One of the advantages of using an RSS reader to dig through dozens of websites to gather news and informations– as opposed to multiple news apps– is the ability to see what news gets regurgitated elsewhere.
The one that caught my eye over the weekend was a report which said iPhone’s battery life is not as long as Apple says it is. Maybe so, maybe not, but the report did not divulge how the conclusion was made, while Apple does divulge its battery testing, and since not many iPhone customers and all iPhone customers complain about battery life, well; meh, move along, nothing to see here.
Parts Of All Day
The problem with testing battery life on any gadget, iPhone or otherwise, is obvious. We all use our devices differently; different apps, different alerts, different notifications, different Wi-Fi and 4G LTE access points. Whatever testing Apple does to reach its numbers seems acceptable and any testing that reveals different results might be interesting, but as all the headlines prove, such so-called news is more about click bait and link bait than anything scientific.
Why does battery life matter and not matter?
My original iPhone, from back in 2007, had a battery that lasted, well, about all day; and there were far fewer apps to suck up juice and attention than we have now. My iPhone has a few hundred apps, many dozens of apps with notifications and alerts, and I bounce between Wi-Fi and 4G LTE with reckless abandon.
How long does my iPhone battery last? Well, about all day.
With improved batteries and improved displays and improvements to iOS and improvements to Apple’s own internally designed CPUs, why do batteries still last barely a day?
Fear of missing out. The original iPhone might have had a dozen apps. A year later, when the App Store opened, many dozens more; and, now, I counted 217 apps on my iPhone XS Max. No, I don’t use them all; some hardly ever, some all the time, yet battery life seems rather close to what Apple says.
I have a FOMO addiction that needs to be fed and the only way to do that is with a battery that lasts about all day, so when some so-called watchdog group comes along and says, “Uh uh. Apple’s iPhone batteries do not last as long as Apple says they last…” I shrug and say, “So what?”
It still last about a day.
Here’s the obvious deal. Some watchdog group needed some publicity and the best way to do that is to attack anything Apple. I get it. I ignore it. Why? If iPhone battery life were so horrible then we would hear about it from a few hundred million iPhone customers.
Where is all the noise?
If you want better battery life then heal your FOMO and turn on Low Power Mode and Do Not Disturb. Problem solved.