Apple’s iPhone 13 range is racing towards release and we already know what their biggest upgrade will be. But now we also know what is likely to be the next gen iPhones’ most popular improvement, and it’s a shock.
L0vetodream, a mysterious but highly accurate Apple insider, has revealed that Apple is making battery capacities substantially larger across the entire iPhone 13 range. In fact, the change has forced Apple to make the phones slightly thicker just to accommodate them.
The headline news is the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which L0vetodream reports will have a 4,352 mAh battery. That is 18% larger than the 3,687 mAh battery in the iPhone 12 Pro Max and represents not just the largest battery ever used in an iPhone, but I believe the largest generational increase as well.
There are also smaller but still welcome upgrades for the iPhone 13 Mini (2,406mAh), iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro (both 3,095mAh) which represent gains of 8% and 10% respectively over the iPhone 12 Mini (2,227 mAh), iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro (both 2,815mAh).
Moreover, popular leaker John Prosser responded to this news by leaking the CAD files for both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. He confirms “the actual devices are slightly thicker to accommodate that larger battery.” The CADs also support previous leaks, including their supersized new cameras and smaller notches.
As Prosser notes, it isn’t a shock that Apple has been pushed in this direction after battery life on the iPhone 12 lineup stagnated, but it is a shock that the battery in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, in particular, has increased so dramatically. And the good news doesn’t end here.
Further boosting battery life, the iPhone 13 lineup will come with next-gen 5G modems, which are significantly more power efficient than their predecessors, while the A15 chip inside all four models is said to be up to 20% more power efficient than the A14 in the iPhone 12 range. The one potential fly in the ointment is the 120Hz ProMotion display coming to iPhone 13 Pro models. That said, the Pros will use Samsung LTPO panels which offer a variable refresh rate and they delivered huge battery gains for the 120Hz Galaxy S21 Ultra over the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Consequently, while their new cameras are likely to take all the headlines (along with a potentially eye-opening pink color option), the real day-to-day selling point for many iPhone upgraders looks set to be their favourite feature of all: battery life. And we don’t have long to wait now for their official unveiling.
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