– Alright, it’s iPhone time. Apple released three newiPhones all at once this year. The iPhone 11, the iPhone 11Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Now, I honestly think theiPhone 11 is the phone most people in the iOSecosystem should get if they’re upgrading. So we’ve got a wholeother review of that phone that you should check out, too. But this, this is the Pro review. The dark mode, cash moneyreview for professionals who use their phones to do pro stuff. Like taking telephoto photos. Actually, I have no idea whyApple called these phones Pro. They’re basically just niceupdates to the iPhone XS, but I also think it’s a wasteof time to argue about names. iPhone 11 Pro Max is a bad name. But you know what, it’s a great phone. And I think Apple might have done it. This is the best cameraI’ve ever seen on a phone. Let’s get into it. (calming music) The iPhone 11 Pro looks almostexactly like the iPhone XS from the front. It’s a little heavier and thicker, but unless you’re comparing them directly, you probably won’t notice.
I certainly didn’t. You do get a much biggerbattery in exchange for that extra size,which Apple says leads to a four-hour battery lifeincrease on the regular Pro and a five-hour jump for the Pro Max. But it’s surprisinglyhard to check that number. I’ll get into why in a minute. The big difference fromthe XS comes on the back where Apple says the rearglass is now stronger and it comes in this frosted matte finish. It also integrates a glossycamera bump with three cameras. The whole back and the bumpis a single piece of glass that’s milled out. The iPhone 11 is the reverse. It has a glossy back andthe camera bump is matte. Now you know. I got a lot of questionsabout this matte finish and I think it’s really nice, especially in this newmidnight green color. It didn’t really pick up any fingerprints, but it does seem a tiny bit more slippery than the gloss back of the previous phones and the iPhone 11. But I also think most people are just going to stick this thing in a case, so it doesn’t seem like a huge issue. A lot of people also askedme if this matte finish will scratch easily, similarto the back of the Pixel 3, and so far the answer seems to be no. But we’re going to have tokeep an eye on it over time. Apple’s finally relented and included an 18W USB-C fastcharger with the Pro phones.
So you get a USB-C toLightning cable as well. Now Apple’s USB-C chargeris not the smallest or prettiest charger out there. But anything is better thanthe slow 5W brick it’s been including foryears, so I’ll take it. So let’s get into these cameras. Apple has a lot at stake here. Google and Samsung’s camerashave been outperforming the iPhone for a couple of years now. And Chinese phone makers, in particular, have been racing each otherto add an endless array of photography features. If you’re in the US, you’reprobably locked into iMessage and no camera is goodenough to make you switch. But Apple doesn’t have thatadvantage in big markets like Europe and China. Everyone uses WhatsApp and WeChat, and switching from iOS toAndroid is much easier. So Apple’s added a bunch of features that first appeared on Android phones. There are three camerason the iPhone 11 Pro. The telephoto camera hasthe same basic sensor, but a faster f/2.O lens. The main camera has the same f/1.8 lens and a slightly better sensor. And there’s the new superfun ultra-wide camera, which is basically twice aswide as the main lens and f/2.4. And the f/2.2 front camera is now 12 megapixels, up from seven, and has a wider 24mm focal length so it can pull out toa slightly wider angle in landscape for selfies. Apple’s also updated itssmart HDR processing system, which I was not very impressed with when I reviewed the iPhone XS and XR. The iPhone 11 cameras are anenormous improvement over the XS, and beat the Pixel and GalaxyNote 10 in most of our tests.
This shot of Verge videoproducer, Mariya Abdulkaf, outside in bright sunlight shouldn’t be too hard for anycamera to do a good job with. And all these photos look basically fine. But zoom and do 100 percent crop and the improvement from the iPhone XS to the iPhone 11 main camera is stunning. The iPhone 11 is way sharper,with way more detail. I also think the iPhone11 does a way better job than the Note 10 and it’sa little better to my eye than the Pixel 3. This improvement is due to something Apple’s calling semantic rendering. Basically, Smart HDRrecognizes what’s in the image and renders it appropriately. I asked Apple to breakdown how it works for me and it basically goes like this: First, the iPhone startstaking photos to a buffer the instant you open the camera app. So by the time youactually press the button, it’s captured four underexposed frames and the photo you want. Then it grabs one overexposed frame. This is all basicallythe same as the iPhone XS and the Pixel 3, except the Pixel doesn’tgrab that overexposed frame. Second, Smart HDR and semantic rendering then start looking for thingsin the photos it understands. Faces, hair, the sky, things like that. Then it uses additional detail from the under and overexposed frames to selectively processthe areas of the image it’s recognized. Hair gets sharpened, but the sky doesn’t. It just gets de-noised. Faces get relighted tomake them look more even and the iPhone knows tosharpen up your facial hair.
