The iPhone 13 lineup has great cameras, displays, and more. But just how good is the battery life? Here’s the kind of endurance you can expect.
Apple got a lot of things right with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro — including surprisingly great battery life for all available models. The iPhone 13 family isn’t the most exciting release from Apple. It looks almost identical to its iPhone 12 predecessor, the new A15 chip isn’t a gigantic leap forward, and it can feel a bit boring compared to what’s happening in the Android space. After digging a bit deeper, however, it’s clear that the iPhone 13 brings a lot of good to the table. The cameras are better than ever, the new 120Hz displays look incredible, and iOS 15 runs like butter on the phones.
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As with any new smartphone release, one of the most important specs to keep an eye on is battery life. It doesn’t matter if a phone has the fastest processor, biggest display, or fanciest design. If its battery can’t make it through a regular day of use, all of those things are for naught. What kind of battery life can iPhone 13 users look forward to? In short, it’s some of the best battery endurance ever seen on an Apple handset.
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Let’s start with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. The baseline iPhone 13 has a battery capacity of 3,227 mAh and is rated to last up to 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12. Per Apple’s battery tests, that works out to up to 19 hours of video playback, up to 15 hours of streaming online video, and up to 75 hours of audio playback. The iPhone 13 mini is technically worse in every way, though it’s still quite good given its compact footprint. Apple says to expect up to 17 hours of video playback, up to 13 hours of streaming video, and up to 55 hours of audio playback. That’s all possible with a tiny 2,406 mAh battery, and in general, users can expect up to 1.5 hours of extra battery compared to the iPhone 12 mini.
How Long Is Battery Life For The iPhone 13 Pro?
Where things get even more exciting is with the Pro iPhones. For folks who pick up the iPhone 13 Pro, here are the numbers they can expect: Up to 22 hours of video playback, up to 20 hours of streaming video, and up to 75 hours of audio playback. Almost all of those are better numbers than the regular iPhone 13 — even though the iPhone 13 Pro has the same screen size and a slightly smaller 3,095 mAh capacity. How is that possible? It’s more than likely thanks to the iPhone 13 Pro’s LTPO display technology. While this allows the iPhone 13 Pro to hit 120Hz refresh rates while scrolling and interacting with the screen, it also enables it to go all the way down to 10Hz when reading an article, viewing a photo, etc. Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro should generally last about 1.5 hours longer than its predecessor.
Last but certainly not least, there’s the iPhone 13 Pro Max. If battery life is someone’s top priority when buying a new smartphone, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is one of the very best options out there. Apple says it can last up to 28 hours for video playback, up to 25 hours for streaming video, and up to 95 hours for audio playback. All of that’s possible thanks to the 4,352 mAh battery inside the device, which typically allows for an extra 2.5 hours of use over the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
It’s hard to be disappointed with the battery life of any iPhone 13 model. The iPhone 13 mini is the weakest of the bunch once again, but unlike its predecessor, it’s much easier to get through a regular day of use without needing to charge up in the afternoon. Heavy use still kills the phone more quickly than its larger siblings, but as a tiny flagship option, most people should now be comfortable with the endurance it provides. Stepping up to the iPhone 13 ensures there’s plenty of power left at the end of a full day, and if someone goes with the iPhone 13 Pro, getting a day and a half out of just one charge is relatively easy. If someone wants two days or more out of each charge, that’s where the iPhone 13 Pro Max comes into play. It may very well be too large and expensive for some shoppers, but as a battery champion, it’s impossible to ignore.
iPhone 14 Could Have Even Better Battery Life
As if iPhone 13 battery life isn’t impressive enough, Apple’s poised to make things even better with the upcoming iPhone 14. The latest reports suggest Apple is using a newer, more advanced modem to power the iPhone 14’s 5G connectivity. This is important for a couple of key reasons.
For one thing, the new modem is expected to be physically smaller than the one used in the iPhone 13. That means taking up less space inside of the iPhone’s body — potentially allowing for a bigger battery. It’s also reported that this new modem is more power efficient when connecting to sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks. That means less battery use when connected to 5G. Considering 5G networks can have a massive impact on battery life, that’s a huge deal. Nothing is confirmed until Apple says so itself, but if the company somehow delivers better battery life than what’s already available, we’re going to be in for a serious treat.
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