Some iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners have complaints reminiscent of the good old days of “batterygate”, reporting that with less than a year of service on the clock, their phones are already reporting more battery degradation than expected. Sam Kohl’s Apple Tracking tweeted in july that his iPhone 14 Pro was already down to 90 percent max capacity, a much faster drop than previous iPhones he’d owned, and the thread shows plenty of other people having the same experience.
Kohl followed with a video uploaded yesterday on the subject, saying he finds it hard to recommend the phone, especially considering how much it costs at $999.
Officially, Apple says iPhone batteries should “retains up to 80 percent of its original capacity in 500 complete charge cycles.” The iPhone 15 series is expected to launch soon, and recent rumors have claimed that those devices will see a 10 to 18 percent increase in battery size compared to current devices.
You’re not the only one who sees these kinds of numbers. Edge alum and Wall Street Journal senior technology columnist Joanna Stern wrote in his newsletter just this week that your iPhone 14 Pro shows a battery capacity of 88 percent. Around the edge, the reports are mixed, with two 14 Pros at 93 and 91 percent and another at 97 percent. In previous years, most have not seen a reported drop in capacity for at least two years of use.
And that’s even before factoring in the fact that it’s more expensive to replace the battery in an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro after its one-year warranty is up (assuming you don’t have AppleCare or some other extended service plan). Last year the price went up $30, from $69 on previous devices to $99, though at least these days, you can always go the DIY route if you don’t want to visit an Apple Store or third-party repair shop.
We have reached out to Apple about these reports and will update you if we receive additional information.