Is it the larger screen that iPhone customers go for first? I wouldn’t deny that a bigger screen with higher resolution is high on the list. There’s also iOS 8, the thinner, lighter design, but I’d be willing to trade thinner and lighter for one thing we all want more of.
It’s The Battery Life, Stupid
The KISS principle applied to smartphone design moves this feature to the top of the list– longer battery life.
Our aging 13-inch MacBook Pro– the one we know we’ll give away to a needy youngster in the family, but just haven’t gotten around to it– barely gets three hours of usable battery life.
By comparison, the latest Brannan Mac purchase, a 13-inch MacBook Air, not only is lighter and faster than what it replaces, the battery lasts a solid 13 hours. Not four. Not six. Not 10. Not even the 12 Apple advertises. It’ll go 13 hours.
My trusty new iPhone 6 Plus? I can get nearly three days of steady usage on a single charge; email, browsing, Instagram, Twitter, iCloud sync, app downloads, texting in Messages, Maps, FaceTime, Skype, and everything else that goes into using that 400-ppi screen keeps going for a minimum of two days, and often three.
That’s a home run, Apple.
Now, battery life like that doesn’t come automatically. Here are my tips to improve your iPhone’s battery life.
- No bright screen (dim it; that saves battery)
- AirDrop when needed (looking for signal uses battery)
- Wi-Fi when needed (looking for signal uses battery)
- Bluetooth when needed (looking for signal uses battery)
- Background downloads (limit apps that download in BG)
- Disable auto app updates (still works well when recharging)
- Switch off locations (not every app needs to know where you are)
- Disable iCloud photos (big battery hog for photo enthusiasts)
- Kill motion and transparency options (not big saver, but notable)
- SwitchMail from Push to Fetch (good if you use email plenty)
- Use Airplane mode (very fast and handy way to cut battery usage)
- Reduce auto lock period (less time, more battery savings)
- Close unused apps (yes, they stay in memory, that uses power)
- Limit notifications (alerts, alarms, and badges use power)
- Check Battery Shaming (battery usage lists offending power using apps)
- Use your iPad for movies and games (the experience is better anyway)
- Stop checking your phone every four minutes (addiction uses power)
See? That’s how you get more life from an iPhone battery. Here’s the only problem with my list. That’s from my iPhone 5s, which could barely make it through the day so I had to resort to all those tricks of the trade just to make it to nightfall and the charger.
My iPhone 6 Plus gets such good battery life that I could remove every battery saving tip from the list and still have 25-percent at the end of the day.