Apple’s iPhone 14 design changes were leaked months ago, but speculation around their performance has proven to be much more contentious. And now, a new leak has made talk about their autonomy.
Shared by a credible industry insider ShrimpAppleProa new post from Baidu has published what it claims are the battery capacities of all iPhone 14 models. This is the first time capacities have been reported for the new range and although three models have received minor battery increases, a drop for the iPhone 14 Pro may mean your money is better spent elsewhere. [06/25 update – Baidu post now removed, this is often seen as a sign of accuracy because accurate data is more sensitive and posters come under significant pressure but it is impossible to know for sure]
The leak breaks down the battery capacities as follows:
- iPhone 14 – 3279mAh (iPhone 13 – 3,227mAh)
- iPhone 14 Max – 4325mAh (N / A)
- iPhone 14 Pro – 3200mAh (iPhone 13 Pro – 3095mAh)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – 4323mAh (iPhone 3 Pro Max – 4352mAh)
The big news comes in big phones and if these numbers are correct, there’s every chance the new iPhone 14 Max will outlast the flagship iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The reason is not the fractional difference in their battery capacities, but what they will be asked to do. The iPhone 14 Pro models will have 48-megapixel sensors, meaning they’ll handle file sizes 4 times larger than the 12MP sensor retained by the standard models. They are also expected to have more RAM, which means better performance but increased battery drain.
Whether the new performance of the Pro-exclusive A16 chipset and new DDR5 RAM can make up for that remains to be seen, but with the iPhone 14 Max expected to cost $300 less, it could be a tempting downgrade for those concerned. price increases reported for the iPhone 14 Pro. The iPhone 14 Max is also a dramatic improvement over its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Mini (2,406mAh) where battery life was its biggest drawback.
Looking more broadly, the minor battery boosts for the rest of the range are also telling. After being overshadowed by major Android phones for several generations, the iPhone 13 lineup took a big leap forward and there was hope that Apple would look to extend its lead over the competition, after seeing the success of its M1-based MacBooks ahead of battery life. delivered by rivals based on Intel and AMD.
It’s worth noting that ShrimpApplePro has some doubts about the numbers, writing “Hmmm” afterwards, but the leaker also has a habit of only sharing accurate information. The reaction could therefore be more directed towards Apple’s strategy than the leak itself.
This strategy would definitely be a gamble. Ever since the iPhone 6 Plus launched in 2014, Apple’s largest and most expensive model has consistently had the best battery life. This now seems to be under serious threat and it makes the iPhone 14 Max much more attractive. Plus, with Pro models set to ditch Lightning for USB-C in 2023, skipping the iPhone 14 Pro models altogether in 2022 might just be the smarter option.
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