06/28 Update below. This entry was posted on June 25th
Apple’s iPhone 14 design changes leaked months ago, but speculation about their performance has proved much more controversial. And now a new leak has made the tongues wag about their battery life.
Shared by credible industry insiders ShrimpApplePro, a new Baidu post has published what it claims is the battery capacity of all iPhone 14 models. This is the first time capacity has been reported for the new series, and while three models have had smaller battery increases, a fall for the iPhone 14 Pro could 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 capacity as follows:
- iPhone 14 – 3279 mAh (iPhone 13 – 3227 mAh)
- iPhone 14 Max – 4325 mAh (NOW)
- iPhone 14 Pro – 3200 mAh (iPhone 13 Pro – 3095 mAh)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – 4323 mAh (iPhone 3 Pro Max – 4352 mAh)
The big news comes from the big phones, and if these numbers are correct, there is a good chance that the new iPhone 14 Max will survive the flagship iPhone 14 Pro Max.
06/27 Update: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has released a flood of information about Apple’s upcoming products, including the iPhone 14 series, in its latest Power On newsletter.
In addition to leaks around a number of new M2-based devices – Mac Mini, Mac Pro and iPad Pro models come “later this year” with a number of M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme chips, a moderate Apple Watch 8 upgrade with the same chipset as Watch 7, a second-generation HomePod and AirPods Pro and an A14-based Apple TV – Gurman also described several iPhone 14 upgrades.
“Like the Apple Watch, the iPhone 14 Pro will be able to display widgets that display weather, calendars, stocks, activities and other data while keeping the screen at low brightness and frame rate,” Gurman wrote, adding reveals iOS 16 beta code which indicated the feature earlier this month.
Gurman also adds more details, saying “there will be a setting – also like the Apple Watch – that prevents sensitive data from being displayed on the lock screen so that everyone can see.” This would address one of the major concerns expressed by iPhone users about this feature.
Gurman also doubles previous industrial leaks and says that iPhone 14 Pro models will have “a much improved front-facing camera, a new rear camera system that includes a 48-megapixel sensor, thinner frames, a faster A16 chip and a redesigned notch with a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID and a hole for the camera. ”
On the back, standard models will generate “less voltage” because “the lower phones will stick to the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13, although the 5.4-inch mini size will be replaced with a 6.7-inch model.” Meanwhile, despite the entry-level iPad switch to USB-C this fallGurman says that iPhone 14 models will stay with Lightning for another year with the transition coming in 2023. Whether the inclusion of a soon-to-be older coupling postpones potential upgrades in 2022, only time will tell.
06/28 Update: What will be will be! A new report from a specialist on technology websites and supply chain Digitimes claims that components have now been completed for the iPhone 14 series and shipments have begun.
Referring to supply chain sources in Taiwan, Digitimes states that the components – sourced from a variety of suppliers – have been shipped to Apple’s manufacturing partners, the largest and longest running of which is Foxconn. These components will be stored before mass production starts during the next 1-2 months before the series’ traditional release in September / October.
The big news from this development is twofold. First, the specifications of the new phones are a lock. Apple has the capacity to switch vendors in the middle of the cycle, but it will only be for like-for-like components (eg identical battery capacities, camera resolutions, etc.). The company has never improved the iPhone specifications for any model since sales began. This would undermine the buyer’s confidence and risk the creation of a “wait and see” upgrade approach.
This can be seen even when it has a harmful effect, for example when it became clear that the iPhone 12 Mini battery life was poor. Instead, Apple waited for the iPhone 13 Mini to make improvements.
Second, leaks around the iPhone 14 series should now increase. This may seem surprising given the large number of leaks, but the security Apple has enforced up to this point tends to go out the window when thousands of production lines and tens of thousands of workers start mass production. Expect pictures of components, and the phones themselves at various stages of the manufacturing process, to start leaking over the coming weeks and months.
Where the potential controversy for the iPhone 14 models lies is the bigger difference between the lines this year. iPhone 14 Pro models will have a new i-shaped dual cut-out screen, which has polarized meaning, an even larger camera hump and a next-generation chipset that can be much faster than its predecessor.
On the other hand, it will be difficult to separate the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 from each other. Its successor is expected to have identical external design, camera specifications and chipset. The new phones may have 50% more RAM but all indications are that the standard models will be the most incremental generation iPhone upgrade to date.
Also, if you are disappointed with this and want to go Pro, it looks like you will be pay more too. Apple has widened the gap between the iPad, Mac, MacBook and even AirPods series in recent years, and iPhones are playing a role here. It is a strategy that may not be universally popular, but it can not be denied success.
The reason for this is not the fractional difference in battery capacity, but what they will be asked to do. iPhone 14 Pro models will have 48 megapixel sensors, which means they will process file sizes 4x larger than the 12MP sensor retained by standard models. They are also expected to have more RAM, which means greater performance but increased battery consumption.
Whether new efficiencies from the Pro-exclusive A16 chipset and new DDR5 RAM can compensate for this remains to be seen, but with the iPhone 14 Max expected to cost $ 300 less, it could be a tempting downgrade for those worried about reported price increases of iPhone 14 Pro. iPhone 14 Max is also a dramatic improvement over its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Mini (2406 mAh) where battery life was the biggest drawback.
If we look more broadly, the smaller battery increases to the rest of the range are also eye-opening. After being overshadowed by large Android phones for generations, the iPhone 13 series was a big leap forward, and there was hope of expanding the lead over the competition, after seeing success from its M1-based MacBooks that went in front of the battery life. provided by Intel and AMD-based rivals.
It is worth noting that ShrimpApplePro has some doubts about the numbers, and writes “Hmmm” afterwards, but the player also has a history of only sharing accurate information. So the reaction may be more to Apple’s strategy than the leak itself.
That strategy would certainly be a gamble. Ever since the iPhone 6 Plus was launched in 2014, Apple’s largest and most expensive model has always had the best battery life. It now appears to be under serious threat, and that makes the iPhone 14 Max much more attractive. Furthermore, with Pro models set to drop Lightning for USB-C in 2023, it may be the smartest option to skip iPhone 14 Pro models all the way to 2022.
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