December 2, 2023
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Apple launched the iPhone 14 Professional nearly a yr in the past. Laborious to imagine, proper? It had some first rate upgrades from its predecessor by having an always-on show (AOD), the Dynamic Island, a 48MP fundamental digital camera, and the quicker A16 Bionic chip. All-in-all, it was a reasonably thrilling improve.

The iPhone 14 Professional was additionally imagined to have higher battery life than the iPhone 13 Professional, however after almost a yr of use, I haven’t felt that’s the case — and I’m not alone. Different individuals within the trade have additionally been saying that it feels just like the iPhone 14 Professional has had noticeably worse battery life in comparison with earlier generations, regardless of Apple’s claims.

On high of that, battery degradation with the iPhone 14 Professional is worse in comparison with earlier years. I’ve a launch day iPhone 14 Professional, and as of this writing, it’s sitting at 93% most capability — just a few days in the past, this quantity was at 94%, so it continues to drop at a gradual tempo.

This isn’t a brand new factor with the iPhone, however it feels prefer it’s noticeably worse this time round. And with the iPhone 15 across the nook, this is a matter that Apple wants to handle sooner quite than later.

Some historical past of Apple’s battery woes

iPhone 14 Pro showing battery charge levels.
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In 2016, Apple confronted the “batterygate” controversy. This was when individuals accused Apple of intentionally slowing down older mannequin iPhones forward of the launch of a brand new iPhone — mainly deliberate obsolescence. Apple had argued that this was to stop gadgets with degraded batteries from shutting down below excessive masses. However batterygate actually exploded when individuals started seeing sudden shutdowns on their iPhones as soon as the battery share reached round 30%.

Since then, Apple added a characteristic in iOS 11.3 referred to as “Battery Well being.” With this characteristic, customers are capable of get extra perception into how their iPhone battery is doing when it comes to capability.

Lithium-ion batteries, which is what the iPhone makes use of, chemically age and degrade all through the life cycle of the system they’re in. As that battery ages, the quantity of cost that it holds diminishes. In consequence, the time earlier than it must be recharged once more is shortened.

iPhone 14 Pro showing battery capacity from Settings.
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In accordance with Apple’s claims, iPhone batteries are “designed to retain as much as 80% of its authentic capability at 500 full cost cycles when working below regular situations.” Apple even implements some security measures in iOS itself to assist customers protect battery lifespans, like Optimized Battery Charging and Clear Power Charging.

As I write this, I simply checked the battery well being once more on my launch day iPhone 14 Professional. It’s at present at 93%, and I used coconutBattery on my iMac to find out the cycle depend: 299.

It doesn’t appear to be I’m getting the worst of it, although, as there are individuals who even have launch-day gadgets and are within the excessive eightieth percentile. Apple usually recommends getting a battery substitute as soon as the utmost capability is below 80%, however it’s solely been 11 months, and persons are already reaching that substitute threshold.

Appears a bit of, I don’t know … unhealthy?

The iPhone 14 Professional has been a giant disappointment

iPhone 14 Pro battery life settings.
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It’s been a double-edged sword with the battery on my iPhone 14 Professional. The extra occasions I cost it, the shorter the battery life turns into, however with the capability already degrading so shortly, I’ve to cost it up sooner every day.

My typical charging routine is to make use of a cable in a single day and usually in the midst of the day after I’m at house. Nevertheless, after I’m out for an prolonged time frame and must cost (i.e. Disneyland), I often will use my Anker PopSocket MagSafe battery pack. The difficulty with that is that the battery pack will get unusually heat when it’s charging, and the unbearably scorching climate currently hasn’t been serving to.

I even have an everyday energy financial institution that has built-in cables (handy) that I take advantage of additionally use, however I desire MagSafe because it’s wi-fi. In my automobile, I even have a MagSafe charging puck that’s connected to my vent.

I completely love MagSafe chargers; it’s simply so handy to slap a battery pack on the again of my iPhone 14 Professional that stays in place and expenses up the telephone. However in my expertise, wi-fi charging makes the iPhone 14 Professional get extremely heat — to the purpose the place it’s uncomfortable to carry — and people extreme temperatures definitely don’t assist the battery lifespan.

Christine Romero-Chan uses her iPhone 14 Pro with an Anker PopSocket battery pack attached.
Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Developments

I not too long ago bought in my automobile in the midst of the day whereas it was parked in my driveway in 90-degree warmth. My iPhone 14 Professional related wirelessly to my Nexar dashcam, my automobile’s Bluetooth system, and I pulled up some instructions in Apple Maps. In lower than 5 minutes, my telephone was overheating, as I bought a popup saying, “iPhone wants to chill down,” and my battery took a giant dip. And no, my iPhone 14 Professional doesn’t have the iOS 17 beta on it; I’m simply operating the newest model of iOS 16.6 as of this writing.

The battery lifetime of my iPhone 14 Professional has been a curler coaster — it appeared nice and manageable just a few updates in the past, however then a brand new replace dropped, and battery life takes a success. After which it might be barely higher with one other replace till the entire course of repeats itself once more.

Battery life has been a problem on the iPhone for a few years, however it feels significantly worse this time round; my iPhone 13 Professional battery capability didn’t drop this quick a yr after its launch. After enjoying round with some Android telephones with shut to five,000mAh batteries that may final effectively over a day, it’s made it clear to me how a lot Apple must step up and enhance the battery lifetime of future iPhones.

And it’s not simply the iPhone 14 Professional both. I’ve spoken with my colleague, Joe Maring, and his iPhone 14 Professional Max with 100% battery well being capability is now ending moderate-use days with round 20% remaining. One of many promoting factors of the Max fashions is meant to be the a lot superior battery life, however that’s been a tougher argument to make because the yr’s gone on.

Can the iPhone 15 Professional repair this?

Render of the iPhone 15 Pro in red.

We’re just some weeks away from Apple’s iPhone 15 announcement, which will even embrace the iPhone 15 Professional. I’m hoping that Apple will make some enhancements to the battery with the iPhone 15, particularly because it’s rumored to be going to USB-C and even have quicker charging speeds.

The addition of USB-C will probably be a giant deal for extra handy charging, however Apple additionally has to place within the work to verify these recharges occur much less continuously with its newest technology of iPhones. Having one much less cable to cope with is a giant deal, however so is having battery life you’ll be able to truly rely on.

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