The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top-tier model in Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup. But it shares many similarities with its smaller sibling, the iPhone 11.
Notable differences include:
- A larger 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with HDR10+ support running at 2688-by-1242 pixels
- An additional 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom on the rear camera
- Improved IP68 water resistance good for submersion in up to 4 meters (13ft) of water
- Increased storage capacity options up to 512GB
- A larger 3500mAh battery
If you want the most immersive viewing experience, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a good choice out of this year’s iPhone lineup. It has improved contrast and color over the standard iPhone 11, increased resolution, and a slightly larger screen. While reviewers found it excellent for reading text it really shines for gaming and watching HD video with its larger display and minimal bezels.
The camera also includes an additional 12MP sensor and telephoto lens, providing up to 2x optical zoom -- something the iPhone 11 cannot do. Reviewers also noticed improved accuracy with the portrait shot modes of the camera thanks to the extra data available from the lens.
The phone’s larger battery allows for all-day battery life with ease and a noticeable boost over the previous iPhone XS Max. In fact, it’s the 2019 iPhone with the longest battery life. However, the iPhone 11 Pro Max also includes an 18-watt charger with the phone -- unlike the iPhone 11-- so charging speeds will be snappier as well.
Finally, there are some subtle design differences. While looks are largely the same as the standard iPhone 11, the rear glass features a matte coating which reviewers liked for its added grip and improved fingerprint- and smudge-resistance. The frame is also stainless steel instead of aluminum adding a slight bit of heft and a more premium feel.
In terms of performance, software, connectivity options, and more, the iPhone 11 lineup is identical. Many reviewers actually recommend the standard iPhone 11 over the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max for most users. For more on what to expect from Apple’s latest release, be sure to check out our summary of the iPhone 11.