In my review of the iPhone XS Max last year, I made it clear that it was an ?S? upgrade although it did bring some more noticeable improvements than expected.
This time with the line iPhone 11, Apple got it right. So, exceptionally this year, I would say that the upgrade may be worth to some people who have the immediately previous model something very rare to happen.
By this I do not mean that this year's generation is perfect far from it. It's nice that, in much of the improvements brought by Apple, the feeling we had that Apple, for the first time in a long time, stopped and actually listened to its consumers.
I've been using a space-gray 256GB iPhone 11 Pro Max for a few weeks now, but I will do my best to cover in this review the aspects that differ from the other models of the 11 Pro and 11 ?pure? line.
Let's go? ?
Let's cut to the most controversial point of recent months with respect to the iPhone 11, than its design. By now we know about one or another news that would come this year before the release, but when we talk about early leaks what matters most is the look of the housing of the device.
For a long time now, the repercussion from these leaks was not so negative. I imagine this year will only match the iPhone 4, whose prototype found in a bar and released by Gizmodo At the time it was so controversial that most people didn't even believe it was actually an Apple smartphone. (Today, some say one of the most beautiful iPhones of all time ?????)
What many forget is that in most of these leaks we have nowhere near a reliable representation of what the final device might look like. Yes, the general scheme is the same as we know of the square cut-out and positioning of the three rear cameras, but compare this here:
to final product:
Okay, I even accept that a lot of you still don't find him beautiful and don't put him on, maybe not Top 3 of the prettiest iPhones in history. But, undeniably, the final product is much nicer and more balanced than we expected.
Looking ahead, this year's 11 iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are identical to their predecessors, the XR, XS and XS Max. Not even the cutout (notch) has changed, and we will obviously have a tip on Face ID later in this review.
In the back, yes, drastic changes:
- We still have glass on every device, but at 11 Apple used a shiny finish (glossy) with square matte cutout (matte). Already in the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, the opposite: the rear all matte, with the square of the cameras brilliant.
- It is important to note that this square is still part of the same glass as the rest of the back. It is slightly raised, but carved from a single piece of glass. That's the kind of thing we can't even see in the early leaks.
- With this new big square there for the cameras, Apple thought it would be good to lower its logo from the apple that is now centered on the device. In addition, she took off the inscription "iPhone" and, in almost every country (where she got permission, that is), the regulatory marks just below her.
In addition, the buttons on the sides of the device that continue to be made of stainless steel on the Pro models and aluminum on the inlet model are slightly lower.
I really liked the matte look of the iPhone 11 Pro (Max), mainly because it doesn't leave fingerprints as visible as it does on shiny smartphones. But if I had taken part in the device development project, I might have chosen not to give the camera cutout that bright finish; It could be a bit high like but also matte like the rest of the handset.
By the way, the elevation itself is a little lower this year because the gadgets themselves got a little bit thicker. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, for example, gained 0.4mm in thickness and was 18 grams heavier than the XS Max.
Apple has retained the classic space gray, silver, and gold colors on the Pro models, but this year brought a new midnight green (midnight green) which did look very beautiful, a rather sober military style and even looks like space gray depending on the ambient lighting.
Like every year, Apple claims to have created the toughest glass ever placed on a smartphone (and testing proves that, by the way though far from unbreakable) and also promises greater water resistance, with IP68 rating to 4 meters submerged for up to 30 minutes
Otherwise, nothing has changed: holes for speakers and microphones, Lightning port, silent mode switch (it was rumored to look just like the old iPads), antenna lines, and chip tray.
Screen and 3D Touch
Ok, let's focus here on the front of the new iPhones.
In terms of basic technical specifications, nothing has changed on the screens of this year's three handsets. The 11 continues with a 6.1 ? LCD with 828 × 1792 pixel resolution (326ppp, Retina @ 2x), while the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have 5.8 ? (1125 × 2436 pixel 458ppp, Retina @ 3x) and 6.5 ? (1242 × 2688 pixels 458ppp, Retina @ 3x) respectively.
But all of them have been enhanced, especially the Pro models already voted the best placed on a smartphone. The contrast ratio is now 1: 2,000,000 and the maximum brightness reaches 800 nits with peaks of 1,200 nits when playing HDR videos. That's why Apple now calls this screen "Super Retina XDR."
