Is the current iPhone 14 Pro losing battery power too quickly? In social networks like Twitter or Reddit, reports are piling up that the so-called maximum capacity of the smartphone’s battery decreases quite significantly after less than a year of use. We are talking about values between 86 and 91 percent, as 9to5Mac summarizes in an overview.
Measurements in the system settings
Since 2018, Apple has included a feature in iOS that allows you to check battery health in the system settings. Different values are mentioned. The most important is said maximum capacity. “This is a measurement of battery performance that is relative to the performance of the new battery,” Apple explains. “Lower capacity may result in shorter usage time between charges.” The maximum capacity also has a direct impact on the so-called high-performance capability, i.e. the ability of the iPhone to demand maximum system performance. Apple introduced this after strong criticism of performance throttling when the battery capacity deteriorated.
Normally, the maximum capacity should only drop slowly in standard operation – even if lithium-ion batteries age naturally. According to Apple, up to 80 percent of the capacity should be retained after 500 charging cycles. However, very few iPhone 14 Pro owners should have reached these cycles after less than a year. Unfortunately, this is not easy to check on iOS – you have to sift through log files or use a shortcut. Alternatively, Mac tools such as Coconutbattery also help, but you have to connect the iPhone to the computer for these.
It doesn’t always happen
The sharp reduction in maximum capacity by no means always occurs. An iPhone 14 Pro Max in the Mac & i editorial department still showed a full 100 percent, although it was used and charged regularly and the so-called optimized charging to save the battery was inactive. However, there are repeated reports that newer iOS versions can reduce battery life. This in turn means that you have to charge the device more often, so that you could get into the charging cycle problem.
If you are not satisfied with your current battery capacity, you can make an appointment at the Genius Bar in the Apple Store or contact Apple support. Since the current 14-series iPhones are all still covered by the statutory warranty, Apple should replace the battery free of charge.
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