A new leak says the iPhone 13 series will offer battery improvements for every single model this year. Here’s a closer look at what that means.
Details about the iPhone 13 have leaked yet again — this time revealing possible battery capacities for all four models. Apple slightly worsened battery life with the iPhone 12 series compared to the iPhone 11 lineup, but assuming this latest leak is accurate, this year could see huge battery gains across the board for iPhone 13.
Despite the iPhone 13 launch likely still a few months out, a lot has already been revealed about the upcoming phones. Apple is expected to release four versions, shrink the notch size, introduce a new A15 processor, and offer considerable camera upgrades for every single model. There’s also a lot of anticipation surrounding the iOS 15 software it’ll ship with. On that end, rumors suggest big changes to the lock screen, upgraded notifications, and additional privacy features.
To ensure folks can keep using the iPhone 13 for as long as possible, it looks like Apple is planning substantial battery upgrades this year. Apple leaker @L0vetodream recently shared a leaked screenshot on Twitter highlighting battery capacities for the various iPhone 13 models. It’s revealed that the iPhone 13 mini will have a 2406 mAh battery, the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro will both have a 3095 mAh battery, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max will step things up to a 4352 mAh battery.
iPhone 13 Batteries Are Considerably Larger Than iPhone 12
Compared side-by-side with the iPhone 12 series, the year-over-year improvements are immediately apparent. The 2406 mAh capacity for the iPhone 13 mini doesn’t sound all that impressive on its own, but compared to the 2227 mAh battery found in the iPhone 12 mini, it’s a huge step up. The same is true of the 3095 mAh battery for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, which is a noticeable upgrade over the 2815 mAh one for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. The biggest upgrade, however, is seen with the Pro Max model. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 3687 mAh battery proved to be quite the workhorse, but compared to the 4352 mAh battery expected for the 13 Pro Max, that’s a year-over-year increase of 665 mAh.
These greater battery capacities look mighty impressive on paper, but how will that all translate to real-world use? That’s where things get interesting. Rumor has it that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max will both come equipped with 120Hz refresh rates for their displays — a feature that’s previously been reserved for the iPad Pro. That’ll result in substantially more battery usage for the screens of those two phones, meaning the extra capacity is likely being used to support the feature while offering similar endurance compared to last year’s models.
Apple will likely stick to the standard 60Hz refresh rare for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, and in those instances, the larger batteries may very well translate to longer use in between charges. It’s also likely Apple will improve power efficiency with its new A15 chip, not to mention possible battery improvements with the iOS 15 update. It’s impossible to say anything too definitive this early on, but it sure does look like this year’s iPhone lineup could make up for last year’s somewhat disappointing battery showing.
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