However, confirming rumors of months, Apple actually killed the 3D Touch on the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max by remembering that the iPhone XR no longer had it, just as it does not have 11. That means the screens are no longer sensitive. the pressure, relying on the ?new? Haptic Touch (cute name for ?touch and hold?) to perform almost everything 3D Touch did.
I was personally upset about this, although I did not like it at all, for example, the inconsistency of using a 3D Touch iPhone and an iPad without. Incidentally, inconsistency was certainly a factor that weighed heavily on Apple deciding to kill the 3D Touch; he was not only not across the line of touchscreens as the system itself and apps did not exploit it in a decent way.
Apple is doing its best to make the Haptic Touch experience similar to 3D Touch, but it will never be the same. For me, certainly where I miss the 3D Touch on the keyboard most; To move the typing cursor, I now need to touch and hold the spacebar specifically. A clear example of a worsening experience.
If I had staked money on the changes coming to Face ID this year, I would have lost badly. In short: nothing has changed, and that's disappointing.
Face ID arrived on the iPhone in generation X in 2017. It was only natural that last year it would remain the same, but I was ?sure? that this year we will see the arrival of its second generation with some long awaited enhancements such as:
- Work even with iPhone horizontally;
- A significantly higher operating angle, for example, to avoid tilting the head on the table when unlocking the appliance without holding it in one's hands;
- An even higher level of security, even able to differentiate identical brothers / twins.
You see, I didn't put in the list above the performance, because from iPhone X to c Apple really managed to improve what was already good. On iOS 13, especially, Face ID was so quick to unlock the device that sometimes I don't even see the closed lock icon anymore. Point to her software development team.
By far, what bothers me most about this whole Face ID story still doesn't work with the iPhone lying down. And do you know why this is utter nonsense? Because last year's iPads Pro (yes, released in October 2018 just a month after the XS / XS Max iPhones) already have the Face ID working in any orientation. P **** Apple! What happens?!
I fully understand that making Face ID work in any orientation on an iPad is far more important than an iPhone, and I figured that last year Apple could not have built into the iPhones some extra special hardware that made it possible on iPads. But a year later, you can't understand / accept it. It's too annoying to be watching a video, for example, to stop for some reason and to have to turn the iPhone upright again. First World Problems, I know, but we're talking about one of today's most expensive smartphones. We have to be small.
That is, in terms of the hardware present inside the notch, practically nothing has changed from 2017 to C no matter that the clipping itself is the same size. What has changed this year is the front camera itself (we will talk about it later, of course), which now has a slightly larger angle and therefore should have benefited a little from the operation of Face ID. But I assure you, this is almost imperceptible.
Performance and battery
I put performance and drums together on the same topic on purpose, after all, this year the chip that equips the new iPhones A13 Bionic (no more creativity for codenames, Apple?) Was developed with a major focus on energy efficiency.
As the A13 does not bring performance gains; It is up to 50% higher than Snapdragon 855+, the current super-sufficiency of the Android world. But for those who live in the iPhone world, it is undeniable that Apple chips a few years ago have reached such a level that it doesn't even make much sense to be arguing anymore. xis percent earnings here or there. In short: the performance of the devices as a whole is excellent.
What's more, thinking about the processing power of these chips (both CPU and GPU, as well as the Neural engine which is mainly focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning and the like), the kind of practical benefit they provide in the lives of users. A simple example of this is the iPhones Portrait Mode, which can display the result of the photo with the background blurred in real time; not even the newly released Pixel 4 can do that (it actually takes a long time to apply the effect bokeh in the pictures).
Well, you know what I said there at first about Apple listening to consumers? Finally, after years of mocking the competition, it simply turned this year's iPhones into the best in the market for battery life. That simple.
Officially, the promise of 1h more at 11 X for XR (which was already exceptionally good at battery), 4 more at 11 Pro over XS and 5 h at 11 Pro Max over XS Max. These jumps are due to a combination of A13 chip optimizations with physically larger batteries, also thanks to the handsets getting a bit thicker and the 3D Touch being eliminated.
In practice, all that Apple promises, yes. In normal use in my daily life, I have ended the day with about 60% of battery life on my iPhone 11 Pro Max. In other words, I can say that it has become a two-day handset. Nice!
And Apple didn't stop by. Also after years of waiting, the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max now come with an 18W charger with USB-C input, providing quick recharge for them. With about half an hour of power, we have 50% battery.
But, as not everything is flowers, Apple with its classic stinginess has restricted this to Pro models. That is, those who buy an iPhone 11 still get the classic, slow 5W charger (which has remained the same since the release of the original iPhone in 2007). To enjoy the fast recharge, I need to spend a little more and buy a decent part charger. Sad.
