iPhone 11 Pro Max review: what's the "Pro" feature does the annual flagship offer us?

ByArlan Adolph 2019-12-26 1961

For Apple, products with the name "Pro" often represent extreme performance. These products bring excellent product experience to users through state-of-the-art hardware. Especially in the field of productivity tools, this is true of Mac, and so is iPad.


In this before, Apple has launched a number of products named "Pro", including MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, iPad Pro and so on. These devices have become the best companions for professionals because of their powerful hardware performance. This year, "Pro" finally came to the iPhone product line, and the new iPhone 11 Pro Max, has naturally become the focus of people's eyes.

So where on earth is this new iPhone "Pro"? Powerful hardware? Excellent three-camera system? A better screen? These are the highlights of the iPhone 11 Pro series, but they don't seem to be all. Let's unveil the mystery of iPhone 11 Pro Max and see what's so special about the first "Pro" of the iPhone product line.

iPhone 11 Pro Max design

Starting with iPhone 8, Apple returned to the glass backplane design and further removed many elements from the backplane to make it simple. As a new Pro series, iPhone 11 Pro Max obviously goes a step further, with its backplane logo moved to the center of the fuselage and the word "iPhone" removed from the bottom. It seems that Apple is preparing to implement "simplicity" to the extreme this time.

 

This year's iPhone 11 Pro Max also has many special features in appearance, such as the choice of backplane glass, which uses a new foggy glass backplane instead of the previous bright glass. For people like me who like to run naked, the advantages of foggy glass can be said to be quite obvious. It feels similar to MacBook's trackpad, does not stain fingerprints as easily as glossy glass, and appears to have a premium texture exclusive to the flagship product, coupled with a bright stainless steel frame of the same color, fully demonstrating its "Pro" characteristics.

When many people first see the iPhone 11 Pro Max, they focus on the matrix triple shot in the upper left corner of the fuselage. Because Apple uses more advanced polishing technology this time, the crater-like camera bulge is polished on a whole piece of glass. This design is very similar to the previous iPhone 7 series, which is integrated by grinding in a whole piece of material, but this design is also very demanding, and currently only Apple dares to implement this kind of design on the glass back panel in the industry.

 

In my opinion, another advantage of this "crater" design is that it reduces the sudden sensation of the back three-camera module. The crater design, which is slightly higher than the glass cover, can effectively reduce the bulge of the camera and make the whole phone look more harmonious.

And in daily use, this integrated molding cover also has a major advantage, that is to support IP68 grade water resistance. Apple officials say the new iPhone 11 Pro Max can stay at a depth of up to four meters for up to 30 minutes, so common liquid splashes will have little effect on it.

 

In fact, after the iPhone 11 Pro Max, there are some details that have to be paid attention to, that is, the weight and thickness of the phone. This time, the weight of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 226g, and the weight after putting on the phone case is almost half a kilogram, so if you think this weight is a bit unacceptable, maybe you can consider the 5.8in version of the iPhone 11 Pro. After all, there is no difference between the two except the screen size and battery capacity. In terms of thickness, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 0.4mm thicker than the previous generation, but considering that the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a larger capacity battery, the thickness increases slightly, which is actually within the acceptable range. 

 

In terms of appearance, the screen of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is almost no different from that of the previous generation, but in terms of screen quality, the improvement of this generation can be said to be quite great. This time the iPhone 11 Pro Max is equipped with a "hyperretina XDR display", and as we can see by the name, Apple believes that this screen on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is as powerful as the Pro Display XDR. "hold the Pro Display XDR screen in the palm of your hand" may be the best interpretation of this screen.

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max is equipped with super-retinal XDR display

According to official data, the screen quality of iPhone 11 Pro Max is indeed among the top, with a contrast of up to 20000000 Pro Max 1, a maximum brightness of 800N for daily use, and a surge of screen brightness to 1200N when viewing HDR content, greatly increasing the dynamic range. And in addition to the increased brightness, the iPhone 11 Pro Max screen performs better in terms of power control, which is one of the reasons why the iPhone 11 Pro series has better battery life.

