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.
The iPhone 12 is a different beast, however. I love the design, and it’s 30 grams lighter than the iPhone 11 (164 grams vs. 194 grams) – almost 15% lighter. While the number might not seem like huge independently, it does make a hell of a difference in everyday use and the way you hold the phone.
Also, in my use for over four months, I haven’t seen a big difference in the battery life of the iPhone 12 compared to the iPhone 11. And I use the fast charge for it. recharge it quickly if necessary.
I understand why Apple might want to do this. Many people use the 5G network at the early stage through the iPhone, and there might be additional battery drain.
However, I’m not ready to give up on this lightweight and gorgeous design so easily. So as a trade-off, if the overall weight of the phone is increased from 10 to 12 grams with extra battery life included, I wouldn’t mind. But anything more than that will make me cranky.
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Published March 11, 2021 – 12:15 UTC