23:00 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
It's iPhone launch day, which means the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are now in the hands of customers.
We picked up a new iPhone 11 and an iPhone 11 Pro Max for an unboxing and quick first impressions overview to give MacRumors readers who are still considering a purchase or waiting on their new phone a look at the updated devices.
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Our iPhone 11 Pro Max is in midnight green, the popular new color that sold out within just a few minutes after preorders went live. Midnight green is greener on camera than it looks in real life, and in some lighting, it's quite similar to space gray.
This is the first new color Apple has introduced for its high-end iPhone in years, and it's a rather safe choice because of its subtlety. There's also a new matte finish on the Pro models, which gives them a frosted look.
Apple introduced two new iPhone 11 colors this year: purple and green. Our iPhone 11 is the purple color, which is a soft lavender shade that's quite pretty.
Unboxing the new iPhones is standard procedure and there's nothing that jumps out as new, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max (and the 11 Pro) come with a new 18W USB-C charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable instead of the traditional 5W charger.
With that new 18W cable, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max support fast charging right out of the box. You can charge an iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The iPhone 11, of course, supports the same fast charging, but it still ships with a 5W charger and a standard USB-A to Lightning cable.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is heavier than the iPhone XS Max, and just a bit thicker. The extra weight isn't too noticeable, but it's worth noting that the Pro Max is Apple's heaviest iPhone to date. All that weight is attributable to a thicker, heavier battery and a major increase in battery life - the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts 5 hours longer than the XS Max, and the 11 Pro lasts 4 hours longer than the XS.
Apple's iPhone 11 also has a longer battery life than the previous-generation iPhone XR, but it's just an hour longer because the XR already had pretty awesome battery life.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max looks similar to last year's iPhone XS Max from the front, but the back stands out because of the new triple-lens camera system and the relocated Apple logo, which is now in the center. There was some chatter that the logo was relocated for bilateral wireless charging, but that's ultimately not a feature that the iPhones launched with.
There's also a new dual-lens camera in the iPhone 11, so it too looks different from last year's iPhone XR. The new camera in both iPhones is an ultra wide-angle camera lens that lets you get super wide shots for landscapes, taking photos of architecture, and, well, anything else. It's a neat new camera feature and we're going to delve into it more in a dedicated camera video.
Perhaps the most interesting new camera feature is the new Night mode, which is designed to take crisp, clear shots in low lighting conditions using machine learning and photo aggregation techniques. We'll be testing this out later too, but so far, it looks promising.
When it comes to the display, the iPhone 11 features the same LCD display as the iPhone XR, but the Pro has a Super Retina XDR display capable of 1200 nits of peak brightness, which is going to be noticeable when it comes to HDR. It's not a big difference, though. The iPhone 11 display isn't as good as the iPhone 11 Pro's display, but it's definitely good enough for most people given the iPhone 11's much lower price point.
3D Touch is gone in all of the new iPhones this year, replaced with Haptic Touch. Haptic Touch does a lot of what 3D Touch does, but it's an adjustment because there's no pressure sensitivity.
Apple says Face ID is 30 percent faster in the new iPhones, and it does seem quicker. Face ID is also supposed to work from more angles, but it still doesn't seem to work from flat on a desk and it still needs to be pointed in the general direction of your face.
All of the new iPhone models use an updated 12-megapixel front-facing camera and there are some notable updates. You can turn the iPhone to landscape mode to capture a wider shot, which is great for group selfies, and there's a new slo-mo camera so you can capture what Apple calls "Slofies." On the iPhone 11, since there are now two cameras, Portrait mode works with all kinds of objects and not just people like it did in the XR.
Apple introduced a new A13 chip in the 2019 iPhones, but last year's iPhones were so quick that it's tough to notice a difference in performance in real-world everyday usage. When it comes to gaming, photography, and AR, though, you may see some faster speeds.
All in all, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max aren't wildly different from last year's devices in terms of design and internal components, but the camera has received some major updates that really set these new iPhones apart from last year's models. Those who are heavily into iPhone photography might want to update, but the camera-focused update may not appeal to the average user who already has an iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, or even an iPhone X or iPhone 8.
iPhone users who have an older iPhone like a 5, 6, or 7 model will see more satisfying changes, and for these models, the $699 iPhone 11 is the most logical and cost effective update.