 

From the iPhone XR released last year to the new iOS 13, Apple seems to be deliberately reducing the presence of 3D Touch. On iPhone 11 Pro Max, the 3D Touch feature officially said goodbye to us and was replaced by the "tactile touch" of the previous iPhone XR. But despite the removal of the touch layer, most of the 3D Touch experience remains, and we can re-press the screen by pressing the screen for a long time, with little difference in daily use with iPhone's built-in Taptic Engine.

But for some gamers, or users who are used to 3D Touch, it is obviously a pity to cancel 3D Touch. For example, many "Game for Peace" players have become accustomed to re-pressing the screen to open the scope, and now after canceling 3D Touch, these players may need to re-adapt to the new manipulation.

 
Tactile touch

After actual measurement, the removal of the pressure layer will not affect common operations such as moving the cursor and opening the secondary menu, and the cancellation of the pressure layer also provides more space for large-capacity batteries. From this point of view, it also seems to be a positive.

iPhone 11 Pro Max camera performance and samples

The biggest update to the iPhone 11 Pro series this year is the brand new back three shots. Apple officially calls it a "Pro-level camera system", which is a sign of official confidence in it.

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max with rear camera

Has to say that Apple did take some thinking into the design of the iPhone 11 Pro Max Tri-shot, which is to create a unified photo experience. In terms of parameters, the three cameras are all 12 million pixels, which are the equivalent 13mm focal length ultra-wide-angle lens, the equivalent 26mm focal length wide-angle lens and the equivalent 52mm telephoto lens, which just correspond to different shooting scenes.

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample sheet (telephoto)

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample sheet (wide angle)

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample sheet (ultra wide angle)

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max trifocal demonstration

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample sheet (telephoto)

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample sheet (portrait mode)

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample sheet (high-profile monochromatic light effect)

Some might say that multifocal camera combinations are already common in the Android camp, but in Apple's view, a unified photo experience is a top priority. People who use Android phones for a long time will certainly find that due to the inconsistent parameters of the three cameras of the Android phone, it is difficult to keep the color of the picture uniform during zoom, and the occasional "stutter" will occur due to different camera parameters when zooming. However, on iPhone 11 Pro Max, such a scenario does not occur. Because after Apple's adjustment, the three lenses of iPhone 11 Pro  Max are almost identical in terms of white balance and color. No matter which camera you switch to, the color of the whole picture will not be significantly different. This is the new photo experience Apple has created for us.


After the white balance and the color of the picture are unified, the experience of "seamless zoom" comes naturally. When we picked up the iPhone 11 Pro Max to take pictures, there was a real experience of twisting the zoom lens in a trance, which is very rare in today's mobile world. By the way, the zoom experience of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is also a little different from the previous products, first of all, the zoom ring becomes larger, and then the internal Taptic Engine, will have a "click click" vibration effect when the zoom, which is an excellent experience.

In order to match the new imaging system, the camera interface of iPhone 11 Pro Max has also been greatly upgraded. The most obvious is that when the wide-angle lens or telephoto lens is turned on, the left and right sides of the iPhone 11 Pro Max viewfinder will appear translucent, looking more immersed. In fact, these more immersive images are provided by other lenses. When the telephoto lens is turned on, the wide-angle lens will take part in the scene, while when taking pictures under the wide-angle lens, the ultra-wide-angle lens will also participate in the scene. The system creates a very immersive picture by stitching.

 
More immersive images

It is conceivable that the three cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro Max do not work independently like other phones, but it is obviously a bit of a pediatrics to just create a more immersive image in the photo viewfinder. The iPhone 11 Pro Max also has a feature called "Super frame View". When turned on, iPhone will use two cameras to take pictures, with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses in 1x mode and wide-angle and telephoto lenses in 2x mode.

After pressing the shutter, the phone will use the powerful computing power of the A13 bionic chip to synthesize a photo with a wider field of view in the background. After my many tests, the photos taken from the super-frame have no obvious stitching marks, and there is more room for processing when cutting and trimming the pictures in the later stage, and the secondary composition becomes easier after taking pictures. the success rate of photography has been greatly improved.

 
Super frame View

The Super frame View feature is also available on iPhone 11 Pro Max thanks to the new A13 bionic chip and iOS 13's newly opened camera API, "multi-lens simultaneous view" function. At present, including professional camera shooting App FiLMiC Pro and domestic NOMO, have supported this new function. This experience of taking two different focal shots at the same time greatly improves the way iPhone 11 Pro Max is played.

