How did Apple fit the record iPhone 11 Pro Max battery? The thicc and 3D thin

How did Apple fit the record iPhone 11 Pro Max battery? The thicc and 3D thin
Last week, the Chinese regulatory agency revealed the actual battery capacities of the new iPhone 11, Pro and Max models, and we then dug out a legal document from Apple itself confirming those to be true.

Nothing beats the good ol' teardown treatment to learn what Apple has put in an iPhone, though, given that it never discloses actual capacity or RAM amount of its handsets, preferring to talk about video or audio playback duration lengths instead.

Well, even those stats hinted that there is something going on with the 11 Pro Max battery pack, as instead of 15 hours of video playback that its predecessor XS Max is good for, the Pro Max is listed with a 20 hours endurance. 

Given that the improved display and chipset processes can realistically only amount for a small percentage of that bump, had we stayed on the same 3179 mAh capacity, there had to be a larger battery in there somewhere. 

Just as inferred last week, the Pro Max has the largest battery capacity in an iPhone ever, at 3969 mAh. That's entering flagship Android territory already and explains the hearty battery life increase.

How did Apple did it? Well, it made the Pro Max slightly thicker than the XS Max, and removed the 3D Touch layer from the display package, allowing it to fit a battery pack that is thicker and larger than the one it has in the Pro Max predecessor. 

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches

158 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm

Weight

7.97 oz (226 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Dimensions

6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches

162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.91 oz (196 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches

158 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm

Weight

7.97 oz (226 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Dimensions

6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches

162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.91 oz (196 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The difference is not that huge, mind you - 0.3 vs 0.32 inches - but the difference in weight due to the heavier battery pack and the extra camera is significant. Most of our poll results indicate that people would gladly exchange a slightly thicker and heavier phone for a good leap in battery life, so Apple may have taken the wise path here.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh

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47 Comments

4. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Expound on record. Has the battery already set some kind of record in Guinness or are you just using the noun simply off of fanboyism?

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As iPhones go, for the time I had the Pro Max (4 days), it was quite a bit improved over my XS Max. Again, as iPhones go. I went ahead and traded it for the Note 10+, and wowwwwww!

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Don't make midan cry!

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Too late lol.

27. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Yea man, this thing is amazing. Phone's been off the charger for 6 hours with 2 ½ hours of screen on time & I'm only at 85%.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm loving it

32. Tina_goodkid

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 24, 2019

Hahaha

8. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

9. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFYAACe2Nmk here is battery test. iPhone Pro Max just beat mate 30 pro and Note 10+ Just like i expected after hearing the improvements for the battery.

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It'll probably lose to the SD855 variant of the Note 10 Plus though. It gets an hour more screen on time than the Exynos variant.

19. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

But you need two hours more..

28. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"iPhone Pro Max just beat mate 30 pro and Note 10+" My friends' Pro Max will be here next week. We'll do a true real use test. The difference between you & me is that I actually base my statements off of real life experience vs pasting links from someone else's.

33. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Snap! LOL.

37. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

He actually found a store with the green Pro Max available now so the test will start today.

38. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What’s wrong with the test in my link? IPhone won so it’s not ok? ;)

41. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Did you not actually read his reply?

43. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Again, the difference between you & me is that I actually base my statements off of real life experience vs pasting links from someone else's.

44. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

What, you don't trust random dudes on the internet?

45. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Here's another with Exactly same kind of superior results compared to competition https://youtu.be/NX9B7lLLFs8 And this guy is very famous with his tests and is Android guy

46. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why does it bother you so much that he wants to do his own testing?

10. Tizo101

Posts: 566; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Android needs to optimise battery usage a bit better. Our CPUs are already more efficient but my complaint is how much battery gets lost while the device is idle.

25. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

That's the problem with Android. To many processes remains working on background. Doing so it have some advantages but also disadvantages.

47. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

More optimization is always better, but not sure I agree with you about it currently being inefficient or losing battery when idle. My current phone has a huge battery (4,500 mAh) and runs Android 8. I could idle for days, and generally get about 2 days of real-world use before I have to charge (with around 40% left still). Then again, my phone is pretty stock Android. I'm sure this gets worse with some skins/bloatware from the various OEMs.

12. NDESIGN_3D

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2019

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 3D Model 3d2v.com/apple-iphone-11-pro-max-3d-model-1584 Modeled using the Apple Case Design document. Perfect models used for Case design. Actual size , scale 1:1 , 3d print model

22. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The real reason is the incredible density of dual stacked mother board. Even with the tiny daughterborad (that is stacked too) the Apple adventage is owerhelming. Nothing even comes close to iPhone X board arrea and now Apple has absorbed an extra camera into the tighter packing. It is hard to do and super expansive, but now it is available for 699, only in iPhone. If they decide to pull it further next year, nothing will compete.

24. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 173; Member since: May 29, 2019

That's not remarkable at all for what you pay.

26. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I dropped all my Android phones for good about 2 years ago (even though I've been using iPhones since the original one). While Android still does some things better (notifications) , I got tired of the inconsistent apps and performance. Now that the battery life and camera are noteworthy, I doubt that I'll switch back any time soon.

35. oldskool50 unregistered

Seriously? You had to ask that? The same way Samsung has been doing it since forever. It simple. The PCB is now at the top of the phone and not running along the side. Leaving more room. Samsung has been doing that since the S8. What is funny is the S6 edge used the old design of the L-shaped PCB, and yet it still had a very large batter. Apple didn't have to do anything special. All they had to do was look at iFixit tear-downs of Samsung phones and simply copy what Samsung was doing. This isn't rocket science. But when Apple does something, lets make a dumb article about it to explain to the not so tech savvy, how Apple simply copied everyone else. AGAIN!!!

36. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You have not snapped out of the rumor season yet haven’t you ? And you have not even looked up the so special images too. Spoiler: the board is on the side and it is not about side but size.

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