Did you get one of Apple's new iPhones? Let us know what you think in the comments. Stay tuned to MacRumors next week because we'll have more video coverage of the new iPhones, including a deep dive into the cameras.Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Hands-On With the New iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
22:15 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
iFixit this morning did a quick teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro to provide a brief look at the new smartphone's internals, and now the site is in the process of doing a much deeper dive through an iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown.
The repair site is just now digging into the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but has already found signs of the bilateral wireless charging feature that was rumored ahead of launch but ultimately not announced.
The iPhone 11 Pro teardown found two battery connectors in the new iPhones, which is a first, and further investigation by iFixit suggests the extra connector is a direct line to the wireless charging coil.With the phone powered on, we disconnected the lower battery connector and the phone stayed on and charged via the Lightning port, but not over wireless charging. Seems this extra connector is a direct line to the wireless charging coil, which could be an important feature for bilateral charging!
What's more, when we reconnected the cable, our phone displayed a momentary temperature warning before returning to normal. We suspect it lost contact with an important battery temperature sensor and shut itself down; this sounds a lot like a reverse wireless charging heat management feature to us.Bilateral wireless charging would have allowed the new iPhones to wirelessly charge devices like the AirPods, the Apple Watch, and even other iPhones. It was an expected feature for much of the 2019 rumor cycle, but just before the new iPhones launched, rumors indicated Apple had decided to pull the feature.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often shares accurate insights into Apple's plans, said that bilateral wireless charging was nixed "because the charging efficiency may not match Apple's requirements."
It's not entirely clear if bilateral wireless charging is something that can be implemented at a later date if the hardware is in place, or if that's Apple's plan, but as of now, there is no two-way wireless charging option despite the hints of it in the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
iFixit has also discovered a "new mysterious board" sitting below the battery that could be related to bilateral wireless charging.
The teardown so far has also revealed a slimmed down logic board to make room for the triple-lens camera setup and similar adhesive to last year's iPhones despite new water resistance ratings.
iFixit is going to be working on its iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown for the next few hours. Those interested can follow along on the teardown page for updates, and we'll also update this article when new details are shared.
Update: According to iMore's Rene Ritchie, bilateral inductive charging wasn't pulled from the iPhone 11 because it was never slated for production to begin with. Ritchie says there is no hardware in iPhone 11 models that would allow such a feature to be enabled later.
Update: It?s my understanding bilateral inductive charging wasn?t pulled from the iPhones 11. It was never slated for production and there isn?t anything in there that could be enabled later. (It would also be dumb to ship it without Watch support...) https://t.co/vXQxM4T3Yf— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) September 21, 2019
Related Roundup: iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "iFixit iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown Hints at Unimplemented Bilateral Wireless Charging Feature [Updated]" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
20:20 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today shared a new "Behind the Scenes" video highlighting how some of its iPhone 11 Pro footage used for promoting its newest devices was filmed.
The video demonstrates the photography rig used to capture Apple's professional footage, and the process that photographer Justin Bettman used to get some of the shots.Photographer Justin Bettman creates elaborate and detailed scenes in unexpected locations. Check out the process behind the production as Justin creates a bigger picture using the triple-camera system of iPhone 11 Pro.Photographs created by Bettman have been shared on Apple's Instagram account to highlight the iPhone 11 Pro's new triple-lens camera system with wide, ultra wide, and telephoto lenses.This article, "Apple Shares 'Behind the Scenes' Look at iPhone 11 Pro Photography" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:30 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple's iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max launched today, and repair site iFixit has picked up one of the new iPhone 11 Pro models to take apart for one of the site's traditional teardowns.
iFixit is doing this year's teardown live on YouTube, which everyone can follow right along to get a peek inside Apple's newest devices as they're pulled apart bit by bit.
iFixit's teardown is kicking off right at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, and it usually takes at least a few hours for the phones to be disassembled. We'll be following along and sharing highlights from the teardown below.
- There are two battery connectors in the iPhone 11 Pro, which is a first for an iPhone. iFixit says that this might be a sign of bilateral wireless charging, a feature that did not launch.
- The display looks about the same as the display in the iPhone XS with a similar Face ID arrangement.
- The Taptic Engine is smaller than the Taptic Engine in the iPhone XS. The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro this year no longer feature 3D Touch, which could be a factor.
