iPad iPad 5: best battery life ever?

giggles

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I was reading the iLounge review, apparently this is the ipad with the best battery life in the history of things.
At 16hrs of video playback (in their standard 50% brightness test) it manages a whole LOTR movie more than Air2/Pro.
In the web browsing test the advantage is smaller but it's still there.

What are the owners' thoughts on the subject?
Is anybody making the purchase based on battery life?

This is where the ipad-with-iphone-internals will always be a step ahead.
An A10 (as in "not A10X") based ipad would rock.
 

BigMcGuire

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This is great news. I absolutely love the battery life on my iPad Air 2. This makes the iPad great - I never have to worry about charging it no matter what I do to it.
 

cibonak

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Apple iPad (2017) review: Battery life
One area where Apple has not compromised, though, is the battery. The new iPad has the best battery life we’ve seen on any recent Apple tablet, and even on Android you won’t find anything better.

Apple quotes the iPad as having ten-hour battery life, as it does with almost every model. However, our standard battery test delivered 14hrs 47mins of performance, which, compared to 8hrs 56mins on the 9.7in iPad Pro, 9hrs 32mins on the iPad Air 2 and 12hrs 9mins on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, is fabulous. This is more than “goes all day”; this is “take it away for a weekend and you might not have to charge it” territory.`
 
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cibonak

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bufffilm

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What were the parameters of the test?

I wish Engadget would review it. The digitaltrends review was very vague.
 

FeliApple

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It was about time. It might have iPad 4 on iOS 6 kind of battery life. Maybe even more. All I know is that Apple was regressing on battery life on the latest OS and iPad releases.
 

BeatCrazy

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I always thought the Air 1 had a terrific battery life, and my 5th-gen appears to carry that trend forward. The battery life seems better than my 9.7 Pro, as well.
 

Mackinjosh

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Been using one for nearly a week now. The battery life is awesome. I play a bunch of games that normally bleed the battery on my devices (Lumines for example) and it's just business as usual on this one. I have noticed that it has that very Apple-ish battery monitor though. In other words it'll sit at 100 percent battery life for an hour and then drop steadily after that, but it drops a lot less quickly than my iPad Air 2.
 

JPack

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Even before the iPad (2017) was available for testing, everything in the specs pointed to excellent battery life. In decending order, the following items probably had the most impact.

  • 32.4-watt-hour (big battery)
  • Standard gamut display and backlight (iPad Air 2 uses a thin backlight which compromises power efficiency)
  • A9 dual-core (on mature Samsung 14nm LPE/LPP instead of TSMC)
  • New Wi-Fi module (likely better power efficiency)
  • LPDDR4 (reduced power per bit)

It was never a question of if, but rather how much better battery life the iPad (2017) has over the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro.
 
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Chancha

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I was pleasantly surprised by mine's battery as well, after 36 hours of standby + 8 hours of light safari and youtube usage it is still at 58% (indoor, WiFi version). I will test it hardcore next month by bringing it to a trip to Japan to be used outdoor (bright sun) + constant GPS for maps + a lot of browsing + photos, my previous iPads all couldn't last a day without charging but I have a feeling this one can.
 
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