Apple’s iPhone 13 range is facing some significant production problems as its release nears, but iPhone fans might be prepared to wait now a hugely popular upgrade has leaked.
Renders of Apple’s iPhone 13 range based on multiple leaks
In a new exclusive, ZDNet reports that Apple will deliver the biggest ever increase in iPhone battery capacity with the iPhone 13 range. Moreover, the news ties in with a June tipoff from arguably the most accurate Apple leaker around.
“The numbers I’ve seen show the [iPhone] Pro Max battery capacity going up from 3687mAh to 4352mAh,” reveals ZDNet writer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. This is an 18% increase, making it both the largest iPhone battery ever fitted and the biggest year-on-year generational capacity jump. Given the strong battery life already offered by the iPhone 12 Pro Max, this sets up the iPhone 13 Pro Max to be one of the longest lasting smartphones on the market.
The news for other iPhone 13 models is less spectacular but still promising. Kingsley-Hughes says iPhone 13 Pro and and iPhone 13 batteries will increase from 2815mAh to 3095mAh (a gain of almost 10%) with the iPhone 13 Mini coming with a 2406mAh battery — an 8% increase of the 2227mAh battery found in the iPhone 12 Mini.
Given the relatively poor battery life of the iPhone 12 Mini, I would have liked to see a larger increase here (it is more pressing than the supersized boost for the iPhone 13 Pro Max). That said, iPhone battery capacities have stagnated in recent years, with Apple instead prioritizing longevity via hardware efficiency. So, while something of a surprise, the increases to all models are very welcome.
Furthermore, these physical iPhone 13 battery upgrades are going to be paired with a new A15 chipset which is up to 20% more power efficient than the A14 in the iPhone 12 range and a second generation 5G modem which is also expected to deliver big power savings.
Combine these upgrades with new (hyper efficient) 120Hz ProMotion LTPO displays for the iPhone 13 Pro models, “disruptive” new 6E WiFi, welcome design tweaks and massive new rear cameras and iPhone upgraders may well be happy to fight it out for the limited supply of new models that are coming.
Just don’t get suckered into paying the exorbitant new prices you are going to see.
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I am an experienced freelance technology journalist. I have written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews, The Guardian and the BBC in addition to Forbes. I began in
I am an experienced freelance technology journalist. I have written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews, The Guardian and the BBC in addition to Forbes. I began in b2b print journalism covering tech companies at the height of the dot com boom and switched to covering consumer technology as the iPod began to take off. A career highlight for me was being a founding member of TrustedReviews. It started in 2003 and we were repeatedly told websites could not compete with print! Within four years we were purchased by IPC Media (Time Warner’s publishing division) to become its flagship tech title. What fascinates me are the machinations of technology’s biggest companies. Got a pitch, tip or leak? Contact me on my professional Facebook page. I don’t bite.