iPhone 13 rumored to have bigger batteries — but I’m conflicted

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We’re months away from launching the iPhone 13, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s generally accurate investor notes tell us a lot about what to expect from future devices from Apple.

We already know that this year’s iPhones will feature a smaller front notch and that the Pro models will have a display with 120Hz refresh rate support. Now, in a recent investor note seen by MacRumors, Kuo has said the new model will also feature larger batteries – which will make the iPhone 13 heavier than its predecessor.

This is possible thanks to a design change that Kuo calls “space-saving design,” which includes integrating the SIM card slot with the main PCB and reducing the thickness of the front camera module.

Notably, the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max had batteries smaller than their counterparts in the iPhone 11 series of 295 mAh, 231 mAh and 282 mAh respectively. However, it made the iPhone 12 lighter in comparison.

This is where my internal conflict lies. Over the years, if someone would say, “Do you want more juice?”, I would say, “Pump through the veins of my phone”. Bigger batteries have always been a welcome change for me, even if it weighs down the phone.

Credit: Ivan Mehta