- - As far as water resistance goes, the adhesive and waterproofing techniques seem to be similar to the water resistance features on the iPhone XS Max, despite the improved rating. Both iPhones are IP68 water resistant, but the iPhone 11 Pro has been rated to 4 meters at 30 minutes, while the XS Max was rated to 2 meters at 30 minutes.
- There are three adhesive strips holding the battery in place, making it more difficult to remove.
- Cable routing is different in the iPhone 11 Pro compared to the iPhone XS. There's a new cable that goes down to the charging port.
- The wireless coil in the iPhone 11 Pro looks the same as the charging coil in the iPhone XS.
- The battery is 11.6whr and appears to be thicker than the battery in the iPhone XS, which is in line with rumors.
iFixit has ended its live teardown and plans to go into more detail in an iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown that's coming later today.Tag: iFixitThis article, "iFixit Tearing Down New iPhone 11 Pro Live on YouTube" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:26 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max devices have a new hybrid software and hardware system for performance management, according to an Apple support document uncovered by 9to5Mac.
Apple says the automatic, always-on system is "more advanced" than battery and power management systems on older iPhones, working to provide the "best possible performance as battery aging occurs over time." The new iPhones' power needs are dynamically monitored, with performance managed in real time.
All lithium-ion batteries have a limited lifespan, and Apple says that battery aging might still eventually lead to "noticeable, possibly temporary, effects" on performance, such as longer app launch times, lower frame rates, reduced wireless-data throughput, backlight dimming, or lower speaker volume.
To review your iPhone battery's health and see if Apple recommends a battery replacement, navigate to Settings > Battery > Battery Health on iOS 11.3 or later. Apple typically recommends replacing an iPhone battery once its maximum capacity relative to when it was new has dropped below 80 percent.
iPhone battery replacements are free of charge with AppleCare+ or $69 out-of-warranty for the latest iPhones. Visit the Get Support page on Apple's website to initiate the replacement process.
Apple's performance management system became the subject of controversy when it was discovered through Geekbench results in late 2017, as Apple failed to inform customers when the system was introduced in iOS 10.2.1, leading to multiple class action lawsuits and government scrutiny around the world.
While some viewed the throttling as Apple's way of forcing customers to upgrade to newer iPhones, Apple denied any sort of planned obsolescence scheme, noting it "would never? do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades."Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "All iPhone 11 Models Feature New Dynamic Performance Management System to Reduce Impacts From Aging Batteries" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
16:09 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
References to three new Smart Battery Cases made by Apple have been found inside the code for iOS 13.1, appearing to confirm that the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max will all be getting Smart Battery Cases in the future (via 9to5Mac).
iPhone XS Smart Battery Case
The model codes for the cases are A2180, A2183, and A2184, which are believed to represent Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, respectively. Similar discoveries for a new Smart Battery Case line for the iPhone XS and XS Max were made last year, weeks ahead of an official launch.
One of the main upgrades on the iPhone 11 line, particularly for the "Pro" models, is the battery life of each smartphone. The iPhone 11 Pro is said to have 4 more hours of battery life than the iPhone XS, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 5 hours more battery life than the iPhone XS Max.
This has translated into reviews for the 2019 iPhones praising all-day-long battery life. Smart Battery Cases would guarantee even longer battery life for the iPhone 11 family, for anyone who truly doesn't want to have to worry about charging their iPhone.Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Evidence of New Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max Found in iOS 13 Code" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
15:23 20 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 launch day is now underway in the United States and Canada, with deliveries beginning to arrive to customers. Apple Stores are also opening early at 8 a.m. local time in each country to accommodate in-store pickups and walk-in purchases on a first-come, first-served basis.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook and retail chief Deirdre O'Brien attended the grand reopening of the company's newly revamped Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan today, posing for photos with customers and joining in the launch day excitement.
All of the new iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 models should be on display at most Apple Stores starting today for customers to try out. And as first noted by Mark Gurman, Apple has installed lit-up "11" and "Pro" window displays at select stores for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
"Pro" sign at an Apple Store via ericip220
Visiting an Apple Store today for launch day? Share your photos with us on Twitter by tagging @MacRumors.Related Roundup: Apple StoresTag: Tim CookThis article, "Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits Fifth Avenue Store as iPhone 11 Launch Day Continues Around the World" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums