iPhone 12 shocks as Apple confirms serious problem

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Given everything we already know about Apple’s radically redesigned line for iPhone 12, the new handsets seemed ready to sell like hotcakes. But now Apple has inadvertently confirmed that the entire line has a serious problem.

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Spotted by MySmartPrice, Apple has submitted the batteries of its four new iPhone 12 models for mandatory certification processes with Safety Korea, 3C in China and UL Demko in Denmark. And these public processes reveal that Apple has reduced its capacity to the extent that it could have serious consequences for potential buyers.

The battery model numbers for the new iPhones are: A2471, A2431 and A2466, the latter being used on both the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro. Their capacities are distributed as follows:

  • Apple ‌iPhone 12‌ (5,4 pouces) – A2471 – 2227 mAh
  • Apple ‌iPhone 12‌ Max (6,1 pouces) – A2431 – 2775 mAh
  • Apple ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro (6.1 inch) – A2431 – 2775 mAh
  • Apple ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max (6,7 pouces) – A2466 – 3 687 mAh

Compare them now with the battery capacities of the current range of iPhone 11:

  • Apple ‌iPhone 11 (6.1 inch) – 3110 mAh
  • Apple ‌iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inch) – 3046 mAh
  • Apple ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max (6.7 inch) – 3,969 mAh

In purely numerical terms, the new batteries are only about 10% smaller, but what makes this reduction shocking is what they will have to do. The iPhone 12 range is Apple’s first iPhone 5G and competing manufacturers have always shown that 5G modems consume much more power than 4G modems. As a result, Samsung increased the battery capacity of its Galaxy S20 models by 15% just to stay still.

For Apple, the regression of battery life now seems inevitable. In particular, the company has also increased the screen size on two models and introduced higher resolutions. The battery life of the new 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is also of great concern, as it is by far the smallest battery ever used in a 5G smartphone.

In addition, Apple’s disclosure seems to almost dash hopes for a 120Hz ProMotion display with a high refresh rate. Praised on competing phones for creating smooth, silky operation and a more responsive touch input, the high refresh rate panels have been seen as an essential and much-awaited iPhone 2020 upgrade. But doubts have arisen in recent weeks about their inclusion and now this news on the battery will kill it once and for all.

Of course, there is still a lot to like about the next Apple iPhones. Their new designs are striking, they seem ready to take a leap in seismic performance, and the iPhone 12 Pro models, in particular, will have potentially revolutionary new cameras.

All of this makes Apple’s decision to apparently change the iPhone 12 models on battery life a real shock. For most users, long battery life is at the top of their wish list, so unless Apple has created some truly magical software optimizations, the company is playing with fire.

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