Apple iPhone 14 series could feature improved battery life; here’s why
Apple beefed up the batteries on its iPhone 13 series to the point that the iPhone 13 Pro Max was able to browse for nearly 19 hours on one charge in our recent battery test. Apple took the 3687mAh battery on the iPhone 12 Pro Max and replaced it with a 4352mAh battery on the iPhone 13 Pro for an 18% hike. The big question in many iPhone users’ minds is whether Apple will continue increasing battery capacity on the iPhone 14 series.
Apple could equip the upcoming iPhone 14 series with improved battery life
Using a 5G RF chip built using the 6nm process node should result in energy efficiency. And the smaller size of the component will give Apple some additional space to increase the size of the battery in each unit without having to give up anything in the way of performance.
Remember, Apple had to beef up the batteries for the iPhone 13 Pro models since they offered a 120Hz refresh rate. If Apple does add the ProMotion display that updates 120 times a second to non-Pro models this year, it might offer a larger percentage increase in battery capacity to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. This admittedly might not be likely, but it is a possibility.
The technology for smartphone batteries continues to improve allowing phone manufacturers to increase the length of time that handsets can run between charges. The flip side to this is the race to develop faster-charging platforms. This is one area where the iPhone can use some improvement.
Apple needs to improve its charging speeds for the iPhone 14 line
Our recent test of five phones (Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Pixel 6 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max found that the latter finished fourth ahead of only the Pixel 6 Pro. Apple undoubtedly is concerned with user safety, but we can’t believe that companies offering fast charging are just being reckless. If Vivo can put a 120W battery into the iQOO 7 (which charges its 4000mAh battery from 0% to 100% in 18 minutes), you might ask yourself whether Apple could improve on its 27W charging speed.
While no announcement has been made concerning such a switch, Samsung Foundry’s extremely low 4nm yield rate of 35% (compared with TSMC’s 70%) has to be alarming to Qualcomm. The chip designer has switched between the world’s top two independent foundries to produce its flagship chips before.