December 7, 2023

Apple laid out its pitch for the brand new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Professional in its standard slick, completely manicured trend. It’s simple to get to the top and assume, “wow, they considered every part this 12 months!” … however with only a couple minutes of reflection you begin to understand what they tactfully selected to omit. This 12 months, disappointingly, that was battery life.

In its full 85-minute presentation, Apple didn’t boast concerning the battery life on any of the 4 iPhones it launched, even the big-screened iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Professional Max. Simply to double-check, I went over to Apple’s comparability instrument to have a look at the numbers:


For all of the bluster concerning the new A17 Professional chipset being extra highly effective and environment friendly, with billions of transistors and trillions of operations per second, Apple wasn’t in a position to eke out any quantity of additional battery life on the iPhone 15 Professional or 15 Professional Max. And it’s the identical story with the bottom mannequin 15 and 15 Plus. There’s rather a lot to love about what the iPhone 15 affords, and regardless that the 15 Professional isn’t a big year-over-year improve, I’m tantalized by the titanium physique and digicam modifications. However I might’ve given up different options simply to get some extra battery.

I don’t wish to say there’s a disaster with the iPhone’s battery life, nevertheless it’s clear that folks aren’t significantly happy with the longevity state of affairs on their present iPhones. Each day within the final month, I noticed a brand new criticism on X (Previously Twitter) or Threads speaking about how a lot somebody’s iPhone 14 or 14 Professional battery life had tanked, accompanied with a screenshot exhibiting the “battery well being” settings web page with a most capability effectively beneath 100%. Batteries lose usable capability over time, I do know it’s regular, and Apple seemingly manages this as greatest it could. However the iPhone 14 Professional was already taking part in with skinny margins — and now it’s in a tough spot.

iPhone 14 Pro battery health after one year of use.
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Yup, similar to most individuals, my daily-used iPhone 14 Professional has misplaced a full 10% of its battery capability within the final 12 months, which takes away the cushion that was a pleasant buffer early in my possession and meant I didn’t fear about battery life. Sure even with the At all times On Show and minimal use of Low Energy Mode, I by no means actually had a lot concern about battery life exterior of journey days. However now, a 12 months on, I’m hitting that purple zone way more typically than I’d like — and it made me eager for some kind of improve with the iPhone 15 Professional. However I didn’t get it, exterior of the imprecise promise of “All-day battery life” that we see time and time once more.

At the very least I’ve now invested in a MagSafe charger in my kitchen and a MagSafe battery for after I’m on the go, and the iPhone 15 Professional lastly has USB-C so I can ditch my unitasker Lightning cables. Is {that a} comfort prize I ought to be pleased with?

This all places me in a really powerful spot. The iPhone 15 Professional doesn’t promise any higher battery life than my iPhone 14 Professional did 12 months in the past … however on the similar time, I’m in a state of affairs the place my cellphone now affords me 10% much less battery life than it used to — and it’s solely going to worsen if I maintain onto it. So by shopping for an iPhone 15 Professional, I get to simply get again to the place I used to be final 12 months? That rubs me the mistaken manner.

I’ve a number of extra days to consider it, earlier than I make my alternative on whether or not to as soon as once more drop a cool $1,099 on an iPhone.

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