11, making it exclusive to the Pro model.
Finally, a big new addition to the cameras is the introduction of ultra-wide-angle modules. It is a 12MP unit with f / 2.4 aperture. The 120 ° field of view of the camera is what makes it special, and is certainly a feature that Apple will need in 2019 to compete with other vendor's camera systems.
Apple has also greatly improved the camera software experience, which we cover in more detail in the (comprehensive) camera testing section of this review.
iPhone 11 Max review
Wrapping our look at the physical design of the phone, while the previous design of the iPhone 11 series has changed considerably, you'll be hard pressed to distinguish between the iPhone X, XS or 11 Pro when viewing them. Front. The net result is that there are small improvements in many places throughout the phone's body, but they are still very much iPhones as we know them.
This aspect is perhaps the most boring of the new phones; Apple iterates on its industrial designs for at least three generations, and consequently the iPhone 11 series represents the 3-year design originally introduced with the iPhone X. This gives Apple products a more "known" look and seems to be widely recognized, though given the competitive landscape - and especially in the last year where we've seen a ton of design differentiation from other vendors - The new iPhone 11 series regularly feels slightly dated in terms of its look, the iPhone 11 is particularly behind the curve in terms of bezel design.