An increasing number of users report faster battery degradation on iPhone 14 compared to previous models. One user lost 10% in a year on their iPhone 14 Pro, while their two-year-old iPhone 14 Pro only lost 15% (85%), according to multiple reports.
A number of iPhone 14 users have detailed battery health decline on different forums. Users say that older models showed more longevity, with 3-year-old iPhone 12 models at 80 per cent mark and 2-year-old iPhone 13 models at 90 per cent, mark according to the number shared by different users. In contrast, iPhone 14 models frequently displayed battery health in the 80-90% range less than a year after launch. However, not all users are affected. Many report 97% or higher.
It is difficult to determine the cause of the problem since Apple has not acknowledged it. According to Stern, the Apple Store staff informed her that her battery was ageing at a normal pace for a power user. She used the Mac app CoconutBattery and discovered that she had charged her phone 451 times since purchase, which is close to Apple’s estimation of 500 cycles before the battery health hits 80%.
Back in 2017, Apple faced public backlash for releasing a software update that ruined iPhones’ performance, which many saw as a tactic to encourage users to buy newer, more expensive iPhones.
Apparently, Apple rolled out a software update for iPhones with a power management tool designed to increase battery life. However, this tool underclocked the devices’ processors, causing performance to decrease, which many users noticed after the update.
Later, in 2018, Apple introduced “Battery Health” with iOS 11.3 in 2018. It allows owners to check their battery’s health and recommends replacement if below 80%. Apple estimates the battery retains 80% capacity at 500 cycles.
The battery replacement is free within the one-year warranty if the user subscribed to Apple Care. If the warranty is expired, the battery replacement for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models should set you back Rs 9,400. Meanwhile, the battery replacement cost for iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 series is Rs 8,400.