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⇣ Content

If anything remains truly stable in today’s world, it’s the reaction to iPhone announcements. Each time, couch analysts bury the company, accuse it of secondary nature (sometimes even of self-copying), of lagging behind the market, and at the same time of other mortal sins. And the further course of things remains just as stable — the new iPhones are being sold like hot cakes. In Moscow, according to rumors, this year there were no queues on the day of the start of sales, but this rather indicates that Apple is placing more and more emphasis on online sales, and the problem with the shortage of devices is gradually being solved at first. This is just a very good sign, and not vice versa.

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, official portrait

iPhone 11 Pro Max, official portrait

This year, the company introduced three iPhone models at once. The most affordable will be the iPhone 11 — it’s the default option for most people, the ideological successor of last year’s iPhone Xr and just a well-balanced device. More expensive options are the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. We are used to the word Pro in the names of laptops, iPad Pro is also a completely meaningful phenomenon, but where is the iPhone? Smartphone for professionals? Seriously?

⇡ # Technical characteristics, equipment

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Apple iPhone Xs Max Apple iPhone X Huawei P30 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10+
Display 6.5″, Super AMOLED, 2688 × 1242 (19.5:9), 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch, TrueTone technology 6.5″, Super AMOLED, 2688 × 1242 (19.5:9), 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch, TrueTone technology 5.8″, Super AMOLED, 2436 × 1125 (19.5:9), 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch, TrueTone technology 6.47″ OLED
2340 × 1080 dots (19.5:9), 398 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
6.4 inches, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 3040 (19:9), 522 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
Protective glass No information No information No information No information Corning Gorilla Glass 6
CPU Apple A13 Bionic: six cores (2 × Lightning, 2.65 GHz + 4 × Thunder, 1.8 GHz) Apple A12 Bionic: six cores (2 × Vortex + 4 × Tempest) Apple A11 Bionic: six cores (2 × Moonsoon + 4 × Mistral) HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 x ARM Cortex A76 @ 2.6GHz + 2 x ARM Cortex A76 @ 1.92GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A55 @ 1.8GHz); HiAI architecture Samsung Exynos 9820 Octa: eight cores (2 × Mongoose M4, 2.73 GHz + 2 × Cortex-A75, 2.31 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A55, 1.95 GHz)
Graphics controller Apple GPU (4 cores) Apple GPU (4 cores) Apple GPU (3 cores) ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 720 MHz ARM Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB 8/12 GB
Flash memory 64/256/512 GB 64/256/512 GB 64/256 GB 128/256/512 GB 128/512/1024 GB
Memory card support Not Not Not Yes (Huawei nanoSD only) Yes (microSD up to 1 TB)
Connectors Lightning Lightning Lightning USB Type-C USB Type-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm
SIM cards One nano-SIM and one eSIM One nano-SIM and one eSIM One nano-SIM Two nano-SIMs Two nano-SIMs
Cellular 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800
Cellular 3G HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE-A (up to 1600/150 Mbps), bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 LTE Cat. 16 (1024/50Mbps): bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34 , 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 71 LTE Cat. 12 (450/50 Mbps): bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40 , 41, 66 LTE Cat. 21 (up to 1400/150 Mbps), bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40 LTE Cat. 20 (up to 2000/150 Mbps), bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
NFC Yes (Apple Pay) Yes (Apple Pay) Yes (Apple Pay) There is There is
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), heart rate sensor
The fingerprint scanner Not Not Not Yes, on screen Yes, on screen
Main camera Triple module, 12 + 12 + 12 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.0 + ƒ / 2.4, LED flash, phase detection autofocus and five-axis optical stabilization — in the main and telemodules Dual module: 12 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.4, autofocus, four-LED flash, optical stabilizer in both cameras Dual module: 12 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.4, autofocus, four-LED flash, optical stabilizer in both cameras Quad module, 40 + 20 + 8 MP (periscopic) + TOF, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 3.4, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, dual LED flash Triple module: 12 MP with variable aperture ƒ / 1.5 / 2.4 + 12 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 16 MP, ƒ / 2.2, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization in the main and telemodules, LED flash
Front-camera 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, no autofocus, no flash 7 MP, ƒ/2.2, no autofocus, no flash 7 MP, ƒ/2.2, no autofocus, no flash 32 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash Dual module: 10 + 8 MP, ƒ / 1.9 + ƒ / 2.2, autofocus with the main camera
Nutrition Non-removable battery: 15.04 Wh (3969 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 12.06 Wh (3174 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 10.26 Wh (2716 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.96 Wh (4200 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: 15.58 Wh (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)
The size 158×77.8×8.1mm 157.5×77.4×7.7mm 143.6×70.9×7.7mm 158×73.4×8.4mm 157.6×74.1×7.8mm
Weight 226 grams 208 grams 174 grams 192 grams 175 grams
Hull protection IP68 IP68 IP67 IP68 IP68
Operating system iOS 13 iOS 12 iOS 11 Android 9.0 Pie, EMUI shell Android 9.0 Pie, native shell
Current price From 920$ From $620 for the 64 GB version From 55,000 for the 64 GB version $620 for 256 GB version $720 for 8/128 GB version, $1220 for 12/1024 GB version

