Apple battery claims

by Volker Weber

Apple claims in a press release:

iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback.*

* All Battery claims are dependent upon network configuration and many other factors; actual results may vary. See for more information.

Compare this to the MacBook specs:

55-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 6 hours of battery life

Real life battery performance on the MacBook is up to half of that claim. You may want to adjust the iPhone specs accordingly.


And what may be more interesting - can users order/replace a new battery pack by themselves or will Apple be following the iPod route - if the battery can no longer hold a full charge, you can send it in and have it fixed/exchanged for a refurbished model for ~1/3 to 1/2 off the original retail price?

Assuming it will use lithium ion batteries, the expected lifespan is 300-500 charges. Heavy users may need to plug their iPhone in almost every night - and frankly, what good is the iPhone if you don't intend to use it's rich set of features? - so after 12 to 18 months, you are bound to run into that particular problem.

On the other hand, heavy users are probably used to replace their gear every 6 months, so the point is moot to begin with...

Marc Beckersjuergen, 2007-06-19

I see this complain over and over again. To be honest, in the last five years, I owned five different phones/smartphones and have never replaced the battery in any of them.

Oliver Stör, 2007-06-19

@Oliver: As a iPod user i know the battery problem. But you are right: most users never has to replace a battery in there smartphone :)

But as far as i know, the iPhone battery claims from apple are not very realistic! From the Apple Spec Site: "All settings were default except: ... Auto-Brightness were turned off". Most users will have this feature turned on ;-)

More Infos here: iPhone - Tech Specs

Joerg Hochwald, 2007-06-20

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