Smart HDR is also less aggressivein flattening the photos. Highlights and faces aren’t corrected as aggressively as before because those highlights makephotos look more natural. But other highlights andshadows are corrected to regain detail. Finally, the whole image issaved and you’ve got a photo. This all happens instantlyevery time you take a photo, which is a testament to how powerful Apple’s A13 processor really is. Here’s that final image we just took. You can see how the iPhone11 preserves more detail than the Pixel and Note inthe shadows and highlights, and just blows the iPhoneXS away in sharpness. The improvements to Smart HDR areapplicable across cameras. Here’s a quick comparisonof the ultra-wides in the 11 Pro and the Note 10. The Note 10 did a betterjob exposing the sky, but the 11 is just a muchsharper photo with more detail. You can see the same thing with selfies. The XS Max has pulled up shadows so much that it looks a little hazy, while the iPhone 11 evenlypulls up shadows in Mariya’s face, but preserves the contrastwith the background. The Note 10 did all kindsof goofy skin smoothing and the Pixel 3 looks great, but it has less detail than the iPhone. Just look at her eyelashes. Now there are places where the iPhone 11 didn’t win in our tests.
The XS historically struggledwith backlit subjects. And while the 11 is adefinite improvement, this photo is really blue. And there’s basically nodetail in Mariya’s face. I think the Note actually didthe best overall job here. And I think the Pixel doesthe best job in low light, but the iPhone isn’t bad. It’s a lot better thanthe XS was last year. Apple’s promised a newmode for these situations called Deep Fusion, which is supposed to ship later this year, but I wasn’t able to test it. If it improves photostaken in this kind of light, then the iPhone will basically pull ahead in every situation. Apple also added a Night mode this year and it’s really impressive. It preserves a ton moredetail than the Pixel. It comes on automatically in the dark and suggests an exposuretime, which you can tweak or turn off if you want. The Pixel photo here looks more dramatic, but look a little closer. The iPhone has preserved all of the detail in the brick and graffiti,which is basically gone in the Pixel shot. Both of these Night modephotos look pretty similar, but look at all the extradetail in the bushes in the iPhone shot. Same with this shot. You’d never know that fence waseven there in the Pixel photo. I think the Pixel producesmore dramatic-looking shots out of the camera,
but I wouldrather have the extra detail from the iPhone. All in all, I think theiPhone 11 camera does better in bright light thanthe Pixel 3 and Note 10, and the Night mode beats the Pixel 3 more often than not. If this promised DeepFusion update improves medium- to low-light performance as much as Apple says it will, the iPhone 11 will once again be the smartphone camera to beat. Apple’s also made videoon the iPhone 11 better with improved stabilization exposure and the ability to record 4K60 video from any of the three cameras. – But is it really that good? Let’s put it to the test. Alright, so we’re going tohead out in New York City and we’re going to testagainst the Note 10, the Pixel 3, and the XS tosee who does video best. We started out at the water and immediately you cansee the color differences between the cameras. The Pixel leaned into the warm tones, while Samsung muddied the mid tones. And the iPhone XS leanedinto the blues of the sky, while the 11 Pro balanced the warm andcool tones out the most. With the subject closer to the lens the Note 10 kept the flowers the sharpest, while the iPhone XS blurredthe background the most. Okay, we’ve got to test theaudio on all these phones.
I’ll let you guys be the judge. Do I sound like the beautiful angel voice that I have, angelic voice? Of course, the answer is yes. But on these phones, who’s to say? In low light, Apple isn’t afraid of underexposing the blacks, whereas Samsung andGoogle will bring them up. Now the 11 Pro does doa lot more smoothing to compensate for all of thenoise this typically creates. The front-facing cameraon the iPhone 11 Pro did a great job of balancing my skin tone and just the exposure in general. Even against this large neon light source. But it wasn’t as sharp as the Note 10. Now all these comparisons are great, but chances are you won’t berecording on all of these phones side by side at the same exact time. So let’s just talkabout the iPhone 11 Pro. The front-facing camera now records in 4K and the “slofie” is exactlyhow you’d imagine it. You’ll use it once and probablynever touch it again. The video from the rearcameras, though, is really good. Like, in perfect light, it’shonestly just impressive. Switching between lensesis pretty seamless in terms of color accuracy and exposure. And you can use the dial method or just tap the lenseson the screen to switch. Now you can’t switch betweenlenses when you shoot in 4K60. So make sure you set 4K30 or lower if you’re going to be doing that.
