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iPhone 14-series independent battery tests reveal striking parity with 13-series capacities

Do the iPhones 14 have bigger batteries than the 13 series? (Source: Apple)
Do the iPhones 14 have bigger batteries than the 13 series? (Source: Apple)
Apple has once again launched its latest iPhones with claims of generationally improved battery life in the absence of any numbers to back them up. However, the first independent estimates of their battery capacities have been unleashed to help fill in these blanks. If their results contain any surprises compared to the 13 series, they may be ones of the less expected variety.

Apple has introduced the new 14 series as one containing "the best battery life of any iPhone to date", while neglecting to cite the actual measurements involved as usual. Fortunately, that no longer matters as Chemtrec is back with its yearly third-party reveal of the values in question in watt-hours (Wh). 

This fresh update to the independent group's Apple & Beats Product Information Sheet thus answers what might be the most pressing question for Apple mobile tech fans, which concerns the size of the battery in the newest iPhone 14 Plus.

The answer: 16.68Wh (or ~4,325mAh calculated based on Apple's official battery-life estimates) - and virtually identical to that of the 14 Pro Max - no upgrade over the 13 Pro Max then, at 0.4% less than that 2021 flagship's 16.8Wh (or ~4,352mAh) power-pack.

Similarly, the results for the 14 Pro are improved by only ~3.4% than those of its predecessor at 12.38Wh (~3,200mAh). There is something of a surprise in that the vanilla 14 appears to have the larger battery of the 2 6.1-inchers, at 12.68Wh or ~3,279mAh - although that is no more than 2.2% greater than that of the 13.

Accordingly, should that purported longevity between charges be found in real-world use or otherwise, it is baked into the iPhone 14s' version of iOS 16. Stay tuned to our upcoming reviews for the first-gen Plus and Dynamic Island flagships to find out.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-09-12 (Update: 2022-09-12)