Apple gives iPhone 12 models smaller batteries than predecessors

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The battery capacity of the iPhone 12 models has been revealed through inspections by the Chinese agency TENAA. This shows that the iPhone 12 models have a smaller battery than their predecessors.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest battery with a capacity of 3687mAh, according to the inspection. versus 3915mAh from last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 has to do with a 2815mAh battery, whereas the iPhone 11 has a 3110mAh battery. The iPhone 12 mini has a 2227mAh battery. That’s slightly more than an iPhone 7 or 8, but less than other recent iPhones.

Apple never gives up battery capacity when presenting new iPhones, but only mentions self-measured values ​​from battery tests, such as ’15 hours of video watching’. As a result, the information about the capacity of the batteries often comes from teardowns or inspections. The average battery capacity of a smartphone in recent months is around 4500mAh. The battery capacity is an important factor in the actual battery life, but there are many more factors, such as the screen, the range of the network, the soc and other components such as sensors.

Besides the lower capacity, the iPhone 12 lasts less on 5G than on 4G, according to Tom’s Guide. There is a chance that the test would turn out differently in the Benelux. It is unknown whether the site ran the test on the low 600MHz frequency or the higher 2.5GHz frequency of the US branch of T-Mobile’s 5G network. A higher frequency can mean a shorter range, where the phone requires more from the battery to maintain the internet connection. In the Benelux, 5G networks only work on low frequencies.

Battery capacity Little Medium Small Pro Big Pro
2019 N / A iPhone 11:
iPhone 11 Pro:
iPhone 11 Pro Max:
2020 iPhone 12 mini:
iPhone 12:
iPhone 12 Pro:
verm 2815mAh
iPhone 12 Pro Max:
Increase -10.5 percent -8.2 percent -7.6 percent
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