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What changes in iPhones 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max compared to XS / XS Max

, friends and friends: the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max iPhones are already between us and, to be honest, there were very few surprises brought by Apple in their presentation almost everything they have (or have not) had already been advanced by insiders and leakers in the production chain of the devices.

Still, it is only natural that you are still a little confused by the news brought by the new smartphones regarding the devices they replace, the XS and XS Max iPhones (which, incidentally, have already been summarily killed and taken out of line). For fear nothing: in the next paragraphs, we will list everything that changes in the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max compared to their predecessors.

3D touch

Well, let's get the elephant out of the room: for starters, yes, the 3D Touch is dead and buried in the new gadgets. This was a talk that had been coming for some time, both from supply chain rumors and changes in iOS itself, and now it's sacrament.

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No one knows the exact reason for the retirement of the feature, but it is known to add a relatively thick layer to the panels of the iPhones. As the new smartphones gained a little bit in 2019 (more on that front), Apple may have removed the functionality so as not to make them much thicker than their predecessors.

In place of 3D Touch, the iPhones 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max rely on what Apple calls Haptic Touch, same feature on the iPhone XR (and the iPhone 11) and that, in the end, is nothing more than replacing the long press with a long tap. Such as Taptic engine is still present, you will have the same tactile feeling as before; The only thing lost is even pressure sensitivity.


At first glance, you could say that there are no changes here the new iPhones preserve, after all, the OLED panels of 5.8 and 6.5 inches of its predecessors. But there is news, yes: Apple gives the new components the name Super Retina XDR, with some of the same technologies applied to its (still on the released) professional monitor, the Pro Display XDR.

The new screens have a double contrast ratio (2,000,000: 1 now) and a maximum brightness of 800 nits (against 625 from before). The resolution and pixel density were unchanged, as were HDR, True Tone and Wide Color (P3) technologies.


As mentioned earlier, the new iPhones are slightly bigger and heavier than their direct predecessors perhaps to accommodate larger batteries.

The iPhone 11 Pro is 144mm high, 71.4mm wide and 8.1mm thick, against 143.6 × 70.9 × 7.7mm of the iPhone XS. It weighs 188 grams, compared to 177g of its predecessor.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in turn, is 158mm high, 77.8mm wide and 8.1mm thick, compared to 157.5 × 77.4 × 7.7mm of the iPhone XS Max. It weighs 226 grams, against 208g from its predecessor.

In visual terms, the new handsets are very similar to their predecessors especially front or profile, where there is no noticeable change in design. The rear guarding the new-generation changes, with the Ma vertically centered at the rear, the frosted-looking blasted glass and the new (and much larger) camera module, whose shoulder is integrated into the glass.

Speaking of which, Apple said that it is the toughest glass ever placed on a smartphone, both the front and the rear has double ion exchange, precisely to increase the resistance. If even the toughest glass, we will have to wait for the famous tests to confirm.


We have here the A13 Bionic, a direct successor to last year's A12 Bionic and, according to Apple, containing the most powerful CPU and GPU already placed in a mobile device.

According to Apple, both CPU performance cores are up to 20% faster and consume up to 40% less power. The four efficiency cores are up to 20% faster and consume up to 25% less energy. The two new CPU machine learning accelerators perform matrix calculations up to 6x faster, reaching 1 track per second.

The GPU, in turn, is up to 20% faster and consumes up to 30% less power. We will have to verify this with benchmarks and the general use of the devices, of course.

The new processor also has the Neural engine third generation (with eight cores) for even faster and more capable machine learning processes which potentially make the new iPhones smarter and more proactive in everyday use. According to Apple, it is up to 20% faster and consumes up to 15% less power, being the engine behind the Face ID triple camera system, augmented reality apps and more.


Here's the thing: Apple really wanted to do a camera-focused upgrade, and the new iPhones got a lot of new stuff. The most obvious is in the lens module itself, now much larger, square and with three sensors one more than before.

Cmera app on iPhone 11 Pro

The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max iPhones feature an ultra-wide camera, a wide-angle camera and a telephoto lens; the three with 12 megapixel sensors (the iPhones XS / XS Max had only the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens); with that we have zoom in 2x optical and zoom out also 2x optical. True Tone Flash of the new generation is brighter and has slow sync.

The biggest news from the cameras of the new iPhones is, however, in the software. With high doses of machine learning, Apple thrives on the field of computer photography, where results are improved not with better lenses or sensors, but with digital adjustments; The new generation of Intelligent HDR uses artificial intelligence to recognize objects and people in the frame and adjust the exposure of images accordingly.

We also have a new image processing mode called Deep fusion, which analyzes the photos taken pixel by pixel, optimizing detail, texture and noise in the images it will be released by the end of the year with a software update. H still one Night mode itself, for photos in low light conditions.

To top it off, we have 40% more light capture with the telephoto lens and 2x more height for panoramic photos.

In terms of video, we support 4K captures at 60 frames per second or, at lower resolutions, up to 120 frames per second for the slow camera effect. We have cinematic video stabilization and extended HDR, as well as audio zoom and native editing tools on iOS 13.

The front camera of the new handsets has also gained improvements, and now captures 12MP with a wider viewing angle for selfies.

Face ID

According to Apple, Face ID is now 30% faster. It also works from afar, from different angles these tests, of course, we will do as soon as we put our hands on the device.

Chip U1

As we detail in this article, iPhones 11 and 11 Pro come with a new chip called U1, which uses ultra-wideband technology for spatial localization purposes. For now, the news is only used for an improvement in AirDrop and the location of other willing that also have the chip, but all chips bet on a brief release of the so-called "Apple Tags", the trackers that will make the most use of the chip.


The new handsets are technology compatible Dolby atmosphere, which makes sound experiences more immersive and complete just plug in your phone and enjoy the latest in compatible apps.

In addition, Apple has implemented what it calls space audio In the new devices in her words, he creates a more immersive sound experience, just like in the movies.

Battery and charger

As we mentioned, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max iPhones have gained a good improvement in longevity. There are still no concrete numbers about the batteries of the new handsets (we'll let you know when they come up, of course), but Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro lasts up to four hours more compared to the iPhone XS, while the 11 Pro Max has five hours higher relative to the XS Max.

Apple 18W USB-C Charger

The new iPhones also come with a change that has been basically begged by consumers for years: finally, Apple included in their cases Fast 18W USB-C Chargers. It is good to note that the exclusive newness for the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max the "common" iPhone 11 still come with the 5W jursic charger.

Water and dust resistance

The handsets remain IP68 certified, but now resist drowning of up to four meters For a maximum of 30 minutes previously, the maximum depth was two meters.

iPhone 11 Pro with water

The new smartphones also withstand common liquids like coffee, cooling tea, as well as being dust resistant.


We now have protocol support Wi-Fi 6 (standard 802.11ax), launched last year with much higher maximum transfer speeds (up to 38% faster).


iPhone 11 Pro Midnight Green

The silver, gold and space gray colors have survived, but they join a fourth option, called green midnight and nothing but a weird moss green.

So here are the changes brought by the iPhones 11 Pro. Interesting, too, note some things that remain the same: we still have connectors Lightning, without support Apple pencil and without bilateral loading. The headphones included in the box are still the Lightning connector EarPods, and of course we still have no headphone jack.

We also have the same system Dual sim with eSIM (except in China, where both chips are physical). The storage capacities are also the same: 64GB, 256GB or 512GB. Prices are also identical at least in the United States.