Dark light shooting has always been a weakness of the iPhone, but starting from iPhone 11 Pro Max, we can also get a good photo experience in the dark light environment, because the night mode finally appeared on this iPhone. In fact, this feature has long been standard in Android's flagship models, but after actual experience, we found that iPhone's night view function still has a lot of exclusive highlights.

Thanks to the powerful performance of the A13 bionic chip, the iPhone 11 Pro Max can automatically determine whether to turn on the night mode according to the brightness of the ambient light, while at present, most Android flagships need to manually enter the night scene mode to take photos, so iPhone undoubtedly has more advantages in the photo shooting experience.

 
The upper left corner shows the night scene mode imaging time

When the iPhone senses that the ambient light is insufficient, the night mode is automatically turned on, and the imaging time is marked on the side of the viewfinder. With the powerful computing power of the A13 bionic chip, iPhone 11 Pro Max can accurately obtain the best imaging time, and if we are not satisfied with the preset imaging time of the system, we can adjust it manually within the range of 1s-10s. It is important to note, however, that we cannot manually turn on the night mode, so the conditions for turning on the mode depend on iPhone's own judgment.

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample (not on night mode)

 
iPhone 11 Pro Max sample (on night mode)

It is worth mentioning that the night scene imaging time of iPhone 11 Pro Max can be up to 30s, but to achieve such a long exposure time, a tripod must be necessary. And most of these extreme scenes can only be used to photograph the starry sky, and we rarely use such a long exposure time in the process of daily use.

When taking night view photos, do we need a picture as bright as day, or do we want to retain the atmosphere of the night? For now, Apple has chosen the latter. When shooting at night, iPhone 11 Pro Max can not only retain more complete details and enhance the layering of the photos, but also retain the atmosphere at night. I think this may be the charm of taking pictures at night.

iPhone 11 Pro Max video recording

If picture social networking represents the current trend, then in the next era, video is likely to become a new way of social interaction. You know, short video App, including Douyin, has long been popular all over the world, so more and more consumers are beginning to pay attention to the video shooting quality on their mobile phones.

 
Quick Video shooting in the photo interface

As a product positioned as "Pro", iPhone 11 Pro Max is also very powerful in video shooting. Thanks to the powerful performance of the A13 bionic chip, iPhone 11 Pro Max supports 4K 60fps video recording. It should be noted that the three rear cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro Max can all capture 4K 60fps images, and more games can be created through the combination of different focal lengths.

When shooting video by hand, the requirement of anti-shaking of the fuselage is also very high. This time, the anti-shake function of iPhone 11 Pro Max has been updated on the basis of the previous generation, and the video is more stable when shooting. Vlogger may also be able to capture the images they want directly through this phone.

Most people are paying attention to the rear three-camera system of iPhone 11 Pro Max, but as a mobile phone positioned as Pro, it is natural to achieve the ultimate in all directions.

This year's iPhone 11 Pro Max is equipped with a brand new 12 million-pixel front-facing camera, and its imaging quality is consistent with Apple's consistent characteristics, that is, authenticity. However, when we hold the iPhone 11 Pro Max horizontally, we will find that the new feature of this generation is to automatically enter ultra-wide-angle mode. In ultra-wide-angle mode, a multi-person selfie will be easier because its perspective can include a wider field of view.

 
A wider field of vision can be obtained when taking a horizontal selfie

In addition, the video shooting ability of the front camera has also been enhanced. The new 12 million-pixel camera can take slow-motion selfies at the frame rate of 120fps or 4K resolution video at the frame rate of 60fps. While improving the video shooting quality of the front camera, it also greatly increases the way of playing the front video.

Due to the poor video recording ability of the phone's front-facing camera, few Vlogger like to use the phone's front-facing camera to record their lives. But starting with iPhone 11 Pro Max, it takes only one step for a phone to take a high-definition picture, and with 120fps's slow-motion video, you can easily get some pictures that other phones can't take.

Pro class performance and battery life 

It has to be said that most of the functions of iPhone 11 Pro Max are inseparable from this powerful A13 bionic chip. Whether it is a good three-camera experience or a new night view mode, the A13 bionic chip has already penetrated into all aspects of the whole phone. From the performance point of view, A13 bionic chip does not need to say much, it is still the strongest existence on the surface. Using 7nm process technology and six-core architecture, both CPU and GPU, are the fastest in all previous generations of iPhone.