The ultra-wide angle lens looks super cool even with the crazy distortion. But there is no image stabilization, which shouldn’t be aproblem because naturally, the wider the lens,the less need for that. Both the telephoto and widelens keep your shot stable and pretty sharp for a sensor their size. The color is punchy and pretty saturated and in perfect lighting,you, too, can have that “shot on iPhone” look. But in low light, even the iPhone 11 Pro, when viewed on a screenlarger than its own, succumbs to noisy blacksand haloed highlights. My big issue, though, why do I have to leave the camera app to change the frame rates? It’s not intuitive andit’s just time-consuming. Apple, just put it in the app. iPhones have always had great video, but the video on the 11 Pro is the best I’ve seen ona smartphone to date. And the gap is only getting bigger. Enough of me, back to Nilay. – The screen on the iPhone11 Pro is a new OLED that Apple is calling theSuper Retina XDR display. There’s still a notch and Apple is still doing fancy, rounded corners and uniform bezels, which no one else in the industryhas really managed to match. Those bezels are still pretty big, though, especially compared to somethinglike the Galaxy Note 10.
This is the third year ofthe basic iPhone X design and Apple’s competitorshaven’t been sitting still in trying to beat it. The big upgrades to thescreen are around brightness and power efficiency. Basically, the screen can geta lot brighter than before and it also uses up to 15 percentless power, according to Apple. Now in typical situations, Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro display can go up to 800 nits of brightness and that when you’re watching HDR content, the highlights will peak at 1,200 nits. In normal situations, I don’tthink you’re going to notice it. I’ve never had a problem looking at my iPhone XS display outside. But it’s a huge and obvious improvement when you’re watching HDR movies. I never really bought the idea that previous iPhonedisplays were Dolby Vision, but the iPhone 11 Prodisplay kind of pulls it off. It’s hard to capture this on video, but it’s just a lot brighter and punchier on the 11 Pro display compared to the XS. The Note 10 displaydefinitely looks as bright, but the iPhone’s color processing looks way more natural to me, especially with Apple’sTrue Tone system turned on. Of course, Apple and Googleare still in a fight over video codecs, so you can’twatch any 4K or HDR content on the iPhone 11 Pro from YouTube.
So this video is not in4K if you’re watching on an iPhone. Sorry about that. Apple has also updatedthe audio on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, with somethingthey’re calling spatial audio. It’s basically a surround decoder. If you’re watching a Netflixmovie with Adobe 5.1 sound or game encoded in 7.1,you’ll get virtual surround from the stereo speakers. The iPhone 11s also support Dolby Atmos, which is a little silly forstereo speakers, but it’s there. There’s also standardwide stereo support like last year for everything else. All in all, the iPhonespeakers sound really loud and generally better than ever. There’s no more 3D Touchon the iPhone 11 Pro, it’s been replaced by whatApple calls Haptic Touch, which is basically justlong pressing on things with haptic feedback. In most places, you won’treally notice it’s gone and some things are actuallya little easier to figure out. Opening the camera from the lock screen feels the same to me. Rearranging icons on the home screen is a little simpler to figure out since there’s a contextmenu that pops up now. Peeking at links in Safari is a little different in iOS 13, but it’s also a little simpler. The only place I truly missed3D Touch was the keyboard.
