Apple’s newly announced iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are slightly larger, and heavier, than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that came before them.
That’s unusual, too, because Apple is usually very much one for keeping dimensions as slim and light as possible. Even to the detriment of battery life. But no more, with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max crushing it.
The iPhone 11 Pro is 6.67% thicker than the iPhone XS, for example. That extra space is believed to be due to a larger battery, although we’ll have to wait for device tear downs to be sure.
The initial signs are very good, though, with Apple claiming that the new phones have between 4 and 5 hours more battery life than their predecessors. That’s a lot, especially considering Apple’s apparent fondness of just making sure a phone has “all day” battery life.
The reason for the change of heart isn’t clear. Some might point to the fact that Apple’s head design chief, the popular Jony Ive, is leaving the company. In fact, some would say that he’s effectively been gone for months, if not years. If that’s the case then it is conceivable that his lack of input has allowed a move towards a slightly thicker, but more capable, iPhone.
(From left to right: iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max dimensions and weight)
It’s his insistence on thin devices that has previously been pointed to as a reason devices have been thinner, but worse in key areas, than their competition. We’re looking at you, MacBook keyboard.
Whatever the reasons, we win. A slightly thicker iPhone isn’t going to be hugely noticeable by most. Especially after a couple of days. But an extra 5 hours of battery life ever singe day? That kind of thing, people definitely notice.
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