3D Touch is gone. On the iPhone 11 Pro, it was replaced by Haptic Touch. It is just a long press with tactile feedback. In fact, some things are implemented a little easier, for example, through the “haptic” it is more convenient to rearrange the icons on the main screen, since now there is a context menu. You do not need to explain to people that they should click on the camera icon on the lock screen. Link viewing is slightly different in iOS 13.
The new Super Retina XDR display is installed. And now I can definitely say that this is the first Apple screen with full HDR support. The iPhone Xs could theoretically play HDR, but I personally haven’t noticed it that way. And now I see clearly, especially when watching John Wick 3 with Dolby Vision. The display as a whole is not inferior to the excellent Note10.
iPhone 11 Pro camera works better than its competitors in bright light, but sometimes loses Google Pixel 3 in the dark. Video stabilization is better than with older iPhones, all three cameras can now shoot 4K 60 FPS, and you can also switch between lenses if you shoot at 4K 30 FPS or lower.
Examples of photos:
These impressive shots come out thanks to the semantic rendering feature:
1. The iPhone starts writing photos to the clipboard as soon as you open the camera app.
2. Thus, by the time you actually press the shutter button, it will have four underexposed frames and the desired photo. Then it captures one overexposed frame.
3. Smart HDR looks in photos for things that he understands: the sky, faces, hair, facial hair, and the like.
4. He then uses the extra details from the underexposed and overexposed frames to selectively process these areas of the image: the hair becomes sharper, the sky remains quiet and the faces smoother.
Smart HDR is also now less aggressive with glare and shadow . Glare and shadows on faces are adjusted to restore details.
5. The entire image is saved and displayed in your camera.
6. All this happens instantly every time you take a photo.
There are not enough manual camera settings
I don’t understand why the “firmware” does not have fine-tuning cameras, for example, ISO, shutter speed or manual focus.
Case in point: I spent a day shooting examples photos on beaches and trails along the California Pacific coast.
The shot was pretty good, but at that moment I wanted me to have another body background – with manual focus control, which would allow me to more clearly highlight a couple, and the surrounding vegetation disappear in the rest of the landscape.
Front camera only improved a bit: the viewing angle increased, and the function of shooting video in slow mode (slowfoot) appeared.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer the best that Apple is capable of, but we still have an important question: Do you really need everything provided here? Certain changes, such as increased triple-camera battery life, are updates that everyone can enjoy.
However, in almost everything else, the differences in real day-to-day use can be so subtle that it can be hard to notice.
It works incredibly long, but the camera is not as good as we would like
WIRED noticed a better detail of photos compared to previous iPhones, but but the color accuracy decreased. The publication said that Apple removed a setting that allows you to save a regular photo along with the image processed in HDR. Now they are all HDR.
The publication claims that they prefer Apple night mode more than their competitors, because it turns on automatically and does not require you to choose a second special shooting mode, as in Google Pixel. Journalists also praised the extended battery life of the iPhone.
In my experience, it took me about 23 hours to drain the battery of the iPhone 11 Pro Max from 94% (I took it off the charger a little earlier) to 57%. Less than half took an entire day charging.
The iPhone 11 Pro is supposed to have added an extra four hours to last year’s batteries in the iPhone XS, although I haven’t been able to thoroughly verify this statement so far. These are just the first impressions.
The publication is sure the iPhone 11 will sell really well. It has the very best new ultra-wide lens that takes great family photos and landscape shots. It has almost all the features of the iPhone 11 Pro. But it doesn’t have the best screen and it doesn’t have a telephoto lens.
For people who want to solve the most advanced tasks – the best video and photo options, the best experience in dark mode, a brighter screen – take the iPhone 11 Pro and for everyone else, iPhone 11 is the most suitable. It will definitely become the best-selling smartphone next year.
Apple was able to coolly pump the camera
The triple camera appeared in the new product, which perfectly shoots in the dark. But I don’t understand who she really needs in everyday life.
A photographer gets amazing opportunities from all the cameras that combine photos together. This is an astounding achievement.
The updated telephoto lens is still equipped with an effective 52 mm and 6 element structure, but now it has switched from f / 2.4 to large f / 2.0, which allows it to capture 40% more light.
The new ultra-wide-angle camera has an effective 13 mm, 5-element lens, f / 2.4 and 120 °.
With 10x zoom Frova zoom the photos are … something in between terrible and dreadful. All three cameras are always ready for shooting: from focusing to exposure with white balance and tonal display.
I know this is a phone for a thousand dollars, which is very similar to last year’s phone for a thousand dollars. For most, iPhone 11 is also suitable, but only a few will appreciate the iPhone 11 Pro. Those for whom this is the main working device.
As I said, the differences in the camera may not really matter for most people, and that’s normal. And the main thing here is the iPhone for 699.
But if you want the best of the best, the best embodiment of iPhone technology and experience today, you can achieve absolute results with the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max.
I will take the iPhone 11 Pro, but most will have enough iPhone 11
This year, the iPhone 11 Pro is ahead of older models. Apple claims to have extended battery life from 4 to 5 hours. So far, they work better: I noticed that the iPhone 11 Pro lasts longer without recharging, which may be one of the main reasons to use them. And if you want maximum battery life, then this is one of the main reasons to choose the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
As for the 3D Touch, I will miss this technology. But even without it, pretty good life.
Two reasons to choose the iPhone 11 Pro Max:
1. It has a display with an increased resolution of 2688 × 1242 versus 2436 × 1125 in the usual Pro.
2. Battery life increased by 5 hours versus 4 hours with Pro.
But my favorite this year will be the iPhone 11 Pro, not Max. I gravitate towards the 5.8-inch size of the iPhone XS because its compact size and camera quality make it a convenient tool. This makes me love the iPhone 11 Pro even more, because the battery life is good enough to last almost an entire day. It looks like the perfect version of the iPhone X.
The self-timer function will definitely find its buyer. My children, for example, have already appreciated the innovation and are constantly playing with it.
To be honest, you can not upgrade to these iPhones. Personally, I will take the 11 Pro, because it will be useful for work, but most iPhone X or even iPhone 8 is quite enough. This is not the year when you need to run to the store headlong.
All publications appreciated the new Pro-iPhones, but no one saw any special reason to buy these devices for the average user.
If you are not going to use your iPhone to the maximum, you will be quite ordinary iPhone 11. It can do almost everything the same as the “firmware”, but it costs much cheaper.