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The iPhone 11 Pro Max Battery Really Is Enormous

A teardown of Apple’s new flagship shows that it’s battery has gotten a whole heck of a lot thicker.

Henry Phillips

It’s tradition that as soon as a new top tear gadget comes out, someone gets to ripping it apart to find out exactly what’s inside. And when it comes to iPhones, Apple’s reluctance to talk about specifics like battery size just means there’s more to find out by getting your hands dirty. Following the release of the new iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, The Verge spotted YouTube channel “D Channel” dutifully deconstructing one and showing off the hardware behind one of the Pro 11 Max’s biggest features: better battery life. Crack one open and you’ll find that yes, the Pro 11 Max battery is much bigger than its predecessor’s.

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Once liberated from its iPhone body, the iPhone Pro 11 Max battery is visibly thicker than the battery in the iPhone XS Max, as well as being a full L shape. And, according to the components’ markings, the new battery is rated to 15.04 watt-hours vs the 12.06 watt-hour rating of the XS Max battery. Increases in battery life don’t only come from bigger batteries. Effeciency improvements on the CPU and software level can also help eke out extra life, but there’s nothing quite like more lithium-ion into ensure that your phone will last into the wee hours of the morning, so it’s great to see Apple decided to pull out all the stops.

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