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…