Information about the technical characteristics and subsystems of the iPhone 11 Pro Max

The most unexpected thing in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max was the presence of an adapter for fast charging. We did not get tired of criticizing Apple for «saving on matches» a year or two ago, but now everything is in order. What’s more, the included Lightning cable has a USB-C connector on the other end, which means you can charge your new iPhone from your new MacBook without buying additional accessories. In general, this year Apple is not directly similar to itself. But no, it’s just very similar, because there is no adapter from Lightning to mini-jack in the kit — it’s finally and irrevocably time to use wireless headphones. So buy yourself, for example, AirPods.

⇡#Design and ergonomics

The most important news (good for some, bad for others) is that the face of the iPhone has not changed. Specifically, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is very similar to the iPhone Xs Max. He still has a “bangs”, she is also a “mono-brow”, she is also a cutout for the front camera, a speaker and a Face ID facial recognition system. And although this is clearly not the most successful decision by Apple, it serves one important function: the iPhone cannot be confused with anything, despite the huge number of imitators and obvious clones. When the back of the case is in most cases covered by a case, and the front is almost completely occupied by the screen, it can be very difficult to maintain recognition. Now the iPhone has another very characteristic element — a square block with three large cameras on the back. It is he who welcomes visitors to the official Apple website, and it is he who has become the most controversial element of Apple’s design since the abandonment of Touch ID.

Although something very similar in terms of the camera, if you remember, was last year with Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Then everyone took it as normal, and jokes and numerous memes about an ugly camera climbed out of every iron just now. This once again brings us back to the understanding that the iPhone is not just a smartphone, but quite a cultural phenomenon. No matter how loud it may sound.

Since today we are talking about the iPhone 11 Pro Max, we will compare it with last year’s counterpart — iPhone Xs Max. And the first thing you notice is a noticeable increase in weight. Last year’s flagship Apple was, to put it mildly, not easy — it weighed 208 grams, but now we have as much as 226. So it is not recommended to wear it in a shirt pocket, and the convenience of wearing it in the front pocket of jeans, as well as the inside pocket of a jacket or jacket, is already on edges.

There are at least two reasons for this weight gain. Firstly, the rear surface of the case is covered with a solid and rather thick piece of glass. If you look closely at the protruding square platform for the built-in cameras, you will notice that this is not an overlay at all — everything is cut out of a single piece of glass. With this approach, the iPhone should be better protected from falls, but we did not test it in the battle with freshly laid Moscow tiles, you never know. Apple has long used Corning Gorilla Glass in iPhones, iPads, and Watches—although it’s never listed in the specs—and is even investing in new Corning R&D. In theory, each subsequent Apple smartphone becomes stronger than the previous one, but the Web is already full of photos of broken iPhone 11 Pro. By the way, the back glass has a rough matte texture, the case itself is not as slippery as before, so the iPhone 11 Pro is not so scary to use without a case.

If the younger iPhone 11, which replaces last year’s iPhone Xr, is available in a variety of bright colors, then the flagship iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are available in more familiar colors: you can choose from dark (Space Gray), light (Silver), gold (Gold) and new dark green (Midnight Green).