 

We use GeekBench to test the performance of iPhone 11 Pro Max. In terms of running scores, iPhone 11 Pro Max scored 5484 points in a single core and 13871 points in multiple cores, a slight improvement over the previous generation of A12 bionics, while the "performance core improvement of up to 20 per cent" in the official profile can also be known by running scores.

 
However, generations of iPhone have almost always been in the lead in performance, and if you focus only on hardware performance, you can't find all the highlights of this chip.

According to official data, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an improved battery life of five hours compared with the previous generation iPhone XS Max, and this high performance not only requires a large battery, but also tests the power consumption of the chip. This time, Apple officials said that the power consumption of the A13 bionic is more than 30% lower than that of the A12 bionic, and the lower chip power consumption also makes it possible for a long life.

As we all know, the performance of iPhone phones in battery life is not very outstanding, and "one charge a day" is the norm for most consumers. But starting with iPhone 11 Pro Max, maybe electricity phobia can say goodbye to you. Because this year's iPhone 11 Pro Max is equipped with a large battery close to the 4000mAh, coupled with the excellent power control ability of the A13 bionic chip, the iPhone also has a longer battery life.

Tell me a usage scenario that surprised me. When I first started using iPhone 11 Pro Max, I took pictures on this phone for almost half an hour, but the phone only lost 1% of its power. It is important to know that taking photos consumes a lot of mobile phone power, especially this year's iPhone 11 Pro Max will turn on multiple cameras while taking pictures, so we have reason to believe that this year's iPhone will be the most lasting iPhone. With the strong endurance strength of the

, It is natural to have an eye-catching charging speed. This year, iPhone 11 Pro Max is equipped with 18W fast charging head and USB-C to Lightning data cable, which is exactly the same as iPad Pro, which can finally provide us with faster charging speed.

According to the actual measurement, in the case of low power, the 18W fast charging head can charge the phone at full power and can charge half of the mobile phone in half an hour, which is significantly faster than the traditional 5W charging head. Now, even if you wake up in the morning and find that your phone is dead, you can "charge for half an hour and take more than half a day" through a fast charging head. coupled with the fact that the iPhone 11 Pro Max still supports wireless charging, there is no problem to replenish power anytime and anywhere.

Another noteworthy aspect of this year's iPhone 11 Pro is the newly integrated U1 chip inside the phone. The chip gives iPhone 11 Pro Max spatial awareness through ultra-wideband technology (UWB).

But there are not many functions on the U1 chip. Apple officials only say that with the U1 chip and iOS 13, the accuracy of the AirDrop can be greatly improved. Simply point your iPhone to someone else's iPhone, system and they will be prioritized and files will be shared more quickly.

It is obviously overqualified to use U1 chip to improve the accuracy of AirDrop. In my opinion, the U1 chip that supports ultra-wideband technology (UWB) is more likely to reflect Apple's ambitions for the era of the Internet of things. Perhaps the current UWB technology is still a little new, but it also means that the technology has a wide range of applications in the civilian field, and we are conducive to believing that Apple will be able to create more functions realized by UWB technology in the future.

Summary

This year, Apple redivided the iPhone product line and made a good distinction between the iPhone series in terms of price. The colorful iPhone 11 also has leading performance and good photo performance, but the price has a great advantage. The iPhone 11 Pro series has its own fog texture and powerful three-camera system, but the corresponding price threshold is also much higher. 

 

The first "Pro" in the field of iPhone came to us in this way. It is not difficult to find that thanks to the powerful three-camera system and excellent design, the new iPhone 11 Pro Max is enough to become a new product coveted by consumers. Especially in this era when everyone is a photographer, iPhone 11 Pro Max will focus on the camera to provide users with the most intuitive experience, so that the phone lives up to the name of Pro. The emergence of the

iPhone 11 Pro series can be said to be meaningful. It integrates a large number of new features created for professionals on the basis of iPhone 11. Such a new flagship can be recognized by many professional users. Maybe not supporting the 5G network is the only reason to stop you from buying it, but at this point in time, the 5G network has not yet formed a scale, so wouldn't it be a better choice to buy a new iPhone with good signal performance? 


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