iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 SIGNIFICANTLY brighter than 11 Pro

FuzzMunky

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I got both a base 11 and a pro. The pro is supposed to be much brighter now on max but that is not what I am finding at all. The 11 on max brightness feels much much brighter. Here are three photos at different brightness levels. I tried with and without True Tone on and off, which made no significant difference to the results. You may think this is due to the photos being slightly off axis but this is not the case either.
Maybe I just have a broken screen?
All in all this LCD on the 11 feels very very very close to the oled in contrast (even though I know it isn’t).

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Apologies for photo quality. I was using my outgoing iPhone 6...
 

Wide opeN

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I got both a base 11 and a pro. The pro is supposed to be much brighter now on max but that is not what I am finding at all. The 11 on max brightness feels much much brighter. Here are three photos at different brightness levels. I tried with and without True Tone on and off, which made no significant difference to the results. You may think this is due to the photos being slightly off axis but this is not the case either.
Maybe I just have a broken screen?
All in all this LCD on the 11 feels very very very close to the oled in contrast (even though I know it isn’t).

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Apologies for photo quality. I was using my outgoing iPhone 6...
Wow, that's no bueno for sure. Thanks for sharing! I'll be interested to see what comes of this...
 

FuzzMunky

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Did you go to Settings->Accessibility->Display & Text Size->Toggle off Auto-Brightness (very bottom) ?
Yes you were right. This was the issue. Now it is much brighter. However, what is the point of this setting separate to the other auto brightness setting?
 

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Yes you were right. This was the issue. Now it is much brighter. However, what is the point of this setting separate to the other auto brightness setting?
I have no idea why it's turned on by default. Leads to a lot of people thinking their screens are defective.
 
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FuzzMunky

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I’m still really impressed with the base 11 LCD though. It is a much more comfortable reading experience than the OLED in the dark. I was not expecting that at all. The OLED makes me feel like I’ve dropped acid. Weird trails when you move your head or scroll.
 
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aakshey

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@OP, if turning off AB (at less than 100% brightness) increases your brightness, it means your Ambient Light Sensor is defective. Go to Apple.
 
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My LCD 7 Plus is very bright in comparison with my 11 Pro Max.

Honestly, I just think it's due to differences between OLED and LCD.

My LG G8 ThinQ is also dim compared with my 7 Plus as well.

If you need it brighter, I suggest just manually adjusting the brightness. I've found it's a bit of an adjustment on the eyes going from LCD to OLED. Though I like OLED way better in dark rooms. I could never get LCD iPhones to be dim enough to not hurt my eyes in the dark.

Edit: I had to swap my Pro Max as my screen was defective. True tone barely changed the color and everything looked muted on it. Washed out. It was hideous. It's worth getting to an Apple store and having them run diagnostics/Visually inspect your device.
 
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konqerror

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This is a completely flawed test.

The problem isn't that its not brighter, it's that the LCD has much worse contrast than the OLED, so UI stuff that is supposed to be dark now looks bright when you turn the backlight all the way up.

If you want to compare brightness, compare a pure white screen, not some random UI elements.
 

ilikewhey

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i get headaches when reading text in the dark on my x oled as well, i'm switching my personal phone to the 11 tomorrow to see if lcd will solve the issue. then again i didnt have this issue when i had a samsung s7.
 

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My LCD 7 Plus is very bright in comparison with my 11 Pro Max.

Honestly, I just think it's due to differences between OLED and LCD.

My LG G8 ThinQ is also dim compared with my 7 Plus as well.

If you need it brighter, I suggest just manually adjusting the brightness. I've found it's a bit of an adjustment on the eyes going from LCD to OLED. Though I like OLED way better in dark rooms. I could never get LCD iPhones to be dim enough to not hurt my eyes in the dark.

Edit: I had to swap my Pro Max as my screen was defective. True tone barely changed the color and everything looked muted on it. Washed out. It was hideous. It's worth getting to an Apple store and having them run diagnostics/Visually inspect your device.
7 Plus is NOT supposed to be brighter. Your Ambient Light Sensor had failed. Turning off auto brightness is a workaround.
 
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Septembersrain

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7 Plus is NOT supposed to be brighter. Your Ambient Light Sensor had failed. Turning off auto brightness is a workaround.
It was this way on both my Pro Max devices. I'm not concerned because I'm not talking about in the sun or under a bright light source. My Android with OLED is the same.
 

aakshey

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It was this way on both my Pro Max devices. I'm not concerned because I'm not talking about in the sun or under a bright light source. My Android with OLED is the same.
It isn't supposed to be like that. Trust me. The only issue is the problem is very widespread with the 11 Pro series. So it is possible to get multiple defective iPhones. But trust me, >80% iPhone 11 Pros are really really bright. Way brighter than even X/XS, leave alone any Android phone. But the remaining 10-20% need Auto Brightness to be turned off. The percentages can be off, but the issue is common.