Your iPhone’s battery life isn’t as long as Apple says it is, according to a new report (AAPL)

A new report says that Apple exaggerates the battery life of certain iPhone models.

iPhone XR

iPhone XR

Apple “significantly” overstates the battery
life of certain iPhone models, says a new report from United
Kingdom-based consumer advocacy group Which? .
The group said it tested nine different models
and found that all of them fell short of Apple’s promises by between
18% and 51%. The iPhone XR strayed the furthest from Apple’s claims when
it comes to talk time, according to the the findings. Which? says it
lasted for 16 hours and 32 minutes, while Apple’s website says the
iPhone XR can offer up to 25 hours of talk time.
Which? is an independent British consumer
advice group that tests and reviews products across a variety of
categories. Last month, it published the results of an investigation
that found Amazon is flooded with fake reviews.
In a response to Which?’s test, Apple said the following:
“We rigorously test our products and stand
behind our battery life claims. With tight integration between hardware
and software, iPhone is engineered to intelligently manage power usage
to maximize battery life. Our testing methodology reflects that
intelligence. Which? haven’t shared their methodology with us so we
can’t compare their results to ours. We share our methodology for
testing which we publish in detail here .”
To conduct its testing, Which? timed how long
fully charged phones last when making continuous phone calls and
compares that time against the manufacturers’ claims.
The group says it also conducts a similar test
to see how long a phone will last when browsing the internet
continuously on a single charge. It also runs other tests before passing
judgement on a device’s battery life, the company says.
Which? tested more than 50 mobile phones from
popular brands like Samsung, HTC, Sony, and Nokia in addition to Apple.
The results found that HTC also exaggerated the battery life for its
devices, saying that the average talk time for its products was 5% lower
than what the Taiwanese tech company says.
“At HTC we diligently test all aspects of
product performance,” the company said in a statement to Which?.
“Differences in setup and testing environments may result in some
variation to stated talk time figures.”
Brands like Samsung, Nokia, and Sony, however,
understated the talk time of their respective devices, according to the
results from Which?.
It’s important to keep in mind that battery
life will always vary depending on how you use your phone. Factors such
as screen brightness, app usage, and the amount of notifications you
receive can impact how long your phone lasts. If you’re frequently in
areas with poor cell service, you may also find that your battery is
draining more quickly as it searches for a signal.
The test results also seemingly contradict reviews of the iPhone XR from reputable tech sites including CNET , AnandTech , and Tom’s Guide
, all of which rated the iPhone XR as having excellent battery life.
All three websites ran benchmarked battery tests on the iPhone XR and
found that it outlasted Apple’s more expensive iPhone XS and iPhone XR


Lisa Eadicicco


Business Insider USA

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