Something that was expected and may have been canceled at the last minute by this so-called bilateral (or ?reverse?) recharge, which would allow you to place, for example, AirPods on the back of iPhones to recharge them using the smartphone battery. The feature is already present in some Androids by now, but for now nothing on iPhones.
In addition to the A13 and all the other chips / sensors we are accustomed to having inside iPhones (like accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor and so on), this year's three generation models include a new component that Apple preferred. nor comment on their release presentation.
And there's a good reason for that. The U1 is an ultra-wide-band chip that, at the launch of iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, was not even being used in the handsets yet. It was only with the arrival of iOS 13.1 in late September that Apple implemented the first feature that exploits it in the system.
In the new handsets, AirDrop has gained a distinctive interface that highlights the person closest to you just by pointing your iPhone at theirs. Data transfer between devices is also faster and more reliable, thanks to U1.
This, of course, is just the beginning. Apple is highly anticipated to soon release tags that could possibly be attached to objects and tracked precisely by the chip, not to mention other possible features we don't even know yet. Some see huge potential in it.
This year's biggest Wi-Fi connectivity breakthrough, which now supports version 6 (802.11ax) with a promise of up to 38% better performance. To enjoy this, however, you need to have a Wi-Fi 6-compatible router – one more thing for the future.
Bluetooth remains the same in version 5.0, but now it's worth noting that iOS 13 supports audio sharing between AirPods and Beats phones with the H1 and W1 chips. That is, you and someone else can connect two pairs of headphones simultaneously to iPhone and watch the same movie or series.
Unsurprisingly, it is important to note in this review that none of the new iPhones support 5G networks yet. This is only expected for 2020, possibly when Apple smartphones re-use Qualcomm modems.
Yes, yes: iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max still use Intel modems. As the legal settlement between Apple and Qualcomm only came out in mid-April, the design of the handsets was most likely completed with prototypes already in pre-production final testing.
This does not mean that modems that equip iPhones are bad, they support LTE Gigabit with 4 × 4 MIMO and even LAA, and apparently are 13% faster than last year. But it's definitely not the best and it's not the ones that support the largest number of bands / frequencies in one component.
That means last year's ?problem? continues: iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max sold in the United States do not bring support for the Brazilian 4G band 28 (700MHz APT). Watch the video above and understand all about it.
Just like last year, all new iPhones come with Dual SIM support ie they have a physical chip tray and a second digital chip (eSIM). I even just tested the feature during MM Tour VIII, it was really cool.
I don't even remember a year that iPhones have not improved their cameras any more, some less significant. But their front camera had long been "down," as if it were a minor component. Well, we're in the age of selfies, right?
Apple heard the cheering from the crowd and upgraded the front camera of the new iPhones from a 7 to 12 megapixel sensor, even though it kept the aperture open. f/2.2.
This makes it possible for the first time to record 4K video at up to 60 frames per second using the front camera. In addition, it now also supports slow motion shooting (Slo-mo) in Full HD 1080p at up to 120 frames per second allowing users to create what Apple called, bizarrely, in Slofies.
The front camera of the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also features Apple's new generation Intelligent HDR system, which promises photos with even greater dynamic range. The idea is that exposure and colors from different areas of the image will always be well balanced, and in practice this is noticeable.
Another welcome change but somewhat oddly implemented by Apple is the angle of the front camera sensor, which is now slightly more open than before and which, as I mentioned in the Face ID topic, must have contributed to the his work too.
I say this because, I don't know why loads of water, Apple decided to keep the same opening as before (ie give a Crop when the iPhone is upright, and when you rotate the iPhone horizontally, the camera will use all available angle to make it easier to capture more people in selfies.
Optionally, even d to tap a two-arrow button at the bottom of the Camera app interface or use the pin gesture (pinch) to change to the more open mode even with the iPhone vertically, but the problem is that the difference is so small that I still wonder why Apple decided to offer it instead of always using the larger aperture. No, not nearly as big a difference as there is between the rear cameras.
That said, I'm glad the iPhone now has a respectable front camera. I have rarely used it before just because it is so inferior to the back I would rather not have the benefit of being able to frame it. selfie Looking at the screen. Now that's not accurate.
