There is a genre of light, clickable content on the Internet: iPhone battery stories. It works great for SEO, reads great, causes activity.

News, how some firmware will drain the battery more. Tips on how to extend the battery life after the next update or the release of a new model. Stories like percentages in Battery condition suddenly sank. Recommendations on how to properly charge so that interest sags more slowly.

I want to say this article a simple thing that I hacked to my nose: stop worrying about your iPhone battery.

Just kill it. It works correctly, does not switch out of the blue? It means everything is OK. Did he loosen up faster? Well, okay, it will pass. Hasn’t passed and interferes with life? Change the battery, problem solved. All.

My iPhone works the same, but yours doesn’t, and that’s completely normal. You use it in your own way, you waste a resource. Better stop coming in Settings and, like a kite, follow every change Battery states. Because it’s a bad metric. And because anyway, sooner or later you will change either the battery or the smartphone, and no pens on this matter are guaranteed to save you from these two outcomes.

What was unconvincing? Okay, catch more symbols and watch these points of view.

1. Battery status in iOS – this is a filkin’s diploma

Apple added in iOS 11.3 the function of displaying a certain “Battery Status” After users disliked their battery-tired iPhones slowing down to overheat less often and shut down out of the blue with no respect.

However Battery status Percentage is a private, non-transparent setting that tells the user what I think the iPhone’s battery is like right now. The mechanism of its measurement is still unknown. Theoretically, it takes into account many parameters, including the number of discharge cycles. Many consider it a common sense. But it is not.

Apple has already recalculated this data with the release of some iOS updates, sometimes for a whole group of devices. For example, this officially happened with the iPhone 11 a few years ago. Many have noticed that after installing some updates, Battery status they suddenly improved or the same phenomenon worsened.

Accordingly, statistics that are considered incomprehensible, as they become larger or smaller at the request of the manufacturer or because of his mistakes, are never an objective metric. Tomorrow Apple decides to recalculate the stats for all iPhone 14s, and suddenly instead of 75% you have 90%.

Some kind of “humanitarian” statistics is obtained: very interesting, but nothing is clear.

2. Everyone fell for Battery status and for some reason they pray for him

In statistics, and especially in healthcare, there is a common point study that worsens their condition.

armed Battery status, each Petya (Petya, nothing personal!) quickly turned into an analyst and battery expert. With only two additional – the date of purchase and interest from Settings iOS – Petya decided that he could draw an “objective” conclusion about how tired the lithium-ion plates in his smartphone were.

The consequences were not long in coming. Every iPhone since then has been especially “objective” to make accusations that its battery capacity is faster than the latest models. It was with iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and now iPhone 14. I bet it will be with iPhone 15 as well.

Even here on you can find a dozen articles where authors or readers complain: after N months, my iPhone lost XX percent Battery states out of 100, although it used to be YY percent. False logical connections are created: the last iPhone after 3 months had so many percent, and the new one has 5 percent less – that means everything is a disaster.

How can you make such a conclusion without starting from the beginning to the end, as it happens with these percentages, and why does Apple out of the blue review them periodically? Rhetorical question, if anything.

Let me remind you Battery status – this is a very superficial and incomprehensible value. the only useful thing that this section can adequately report in settingsso it is necessary to replace all parts. This message, the so-called “Service Required”appears after the device reboots or behaves incorrectly several times, and this causes local faults to create a problem in a working battery and / or its controller.

3. We use iPhone more often, longer and more actively.

Average screen time in Russia has been growing over the past few years, according to Datareportal. At the end of 2022, it was 3.4 hours a day, more than in the US. I am sure that it will grow further by the end of 2023.

The longer you use your iPhone every day, the faster it drains. The more often you have to charge it, the more the maximum battery life is consumed. And he himself most often causes the inclusion of a temperature regime. In simple words: if you use your smartphone harder, longer and more often, then don’t be surprised that its battery drains faster.