The latter will definitely be the most popular. Firstly, it looks very fresh and unusual for Apple, and secondly, only with this color you can immediately understand that it is the new iPhone in your hands, and not some kind of Xs or X.

All controls remained in place. Two volume buttons and a mute switch on the left, a Lightning connector on the bottom, and a power button and SIM card tray on the right. The Home button and Touch ID sensor are in the dustbin of history. There will be no painful addiction when switching from the iPhone X or iPhone Xs: you transferred the data, put the new iPhone in your pocket and went — nothing has changed in this regard for years. And this factor in many ways keeps people from switching to Android. However, the point here is not only in the hardware, but also in the software. I’ll talk more about this a little later.

In the meantime, it is worth mentioning separately the improved protection of the case. Formally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max meets the same protection class as the iPhone Xs Max, IP68, but now Apple claims to maintain performance when submerged to a depth of 4 meters for half an hour.

⇡#Interface and features of iOS 13

New iPhones initially come with a new version of the operating system, although it is becoming available for older iPhones as well. So in iOS 13 there are a lot of new “chips” that significantly change the user experience. The most important thing — and the saddest thing for me personally — is the lack of 3D Touch. Long press is now used again instead of hard pressing. Say, if you want to change the order of icons on the desktop, you first need to call the context menu by long pressing on any icon, and then select the appropriate item in it. That is, one additional action appears, and this is not the only example.

The menu that allowed you to share pictures has changed — it has become more complex and confusing. It seems that a lot of the interface changes are aimed at further encouraging users to use iMessage. There is nothing wrong with that, after all, every manufacturer has an interest in promoting their own applications and services. But in a world where people love Telegram and also communicate with owners of other smartphones with other operating systems, all this complicates life rather than simplifies it.

The most anticipated innovation in iOS 13 was definitely the dark screen theme. I’m not a big fan of light fonts on a dark background while reading, but I was in awe of the night mode, in which the display takes on a yellowish tint and does not «press» so much on the eyes in the dark. So, the night mode in conjunction with the minimum screen brightness is still the best option for me for reading at night. I’m not particularly thrilled about the dark theme, but the fact that Apple gives you the option to set it to turn on automatically (from dusk to dawn based on your current location or when specifying an exact time period) is definitely nice. The same can still be done with the night mode, as well as the do not disturb mode, which turns off all sounds and notifications. In theory, an OLED screen should consume less power with a dark theme, but in practice, the difference can only be noticeable when you keep the dark theme active all the time. And even in this case, it will be small.

The new photo editing interface seemed very unusual — I often had to use the crop function, change orientation and level the horizon, in the standard gallery this was implemented more conveniently than in Instagram*. In iOS 13, the location of the icons of familiar actions has changed, but in general this process remains convenient. By the way, a similar logic of changes can be traced in the interface of the camera application. Apple is in no hurry to transfer all camera settings to the application (the choice of resolution, recording format and other important things are still in the main menu), but now it is possible to change the aspect ratio and turn night mode on or off, and the corresponding icon appears only when when you shoot in conditions of obvious lack of lighting.

Now Apple is betting on services — first Apple Music by subscription, then Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ — so the new operating system doesn’t really let you bypass them. I’ve had a long-standing dislike of the subscription model, but games on Apple Arcade look like games in an ideal world should. Without rigidly imposed built-in purchases and other modern vices — just play and have fun. And now Google is launching a similar service, it will be called Google Play Pass. So you don’t have to worry about the future of mobile gaming: it will not only be three-in-a-row and not only continuous microtransactions.

I will note two more small, but extremely important things. The first is the volume indicator, which no longer covers half the screen, but is displayed as a narrow strip on the side or top, depending on the context. It’s hard to believe that it took Apple so many years to figure out something so obvious. And the second is the ability to log into third-party sites and services using an Apple ID account. I used to have to keep the Facebook app on my smartphone to do this.* — heavy, clumsy and updated indecently often. The only thing for which it was needed was just logins to third-party services, it was clearly more convenient than through a browser. But now I’m happy to take it down and use a similar feature of Apple itself. True, you will have to wait a while until everyone fastens it to the login forms on their sites and services.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations in respect of which the court has made a decision that has entered into legal force to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for by Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On countering extremist activity”.