From the first iPhone in 2007 to the iPhone 6s in 2015, all models had only a single rear camera. The iPhone 7 Plus was the first to incorporate a second (telephoto, 2x optical zoom), which remained in the 8 Plus and then standardized on X onwards.
Now, in 2019, Apple rocked the iPhones rear camera set.
In the case of the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max iPhones, the wide-angle main camera (~ 26mm) was kept with an aperture f/1.8, but the telephoto (~ 52mm) has gone from f/2.4 to f/2.0. The one that now has an opening f/2.4 The third camera added to the Pro models, an ultra-angular (~ 13mm) is the only one, by the way, that has no optical stabilization.
So now we have a 1x main lens, a 2x zoom, and a 0.5x super-open (almost fisheye-style) lens all with 12 megapixel resolution. This gives the photographer much more flexibility to compose their images without having to step forward or backward.
Three pictures taken in a row from the same place, just alternating between the three lenses. | Note: We had to compress / optimize the images for the web, otherwise they would be very heavy here in the post in original resolution.
In the case of the ?pure? iPhone 11, Apple did well to choose as the second camera precisely the new ultra-angle (not the telephoto lens, as before). I say this because the 2x optical zoom can even be ?faked? by a digital crop, but the 120 ° aperture of the ultra-angle is not.
Leveraging the power of the A13, Apple has implemented an out-of-frame photo / video capture feature on the handsets that I explain in the following video:
Apple has also equipped the 2019 iPhones with a new version of its True Tone flash, now up to 36% brighter than before. But honestly, with the arrival of Night Mode (read on), I don't even intend to use it. ?
Tripophobic chats go away, perhaps the core of the design policy of this year's iPhones is the disposition of such three rear cameras. Many found the way Apple followed "messy" rather than adding the third lens below the second in a vertical line.
Well, I even agree that this design is far, far from the most beautiful when we consider triple camera systems on smartphones. But clearly, what Apple did here was to prioritize function over form.
Explanation: the way they were arranged, the three lenses are equidistant, that is, the distance between them always the same. And there is a very important reason why this is so: to avoid those "jumps" when you are switching between one camera and the other when zooming in on videos.
This slight variation between one lens and another can certainly be compensated by software, something that would no longer be possible if the user switched between a camera up and down in a vertical arrangement.
With the exception of XR, all iPhones have always based their Portrait Mode (which blurs the background of the image just like when using wide aperture DSLR lenses) on both lenses. That is, the subject that may be a person, an animal or an object was captured by the telephoto lens and the data to blur the background by the wide angle.
Now that we have three lenses on Pro models, it is up to the user to take his portraits as before (at 2x) or now also at 1x ie the subject will be captured by the wide angle and the blur data by the ultra angle.
By the way, Portrait Light Mode won on iOS 13 a sixth option called Bright Light Mono. It does basically the same thing as Mono Stage Light, except that instead of placing the subject on a black background, he puts it on a white background.
The effect, when it works well, cool.
I remember, when we discussed the late implementation of the Qi induction recharge on the iPhone, our expectation was that Apple would come up with something better and different from anything on the market. This is not what happened.
Fortunately, with Night Mode, it did what we expected from Apple: it took something that already existed and did it better. And I say that in some ways.
The main one of course, concerns quality of images. Since Google put the Night sight at Pixel, I think this is all a great witchcraft and Apple engineers certainly wasted no time: they went to get their certificates at Hogwarts.
The Night Mode Witchcraft of the new high-end iPhones, lighting very well in low-light environments, preserving unbelievable detail but, above all, not turning night into day. This was something that bothered me a little on competitive smartphones.
Another good touch Apple-like Night Mode, which on iPhones is fully automatic. There is no new separate mode for it in the Camera app; When the smartphone notices that there is little light in the room, it shows a Night Mode icon in the upper left corner of the screen and you have, of course, the option to turn it off if you want.
In order to capture as much light as possible for these night shots, smartphones require longer than normal exposure times, and on iPhones this is very clear from the user interface. When you snap the photo, an animation shows a countdown (usually 2-3 seconds) during which you should remain as stable as possible. Any "flicker" is compensated for by the camera's optical stabilization and, again, by the software's sorcery.
From left to right: iPhone XR, iPhone 11 Pro Max with flash, normal iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone 11 Pro Max with Night Mode. | Note: We had to compress / optimize the images for the web, otherwise they would be very heavy here in the post in original resolution.
