Given everything we already know about Apple’s radically redesigned iPhone 12 lineup, the new handsets looked set to sell like hotcakes. But now Apple has inadvertently confirmed the entire range has a serious problem
Spotted by MySmartPrice, Apple has submitted the batteries of all four of its new iPhone 12 models for the compulsory certification processes with Safety Korea, China’s 3C and Denmark’s UL Demko. And these public processes reveal Apple has slashed their capacities to the extent that it could have serious consequences for potential buyers
Apple has now been hit by further iPhone battery problems. The company has lost a class-action lawsuit over ‘Batterygate’, where the company admitted to throttling the performance of older iPhones to protect their aging batteries. The problem was not the throttling itself, rather Apple’s secrecy over the practice and the fact it didn’t tell users that they could simply replace the battery to make their iPhones feel like new. Apple will now pay $500M in compensation to US customers who owned an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or SE running iOS 10.2.1 before December 21, 2017 or an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017. Eligible customers will receive $25 each and you can submit a claim at this website.
The battery model numbers for the new iPhones are: A2471, A2431 and A2466, with the second being used in both the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro. Their capacities breakdown as follows:
- Apple iPhone 12 (5.4-inch) – A2471 – 2,227 mAh
- Apple iPhone 12 Max (6.1-inch) – A2431 – 2,775 mAh
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch) – A2431 – 2,775 mAh
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch) – A2466 – 3,687 mAh
Now compare them with the battery capacities of the current iPhone 11 range:
- Apple iPhone 11 (6.1-inch) – 3110 mAh
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro (5.8-inch) – 3,046 mAh
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch) – 3,969 mAh
In purely numerical terms, the new batteries are only about 10% smaller but what makes this reduction shocking is what they will be required to do. The iPhone 12 range is Apple’s first 5G iPhones and rival manufacturers have consistently shown that 5G modems consume significantly more power than 4G modems. Consequently, Samsung increased the battery capacity of its Galaxy S20 models by 15% just to stand still.
For Apple, battery life regression now appears inevitable. Especially with the company also increasing screen sizes on two models and introducing higher resolutions. Battery life for the new 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is also a serious concern, given this is by far the smallest battery ever used in a 5G smartphone.
Moreover, Apple’s disclosure looks all but certain to kill off hopes of high refresh rate 120Hz ProMotion displays coming to the new range. Lauded on rival phones for creating silky smooth operation and more responsive touch input, high refresh rate panels were deemed an essential and widely expected 2020 iPhone upgrade for some time. But doubts arose in recent weeks about their inclusion and now this battery news is going to kill it off, once and for all.
Of course, there’s still a lot to like about Apple’s upcoming iPhones. Their new designs are striking, they look set to make a seismic performance leap and the iPhone 12 Pro models, in particular, will have potentially game-changing new cameras.
All of which makes Apple’s decision to seemingly short-change iPhone 12 models on battery life, a real shock. For most users, long battery life ranks top on their Wish List, so unless Apple has created some truly magical software optimizations, the company is playing with fire
SOURCE – Forbes