⇡ # Display and sound

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2688 × 1242. Purely in numbers, this display is very similar to the one used in the iPhone Xs Max — the same resolution, the same physical size and the same dot density . However, Apple calls it in a new way — Super Retina XDR display.

To be honest, I don’t remember a case when we would have to somehow criticize Apple for setting up screens — there was always a complete order with color reproduction and other parameters. Naturally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max was no exception. The OLED matrix used displays the perfect picture from any angle, supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 technologies. The declared contrast ratio is 2,000,000:1, but in the case of OLED, this figure will be very conditional — attempts to measure the contrast in laboratory conditions give infinity.

But the measured brightness corresponds to a good level for OLED — 487 cd / m2. Measurements were taken during daylight hours, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max may further increase the maximum brightness level in bright sunlight. You will have to come to terms with the fact that you do not have full manual control over this component.

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, gamma.  The yellow line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max performance, the dotted line is the reference gamma

iPhone 11 Pro Max, gamma. The yellow line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max scores, the dotted line is the reference gamut, the green, red, and blue lines are the curves for each of the primary colors in the iPhone 11 Pro Max

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, color temperature.  The blue line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the dotted line is the reference temperature

iPhone 11 Pro Max, color temperature. The blue line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the dotted line is the reference temperature

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, color gamut.  Gray triangle is sRGB coverage, white triangle is iPhone 11 Pro Max coverage

iPhone 11 Pro Max, color gamut. Gray triangle is sRGB coverage, white triangle is iPhone 11 Pro Max coverage

All of these results were obtained with True Tone turned off. By default, it is active, and its main task is to adjust the color temperature and a number of other color rendering parameters for the most comfortable perception in the current ambient lighting conditions.

The average gamma at default settings is 2.25, which is excellent, close to the reference. The color temperature is slightly above the norm — it approximately corresponds to the value of 6700 K. However, in my memory there was no device in which the screen would be much closer to the reference number of 6500 K, the iPhone is completely out of competition here. The color gamut matches the sRGB space almost perfectly. Finally, the average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (grayscale + wide range of color shades) is 2.58, which is also very close to the optimal value — let me remind you that 2.00 is considered the spherical norm in a vacuum for working with color, but the upper limit is 3.00.

Additionally, it is worth bringing the test results of the screen with the active True Tone mode. But here it must be clarified that the results will be different depending on how the external lighting changes. In this case, it was a cloudy day, and measurements were taken indoors without artificial lighting.

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, True Tone gamma.  The yellow line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max performance, the dotted line is the reference gamma

iPhone 11 Pro Max, True Tone gamma. The yellow line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max scores, the dotted line is the reference gamma, the colored lines are the gamma curves for each of the iPhone 11 Pro Max primary colors

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, True Tone color temperature.  The blue line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the dotted line is the reference temperature

iPhone 11 Pro Max, True Tone color temperature. The blue line is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the dotted line is the reference temperature

  iPhone 11 Pro Max, True Tone color gamut.  Gray triangle is sRGB coverage, white triangle is iPhone 11 Pro Max coverage

iPhone 11 Pro Max, True Tone color gamut. Gray triangle is sRGB coverage, white triangle is iPhone 11 Pro Max coverage

This is only needed to demonstrate the effect of the True Tone mode on the picture. We do not use them to evaluate the quality of the display.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max does not fail in terms of sound either. It has stereo speakers that are directed towards the user. One of the speakers is spoken, it sounds a little quieter than the system one, but the sound is tuned in such a way that it is not felt at all. Well, plus everything, now Apple announces support for Dolby Atmos. There is still no mini-jack, and a wired headset connects directly to the Lightning port. However, if you wish, you can purchase other wired headphones with this connector, or finally switch to wireless ones.

⇡ # «Iron» and performance

Once again, Apple launches the most powerful smartphone on the market. Here we have the new Apple A13 Bionic processor with six cores, the new Apple GPU and 4 GB of RAM. In megahertz and gigabytes, the iPhone is always noticeably inferior to the current flagships on Android, but the perfect optimization of all subsystems and software works wonders — from year to year, iPhones show excellent test results. However, this time not all test packages were ready for the new hardware and iOS 13. We are gradually changing the testing methodology, which will include a number of new tests in the future. In the meantime, we have to state the fact that in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max there are some surprises.

