As you know, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the current battery life champ when it comes to flagship smartphones. It lasts most of all comfortably Samsung The Google, oneplus, Motorola and Xiaomi has to deliver, and is able to do so with relatively modest (but better optimization) hardware.
So, the fact that Apple doesn’t seem to be trying “hard” with more efficient chips (on paper) and bigger batteries, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max is still in its own batteries league, which made me ask myself a question…
what if The iPhone 14 Pro Max (coming in September) had the same battery size Galaxy S22 Ultra and Pixel 6 Pro? Will you consistently last two full days on a single charge? Maybe even three days, depending on your usage? To answer that question, I have to do one of the “favorite” things in the world – the math, but also look at some of the iPhone 14 leaks and rumors we’ve seen so far, because the numbers don’t tell the whole story here.
Apple in its own battery league: iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 mini battery life is a miracle
The iPhone mini from Apple comes with maximum endurance.
Just to give those unfamiliar with some perspective, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 4352mAh cell. As far as capacity is concerned, that’s on the middle side of the spectrum, considering that even mid-range Android phones feature larger batteries. If the iPhone 14 Pro Max gets a 5,000mAh battery, that would make it 15% bigger than Apple’s current flagship and put it on a par with the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Pixel 6 Pro. However, so far, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has managed to outlast the Galaxy S22 Ultra with about 25% on average (what I mean is 25% battery left when the Galaxy dies). If we compare the iPhone with the Pixel 6 Pro, we will notice that the most outstanding Google phone offers 40% less or less battery life than Apple’s. up to 40%. Not a typo. As a Pixel 6 Pro user, I confirm and… a sad face.
This is exactly the opposite of what our friend and colleague Joshua Swingle is going through. It flaunts left and right, tells everyone how amazing the battery life on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is, and… has a good point.
Is the iPhone 14 Pro Max likely to get a 5,000mAh battery and what does that mean for battery life?
Now, before we go on with the speculation, let’s make it clear that as of now, we don’t know much about iPhone 14 series battery sizes, and thus about stamina.
However, recently I mentioned, we came across a tweet from iHacktu iLeak Which makes a bunch of bold claims about the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, like 35% better GPU and 42% better CPU performance compared to iPhone 13 Pro. The tipster also quotes “2h10” longer battery life (I’m assuming this applies to the Pro Max model). iHacktu has a track record of leaked OS updates, but not hardware leaks, so we’ll treat its claims with caution.
The improved display, chip, and battery in the iPhone 14 Pro series, along with an always-on display can take iPhone battery life to a whole new level.
Aside from all of that, it’s worth noting that the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s stamina won’t come down to simply the size of the battery and screen. Instead, there are a few other factors to consider and here are the other leaks and rumors about the iPhone 14 Pro series that come in handy. This time, the rumors seem quite convincing, and according to various leaks and rumors from multiple reliable sources, The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to bring the following:
- Bigger batteries compared to iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
- New, more efficient 1-120Hz display (up from 10-120Hz in the iPhone 13 Pro series)
- A new and more efficient A16 Bionic chip, which will still be 5nm, but has lower power consumption, just like the upgrade from the A14 to the A15
The leaked Always-On-Display feature in iOS 16 is expected to appear in the iPhone 14 series: is it good or bad for battery life?
One more thing to note here is that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (and possibly the vanilla iPhone 14 series) is finally expected to get support for AOD (always on display), which will let you keep important information like time, date, and battery percentage displayed. and notification badges, even when the screen is off.
However, depending on your usage habits, it may affect your battery life either positively or negatively. For example, suppose you are a person who is constantly searching their phones for messages and notifications. In this case, the AOD display will probably help conserve some battery life because that information will always be there, and you won’t need to constantly unlock your phone and search for it (which can take up more battery life, especially if it’s getting it to interact with the phone more significantly).
However, you may not be someone who checks the time or your notifications very often — let’s say you have an Apple Watch. In this case, the AOD might take away some of the battery life on your iPhone 14 Pro without giving you much in return, because it will turn on and drain a little juice anyway — whether you look at it or the notes.
iPhone 14 Pro Max with 5000mAh cell and 3-day battery that makes me forgive Apple for the Lightning port (again)
Purple would be nice too.
Even if we don’t take into account all the possible efficiency improvements that the new hardware may bring on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it should technically be possible for the new flagship Apple to get at least 15% better endurance compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max if It had 5000 mA cells. This means it will last 40% longer than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and 55% longer than the Pixel 6 Pro. But if we assume that additional hardware upgrades on the iPhone 14 Pro Max will boost battery life even more (as they should), we might be looking at some amazing differences between the 14 Pro Max and Android – between 50-65%. Again – this also assumes that my desire for a 5000 mA cell comes true…
Really, it now seems like a matter of time before Apple’s biggest (and heaviest) iPhone breaks the 5,000 mAh mark and might even be able to send us back in time with its infamous three days of endurance (Nokia who?). Now, will this be the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, or the iPhone 16? We’ll have to wait for more leaks or September 2022 to tell.
Don’t forget that if an iPhone’s battery gets bigger, the rest of the iPhones in the group usually see some gains as well. Apple has been known to measure battery life by additional hours of use (a metric focused on video playback), rather than by capacity or screen time. For example, last year Apple claimed an extra 1.5 hours of use on the iPhone 13 Pro (vs. iPhone 12 Pro), and an extra 2.5 hours of use on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, compared to its predecessor.
In any case, we will keep you updated with all the leaks and rumors surrounding the iPhone 14 series until it becomes official in September. Meanwhile you can bookmark our iPhone 14 hub, which should answer all your current and future questions about Apple’s upcoming flagships, which are now less than three months away!
And then … we move on to the iPhone 15 series with … USB-C. right?