iPhone 15 rumored to get much bigger batteries

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in iPhone edited July 2023

Apple may increase the size of the batteries used in the iPhone 15, with each version rumored to get a big jump in capacity versus the iPhone 14 counterpart.




Apple prides itself on offering all-day battery life for its devices, including its flagship item, the iPhone. While the storage improvements in the iPhone 14 series weren't huge compared to the iPhone 13, it is claimed that the iPhone 15 will enjoy a considerable power boost.

According to a Weibo posting in a report from ITHome, the iPhone 15 generation will gain between 350mAh and 600mAh in battery capacity across the board.

The iPhone 15 will grow from the 3,279mAh unit in the iPhone 14 to a 3,877mAh version, the report alleges. For the iPhone 15 Plus, the battery will increase from 4,325mAh to 4,912mAh.

On the Pro model side, the report alleges the iPhone 15 Pro will get a 3,650mAh battery versus 3,200mAh in the iPhone 14 Pro. Lastly, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will apparently use a 4,852mAh battery instead of a 4,323mAh variant.

By contrast, the iPhone 14 Pro saw a 105mAh year-on-year increase, the iPhone 14 a 52mAh increase, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max a 29mAh decrease.

While higher capacities is always a good thing to hear in rumors, the report itself states that the data may not be accurate. Also, the Weibo source, who claims to be a Foxconn insider, says the information is 80% accurate.

Normally, changes in battery capacities aren't necessarily going to benefit consumers directly, as the device itself may have different power requirements to previous generations. If the figures are true, it's likely that Apple will end up boasting about multi-hour improvements to battery life, especially if other power-saving features are introduced at the same time.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    M68000M68000 Posts: 766member
    Wow,  have been considering the 14 plus because of the battery and less weight than the Pro models.  Look at the capacity estimate of the 15 plus. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 13
    nubusnubus Posts: 419member
    Why? 15 Pro is about to get a 3nm chip using LESS power. Samsung reduced battery size from S21 to S22. Apple could do the same.
    With 15 Pro being all about A17 there really is no reason to change design, display, or battery size this year.
    williamlondonforgot usernamewatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 13
    XedXed Posts: 2,626member
    nubus said:
    Why? 15 Pro is about to get a 3nm chip using LESS power. Samsung reduced battery size from S21 to S22. Apple could do the same.
    With 15 Pro being all about A17 there really is no reason to change design, display, or battery size this year.
    Unless you work directly on the iPhone at Apple and here divulging design and production secrets there is no reasonable way you can know that there is “no reason” to make changes to the iPhone 15’s “design, display, or battery” and that Apple will only detail and promote they A17 chip as the only new feature this year in your “all about” comment.

    What if, say, Apple improves the camera system in a way that will causes a much higher battery draw for video? Wouldn’t that warrant increasing the battery, if feasible, so that a video can be taken for a reasonable and expected duration? What if that camera change includes AR/VR capabilities to help promotes and benefit Vision Pro usage in a meaningful way? What if they’ve finally added downstream inductive charging to AirPods and Apple Watches? What if they finally added Touch ID behind the display and that extra substrate now requires a brighter backlight to achieve the same relative brightness? What if any number of other ideas?
    edited July 2023 williamlondonS8ER95Zmuthuk_vanalingamforgot usernamebeowulfschmidtJP234watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 13
    The space to house a battery may need to increase, not because of a bigger battery but to include a magazine to comply with EU requirements for a user-replaceable battery. 
    forgot usernameJP234
  • Reply 5 of 13
    CheeseFreezeCheeseFreeze Posts: 1,265member
    Perhaps 3nm will lead to physically smaller chips (at least, their own ones) allowing for more battery space. 
    Combined with a lower power usage the net result might be several hours of extra battery, alway very welcome with a phone. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 13
    nubusnubus Posts: 419member
    Xed said:
    nubus said:
    Why? 15 Pro is about to get a 3nm chip using LESS power. Samsung reduced battery size from S21 to S22. Apple could do the same.
    With 15 Pro being all about A17 there really is no reason to change design, display, or battery size this year.
    Unless you work directly on the iPhone at Apple and here divulging design and production secrets there is no reasonable way you can know that there is “no reason” to make changes to the iPhone 15’s “design, display, or battery” and that Apple will only detail and promote they A17 chip as the only new feature this year in your “all about” comment.
    I don't expect Apple to add all features to a single product generation. Why should they? iPhone 14 was an embarrassing "you get SOS coverage in 2 countries and crash detection if you car is really old". This year... 3nm with better GPU and camera on Pro, Dynamic Island on regular iPhone, USB C for all, Wifi 6E for Pro (no real benefit to most),...