If everything converges in AnTuTu Benchmark, then the browser-based WebXPRT showed a result at least twice as low as it should have been. Attempts to test in different browsers did not change the situation — the results remained approximately the same, adjusted for testing error.

The superiority of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is especially pronounced in graphics tests. It has excellent results in GFXBenchmark as well as the outdated 3DMark IceStorm Unlimited. But even in the more modern 3DMark Sling Shot, the results are no less impressive.

Geeknench 4 has always shown the most accurate rating, but recently it went through another major update and the rating scale has changed again. Therefore, we cannot yet compare the performance of the new iPhones and Android flagships.

⇡#Communication and wireless communications

Apple changed itself last year when it launched the dual-SIM iPhone for the first time. True, then the model with two physical SIM-cards was available only in China and Hong Kong, and all other markets received a smartphone with the ability to use one physical operator card and one e-SIM. This phenomenon is still not supported by all operators, but the approach itself is interesting — for example, in different countries, Apple offered local tariffs that could be bought directly on the device. In some cases, the prices were exorbitant, but in general, this made it possible to do without buying local SIM cards, as well as universal solutions like Drimsim.

There is no 5G support in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, just as it is not in other eleventh-generation iPhone models — let this be a reason for someone to opt for a smartphone from some Korean manufacturer. But in my opinion, Apple is acting very wisely — mass deployment of 5G is definitely not expected until next year, and today not all operators are able to get the most out of even LTE. So, from the point of view of working on the Web, the owner of the iPhone 11 Pro Max will definitely not feel left out — the declared download speed is one and a half gigabits per second. In addition, all new iPhones boast Wi-Fi 6 support. There are no changes in terms of the NFC module — it can still only be used for contactless payment for purchases using Apple Pay.

Well, apparently, Apple did something with the antennas, since the iPhone 11 keeps the connection much better than the iPhone X or Xs. This was especially felt in hard-to-reach places and with a weak Wi-Fi signal, but now there are no noticeable problems, which is good news.

⇡ # Cameras and shooting modes

The camera has been the main focus of this year’s upgrade program. Apple has been criticized for the lack of a full-fledged night mode (like the Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro, for example), as well as for a noticeable lag in photo and video quality. However, the iPhone 11 Pro Max cuts off all this criticism in the bud. So, now the smartphone has not two cameras, but three.

A pair of a 26mm equivalent wide-angle lens and a 52mm-equivalent telephoto lens are joined by a 13mm EGF ultra-wide-angle lens. The viewing angle is very wide: Apple never tires of demonstrating this in its marketing materials — and every time it looks very powerful.

  Angle of View Comparison of Ultra Wide Angle (13mm), Wide Angle (26mm) and Tele (52mm)

Angle of View Comparison of Ultra Wide Angle (13mm), Wide Angle (26mm) and Tele (52mm)

It is worth noting, however, that the ultra-wide-angle module does not have optical image stabilization, and there is no autofocus. With such a wide viewing angle and such a large depth of field, this is not particularly necessary — the focus is fixed at infinity, but autofocus would make it possible to get sharp even objects located close to the camera.

iPhone 11 Pro Max ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto photos

In the daytime, the photos come out absolutely gorgeous, here you can’t fault them at all. You can compare the detail in the light and dark areas of the frame with what Android flagships give out, but we will deal with this separately, but for now look at examples of shots in real conditions.

The good news is that the long-awaited night mode has appeared in the iPhone 11. In it, the camera takes several shots with different exposures, and then combines them into one frame, in which all areas are well developed, there are no obvious overexposures and dips in the shadows. When shooting in the dark, a special icon appears on the screen that indicates the maximum possible shutter speed — 1, 2 or 3 seconds, and during shooting, a countdown indicator appears near the shutter button. Apple has managed to pull this off in a remarkably visual way and in its trademark minimalist style – all in all, we’re back with one of the best stock photography apps out there. However, the main thing is the result, and it is impressive. Capturing this on an iPhone X or even an Xs would have been impossible.