I will not name our author, but he regularly complains that his iPhone runs out of power very quickly. Complaints were on the iPhone 11, on the iPhone 13 Pro, on the iPhone 14 Pro. When I ask for statistics on the applications used, it turns out that out of 7 hours of active screen, half turn off Telegram, one of the heaviest and most inefficient smartphone applications. And the 7 hours themselves are nothing like a result, neither good nor bad, and certainly not abnormal for this device.

Smart people work at Apple, and it’s not in vain that they stuck a very useful power consumption graph next to the meaningless “health” percentages. The reason for discrepancies in the zone of autonomous work, their deterioration or improvement must be sought there.

4. The battery is the weak link. He will still die

The battery has always been and remains the main consumable of electronic devices. Modern smartphones are used so powerfully that most of them run out of their resources earlier than they might have expected “for old times’ sake” when the grass was greener and so on. If it floats, sit in the “cart” less. Maybe the iPhone will work longer.

Everyone has their own rhythm, habits, temporary breaks in the use of smartphones, as well as frequently used software. Two iPhone 14 Pro Max have two completely different usage profiles for different people, and over the course of a year, the difference in remaining battery capacity between them will only be compared. Development at the pace of degradation, including daily – this is normal and is not a reason to sound the alarm, a suspicious manufacturer is a forgery.

We use wireless chargers more and more to turn off the battery when it gets hotter. We put on thick covers and glasses, poor thermal conductivity. We hook the smartphone in the car “by cable”, with the screen of the highest brightness, GPS / GLONASS turned on and the navigator turned on. And we sit on the Internet every day, with Bluetooth turned on, watches and headphones.

The load on the smartphone battery is only growing from all sides. Just budget for replacement parts in 1-2 years and relax. There is still no other device in your life that you use as actively and daily. Please, serve it in technology, it will not trample against chemistry and physics.

5. No, the new iOS doesn’t drain your battery faster

I’ve been working at for 13 years and have been actively following Apple for the same amount of time. Like clockwork, after the release of EVERY new firmware, complaints are built in in the comments, news in the media: they say that Apple messed up something, and now the iPhones of the holder are smaller!

Apple did screw up a few times, but in a very limited way (for example, on several iPhone models), and then officially fixed it. Due to the reasons for the emergence of iOS, such higher ones during this time, there will be … well, about ten, and then by force.

If even 10% of the news about the sharp drop in iPhone battery life after the release of the new iOS were objectively and therefore true, then today any modern iPhone could not even turn off.

The reasons for iPhone draining faster after installing new iOS can be massive. Most often, this is a coincidence of updates with some other problem, from a “device” to a software one. Also, the user himself may be “to blame” for this, psychologically predisposed to actively monitor any changes in the behavior of the device after installing a new OS.

Most likely, the operating time was reduced for other reasons, a consequence of the appearance of something new and bad in iOS. And yes, after installing a new system, the first 24 hours, and sometimes several days, optimization processes are performed that can reduce performance and battery life. This is the norm, which should not be forgotten.

In the end – kill it.

Everything I wrote above should not give the impression that I am trying to shield Apple from user criticism. Apple needs to be scolded.

They should be scolded for the fact that the battery in the iPhone is so difficult to replace by yourself. Should be scolded for Battery status – the metric is muddy and therefore frankly delusional, if not harmful. And it is also necessary to scold for the fact that the company is interested in the maximum battery capacity according to the residual principle. In recent years, this problem has been shifted to the shoulders of processor engineers, but even there, progress in energy efficiency stops sooner or later.

For myself, I decided that I would never again check cycles at all, much less Battery status on iPhone or Mac until they display the appropriate error. And I will not bathe and think about something if the device is discharged today faster than I expected.

I advise you to do the same. If the smartphone is discharged, it means that it works;)

Source: Iphones RU

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I am a professional journalist and content creator with extensive experience writing for news websites. I currently work as an author at Gadget Onus, where I specialize in covering hot news topics. My written pieces have been published on some of the biggest media outlets around the world, including The Guardian and BBC News.


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