When I was in college I took a couple of speech, and argumentation and debate classes. One thing I learn that has stayed with me through the years is the ability to look at different sides of an issue.
What is common about today’s crop of smartphones, iPhone included? Battery life. Or, rather, lack of battery life. We all complain about iPhone battery life. I’m going to take a contrarian approach and tell you that iPhone batteries are better than ever.
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When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was told iPhone 4 had an antenna problem, he famously said (or, it was attributed to him), “You’re holding it wrong.” Indeed, iPhones back in the day had antenna problems we don’t have today. Antennas are better than ever.
What about iPhone batteries? Better than ever. Anyone ready to disagree with that? Chaim Gartenberg:
It’s a universal truth that battery life on phones is bad
The difference here is battery life vs. batteries. The batteries are better than ever and in the 12 years iPhone has been in existence, they have managed to take on more tasks and still get most iPhone users through the day.
Battery life is difficult to measure accurately because everyone uses their iPhones differently.
Even with the giant batteries and external battery packs we tote around, most modern smartphones struggle to make it through a full day of use, while the best devices barely scrape through two.
I was able to get through almost two days with iPhone XS Max. Jesse, my wife, has an iPhone XR, and despite headlines to the contrary, that big batter helps. Her iPhone goes two days easy and we have more apps and notifications than the average bear. No extra battery required or wanted.
Back in the (relatively) old days, phones had (relatively) fantastic battery life, lasting for multiple days at a time without needing to be charged.
He isn’t comparing Apple to apples. Old cellphones? Yeah, sure. Old smartphones? Nope. Bad battery life. Old iPhones? Those batteries– that powered a so-called smartphone that didn’t do nearly what an iPhone does today– lasted about a day.
Some expert has a handle on the problem with batteries.
Moore’s Law has simply outpaced battery technology, meaning that our phones have gotten better — and demanded more power — at a much faster rate than advancements in batteries have.
I’m not sure what Moore he’s talking about since Moore’s Law for computer CPUs died years ago, but as we added more apps and more notifications and use our smartphones far more than we did a decade ago, battery life remains, well, about the same. Most of us can get through a day; some can’t, some can go well into the next day.
Not much has changed in a decade.
Every year for the past 10 years I’ve read about new advancements in battery technology that would squeeze more power from lithium ion batteries, or even replace lithium altogether with some that lasts longer and charges faster.
I’m still waiting.
By the time those new batteries roll around, our phones may be even more advanced and need even more power, which could leave us right back with the same, one-day battery life that we started with.
The very fact you can get a whole day videos, news, websites, messages and email, play games, do FaceTime or Skype, stay hooked on Facebook and Instagram– all from an iPhone battery that lasts about a day should tell us battery life has improved, but usage has outpaced advances in the technology and nobody has come up with a better solution.