    99.6% of users are not going to spend hours shooting photo. Display, 5G, and processing are what uses energy. Processing is going to be more efficient. Margins are being affected by 3nm and lenses. Massively increased battery capacity will add bulk and cost for no good reason.

    Well... we will have to see :-)
    forgot username
  • Reply 7 of 13
    SkepticalSkeptical Posts: 183member
    Or they might include the same size, or a smaller size, or a nuclear generator, or dylitium crystals. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 13
    beowulfschmidtbeowulfschmidt Posts: 2,172member
    It seems likely to me that if Apple is increasing the battery capacity for a new phone, the purpose will be to maintain current battery life in the face of additional power consumption by the new device, not to improve the actual time between charging.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 13
    A future iPhone doesn’t need a bigger battery and in fact a much smaller battery would be adequate, provided that the battery is user-replaceable in just 2 clicks, like the old days.  Well, EVs can have the battery pack replacement in 5 minutes.  Apple should not give hard time to consumers.
  • Reply 10 of 13
    XedXed Posts: 2,626member
    nubus said:
    Xed said:
    nubus said:
    Why? 15 Pro is about to get a 3nm chip using LESS power. Samsung reduced battery size from S21 to S22. Apple could do the same.
    With 15 Pro being all about A17 there really is no reason to change design, display, or battery size this year.
    Unless you work directly on the iPhone at Apple and here divulging design and production secrets there is no reasonable way you can know that there is “no reason” to make changes to the iPhone 15’s “design, display, or battery” and that Apple will only detail and promote they A17 chip as the only new feature this year in your “all about” comment.
    I don't expect Apple to add all features to a single product generation. Why should they? iPhone 14 was an embarrassing "you get SOS coverage in 2 countries and crash detection if you car is really old". This year... 3nm with better GPU and camera on Pro, Dynamic Island on regular iPhone, USB C for all, Wifi 6E for Pro (no real benefit to most),...

    99.6% of users are not going to spend hours shooting photo. Display, 5G, and processing are what uses energy. Processing is going to be more efficient. Margins are being affected by 3nm and lenses. Massively increased battery capacity will add bulk and cost for no good reason.

    Well... we will have to see :-)
    Doing more than adding a 3nm SoC ≠ adding all features. Find a more reasonable middle ground or just keep being disappointed due to unrealistic expectations.

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 13
    nubusnubus Posts: 419member
    Xed said:
    Doing more than adding a 3nm SoC ≠ adding all features. Find a more reasonable middle ground or just keep being disappointed due to unrealistic expectations.


    I didn't say that 15 Pro would be limited to 3nm. I said:  "3nm with better GPU and camera on Pro, Dynamic Island on regular iPhone, USB C for all, Wifi 6E for Pro (no real benefit to most),...". Did you read any of it?

    Seems my comment on battery size was pretty realistic. The Weibo user has now updated the comment saying that battery changes are not to be expected. https://www.ithome.com/0/703/705.htm.
    edited July 2023 williamlondon
  • Reply 12 of 13
    XedXed Posts: 2,626member
    nubus said:
    Xed said:
    Doing more than adding a 3nm SoC ≠ adding all features. Find a more reasonable middle ground or just keep being disappointed due to unrealistic expectations.

    I didn't say that 15 Pro would be limited to 3nm. I said:  "3nm with better GPU and camera on Pro, Dynamic Island on regular iPhone, USB C for all, Wifi 6E for Pro (no real benefit to most),...". Did you read any of it?

    Seems my comment on battery size was pretty realistic. The Weibo user has now updated the comment saying that battery changes are not to be expected. https://www.ithome.com/0/703/705.htm.

    Here’s you entire comment where you claim—and only claim—that the iPhone would be ALL ABOUT the A17 with a very clear statement there is no reason to change the design, display, or battery.

    “Why? 15 Pro is about to get a 3nm chip using LESS power. Samsung reduced battery size from S21 to S22. Apple could do the same.
    With 15 Pro being all about A17 there really is no reason to change design, display, or battery size this year.”
    williamlondon
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