If you hold your iPhone over something or trip it, the system also automatically understands it and allows you to take a photo with exposure of up to 30 (!) Seconds. D to capture something like this here:
Perhaps the only annoying part of all Night Mode is the fact that it doesn't work with the ultra-wide lens. The reason for this is most likely the lack of optical stabilization in it, which should greatly help in compensating for small flickering when taking long exposure shots. But Apple could enable the ultra-wide angle function at least when the iPhone was used on a trip, for example.
There was no way 2019 would pass and Apple would not bring its own Night Mode to the iPhones. And I was very, very happy with the whole work.
At the moment this review is going live, the latest stable release of iOS is 13.1.3. But it is already testing, in its third beta, iOS 13.2 and, with it, come a new feature for iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max that Apple introduced as Sneak peek in the release keynote.
His name is Deep Fusion, and it is not very simple to explain but it matters that it works similarly to Night Mode, except that in slightly better ambient lighting situations, and generate incredibly sharp and detailed images.
At least in the current iOS 13.2 beta, Deep Fusion is even more automated than Night Mode. There is nothing on the interface to turn it on or off, and it's even hard to know when it acted on a particular image.
But in practice, what Deep Fusion will do is use multiple lens information from the new iPhones coupled with a lot of machine learning and complex graphics processing algorithms to, within seconds, generate images like the two views above.
If Apple is late in the Night Mode game, Deep Fusion may put it ahead of the competition in terms of computer vision and image processing.
In the video capture, which iPhones already leave the competition all eating dust, we also have improvements. They are now able to capture 60 frames per second 4K movies with extended dynamic range, which was previously only possible up to 4K30.
Not only that, but the new iPhones also incorporate a really nice ?audio zoom? feature for videos we demonstrated in this post.
Probably recognizing the workings of apps like Instagram, where you tap the shutter circle to take a photo, and tap + secure to shoot, Apple brought that same concept to the new iPhone's Camera app through a feature it called QuickTake (no, not this one).
The options are now these, so:
- Touch the button: take a picture.
- Touch and hold button: Start shooting until you release the button. If it slides to the right, it ?locks up? in shooting mode and you can then take your finger off the screen.
- Slide the button to the left: shoots multiple photos in sequence in Burst Mode which was exactly what happened before when we played and held the button.
More photo examples
The following is a small gallery with more examples of photos taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Click / tap to enlarge them:
A few more points / observations that did not go into other review topics, but are worth mentioning here:
- Nothing has changed in the capacity options of the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max iPhones – all three come in 64GB, 256GB or even 512GB; j iPhone 11 sold at 64GB, 128GB or 256GB.
- Apple has incorporated support for Dolby Atmos and ?space audio?, providing a superior (more ?three-dimensional?) sound experience in compatible content.
- For the first time, Apple is now also selling a transparent case for the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. That's what I chose, by the way.
Also watch this other video of ours:
It is undeniable that every year the iPhone gets improvements and here and there. Depending on your use of the device, some of them will interest you more or less. But only a few times have I completed a review indicating the upgrade to those who have the immediately previous model.
Thinking quickly here, such leaps happened in 2010, with the iPhone 4, which brought the first Retina display; in 2014, with the iPhones 6/6 Plus, which came with new designs with larger screens; maybe in 2016, with iPhone 7 Plus and its dual camera with portrait mode; and in 2017, with iPhone X and its screen occupying the entire front of the Face ID device. If we stop to look at the entire history of the iPhone, there are not many examples.
And yes, I'm putting iPhone 11 (Pro / Pro Max) in this cake.
We always have to look at the whole set (design, screen, chip, etc.), but there are two things that certainly stand out a lot this year and are the reason why anyone who has an iPhone XR, XS or XS Max would be interested in trading for An 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max: Battery and Cameras.
It was quite basic on any smartphone, and for many years we suffered from iPhones that were getting thinner and lighter (would it be a Jony Ive obsession, perhaps?), And as a result they had no respectable batteries. This year, the three models are excellent in this regard. All are devices that, except for very atypical / intense use, have batteries that last at least a full day.
When it comes to cameras, you think the square is horrible or not, but they are undeniably sensational. All have greatly improved in quality, we now have more flexibility than ever with the three different focal lengths, Apple got it right in Night Mode and soon we will have to break a magic technology coming up with Deep Fusion.
But of course, that's all for those who really think it's worth investing their hard-earned money on such an expensive device. Generally speaking, it is always more interesting to change iPhone every 2-3 years or so; In such cases, changes between generations become much, much more noticeable.
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