You could press downanywhere on the keyboard to move the cursor around on the XS, but with Haptic Touchon the iPhone 11 Pro, you can only press andhold on the space bar. Now, I never really realizedhow many times a day I used that one specific 3DTouch feature and I missed it. But if the trade-off is that there’s more room insidethe case for a bigger battery, I’m fine with it. Apple claims the iPhone 11Pro lasts four hours longer than the iPhone XS, andthat the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts five hours longer than the XS Max. As I mentioned earlier, it’s really hard to test those claims. Apple doesn’t run a strict battery test that we can just repeat. Instead, it’s getting that number by taking its huge dataset of iPhone usage and applying it to a model of the new phone. So you’ll notice that the onlyhard numbers Apple publishes are like hours of video playback. Simple tests of a single task, which isn’t how anyone uses a phone. All that said, the batterylife on the iPhone 11 Pro has been impressive. I’ve been using an 11 ProMax as my primary phone for the past week, and it has consistentlyrun for 12 to 14 hours on a single charge. And about 10 hours of screen-ontime, off the charger, is reported in battery settings. That is a huge improvement over my XS Max, which generally runsfor eight to nine hours on a single charge. The smaller 11 Pro hasbeen just as impressive.
That’s the phone Beccaused for her testing and it still had 50 percent of its battery left the morning after she shother part of the review. It turns out a slightly thicker phone with a bigger battery wasthe right move after all. Inside the new iPhone 11 Pro, there’s the new A13 Bionic processor which, as usual, benchmarksfar above the competition. There’s a lot of headroomhere for things like AR, games, and high-end photo and video apps, but it’s not like the A12 Bionicin the iPhone XS is slow. Most of this extra power will be useful towards the end of this phone’slife, not the beginning. Face ID is a little bit fasterand works at more angles, but it’s not particularly dramatic, it just works a little bit better. I think this is the bestkind of iterative update. It made a thing thatwas already pretty good a little bit better, and anything that makessecuring your phone a little bit better is great. And most intriguingly, there’s a new chip inside theiPhone 11, it’s called the U1, which does precise positioning using an ultra wideband radio. Apple says the forthcoming iOS 13.1 update will allow you to just point the phone at another U1 device to put it at the top of your AirDrop list. But none of that worksyet, so we’ll just have to see. (calming music) Obviously, the iPhone 11 Pro runs iOS 13 and I have to tell you,iOS 13 is pretty buggy. I saw all kinds of glitches and crashes during my week of testing, andiOS 13.1 is already in beta and scheduled for wide releaseby the end of this month. So it really seems likeApple just squeaked this thing out the door andis racing to fix bugs.
I asked Apple about some of these glitches and they told me they’realways fixing bugs and iPhone owners generally auto update. But if you’re on thefence about upgrading, you might want to wait untilsome of these bug fix updates actually ship. Assuming all the bugs get fixed, the biggest new featurein iOS 13 is Dark Mode, which is very nice. But otherwise, this is alot of tiny little updates. There’s a swiping keyboard now. Reminders is a much better app. There are better photo editing tools and you can edit videos as well. Apple Maps keeps getting atiny bit better every year. Siri’s voice is slightly smoother. It’s a lot of little thingsthat add up into a big update, but if you handed thisphone to someone using iOS 12, they might not even noticeunless Dark Mode was on. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at$999 with 64GB of storage, which doesn’t seem likequite enough for that price. And the 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099. You can spec the Pro Maxall the way up to $1,449 with 512GB of storage, which means that you canpay an awful lot of money for this phone if you want to. If you’re in the iOS ecosystemand it’s time to upgrade, it’s a pretty tough choice this year. The standard iPhone 11offers almost everything you get from the Pro for $699. And I think most peopleshould get the iPhone 11. You’ll still get the improved main camera, the fun new ultra-wide lens,the A13 processor, and iOS 13, and all the rest. The extra money for the Pro basically buys you a far superior display, a telephoto camera, andimproved LTE performance.
And if you want a smaller phone, the iPhone 11 Prois a little bit smaller than the iPhone 11, which seems a tiny bit unfair to people who want a smaller phone. The entire lineup isstill pretty big, though. So if you’re hoping forsomething to replace that aging iPhone SE, you’re not going to loveany of these options. I’m very picky about displays and cameras, so I’m going to get an iPhone 11 Pro. In fact, the cameras onthe iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are so improved that I think they’re worth the year-over-year upgradefrom last year’s models for the first time in a long time. Add in the improved batterylife and the iPhone 11 Pro stands out as a majorstep forward from the XS and one of the bestflagship phones of the year. Or it will be, when Apple fixes iOS 13. Hey everybody, this was obviouslythe iPhone 11 Pro review. We also reviewed the iPhone 11, that was a fun collabwe did with Dieter Bohn. Watch both videos, they’reboth on the channel, and then let me know which of these phones you think you’re going to buy or if you’re waiting for the Pixel 4.