Examples of shooting on the iPhone 11 Pro Max in night mode

Speaking about the application for shooting, I want to endlessly note various little things. For example, if you are building a frame using a telephoto lens, then at that time the iPhone has a standard camera and the picture from it is displayed outside the viewfinder window so that you can better see what is not in the frame — in the case of a telephoto lens and its narrow viewing angle is especially important.

Another plus of the three cameras is that you can instantly switch between them when shooting video. True, there is one caveat here — when shooting in 4K at 60 frames per second, you can only use a standard camera with an equivalent focal length of 26 mm, and you can switch to others only if you shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second or in Full HD. The quality of video recording, as always, is very high — in a standard and telephoto lens, optical stabilization works excellently, the sound is recorded in stereo mode and sounds very good.

An example of a Full HD video shot with the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s ultra-wide camera

An example of a 4K video taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s wide-angle camera

Well, in addition, I will give examples of Time Lapse — videos shot using different cameras. The standard camera app on the iPhone handles this kind of shooting perfectly. True, the possibility of changing the interval for saving frames is not provided — for this you will have to use other applications.

An example of Time Lapse captured on the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s ultra-wide camera

An example of Time Lapse shot on the iPhone 11 Pro Max wide-angle camera

The front camera got the ability to shoot slow-motion video, and Apple is positioning this as a new feature called Slofy, but this idea seemed to me too far-fetched. Maybe it’s because I don’t have long hair so I can swing it in front of the camera and get some interesting movement in the frame. However, the ability to shoot video at a high frame rate on the front camera can be useful in itself.

Examples of taking photos on the front camera of the iPhone 11 Pro Max

Another interesting feature is that the viewing angle of the front camera changes slightly when you change the orientation of the smartphone. Vertically — a little narrower, horizontally — a little wider. This may be relevant for shooting group selfies, but I like it when a little surrounding space gets into the frame — it looks somehow more natural, the face is not so distorted.

⇡ # Autonomous work and charging

Apple traditionally does not like to talk about battery capacity in numbers, convincing us only that the new iPhone lasts longer than last year. The company has never been seen tampering with data, but in absolute terms, autonomy always looks better than all these “works 5 hours longer than the iPhone Xs Max.” Let me remind you that our standard test involves looping video playback at maximum screen brightness with an active Wi-Fi connection. But there is one small problem in that video — it is quite dark in itself, so OLED screens get some advantage over IPS matrices. So now we are testing all smartphones twice — in the old way and in the new way. At first, this allows you to see the difference in the results, sometimes significant.

In general, the iPhone 11 Pro Max played our old video for 14 hours, which is absolutely excellent, and in the case of the new one, its battery was completely discharged in 10 hours or more. If you thought that something similar will be observed when comparing the dark theme of the screen and the light one, then you are right, but only partly. The fact is that the content in the social media feed (pictures, videos) does not become dark — this only applies to some interface elements and text fields, so in this case the difference in working time will not be so significant.

I already said that now the package includes an adapter for fast charging, with it the iPhone 11 Pro Max charges noticeably faster. Perhaps you should say thank you to Apple. But here it is worth noting that the younger smartphone in the iPhone 11 line still comes with the old 5W power adapter.


Whatever the evil tongues say, the new iPhone is definitely a success. Of course, I cannot say that the owners of the previous generation models need to urgently buy a new one, just in this case, some restraint can be shown. In terms of performance, screen, Face ID speed and other things, the previous generation models are still wow. But everyone who now has an iPhone X and younger in their hands should be updated in a mandatory manner.

Performance, as always, has grown — in this regard, the iPhone will last you for three years, if not more. Battery life has reached the level of Android flagships — the iPhone 11 Pro Max can be actively used all day long, with games, social networks, constantly connected Apple Watch and AirPods — and the battery will not be completely drained at the end of the day. But the most important thing is, of course, the new camera system. The wide-angle lens greatly expands the photo and video capabilities. And in this sense, it is very commendable that in the dual camera on the younger model of the iPhone 11, Apple abandoned the telephoto lens, and not the ultra-wide angle. The only thing that never ceases to upset is the prices in Russia: you and I get almost the most expensive iPhones in the world.


  • it’s a new iPhone,
  • highest performance
  • great screen and sound
  • great triple camera,
  • good moisture protection
  • long working time.


  • No mini-jack adapter included
  • prices in Russia are just space.


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