I needed to spend extra time with each the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 13 Professional Max earlier than I weighed in with a remaining verdict on their respective batteries. I’ve up to date my full opinions of every to replicate my impressions after utilizing them for a pair weeks, however I figured it could be useful to put out what I’m seeing individually.

The lengthy and the wanting it’s that, in each circumstances, the batteries exceeded my expectations. Apple actually did enhance on the characteristic that issues most to most individuals: these telephones last more than their predecessors.

It’s simple to speak in regards to the battery life on the iPhone 13 Professional Max. It’s ridiculous. It goes and goes, lasting so lengthy that I needed to actively work to kill the factor in lower than a full day by simply taking pictures a bunch of 4K video to empty it. I feel nearly all of individuals will be capable of get properly into their second day of use earlier than the battery warnings pop up. And I’m speaking devil-may-care use, doing no matter you need with out concern sort of use. It’s, because the headline implies, a battery beast.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max battery lasts a very, very long time. Screen-on time can clear 10 hours.

The iPhone 13 Professional Max battery lasts a really, very very long time. Display screen-on time can clear 10 hours.
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The iPhone 13 Mini is a extra sophisticated story. I feel that for those who’re the kind of one that isn’t fully glued to their display for a lot of the day, you’ll discover that on the finish of that day, the 13 Mini will nonetheless have some juice. That’s a particular enchancment over final yr’s iPhone 12 Mini, but it surely however nonetheless doesn’t final so long as bigger telephones — together with each the iPhone 13 and even final yr’s iPhone 12.

In my preliminary overview of the iPhone 13 Mini, right here’s what I needed to say: “The iPhone 12 and 13 Minis are meant to be minimalistic both in size and also in how much you use them.” The distinction this yr is, as an alternative of getting to make main adjustments in my cellphone habits, I solely needed to make modest ones.

You might have seen this excellent battery rundown test from Arun Maini (aka Mrwhosetheboss). Maini’s video is superb as a result of via your entire timelapse, you possibly can see precisely what actions the telephones are doing as they drain down, and it’s an enormous array of stuff. His consequence has the iPhone 13 Mini outlasting final yr’s iPhone 12. I don’t have the 2 to match instantly myself, however in my every day utilization of the Mini this yr, my battery life hasn’t been fairly that good.

That is all very fuzzy, however that’s the character of battery testing in the actual world. All of us use our telephones otherwise, and so predictions are essentially obscure. However the truth that we use our telephones otherwise is the purpose: the iPhone 13 Mini is a cellphone that I imagine ought to be used otherwise.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have the same camera sensor as last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Mini’s battery life is way improved, however not a lot that you need to use it as a lot as you’ll use a bigger cellphone.
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As with the iPad Mini, the smaller display right here subtly influences your conduct in ways in which aren’t instantly apparent. Regardless that it runs the very same software program because the 13 Professional Max, the iPhone 13 Mini encourages extra sporadic use for shorter durations simply because it’s smaller and fewer immersive. When you can adapt your cellphone utilization to suit, it’s nice — and undoubtedly higher than final yr.

The identical perception applies to the iPhone 13 Professional Max. Its gigantic display additionally encourages a special sort of use — particularly extra of it. However as a result of it merely can have such an enormous battery inside (and maybe as a result of it will possibly fluctuate the refresh fee of the display), these behaviors don’t have an effect on how lengthy it lasts as a lot. Physics is physics, and the battery within the 13 Professional Max is bodily enormous.


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